Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentina

Buenos Aires - Council on International Educational Exchange

Council on International Educational Exchange: Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires

Why study in Buenos Aires?

  • one of Latin America’s more important economies and democracies in a global city with a rich history of immigration and cultural life
  • rich offerings in the social sciences, humanities, visual arts, and classical music taught at prestigious institutions in Spanish, supported by CIEE staff
  • features opportunities for politically engaged service-learning, not-for-credit internships, and for-credit mentored independent study

open to all majors and may be of particular interest to students in:

Anthropology
Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Global Development Studies
History
Human Rights
Latin American Studies
Music and Dance
Political Science
Sociology
Spanish
Visual arts

Language of instruction: Spanish
Calendar:  Fall semester (late July to mid-Dec.) or Spring (mid-Feb to mid-July)
Prerequisites:  Third-year Spanish. 2.75 GPA. Coursework in Latin American studies and social sciences highly recommended.

To obtain advising about the program:
Campus Program Adviser:
Professor Benoist, ARH 220D

For specific questions about how the program operates:
Council on International Educational Exchange | 800-40-STUDY | studyinfo[at]ciee[dot]org

Students often also consider the following OCS options:
Chile: Liberal Arts in Santiago (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Chile: Liberal Arts in Valparaiso (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Chile: Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Santiago
Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Educ., & the Environment (fall, ACM)
Ecuador:  Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Quito
Mexico:  Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan: Merida (IFSA-Butler University)

The Turks and Caicos Islands

British West Indies - Marine Resource Studies (School for Field Studies)

School for Field Studies (SFS): Marine Resource Studies, Turks and Caicos Islands

Why study in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

  • conduct biological/environmental field research as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • learn about the unique marine ecosystem of a Caribbean island
  • help  local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations for economic, social, and ecological sustainability

open to all majors, and of particular interest to students in:

Biology
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Policy Studies

Language of instruction: English
Calendar: Fall or spring semester
Prerequisites: At least one semester of biology or ecology required. Commitment to understanding environmental issues. Willingness to live and work in groups.

 To obtain advising about the program:
Campus Program Adviser:
Professor J. Brown, Science 1204

For specific questions about how the program operates:
School for Field Studies | 978-219-5112 | admissions[at]fieldstudies[dot]org

Students often also consider the following OCS options:
Australia: Tropical Rainforest Studies (School for Field Studies)
Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities (ACM)
Costa Rica: Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet Semester (OTS)
Massachusetts: Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL Ecosystems Center
South Africa: African Ecology and Conservation (Organization for Tropical Studies)

Chile

Santiago or Valparaiso - (Council on International Educational Exchange)

Council on International Educational Exchange: Liberal Arts in Santiago or Valparaiso

Why study in Santiago or Valparaiso?

  • a wide range of courses from three prestigious universities and the opportunity to explore contemporary Chilean society and culture through CIEE courses
  • one of Latin America’s more important economies in a country that ranges from the Andes to the Pacific with elements of indigenous and European cultures
  • volunteer with organizations involved in social policy, community service, and education
  • open to all majors, and may be of particular interest to students in:

Anthropology
Art
History
International Relations
Linguistics

Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish

Language of instruction: Spanish
Calendar: Fall semester (mid-July to mid-December) or Spring (late Feb to mid-July)
Prerequisites: Third-year Spanish. 2.75 GPA. Courses in Latin American studies recommended.

To obtain advising about the program:
Campus Program Adviser:
Professor Benoist, ARH 220D

For specific questions about how the program operates:
Council on International Educational Exchange | 800-40-STUDY | studyinfo[at]ciee[dot]org

Students often also consider the following OCS options:
Argentina: Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Chile: Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Santiago
Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Educ., & the Environment (fall, ACM)
Ecuador:  Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Quito
Mexico:  Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan: Merida (IFSA-Butler University)

Santiago - Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Santiago, Chile

Why study in Santiago?

  • Wide range of courses from two prestigious universities and the opportunity to explore particularly Chilean arts, economics, health care, history, and politics through IES courses
  • One of Latin America’s more important economies in a country that ranges from the Andes to the Pacific with elements of indigenous and European cultures
  • Engage in service-learning or an internship in a range of fields
  • open to all majors, and may be of particular interest to students in:

Anthropology
Art
Economics
Global Health
History
Political Science
Spanish

Language of instruction: Spanish
Calendar: Fall semester (late July to early Dec) or Spring (late Feb to mid-July)
Prerequisites: Spanish 285. 3.0 GPA. Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.  

To obtain advising about the program:
Campus Program Adviser:
Professor Aparicio, ARH 220C

For specific questions about how the program operates:
International Education of Students (IES) | 800-995-2300 | study[at]iesabroad[dot]org

Students often also consider the following OCS options:
Argentina: Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Chile: Liberal Arts in Santiago (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Chile: Liberal Arts in Valparaiso (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Educ., & the Environment (fall, ACM)
Ecuador:  Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Quito
Mexico:  Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan: Merida (IFSA-Butler University)

Costa Rica

San Jose--Institute for Central American Development Studies

Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS): Social Justice and Development Internship in Costa Rica

Why study in Costa Rica?

