Quechua Language Program

Quechua was the language of the Inca Empire, and under Spanish colonial rule became the lingua franca of the Andes. Today it is the most widely spoken indigenous language of the Americas, with some 10 million speakers in Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina.

— Study Quechua at Michigan

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers a comprehensive Quechua language program featuring beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

— or Study Quechua in Cusco

To complement our academic year Quechua offerings in Ann Arbor we also conduct, each summer, an intensive, immersing, unforgettable summer program in Cusco, Perú. Cusco, perched two miles up in the Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire and is now a  thriving, modern metropolis of nearly 400,000.

Open to any undergraduate or graduate student who wishes to learn Southern Quechua.

For more than a dozen years LACS has cosponsored the summer Quechua study program, most recently in collaboration with Centro Tinku which is directed by Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster.

  • Centro Tinku offers the same three levels of Quechua language offered in Ann Arbor –beginning, intermediate, advanced – but each course is compressed into just seven weeks.
  • Classes meet daily for four hours per day, for a total of 140 language instruction contact hours per course — the equivalent of a full academic year on campus.
  • To complement the language training, participants also experience a series of lectures on Quechua culture and history and are guided on an extensive program of excursions and cultural events. Enrollment will be limited to 10 at each level.

Previous knowledge of Spanish is not required, though some familiarity with Spanish is useful for getting around Perú.

Quechua in Cusco 2015

The beginning and ending dates of this year's program are June 25 - August 8. Tuition and fees will be $2680, with room and board costing an additional $1560.

Schedule (Download) Pre-departure Intensive Quechua
Registration Form (Download) Payment Form (Download)

Please note: While students may opt to receive University of Michigan credit by enrolling in the corresponding course, this enrollment is not required. Students enrolling for credit at Michigan will be required to pay Michigan tuition in addition to other program fees. Bear in mind that, regardless of whether they enroll through Michigan or directly through Centro Tinku, the same academic criteria will apply to all students.


For other inquiries about the Quechua Language Program, please contact:

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
International Institute, 1080 S.University Ave. Rooms 3661 & 3663, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
ph: 734.763.0553 | lacs.office@umich.edu