Andean Fashion

About the Opportunity

Students in the School of Fashion have the opportunity to travel to Peru and into the Andean Mountains for two weeks to participate in a faculty-led program abroad (FLPA) led by Seneca professors Michel Cote and Philip Sparks. In collaboration with the Chio Lecca Fashion School, students will meet with and learn from local master artisans, get firsthand experience in a sustainable industry, learn processes that could influence future work and propose a research project that could assist local Andean communities.

Check out the full itinerary for this abroad program.



  • May 4 to 5, 2020: pre-classes at Seneca Newnham
  • May 11 to 22, 2020: Peru
  • May 27 and 29: post-classes at Seneca Newnham



In order to be eligible to participate, students must:

  1. be enrolled full-time at Seneca
  2. be enrolled in one of the following programs: FAA, FAB, FBM or FST
  3. have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  4. require a general elective credit
  5. require and not yet have received credit for one of the following program courses:
Program Course Equivalencies
Fashion Business FTX400: Textiles for Fashion FPD451 Trend Forecasting and Product Development
Fashion Business Management FIN500: Forecasting and Innovation FTX400: Textiles for Fashion
Fashion Arts TXF313: Textiles III KND462: Knitwear Design PRM505 Product Development for the Circular Fashion System
Fashion Studies FST220: Materials Exploration


Through participation, students will earn a program credit towards their Seneca credential as well as a general elective credit.


Number of available spaces for Seneca participants

maximum of 20



Students will stay at two different accommodations:

Two students will share a room, each with their own bed.


Cost of Opportunity

Approximately $3,000 (see Travel Grant for funding to offset costs).


  • flights
  • internal travel
  • accommodations
  • entry fees to museums, parks, etc.
  • guides
  • translators
  • site visits
  • most meals

Does not include

  • tuition
  • vaccinations
  • approximately nine meals
  • personal spending money


Travel grant

To help offset the cost of participation, accepted students will receive a $1,000 International Experience Grant from the International Mobility Office.


How to apply

Application process is now closed.




Next steps

  • students will learn acceptance status by Nov. 8, 2019
  • a $500 non-refundable deposit will be due on Nov. 15, 2019 to confirm participation

Additional information

  • International students at Seneca who are interested in participating in this opportunity are required to meet with an international student adviser on their campus to ensure their program of study and/or study permit will not be impacted by travelling abroad. This must take place as soon as possible in the application process.
  • All accepted students are responsible for ensuring they meet Peru’s entry and exit requirements. This information is subject to change at any time. At the present moment, a tourist visa is not required for Canadian citizens holding a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date you expect to leave Peru.
  • All students who do not hold a valid Canadian passport are advised to consult the Consulate General of Peru in Toronto to confirm their visa requirements. The consulate can be contacted by email at or by phone at 416.963.9696.