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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Peru

By Joshua Wood, LPC

William Russell
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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Peru and enrolling your children in school in Peru, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Peru can be a complex process, especially for expats who are unfamiliar with the country's education system. It requires a series of steps, including gathering necessary documents, applying for a student visa, and registering at the school. The paperwork you need to have ready includes your child's birth certificate, passport, proof of residence, and academic records. It's also important to note that the academic year in Peru runs from March to December, so it's best to start the enrollment process well in advance.

  1. Obtain the necessary documents: You will need your child's original birth certificate, passport, proof of residence in Peru (such as a utility bill or lease agreement), and academic records from previous schools. These documents must be translated into Spanish if they are in another language.
  2. Apply for a student visa: If your child is not a Peruvian citizen, they will need a student visa to attend school in Peru. You can apply for this at the Peruvian consulate in your home country. The process can take several weeks, so it's best to start early.
  3. Choose a school: Research public schools in your area to find one that suits your child's needs. Consider factors such as the school's curriculum, location, and reputation. Once you've chosen a school, contact them to find out about their specific enrollment process.
  4. Register at the school: Once you've chosen a school and obtained all the necessary documents, you can register your child at the school. This usually involves filling out a registration form and submitting the required documents. Some schools may also require an interview or assessment test.
  5. Pay any necessary fees: While public education in Peru is free, there may be some additional costs such as school uniforms, books, and supplies. Make sure to budget for these expenses.
  6. Prepare for the start of the school year: Once your child is registered, prepare them for the start of the school year. This may involve buying school supplies, arranging transportation, and helping your child adjust to their new school.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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