  • Gain a hands-on appreciation for issues of economic development, education, environmental issues, human rights, indigenous and migration issues, and public health through an intensive 8-credit internship
  • learn about Central American politics and culture through a provider with a long commitment to educating for social justice in the region
  • experience life in a tropical Central American country with tremendous ecological diversity considered a regional model of political and economic stability
  • open to all majors, and may be of particular interest to students in:

Anthropology
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Global Health
Sociology

Language of instruction: Spanish
Calendar:  Fall or Spring semester
Prerequisites:  Minimum of three semesters of college-level Spanish; two years strongly recommended. Preference given to students with demonstrated interest in community service. Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.

To obtain advising about the program:
Campus Program Advisers:
Professor Roper, Goodnow 204
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107

For specific questions about how the program operates:
Institute for Central American Development Studies | 011-506-2225-0508 | info[at]icads[dot]org

Students often also consider the following OCS options:
COSTA RICA: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment (ACM) (Fall)
ECUADOR: Minnesota Studies in International Development
SENEGAL: Minnesota Studies in International Development

Institute for Central American Development Studies - Organization for Tropical Studies: Tropical Biology

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) | Duke University | 919-684-5774 | Fax: 919-684-5661 | Steve Hutcheson: steve.hutcheson[at]duke[dot]edu

  • The Organization for Tropical Studies, in partnership with Duke University, offers an intellectually and physically demanding field studies program utilizing three biological field stations in ecologically distinct regions of Costa Rica. The field stations include La Selva, with state-of-the-art laboratories, one of the world's most important sites for tropical rain forest research; La Cruces, a part of the Amistad Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in Central America; and Palo Verde, containing some of the oldest remaining patches of dry rain forest and important wetland areas.
  • The program is characterized by educational experiences at ecologically contrasting sites, contact with national and international scientists, and intensive full-immersion schedules that include field work, data analysis, lectures, and student presentations. The daily schedule begins at 6:00 a.m. and often includes lectures and laboratories at night aft er a full day of field and class work.
  • In addition to the study of tropical biology, classes are offered in the environmental policy of the tropics, Spanish language, and Latin American culture.
  • The first three weeks, devoted to intensive language training, are spent in a homestay with a Costa Rican family in San Jose. At the field stations, students are housed in group living arrangements.
  • Eligibility: GPA above 3.0. Minimum of one year of biology and one year of Spanish. Ability to cope with physically and intellectually demanding program.  

Advisor(s):
Professor K. Jacobson, (Biology) Science 1205
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Biology and Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Biological Field Studies
Evironmental Studies
Website: Program Website

Institute for Central American Development Studies - Organization for Tropical Studies: Global Health

OTS in Costa Rica Program in Global Health, offered in cooperation with Duke University provides rigorous, in-depth study and research into global health topics in Central America.

Why study Global Health in Costa Rica?

  • Rigorous coursework focusing on both the scientific and social dimensions of global health 
  • Independent research projects at OTS Field Stations in La Selva and Las Cruces 
  • Visits to clinics and health care centers in urban and rural areas 

Advisor(s):
Professor Seawell, (Psychology) Science 1607
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study:
Biology
Global Development Studies
Global Health
Website: Program Website

San Jose - Language, Society, and the Environment (ACM)
  • ACM in Costa Rica is located in San Jose in its own center equipped with classrooms, library, and computer facilities near the University of Costa Rica.
  • The program offers in-depth cultural studies strengthened by immersion in the daily life of the country through a combination of coursework and field study. The academic program has three major components including intensive Spanish language study during the first five weeks of the program; an Introduction to Costa Rica, providing an overview of the country through classwork, field studies and a two week rural stay; and a choice of core courses, taught by local experts dealing with issues in economics, politics, and development issues.
  • The core course incorporates a major independent study project in the social sciences or humanities on a topic of personal interest relating to areas covered in class and may be written in English. During the second half of the program, students continue to develop their abilities in Spanish by selecting a language elective in Latin American Literature, Advanced Composition or Advanced Conversation.
  • Throughout the semester, the academic program is complemented by field trips allowing students to explore the diverse human and physical geography of the country.
  • Housing is provided in homestays with Costa Rican families. 
  • Eligibility: At least three semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Preference given to students four semesters.  

