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If you can't provide one, most airlines refuse boarding the plane.
So in case you are planning to leave Peru for example by bus, check with the airline, if they accept a bus ticket or similar to avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.
If you are only going to study one or two semesters you should be fine with just a tourist visa.
At immigration in the airport you should ask for 183 days, the maximum stay for a tourist visa.
For example, if you go to Ecuador for 5 days and then enter Peru again you will get a new visa with a new amount of days. The second time you enter Peru it might be more difficult to get 183 days - sometimes they will give you 30 or 60 days even if you ask for more.
Students or interns have to enter Peru on a tourist visa and then change their immigration status at Peru's immigration office Migraciones.
Requirements for a Student visa include, but may not be restricted to: However, many universities know it can be a long and complicated process to apply for a student visa and therefore some recommend you to enter Peru on a tourist visa.
Children should travel on their own passport with photo.
Below listed countries can get a tourist visa at airport immigrations or any other Peruvian border without applying for it at an embassy or consulate (for a more detailed listing, please check out our pdf document "Visa Obligation for Foreign Nationals in Peru" above as published by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs): Please note that it is your nationality and not a potential residence permit in another country that is the deciding factor if you need a visa or not!
You should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate to check if this exception applies to you.