Go Global


How to make the most of your studies abroad

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is proud to introduce our Center for Global Education (CGE). The CGE responds to Peruvian students’ needs by offering a wide range of choices to help students to achieve their global education goals under a collaboration agreement with the University of South Florida (USF) and Broward College.

At CGE USIL, you will obtain the same degrees (bachelor's/associate degree) from the universities as you would if you were studying in the U.S.

This e-book is intended to guide students interested in applying to the Center for Global Education, which is the first and only center of its kind in Peru. It provides first-hand information about the advantages of an international degree and serves as a guide for anyone wishing to participate in an international education program. Let’s go global.

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Tips for students to adjust to an international program


If you're considering student life abroad, you probably already have many reasons for wanting to participate in an international program. Here are a few tips for accomplishing this goal.


  • Improve your English fluency


Are you good at English but afraid of losing ground? This could happen if you aren’t reviewing your lessons or continuously practicing it. Don't worry. Fortunately, you can improve your English fluency to prepare for an international program like CGE USIL by following these 4 tips:

1. Challenge yourself with many resources

Try the english language exercises

Many online resources have English language exercises to help you improve your fluency, and most are free. Also, listening to podcasts is a great way to enhance your listening skills.  Bear in mind that apps can be powerful tools to improve your pronunciation and conversation skills, as well as to help you get used to thinking in English.

2. Movies and music

Movies and music to improve your english

For many people, this is the most fun way to learn and retain a language. Maybe you are wondering if you can really improve your English by listening to music and watching movies. The answer is YES. We recommend you binge-watch movies with English subtitles to note and remember words not ordinarily used in academic settings. If you are musically inclined, creating your own playlist with lyrics for a karaoke party helps as well.

3. Apps for learning English

Use apps to learn english

Using apps is one of the best ways to learn English.  Learning and practicing a new language will almost feel like playing a game. These are some of our favorites:

4. Listen to podcasts

Podcasts are great to learn english

Listening to English language podcasts is an excellent way to learn English and improve your listening skills quickly.  Check out these 3 that come highly recommended:

  • All Ears English: Are you looking for a fun new way to learn American English? Come hang out with Lindsay and Michelle from Boston and New York City, and have a good time while you improve your English listening skills.
  • The English We Speak: Make the English you speak sound more natural with The English We Speak from the BBC. Every week, you can listen to and read a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute podcast.
  • Splendid Speaking: Ready to take the next step in proficiency? Splendid Speaking is geared toward more advanced English learners to take their speaking skills to the next level.

However, you don’t have to focus only on language or grammar-themed podcasts. iTunes and Android podcast apps feature some great content in English such as TED Radio Hour, based on the popular TED Talks that have gone viral on the web. Serial, the podcast with the most listeners in the U.S., follows a case of an unsolved murder. Lastly, This American Life an NPR podcast that tells stories about America and its people.

Study apps for college students

 Rule the world with these apps

Do you struggle with time management? Do you often think there just aren’t enough hours in the day? One interesting option for college students is using apps.

They are convenient because there are many you can download to help you free up your schedule and generally be more organized and efficient. Best of all, you can use them on your smartphone, which is something most people usually carry.

Check out these 4 free apps to help you focus, streamline, and increase your productivity all at once.

  • BenchPrep Companion: This app provides great features including study plans, lessons, practice questions, flashcards, and learning analysis tools.
  • EasyBib: Forget spending hours citing your research references. This app does it for you.
  • iHomework 2: Enjoy one of the top-rated education apps for staying organized.
  • Oxford Dictionary: Now you can have access to an entire dictionary on your hand-held device with this useful app.

PERT preparation

 Prepare for success

Every prestigious university requires an admission test. In the case of CGE USIL, students take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT).

This three-part test in English assesses mathematics, reading and writing skills.  There is no cost for taking the PERT and applicants may take it up to two times each semester.

For most students, an important test can be stressful. Defining strategies for studying will help you on the test and in your future studies.

Are you wondering how the PERT works?

Get to know the world with CGE

PERT assessments are computer-adaptive, which means the questions are chosen based on your answers to previous questions. You will not be permitted to change your answer once you have moved on to the next question or leave a question unanswered. However, all PERT assessments are untimed, so you have as much time as you need to consider each question before submitting your answer.

