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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: VT faculty-led Areas of Study: Economics, Environmental Studies, Industrial and Systems Engineering, International Development, International Studies, Natural Resources, Policy, Political Science, Public & International Affairs, Public Health, Sustainability, Urban Planning
Program Description:
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Photos Courtesy: Universidad de Piura

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Fields of Study

Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Public & International Affairs, Urban Affairs and Planning, Political Science, Philosophy, International Studies, Engineering Education, Rural Development, Environmental Science, Public Health, Latin American Studies, Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture


Additional Information

Fact_Sheet_UDEP 2018.pdf

More Information

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Blacksburg (USA), Lima and Piura (Peru)
Summer Session 2

Experiment-Driven Policy Making in Peru

The VT-UDEP Economics Lab presents a unique learning experience to Virginia Tech (VT) students in collaboration with the Department of Economics at Universidad de Piura (UDEP) in Lima and Piura, Peru. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand how behavioral economics can help improve the design of public policy in the areas of environment, resources management, health, technology adoption and access to education in rural communities across the world. 

VT students will have the opportunity to learn alongside Peruvians from the Universidad de Piura. The program will begin with an online module followed by 10 days at VT's Experimental Lab in Blacksburg. The cohort will then travel to Peru for a two-day policy workshop in Lima concluding with field experiments with local communities in Northern Peru.

Program objectives include:
  • Understand how lab experiments and field experiments can help policy makers evaluate public policy, and use the evaluation results to improve policy design.
  • Increase awareness about the critical issues and challenges relating to environmental conservation, resource management and education access in rural communities in developing countries.
  • Motivate students to propose new policies or policy innovations that can improve the well-being of individuals in countries around the world.
  • Gain exposure to Spanish language and learn about Peruvian culture and history.
  • Acknowledge and reflect upon one’s identity as a global citizen. Explore cross-cultural perspectives. Identify behaviors, thoughts, and perspectives that both distinguish communities, regions, countries, and cultures from one another and connect them.
Advances in modern technology have come with solutions to many of our problems. However, making people adopt those solutions, adapting to different parts of the world and making them accessible to the developing world continue to be major technology challenges. This course uses lab and field experiments to provide insights from behavioral economics into tackling global challenges facing the world today relating to poverty, environmental degradation, diseases and education.
  • Can we use behavioral economics to deal with problems like Dengue?
  • How to help in the adoption of better cooking stoves?
  • Can we nudge people to reduce their electricity consumption?
  • And many others…
VT lab photoEcon Lab Sands   

Universidad de Piura

Located in Peru and founded in 1969, Universidad de Piura (UDEP) provides quality education with a mission of promoting research and training professionals capable of transforming society. UDEP is ranked one of the ten best universities in Peru.


Piura is located in the northwest of Peru. The urban area is home to more than 450,000 inhabitants.


Peru's capital and one of the most important cities of South America, Lima is located in the central coast, along the Pacific Ocean. It is home to more than 8 million people. Nowadays, it is regarded as the political, cultural, financial and commercial center of Peru. Internationally, the city ranks fifth among the largest cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was founded in 1535, by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, under the name of the City of Kings.

Lima is a city with great cultural diversity; there is a large number of museums, archaeological centers, and numerous festivities and popular traditions. The historic center was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is also famous for its worldwide renowned cooking. It offers a wide range of restaurants and bars, where you can taste delicious Peruvian dishes and drinks.

 Piura_Plaza_de_Armas  Lima, Peru



This program is open to undergraduate students in any major. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure: Sophomore standing, an overall GPA of 2.5 or above.


UDEP offers exchange students the opportunity to take classes across a variety of disciplines: Engineering, Economics and Business Administration, Communication, Law, Education Sciences, and Humanities. Preliminary lists of courses offered are available around one month prior to the beginning of the semester. Dates and additional information will be provided by the International Relations Office.

Please check UDEP Academic Information for Exchange students. You can check the courses offered at UDEP here (click on the link to each program page). Please note that almost all classes are taught in Spanish.


Sudipta Sarangi, Professor and Department Head, Economics
Sheryl Ball, Professor and Associate Department Head, Economics
Alec Smith, Assistant Professor, Economics
Marcos Agurto, Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Piura


University Tuition & Comprehensive Fees

Virginia Tech tuition and university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

The estimated program fee for accepted students is $1,700 plus 4 credits of VT tuition and fees. The program fee includes international airfare to Peru, airfare from Lima to Piura, ground transportation, excursions, lectures, field components, CISI insurance, most meals, and hotels/homestay in Peru. Not included are VT tuition & fees, passport/visa, immunization, telecommunications, housing in Blacksburg or personal expenses, and some meals.

A deposit of $1000 will be due upon acceptance into the program.


VT GEO Application

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Contact Information

VT GEO Contact

Rachel Fitzgerald
Assistant Director for Program Management
VT Global Education Office

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2 2019 01/25/2019 01/25/2019 TBA TBA