Associated Colleges of the Midwest | 312-263-5000 | Fax: 312-263-5879 | acm[at]acm[dot]edu

Advisor(s):
Professor Aparicio, (Spanish)  ARH 220C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Latin American Studies
Anthropology
Sociology
Development Studies
Website: Program Website

San Jose - Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities (ACM)

Associated Colleges of the Midwest | 312-263-5000 | Fax: 312-263-5879 | acm[at]acm[dot]edu

  • ACM in Costa Rica is a program for advanced independent work in the natural and social sciences and the humanities.
  • Students design and conduct supervised research projects. During the first four weeks, students take an orientation course combining the intensive study of Spanish and Costa Rican culture while preparing a detailed research proposal based on a wide variety of possible projects.
  • Research opportunities exist in the areas of tropical biology and ecology; the social sciences, such as economics, political science, sociology, and public health; archeology and cultural anthropology; and literature and the arts.
  • Each student works at a carefully selected field site during March and April under the supervision of a project adviser who provides professional advising on research methodology and the practical problems of operating in the field. During a month-long period in San Jose at the end of the semester, students complete research papers and formally present their results.
  • In San Jose, housing is in homestays with Costa Rican families. Although housing arrangements differ widely during fieldwork at research sites in various parts of the country, many students are placed with families who speak only Spanish during this phase of the program.
  • Eligibility: Coursework in the proposed research discipline. Minimum of 3 semesters of Spanish or the equivalent. Preference given to students with strong backgrounds in Spanish. Familiarity with statistics and field work methodology strongly recommended.  

Advisor(s):
Professor Aparicio, (Spanish)  ARH 220C
Professor K. Jacobson, (Biology) Science 1205
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Humanities
Social Studies
Biology
Environmental Studies
Website: Program Website

Ecuador

Quito - Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
  • IES in Quito, Ecuador offers students two options: the Area Studies and Language Program and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Direct Enrollment Program. 
  • The first focuses on the ecological and ethnic diversity of Ecuador, featuring an IES core course, a Spanish course at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), as well as a selection of courses in a wide range of disciplines from IES, PUCE, or the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international graduate school devoted to the Social Sciences.
  • Field study is incorporated in all course work. PUCE courses include offerings in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences, while FLACSO provides coursework in Anthropology, Economics, Gender Issues, Public Policy, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, and Environmental Studies. 
  • The second option, the USFQ program, entails full-time direct enrollment at the university in classes alongside Ecuadorians, where students may choose from a wide range of courses in the Humanities, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences, including Music and Fine Arts. USFQ has a well-developed Environmental Studies program and operates two biological field stations in the Galápagos and Amazon basin.
  • Internships are available in areas such as business, education, government and politics, public policy, science, and social organizations. Field Trips are organized as part of courses and to cultural events in and around Quito. IES subsidized trips are offered to such locations as the Galápagos, the Amazon, and the Andes.  
  • Housing is provided in homestays.
  • Eligibility: Spanish 285 for Area Studies and Language Program: 300-level Spanish for USFQ Direct Enrollment Program. Priority given to students who have studied Spanish during the semester preceding the program. Latin American studies courses recommended.

International Education of Students (IES) | 800-995-2300 | Fax: 312-944-1448 | Susan Hansen:shansen[at]iesabroad[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Roper, (Anthropology) Goodnow 204
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Global Development Studies
Anthropology
Sociology
Website: Program Website

Quito - Minnesota Studies in International Development
  • MSID in Ecuador focuses on problems of development and social change through grassroots internships in poor communities.
  • The program is divided into three phases: seven weeks of classroom work in Quito, the capital of Ecuador; six weeks in a field study placement with an agency or development project in Quito or in a rural community; and a week-long final seminar. Course topics include theories and topics of development, national and regional history, economics, and culture.
  • Field study placement categories include public health, education, environmental protection, social services, women in development, agriculture, and small business, involving a minimum commitment of 30 hours a week. Courses are taught in Spanish, which is essential to communicating with local people.
  • Housing is in homestays with local families.
  • Eligibility: Spanish through the 200 level (4 semesters) or the equivalent. At least one course each in Global Development Studies and Latin American Studies highly recommended.  

Learning Abroad Center University of Minnesota | 612-626-9000 | Fax: 612-626-8009 | umabroad[at]umn[dot]edu

Advisor(s):
Professor Aparicio (Spanish) ARH 220C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Latin American Studies
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website

Mexico

Merida - Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan: Merida (Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University)
  • The IFSA-Butler program in Mexico, sponsored by Butler University, operates in cooperation with the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. Located in the city of Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, the university is one of the most renowned in Mexico, with many of its major departments ranked among the best in the country.
  • The area offers a unique mixture of dynamic modern Mexico, colonial Mexican heritage, and indigenous Mayan cultures. The university offers study-abroad students the opportunity to study together with their Mexican peers in all subject areas, including the natural and applied sciences, fine art, history, literature, sociology, archeology, anthropology, economics, and education. The semester begins with a 10-day orientation.
  • Field excursions include a four to five day archeological trip and visits to Exmal, Chichen or or Ek-Balam.
  • Housing is provided in a homestay with a local family.
  • Eligibility: Third-Year Spanish.  

Institute for Study Abroad Butler University | 800-858-0229 or 317-940-9336 | Fax: 317-940-9704 |studyabroad[at]ifsa-butler[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Aparicio (Spanish) ARH 220C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Latin American Studies
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website