If you don’t know the answer to a specific question, you are encouraged to try to answer the question by eliminating one or more of the options and then select from the remaining choices. Remember: you will not be allowed to bring a calculator with you.

If you want to feel confident and ready for the test, CGE USIL provides you the PERT preparation course and other free online courses taught by Broward College that include an online practice test.

Please note the following requirements for taking the PERT:

  • High school diploma.
  • High level of proficiency in spoken and written English.
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The benefits of studying in the United States academic system


Through the CGE USIL, you can experience the United States academic system, which is different from the Latin American education system. The United States system has numerous advantages that make it effective and innovative. We have compiled some of the benefits of the system, which is considered among the best 20 in the world.  

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 Each student designs and organizes his or her own curriculum: this system adapts to your interests. You choose your own schedule, since many subjects are offered at different times on different days of the week.  It is easy to earn a dual degree in very different areas. There is no reason to study only one area of knowledge.

 Critical thinking is enhanced: students are not expected to memorize and repeat what the teacher says, but rather they are encouraged to develop their own ideas and discuss them, using the knowledge acquired in class. This way, a student's ability to develop his or her own point of view is strengthened through debate.

 Student life in the U.S.: If you choose to transfer to a university in the U.S., there will be many opportunities to get involved in life-enriching activities and events. As a student, you will be able to make new friends from across the country and around the globe. You can also join clubs and pursue your interest in different areas including politics, religion, art and sports, to name a few.  

 

Understanding the British and American Systems

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While there are many academic systems where you can transfer to finish your bachelor’s degree, we will focus on the highlights of the US and UK systems.

 

US

UK

Time required to earn a degree compared to the cost

4 years, lower cost per year
(similar cost overall)

3 years, higher cost per year
(similar cost overall)

Focus

This first two years of undergraduate study focus on general education requirements. Many students do this at a community college which allows them to save money and take more time to decide on their major.

Students usually must choose a major and enroll in a bachelor’s degree program the first year of study.

Number of Universities

4,140

about 130

Total cost per year (tuition, housing and food, fees)

$20,000- $40,000

$33,000 - $42,500

Total

$80,000 - $160,000

$99,000 - $127,500


As you can see, whether you plan to finish in the US or the UK, the costs are similar. Whichever option you choose, beginning you course of study in Peru would seriously cut costs associated with earning your degree!

Having a degree from the United States or the UK does not limit your options. Believe it or not, many employers in the UK prefer graduates with American degrees and many employers in the US also prefer graduates with UK degrees. This is because having an international degree emphasizes the versatility of your education.

CGE USIL offers a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to earn an international degree, but who aren’t ready to leave their families. The CGE program offers you three different ways to achieve this goal, attending classes on the USIL campus in Lima for the first 2 years.

Option 1: Earn an Associate in Arts degree (AA) from Broward College (2 years in Peru) and then transfer to a university in the U.S. (2 years in the U.S.).

This is called a 2+2 program, two years of general studies plus two years of focused studies equals a four -years bachelor degree.

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Option 2: Earn a bachelor degree in Global Business from the University of South Florida's MUMA College of Business while studying in the CGE in Lima (total of 4 years in Peru).

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  • Faculty

Teachers are mentors, guides and examples for their students, so teacher–student relationships are important for students’ professional development. True leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.

For this reason, the best teachers certified by our international partners (University of South Florida and Broward College) are teaching at the Center for Global Education (CGE). This gives you the opportunity to obtain an education with the highest standards, attending classes taught by instructors from international universities and Peruvian teachers certified abroad.

Meet our faculty.

Curriculum 100 % in English 

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A highly competitive level of English is required in a demanding job market. As everyone is aware, today there is a strong focus on English, as it is the universal language spoken, read and written in many parts of the world. For this reason, students with a high level of English proficiency will have an advantage in their future careers. At the CGE, classes are taught 100% in English by local and international teachers.

In addition, our partners’ courses are taught using the same books and following the same curricula as in the United States.

Personalized instruction (small class size) 

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You may be surprised to know that class sizes are usually small. This makes class sessions more effective, as it permits greater participation. It also provides the advantage of collaborative learning with constant feedback from teachers.

