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Quechua Language Program

Quechua has been written using the Roman alphabet since the Spanish conquest of Peru. However, written Quechua is not utilized by the Quechua-speaking people at large. Until the 20th century, Quechua was written with a Spanish-based orthography (for example: Inca, Huayna Cápac, Mama Ocllo, Viracocha, quipu, tambo, condor). This orthography is the most familiar to Spanish speakers, and has been used for most borrowings into English.

At the University of Michigan, we teach Quechua with the modern spellings that were adopted in Peru in 1975 (the same examples: Inka, Wayna Qhapaq, Mama Uqllu, Wiraqocha, khipu, tampu, kuntur). These spellings reflect actual Quechua pronunciation much more closely, and are preferred by the Academia Mayor de la Lengua Quechua. At the same time, students who learn Quechua with the modern orthography can easily understand texts written in the older, Spanish-based writing system.

Quechua at U-M: A comprehensive Quechua language program featuring beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Quechua in Cusco: To complement our academic year Quechua offerings in Ann Arbor we also conduct, each summer, an intensive, immersing, summer program in Cusco, Peru.

The Summer language program in Quechua is in partnership with Centro Tinku.

  • Centro Tinku offers the same three levels of Quechua language offered in Ann Arbor –beginning, intermediate, advanced—compressed into 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 Peru.

Applying to the Quechua Language Program in Cusco

The beginning and ending dates of this year's program are June 18 - August 3, 2018. Tuition and fees will be $2830, with room and board costing an additional $1717.

Please note: While students may opt to receive U-M 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. U-M undergraduate students receive U-M credits by paying Centro Tinku's tuition and fees as well as a CGIS administrative fee of $450. 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. 

Related Link: CGIS Application »

Non-UM students may email to enroll directly with Centro Tinku.