Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Piura (SOCIEM UNP)
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine - General, Infectious Disease, Surgery - General Surgery, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Neurology (English and Spanish)
January, February, July, August, December
2 per day at family host
Family host

HepB antibodies
Tuberculosis Test
Only clinical students)
Language: intermidate level Spanish ,

Piura is a department at the northwest of Peru. Standing next to the north-westerly coast of Peru and alongside the Sechura Desert, Piura is a relatively isolated city and characterised by its hot summers, narrow cobblestone alleys and neighbouring beaches. Despite its desert setting, Piura has irrigated much of the land and now enjoys a thriving agricultural industry, with crops including both cotton and rice. Piura is politically divided in 8 provinces and 64 districts. Piura Department has a desert and semi-desert climate on the coast and the western slopes of the Andes, whereas on the eastern slopes the climate is subtropical.

SOCIEMUNP, is an autonomous organization constituted by students of Medicine of Universidad Nacional de Piura. It was founded on December 28, 2001, being its general purpose, implement mechanisms to raise the scientific and academic level of medical students in Piura and Peru, promoting research in the area of health during undergraduate and medical education with due projection to the community and student exchanges.


Universidad Nacional de Piura was founded on March 3, 1961. In 1962, the School of Agronomy was founded and in 1966, the School of Industrial Engineering was created. From 1967 these Schools changed their denomination. It was when the Fisheries Engineering Faculties were founded in 1972; the Faculty of Zootechnics in 1974; the Faculty of Administrative Sciences in 1975, whose operation began in 1979; Faculty of Human Medicine in 1978, but its operation was in 1983; in 1984 the Faculties of Sciences and of Social Sciences and Education were created. The Faculties of Architecture and Urbanism and of Law and Political Sciences were born in 1995, while the Faculty of Civil Engineering was founded on May 13, 1996

Jose Cayetano Heredia Hospital, has more than 50 years of operation, is the largest hospital in this region, consists of the best health professionals in Piura, has a modern infrastructure that makes it one of the most important in the north of the country. Its current director is Dr. Milagritos Sánchez Reto.


We offer you a host family near the hospital. They will afford you at least two meals per day. 
Also, Piura has a very varied and delicious cuisine, also with restaurants for all tastes, the menu costs 4 dollars. We have the following restaurants:

  • Don Parce Restaurant

Tacna Street 642 – Piura, near Plaza de Armas

  • Carbon Burger

Arequipa Street 788 – Piura

  • El Chalan

Tacna Street 520 – 526 – Piura

  • EL Nuevo Ajicito

Mz. B lote 5 – La Providencia - Piura

  • Chifa Canton

Tacna Street 125 – Piura


The room offered to incoming includes basic services such as water, electricity and additional services such as Wi-Fi. For laundry, the house has a washing machine. The bedroom is for the exclusive use of the student and sheets are not necessary.

The family will offer the best conditions for incoming so that your exchange is pleasant and you feel at home.  


In general, the different places in Piura city are very close and cheap.  If you want to move yourself around the city you can take a first option by bus, the second possibility could be a taxi or mototaxi.

Round-trip average spending:

  • Bus                       US$ 1       (average time: 20 minutes)
  • Taxi                       US$  3,5   (average time: 7 minutes)
  • Mototaxi                US$ 1,5      (average time: 7 minutes)

The social program for the student are trips, parties, eating outings, movies. They are activities that will allow them to know a lot about the city and meet people for a good cultural exchange that will allow them to learn a lot from our culture


Most important places to see in the town and around the town. You can watchmore here :



Piura is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and radiant sun. The best known beaches are Máncora, Organos and Cabo Blanco in northern point of convergence of the Peruvian and Equatorial currents and famous internationally since when the writer Ernest Hemingway came to fish for white marlin, the central character of his famous novel "Old Man and the Sea ". Near the port of Paita Yacila beaches are crabs and the beautiful resort of Colan. In all, you can make fishing and all have first class hotel , although accommodation with personal or family room is also offered. Colan is just an hour from the city of Piura, golden sands and proverbial sun. Extensive beaches, green sea, are perfect scenarios for water sports, jet skiing, small sailboats, skurfer ski, knee board. Hotels with swimming pools, horseback riding and much more can be found in Mancora.



Piura is known as "the city of eternal heat", the Main Square  is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the country, has Spanish square cut. It has a beautiful cathedral built in the colonial era that retains its altarpieces and is surrounded by tamarind trees, ficus, crotos, rosettes, poncianas and confetti.




It is known as the City of Museums, for its museums of history and religious art, pre-Columbian ceramics, particularly the Vicus civilization and art galleries of its illustrious personages as Ignacio Merino, Luis Montero, Felipe Cossio del Pomar, and contemporary painters like Arcadio Boyer.



The secret to the good taste of dishes is their way to season them. Some of its most traditional dishes are:


Ceviche: Plato invented by pirates, having ingredients such as fish and seafood, in addition to carrying onions and hot peppers. When the species of fish on is large, the dish is called cebichón or encevichado.

Malarrabia: It is a typical stew Fridays of Lent and carries ingredients such as yellow rice, fish covered in salt (salpreso) and passed through hot water, boiled green bananas (cooked in boiling water), smoothies and mixed with onions and covered with goat cheese.

Adobo: This dish is one of the most typical of Peruvian cuisine, with varied seasonings, chicha, red pepper sauce, vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper and pork meat into pieces.

Chifles: fried green banana slices with beef fat, you add field, mixed with very fine salt.

Custard: is the most typical sweet piurano. It is made with goat milk, brown sugar and flour.


Piura has an amazing countryside .










Surrounded by tamarind plants that were brought from the Yapatera estate and sowed from 1870 onwards. Located in the centre of the plaza is the "Pola," a marble statue representing freedom that was donated by President José Balta around 1870.


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With warm waters and excellent sun, this spa is considered one of the most important on the Peruvian coast. Its waves stand out, perfect for surfing and bodyboarding.

In addition to the beaches, the visitor can buy local handicrafts made with marine products, in the artisanal walk of the town of Máncora.


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In the province of Huancabamba a complex of 14 lagoons known by some as Huaringas or Huarinjas is located, the term Huari means lagoon and inga would do the word Inca, Laguna del Inca. These lagoons are visited by national and foreign tourists to realize the known ones flowering baths with which the people who come are loaded with good vibes and some visitors refer to cure their ills having faith.


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Catacaos brings together excellent craftsmen dedicated to the elaboration of silver and gold filigree; straw fabrics for hats; and basketry works. Its cuisine is also remarkable and its flavor is a reference to taste the best of the cuisine of Piura.

On Comercio Street, one of the main arteries of the district of Catacaos, there are the majority of craft shops.

In addition, you can visit the San Juan Bautista church and the Jewelery Technological Innovation Center, where prominent goldsmiths perform a demonstration of fine silver filigree pieces.


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