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What to expect upon completion of an international program


 

Best job opportunities

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There are two main reasons why people generally move abroad. The first has to do with family and lifestyle considerations. The second is a desire to take on new challenges, have new experiences and move up the career ladder. Generally, employers will look more closely at a resume that includes international experience.

Having completed an international study program will certainly give you the advantage of being capable of taking on new challenges! You can use this to expand your skill set and make it a determining factor that will set you apart from other applicants.

By studying at CGE USIL, whose innovative and challenging program offers you the opportunity to pursue an international degree, you will gain access to attractive job opportunities that can lead to a successful career, as you will be able to do any job you wish and feel proud of your accomplishments.

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Keep in mind that when applying for a job, you need to stand out among other applicants. The goal is to win!

Top salaries

We understand that you want to get a good job with a good salary, doing what you love. With a global education such as the one offered by this program, you can achieve your goal.

The CGE USIL program will give you access to better jobs and salaries in a competitive job market. In addition, having an international education will open more doors, such as getting promoted faster. Of course, this will help you earn a higher income to achieve your plans and dreams.

Working abroad

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Are you interested in taking an international job in the future? The list of advantages is practically endless: broadened horizons, new skills, improved independence, new personal and business relationships, and a boost to take your career to the next level.

Working abroad could be a life-changing experience if you are open-minded, outgoing and enjoy traveling. CGE USIL can help you on your way to the successful future you desire, since your degree will be recognized in another country, which will increase your possibilities of finding internships and jobs abroad.

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The CGE registration process


If you are interested in this program, the registration steps are below.

 Schedule an appointment with a CGE representative

Make an appointment with your future

You can either call or visit us. Feel free to bring your parents and ask as many questions as you want. CGE office hours are Monday to Friday, from 08:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

PERT exam

This is required for every student seeking admission to the CGE. To take the test please follow the steps listed below:

a) Contact the CGE Office to register: pcalderon@usil.edu.pe

b) Review the study guide for the PERT at: http://cge.usil.edu.pe/application-information/

c) On the day of the test, remember to bring your ID.

The CGE office will send you your results via e-mail.

If you don’t score high enough on the PERT, you can take the PERT preparation course.

Finally, once you have approved the PERT:

Complete and submit the Program Application Form found at: http://cge.usil.edu.pe/application-information/.

We will also need official transcripts from every secondary school you have attended.

Interview with the director

Have an interview with our director

Lastly, you must pass the interview with the director of the CGE, who will let you know whether you have been accepted or not.  The CGE office will schedule it for you.

Required documents

Get your documents in order

Once you have been accepted, you will need to bring the following to the USIL Admissions Office:

  • Personal information form completed online, printed and signed (available at: https://infosil.sil.edu.pe/fichadedatos/)
  • Official transcripts for all five years of secondary studies (original)
  •  Oath of Honor, printed and signed (available at: http://www.usil.edu.pe/sites/default/files/compromiso_de_honor.pdf)
  • Photocopy of your national identity document/passport
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate (applicants age 18 and over)
  • If you have any IB credits, the CGE can apply those towards credit for university-level classes!

Welcome 

Welcome to the CGE program

Once you have completed the requirements, you will be ready to participate in the Center for Global Education (CGE) program. A representative of the USIL admissions team will contact you and inform you of all the documentation you will need to submit to be accepted to the university.

Congratulations!

Welcome to a world-class education in Peru. Your journey begins now!

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Inspirational stories: student and alumni testimonials


What do our former students say?

“The CGE program is a window of opportunities. You could explore what you wanted to be in the future. It was a great experience for me and has helped me a lot in my career. I’m sure it would be the same for all of you.”

Francisco Biber

 

“Right now, I’m doing an internship in a manufacturing company. If you are somebody who is looking for a bachelor’s degree from an American university, then the CGE program it the best option for you. CGE USIL gives you the opportunity to earn an American degree here in Lima, so you aren’t going to leave your friends or your family.”

Jorge Flavio Sarmiento

Download our Go Global guide PDF version here.

Do you want to be an international student without leaving Peru? Now you can make this happen thanks to our Center for Global Education (CGE).

Earn two degrees (bachelor's/ associate degree) from USA universities and live the advantages of an international education.