International students attending UPC classes must enroll in an international health insurance plan in their country of residence.
The “sol” is the Peruvian currency. The approximate rate of exchange is S/. 2.65 soles to $1.00 U.S. dollar.
Personal expenses will vary depending on how much traveling, shopping, and dining out the student will engage in. Generally, US $250-300 per month should be enough to cover personal expenses, as well as some travel.
If you wish to open a bank account in Lima, you may do so on campus at the Interbank or at any other major bank in Lima. You will want to wait until you arrive to open an account. Expect more limited bank hours than you are used to at home. Banks tend to be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, although these hours may vary from bank to bank.
ATMs are available almost everywhere. On campus you may find three main banks ATMs: Banco de Crédito, Scotiabank & Interbank.
Credit cards are a good emergency money source. You may get cash at various banks on the spot. Also, don't forget your PIN number if you have one. VISA, MasterCard or AMEX are widely accepted.