Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Arequipa (SOCIEMA-UNSA)
Internal Medicine -General, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Surgery - General Surgery, Traumatology, Otorhinolaringology, Paediatrics, Psychiatrics
January, February, April, June, July, August, September, October, December
Two meals for day.
Host family.
Good spanish is required.
The night shift is not mandatory. Absences can be replaced for the same number of hours, attending the hospital in the evenings or on night guards, prior coordination with the LEO and the guardian.
Andrés Gustavo Villalobos Guillermo

Arequipa is the capital and largest city of the Arequipa Region and the seat of the Constitutional Court of Peru. It is Peru's second most populous city with 861,145 inhabitants, as well as its third most populous metropolitan areaaccording to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) 

Arequipa is the second most industrialized and commercialized city in Peru. Its industrial activity includes manufactured goods and camelid wool products for export. The city has close trade ties with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.

The city was founded on August 15, 1540 by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal as "Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción". During the Colonial period, Arequipa became highly important for its economic prosperity and for its loyalty to the Spanish Crown.

After Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821, Arequipa acquired greater political significance, and was declared the capital city of Peru from 1835 to 1883.

The historic center of Arequipa spans an area of 332 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic heritage, natural scenery and cultural sites make the city a major tourist destination. Its religious, colonial, and republican architectural styles blend European and native characteristics into a unique style called "Escuela Arequipeña

”Universidad Nacional de San Agustin” is the most important university of the Arequipa Region. The Medicine
faculty ” was created 61 years ago, being one of the most importants schools in the south of the country. 
”Hospital Regional Honorio Delgado Espinoza”& "Carlos Alberto Seguin Escobedo"are the reference hospital of the region,level III.

Our scientific society writes and presents research projects on a continuous basis to congresses and conferences.
Our hospitals,has the necessary laboratories to be able to make a correct diagnosis of the patient and to provide an adequate knowledge to the student.

Your lodging will be at a host family,often is located closer to the Hospital. They will provide you at least two meals per day. They and your contact person will make your transportation to downtown and your hospital easy.


You will be staying in the students family home. You will have basic services: water, electricity, internet,etc. It
is only asked to respect and comply with the rules of coexistence of the house in which you stay. You must contact the LEO and the host as soon as you receive your reception card,you can ask any questions.


The access and exit ways to and from the city are 2:

  • Land route: The Arequipa International Terrapuerto and the Terrestrial Terminal located in Jacinto Ibañez Street in the Jacobo Hunter district from which the city and region of Arequipa connects by land to all of Peru; Also to two of the most important tourist attractions of this department, such as the Cañon del Colca and the Cañon de Cotahuasi. We recommend the following bus lines: Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, Cromotex, Tepsa and Links.
    • From Lima to Arequipa the journey lasts 16 hours
  • Via air: it is served by the Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón International Airport located in the Cerro Colorado district We recommend LATAM, Avianca or Peruvian airlines for this trip.
    • From Lima to Arequipa, the trip lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The transport system within the city are buses, minibuses and taxis.

  • Buses and minibuses: There are stops at every major point of the city, from 6 am to 10 pm approximately, cost is 0.80 cents at 1.00 PEN for all trips, regardless of distance. They differ by design and colors.
  • Taxis: Throughout the day, the minimum price to take a taxi is 4 PEN and varies according to the distance. We recommend that you take Taxis from the following companies: Taxitel, Turismo Arequipa, Megatel, Alo 45, Taxi latino.

We organize activities

  • In Arequipa city
  • Bus tours of the most important places,
  • Night parties,
  • International Dinner,
  • Lunch in a traditional place, among others.

Out of town:Colca, Cuzco y Puno or others.

We have an excellent social program,with three activities per week,including parties,dinners,adventure sports,walks,visits to waterfalls,colca canyon,among others. We offer you an international dinner,welcome dinner,also upon arrival trainning(UAT).
Students can travel on weekend to Ica, Cusco,Puno and the jungle (they are our recommendations).


Most important places to see in the town and around the town.

City tour

It could be by walk or bus

Religious and civil-public monuments like: Arequipa Cathedral and Museum, The Society of Jesus Church and Complex, these as well as other colonial churches, bridges, etc.


Campiña tour

The countryside of Arequipa is one of the areas to know, surrounding by pre Incas terraces following largest river comes from the highlands. It’s a very attractive and easy touring, give many possibilities to explore walking, biking, riding a horse, etc.


Colca canyon

Is a canyon of the Colca River, located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa. With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.



The culinary traditions of Arequipa, the White City, can be best enjoyed in the so-called picanterías. A good meal starts with hot red peppers stuffed with minced meat, spices, cheese, eggs and milk (rocoto relleno); then the so-called “soltero” made of broad beans, corn, olives and chopped hot red peppers; and ocopa or sliced potatoes with peanut, onion and cracker cream and, finally, chicharrones or “deep-fried” pork. Favorite desserts are fritters made of flour, eggs and milk and bathed in molasses syrup; “queso helado” cinnamon, coconut and spices ice cream, plus chocolates and toffees.

Good local beers, regional sodas and corn beer called chicha de jora are popular. Digestives are “té piteado” (tea and anise liqueur) or Nájar anise liqueur.



All specialties necessarily require that the incoming speak Spanish at least at a basic or intermediate level. Otherwise, the Local Association either the Hospital will be responsible if the Doctor assigned doesn’t understand the language.