Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Ica (SOCEMI)
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Neurology, Surgery-General, Traumatology, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Infectology
January, February, July, August, December
Student family home (two meals for day)
Student family home

Vaccine for Hepatitis B, Tetanus.
Only clinical students after basic rotation
All specialties necessarily require that the incoming speak Spanish at least at a basic or intermediate level. , ,

¡Ica, city of eternal sunshine and good pisco!

City in the middle of the desert, home to pisco, wine, Afro-Peruvian music and the Oasis of America "Huacachina", warm and dry climate with an average temperature of 27 ° C in summer, located in the central coast of Peru at an altitude of 406 m. 325 km / 4 hours from the capital city by road.


”Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga de Ica” is the most important university of the Ica Region. The Medicine faculty ”Daniel Alcides Carrión” was created 53 years ago, being one of the most importants schools in the north of the country.  ”Hospital Regional de Ica” is the reference hospital of the region, level III-I and the building is new. It is located next to the faculty of medicine.



Our scientific society writes and presents research projects on a continuous basis to congresses and conferences.

The Regional Hospital of Ica, 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 student's 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 easiest way to get to the city is by bus (we recommend CRUZ DE SUR or some VIP service, for the safety of your luggage) or you can also hire some private mobility. 

There isn´t airport in Ica, but there is a new airport in Pisco, province of Ica, it´s to 45 minutes from Ica.

Ica is between  Arequipa for the South and Lima for the North.


You can get by public transport:

- Collective Cars. There are many collective cars on the city, there are many routes so you can easily go wherever you want. The fare is like 0.5 dollar.

- Mototaxis. They are typical cars of some cities, for example in Ica. They are very cheap, is like 0.5 – 0.8 dollars

- Taxis. They are expensive but safer and fast, you can take a taxi if you’re late or at midnight for example. The fare is like 2 - 2.5 dollars.


We have an excellent social program, with two activities per week, including parties, dinners, adventure sports, walks, visits to wine cellars and pisco, among others.

The student can schedule trips outside the city on his own, for which we can guide him. Peru is a country with a truly varied and beautiful culture!

Students can travel to Huaraz, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno and the jungle (they are our recommendations).


Most important places to see in the town and around the town. You should see the Guide for exchanges students “ICA”:

Look at the film:

“Oasis de Huacachina”







 “La ruta del Pisco”








“El cañón de los perdidos”

“Islas Ballestas – Paracas”



“Nazca - Líneas de Nazca”



















“Chincha – Provincia El Carmen”


The most important places to see in the city and around the city.

The Huacachina lagoon


The Huacachina lagoon is an oasis located five kilometers west of the Peruvian city of Ica, in the middle of the Pacific coastal desert. Emerald green water, emerged due to the outcrop of underground streams and around it there is an abundant vegetation composed of palm trees, eucalyptus (introduced species) and the species of carob tree known as huarango, which serves for the rest of migratory birds that They pass through this region. All this contributes to make Huacachina one of the most colorful and beautiful places of the Peruvian coast.

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The National Reserve of Paracas


The National Reserve of Paracas is a place of especially attractive beaches, located in the province of Pisco. To visit it is to find an unusual habitat with gigantic rock formations such as the cathedral, a huge dome made of natural stone, carved by the wind power, by the sea. Pisco has other attractions such as the water sources where the birds that gave inspiration to General José de San Martín at the time of the Independence of Peru with red wings and whitish chest and road to the mountains along the Los Libertadores highway, there is also archaeological remains the Inca citadel of Tambo Colorado.


The Ballestas Islands


The Ballestas Islands is a group of islands near the city of Pisco, in Peru, are composed of rock formations where there is an important marine fauna with guano birds, such as the guanay, the piquero and the zarcillo mainly, highlight Ballestas Norte islands, Center and South each with an estimated area of ​​0.12 km².


The Nazca lines


The Nazca lines are ancient geoglyphs found in the Pampas of Jumana, in the Nazca desert, between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, in the department of Ica (Peru). They were traced by the Nazca culture and are composed of several hundred figures ranging from simple designs such as lines to complex zoomorphic, fitomorphic and geometric figures that appear traced on the earth's surface. Since 1994, the Unesco Committee has registered the Nazca and Pampas de Jumana lines and geoglyphs as World Heritage Sites.




Paracas is a port district capital of the southern coast of Peru, capital of the homonymous district, in the province of Pisco, within the department of Ica.

The main attractions of this spa are its pleasant climate, its beach, its residences at the edge of the sea, the yacht club, the hotel and its restaurants of typical local and marine cuisine based on fish and seafood.


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And many wineries to taste pisco and wine .. !!



Look at the film: