The National University of San Marcos (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, UNMSM) is a public university in Lima, Perú. It was chartered on May 12, 1551 by a Royal Decree signed by Charles I of Spain as the Royal and Pontifical University of the City of the Kings of Lima, which makes it the oldest officially established university in the Americas, and as such, one of the oldest universities in the world.
The university has 56 academic-professional schools, organized into 20 faculties, and these, in turn, into 6 academic areas. All the faculties offer unergraduate and graduate degrees. The student body consists of over 30,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students from all the country as well as some international students.
In 2008, The Office of Global Health Education and the UNMSM formally established a student exchange program permitting up to 2 medial students from each institution to take a clinical elective at the host medical college. WCMC are placed in a clinical elective of choice at one of the teaching hospitals in Lima, Peru. Students may spend a week or two at clinics outside Lima in the Andean Highlands. The urban/rural focus enables our students to appreciate how health care is delivered in Perú. This cross-cultural experience is the hallmark of this program.