Fluency in more than one language and an understanding of literary and cultural context prepares students to become global citizens. Language study hones students’ communication skills and enriches their critical understanding of the world.

Learn the most widely spoken indigenous language of the Americas. Quechuan languages (Kechwa, Kechua, Ketchua, Khetchua, Quichua, Quechua or Runa Ximi) are official languages of communication in Ecuador (also known as Unified Quechua) and are spoken by over 20 million people throughout North America and South America (encompassing what is today Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina). Kichwa is an indigenous language spoken widely in Ecuador and is closely related to the Quechua spoken in Peru and Bolivia. Learning the language allows students to engage with global history as well as participate in an active international movement to revitalize and further strengthen the study of the language.
KICH 110 Elementary Quichua I
An orientation to Ecuadorian Quichua language and culture for beginning students. Includes elements of grammar, conversation, and composition. Quichua (a.k.a. Kechwa, Quechua, Kechua, Ketchua, Kichwa, Khetchua, or Runa Ximi) in its various forms is an indigenous language spoken by over six million people in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia combined. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

KICH 114 Elementary Quichua II
Continuation of KICH 110. Prerequisite: KICH 110 or equivalent LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

KICH 230 Intermediate Quichua I
Continuation of KICH 114. Prerequisite: KICH 114 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

KICH 234 Intermediate Quichua II
Continuation of KICH 230. Prerequisite: KICH 230 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

KICH 610 Directed Study in Quichua Language and Culture
This course is intended for students seeking proficiency in Quichua beyond KICH 234. Instructor will direct the student through readings and materials in Quichua that will add to the student's substantive knowledge of Quichua speakers and their cultures. May be taken multiple semesters for credit with varying content. Prerequisite: KICH 234 or consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

KU Resources:


Open Educational Resources

KU Kichwa resources, compiled and written by Nina Kinit Moss, including: Kechwa stories, Kechwa-English-Spanish Trilingual Dictionary and, Imanalla: An Introduction to Kechwa.

External Resources:


UCLA department of Spanish and Portuguese- Quechua/Kichwa Language Program

UCLA's website provides links for getting a headstart on learning how to say common greeting, colors and, provides a link to a youtube channel hosted by their alumni Rocio Flores that focuses on Kichwa/Quechua language.

Quechua: The Market

A Quechua unit from New York University that introduces basic vocabulary, the present, past, future and imperative tenses, suffixes and basic grammatical explanations. Each lesson includes a transcript and comprehension questions.

Yachakuqkunapa Simi Qullqa

A dictionary produced by the Peruvian Ministry of Education.

Kichwa Language Programs Outside of KU:


University of Pittsburgh Summer 2019 

This FLAS Fellowship Eligible Quichua Program offers quality instruction in English. The program is held in a community where Quichua is the dominant language of everyday instruction. The program is approved for FLAS by the US Department of Education. It includes 140 hours of classroom instruction. Pre and post course testing assess progress toward performance goals set forth in USDE IRIS testing instruments. 132 FLAS Fellows from 36 different universities have attended the the Andes and Amazon Field School to date. Quichua language is used as a window for anthropological linguistic study of Amazonian thinking about nature. Specialties: Quichua for talking about nature, the environment and health.


ACUPARI- Language School in Cusco, Peru

Acupari only offers Kichwa (Quechwa) on a one-to-one basis at their language school in Cusco. The starting date is flexible. To put what you have learned into practice, you will spend some of your Quechua tuition time outside of the classroom, for example visiting the markets in Cusco or a village community in the Andes with your Quechua teacher.

In your free time you can practice Quechua with your Peruvian Tandem partner, but also in your host family! Send in your registration early enough, so the school can arrange to place you with a Peruvian host family of a "quechua native speaker".

Quechua Language Program; University of Michigan

This FLAS-eligible course takes place in Cusco, Peru from June 18-August 3, 2019. The summer language program in Quechua is in partnership with Centro Tinku. Classes meet daily for four hours per day, for a total of 140 language instruction contact hours per course—the equivalent of a full academic year on campus. To complement the language training, participants also experience a series of lectures on Quechua culture and history and are guided on an extensive program of excursions and cultural events. Non-UM students may email to enroll directly with Centro Tinku.
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