The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office has been helping UW-Platteville students’ study at Universidad de Piura (UDEP) in Piura, Peru since 2016. Peru is the Latin American country with the highest levels of economic growth in recent years.


The UW-Platteville Exchange program at the University of Piura Applied Sciences (UDEP) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Peru. Students may participate for a full academic year or a semester (fall or spring), enrolling in 12 to 18 credits per semester.

Founded in 1969, UDEP provides quality education, promotes research, and trains professionals capable of transforming society. One of the ten best universities in Peru, UDEP is renowned for its high level of academic rigor, personalized education, and promotion of values. These characteristics have resulted in UDEP graduates being highly sought after in today’s competitive labor market.

UDEP has campuses in Piura and Lima and is known for its high level of academic rigor, personalized education and promotion of values. UDEP has established a professional network that further complements the ongoing work and development of its students, teachers, and graduates. A strong relationship with local and foreign institutions has been achieved through important scientific and technological research projects.


Each UDEP exchange applicant must:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university
  • Have completed at least one full-time semesters of college at the time of application and have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and participation

You are not required to have a minimum language proficiency for any program, but courses taught in languages other than English will have specific language proficiency requirements.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following via the UW-Platteville Education Abroad online application system:

  • $75 application fee
  • Copy of U.S. passport: If you do not currently hold a U.S. passport, you must apply for one and submit proof of application before the program application deadline.
  • Education Abroad Statement of Purpose
  • UDEP Application Form
  • International Study Course Approval Form
  • Official academic transcript
  • Signed statements of responsibility and understanding
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • UW-Platteville Education Abroad Application

You will also have access to information to assist you throughout the application process. Upon acceptance, additional pre-departure information and requirements will be provided.

Co-curricular Activities

Students studying abroad at the University of Piura Applied Sciences (UDEP) have a wide range of opportunities available to them to enhance their experience outside the classroom. Opportunities include:

  • The UW-Platteville Exchange program does not include organized excursions and activities, but you can organize independent travel on weekends and over university breaks. The city of Piura is filled with colonial architecture, beautiful plazas, green parks, markets, and many other tourist attractions.

    Close to Piura are a number of very appealing sandy beaches and related oceanfront attractions, which are within easy reach of the city and perfect for an afternoon's sunbathing, swimming, and even surfing.

  • UDEP offers a wide variety of student clubs, organizations, sports, and activities which international students are welcome to join, ranging from Taekwondo to Chess to student workshops. Check out their webpage or their Facebook page to see all of the clubs and organizations UDEP has to offer!


You have a number of options for housing. It is highly encouraged that you reach out to the university to get contact information for other students to help arrange housing. Another option is waiting to arrange housing after your arrival, however this is generally less optimal.

Wi-fi will be provided, but adjustments in regard to speed and availability should be anticipated. Laundry facilities are typically available but may vary or require additional cost.

You are responsible for providing your own meals. Accommodations typically include a kitchen, allowing you to cook your own meals.

You will pay your accommodation cost out of pocket monthly. Costs will vary by accommodation.


The UW-Platteville Exchange program at the University of Piura Applied Sciences (UDEP) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Peru. Students may participate for a full academic year or a semester (Fall or Spring), enrolling in between 12 and 18 credits per semester.

All courses are taken alongside local and international students, and the areas of study and general course information can be found on the UDEP website

  • Credits will be validated on an official UDEP transcript at the end of the semester.

    The credit hours awarded at UDEP are measured in Peruvian credits. 1 Peruvian credit = 1 US credit. The grades you receive abroad will be converted to the U.S. grading system of A, B, C, etc. based on the official transcript that is received from UDEP.  UW-Platteville Education Abroad uses the following conversion guide as a guideline, provided by World Education Services, in converting students’ grades.

    Please note that this only serves as a general conversion guideline.

    While all credits should be transferable, you should work with your academic advisor at your home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the UDEP curriculum prior to your semester abroad.  Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution. 

Visa Information

A student visa is not required to participate in the UW-Platteville Exchange program at the University of Piura (UDEP). If you stay 183 days or less in Peru, neither a tourist nor student visa is required, but you must know your arrival and departure dates and will be admitted for entry within those dates.

For the most up to date information on the Peruvian student visa process and procedures, please visit the National Superintendency of Migration, and for any assistance, please consult the UDEP International office.

Contact Information

Education Abroad

0328 Warner Hall

Walk-in Hours via Zoom

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
2–3:30 p.m.