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Study Abroad in Latin America

Study Abroad in Latin America

Centers for Interamerican Studies: Semester in the Andes
The Semester in the Andes is unique in that it combines an extended experience in one city—Cuenca, Ecuador—with a considerable amount of travel in the Andes including the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, the Galapagos Islands, and Machu Picchu in Peru. The program provides opportunities for students to study a range of topics in Latin America. The semester is divided into two academic terms, allowing students to begin with intensive Spanish courses and then choose from several options: further language courses, an internship or service learning project, or courses from several academic disciplines taught in either English or Spanish by an international faculty.
Study Abroad in Ecuador Cost: See for fees for each program.
Dates: Annually, January-May and September-December(see website for exact dates.)
Contact: See website.
Tel: +1-623-240-0858

Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba

Students who want to study abroad in Havana with API have a number of options, including programs during the semester, January term, and summer at the Universidad de la Habana. Founded in 1728, the Universidad de la Habana is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today it hosts over 15 colleges/faculties spanning the disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and business.

Contact: API, 300 Camp Craft Way Ste 100, Austin, TX 78746 USA; tel. 512-600-8900;;

Institute for Central American Development Studies c/o ICADS,
Study Abroad / Internship Programs for Social Justice - Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Over 80 Social Justice oriented service learning opportunities in two countries. Offered in Spring and fall semesters as well as summer.  Explore the socio-political and economic realities that profoundly affect Central and Latin America today. The program is progressive and aimed at students who wish to work on social justice issues and on behalf of the poor, women, and the oppressed. Gain experience and fluency while working for others in health clinics, schools, feeding centers, sustainable development orgs., as well as fair trade, women’s and agricultural cooperatives. Spring/fall Semester Program - 15 credits.  Summer Program - non-credit, only Costa Rica.
ICADS Summer Internship Program – Costa Rica
This ten-week, non-credit summer study program includes three weeks of Spanish language training, as well as academic lectures and field visits highlighting socio/political, cultural, and environmental issues. During phase two of the program, students have the opportunity to choose among 50 different individual internship sites in Costa Rica. The aim of this program is to integrate the student as fully as possible into a Costa Rican community, to become as fluent as possible in Spanish, and to make a lasting contribution to an organization and/or community where s/he works and learns. Some Spanish required.
ICADS Field Course in Resource Management and Sustainable Development
The Institute for Central American Development Studies, (ICADS) offers an interdisciplinary semester program in Costa Rica focusing on development from ecological, socio-economic perspectives. Semester includes: 4 weeks of intensive Spanish and social issues, 5 weeks in the field in managed and natural ecosystems learning methodologies of field research in social and natural sciences (banana transnationals, traditional agriculture, community cooperatives; cloud forest and watershed management); 5 weeks of independent research - working in rural communities. Fall and spring semesters with academic credit.

Contact: Institute for Central American Development Studies c/o ICADS, Dept. 826, P.O. Box 025216, Miami, Florida 33102-5216;;

Penn-in-Buenos Aires
For students interested in Latin American studies, this program in the bustling and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires will offer courses in Spanish, Latin American culture, and contemporary Argentinean literature. Students will live with local familites.


Spanish, Ecology, Latin American Studies in Heredia and Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Both locations offer intensive language studies which fulfill up to 2 years of university language Spanish requirements in only 1 semester or 8-week summer program in Heredia. Additional courses offered in political science, history, biology, teacher ed., business, literature, etc. Program organized week-long and weekend field trips, homestays, and many local university activities.
Spanish and Latin American Studies in Santiago, Chile
Santiago program offers intensive language studies fulfilling up to 2 years of university Spanish requirements in only 1 semester at one of Chile's finest private universities. Additional courses in literature, business, history, political science, drama, and dance, etc. Week long program-oriented field trips to the north and south of Chile, homestays available, and many university activities included.

Contact: University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), Univ. of Nevada, USAC 323, Reno, NV 89557-0093;,

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