Universidad del Pacifíco

Lima, Peru
Must be fluent in Spanish.

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The Universidad del Pacifíco is a private university established in 1962 by a group of Peruvian entrepreneurs supported by the Jesuit community. Today, it has become one of the most esteemed universities in Peru for business studies, specializing in Economics and Business Administration. Approximately 2,000 students study business at this private, non-profit university, located in the safe and beautiful suburbs of Lima. Lima is an ethnic melting pot, with over 8 million people, featuring pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern elements as well as an active nightlife and vibrant cultural scene. Students at the Universidad del Pacifíco also enjoy the benefits of a modern university, which is recognized as one of the most technologically advanced educational institutions in Peru. The academics at Universidad del Pacifíco have a great reputation as well, both in Peru and beyond. In the past three decades, the university has been ranked as Peru's most prestigious higher education institution in the areas of economics and business administration, and among the leading institutions of its kind in the Latin American region.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Lima is the capital city of Peru and it is quite large and populated, housing nearly 1/3 of the total Peruvian population. Lima and Peru are both rich in history and landmarks, and if you enjoy being outdoors you'll enjoy traveling through the country, seeing the ruins, and observing the history first-hand. As with any large populous city, you need to take precautions and always be vigilant in order to protect your safety. Many areas of the city and country are perfectly safe and could be compared to areas of Miami or New York City. Lima is generally considered a coastal city and the climate is temperate and dry. Most of Peru is blanketed in mountains (the Andes!) and you should be prepared for cold, dry weather.

Term Dates

Fall semester: mid-August – first week of December
Spring Semester: end of March – mid-July

Courses Available

Use our course equivalency database to see what courses are available at UP that would apply toward your UF degree!

Language of Instruction

Knowledge of Spanish is a must since you will have to take courses in Spanish. Many of the UP students at least speak basic English, but you'll definitely have to practice your language skills around the city of Lima since good English is not very common.

Grade Conversion
Scale 1 Scale 2 U.S. grade equiv.
15-20 90-100 A
13-14 80-89 B
11-12 70-79 C
0-10* 0-69 F

Credit Conversion

Credit system is similar to UF with variations as follows:

  • 1 UP credit=1 UF credit
  • 1.5 UP credits = 2 UF credits
  • 3 UP credits (1.5 + 1.5) = 4 UF credits
Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at UP
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,400
Housing $2,620 $1,600
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $1,200
Books $540 $300
Transportation $270 $680
Visa --- $0
Total $9,765 $9,455


There is no "school" housing provided by the University. They will help you get into an apartment or an arrangement to live with a family (private room). Living with a family would cost approximately $250 USD with breakfast included. An apartment would be slightly more expensive per month.


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Travel Opportunities

Lima is serviced by air through Jorge Chávez International Airport, Peru's main hub for both national and international air traffic. Private buses, commonly known as micros or combis, are ubiquitous, employing a "chofer," or driver, and a "cobrador," who functions as a salesman, yelling the bus route to prospective passengers, and who collects your fare. Numerous inter-urban bus companies offer transportation to other cities in Peru. Quality varies depending on the price, from luxury express buses to uncomfortable and crowded micros.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Sheyla Salazar Fernández
Students Mobility Coordinator
International Relations Office
Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú
Jr. Huáscar 2117, Jesús María
Lima 11, Peru
Tel: +511 219 0100 Ext. 2495
Fax: +511 219 0128
Email (salazar_s at up.edu.pe)