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ACM Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment

Since 1974, the fall ACM Costa Rica program has prepared students to explore Central America and beyond through an intensive and extremely effective Spanish language program, as well as coursework and experiences that further develop language skills, while deepening understanding in particular fields of student interest such as Public Health, Education, and the Environment. Field trips within Costa Rica give students an appreciation for the country’s astounding biodiversity, and for the cultural and historical elements that contribute to the nation’s distinct path within Central America. A highlight of the program is a month-long rural community practicum, where students experience rural life in Costa Rica by living with campesino families, while participating in a community engagement project and making great strides in Spanish proficiency. Throughout this fall semester program, students live with host families in San José near to the Universidad de Costa Rica and the ACM center in San Pedro. Students will make weekly visits to local sites, and are involved in activities to become more actively engaged in the local community. The program schedule offers ample opportunities for independent travel to Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches, mountains, and forests. While all ACM courses are offered in the ACM program center, a cooperation agreement with the nearby Universidad de Costa Rica gives students access to cultural and sports facilities, and provides a wealth of opportunities for interaction with local Costa Rican university students, giving students a taste of Latin American student life.
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Educational Studies, Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall

ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

The spring ACM Costa Rica program is based in San José, only blocks away from the Universidad de Costa Rica. The program takes full advantage of the resources and scholars of that institution, while reaching out to local and international NGOs and investigators throughout the country to facilitate student research in science and the humanities. In the middle of the program, students fan out to the four corners of the country (and its mountains, and two coastlines) to carry out independent field research under the supervision of an advisor with experience and contacts in the student’s chosen field. Students with urban interests or whose data is best gathered in the capital city may remain in San José. Students on the full spring semester program will spend approximately two months working on their research project, while students on the spring trimester option will spend one month doing research.
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Biology, Educational Studies, Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Winter/Spring, Spring

AHA International in Rosario, Argentina

Explore Rosario, located 200 miles upriver from Buenos Aires. Discover its rich history influenced by European ancestry and its flavorful charm evident in the language, style, and cuisine. Classes take place in the Rosario Center, a beautiful, historic building in the heart of the city. Courses are excursion heavy. Experience Argentina beyond the pages of your textbooks.
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Cross-Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Spring, Summer

API Madrid

Open to quarter/trimester students. The program provides advanced language instruction while allowing students to choose from Spanish cultural electives. The Complutense University of Madrid operates on a quarter system and offers 120 contact hours per term. Each quarter, students complete a Spanish language course and three cultural electives. Students who successfully complete the Academic Year Hispanic Studies program receive the Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Fall/Winter, Winter, Winter/Spring, Spring, Summer

Argentine Universities

Direct Enrollment in Argentine universities through IFSA Butler. A variety of courses are available; refer to the program website or consult Off-Campus Studies for further information. Argentine Universities located in Buenos Aires and Mendoza.
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Art History, Direct Enrollment: Many Courses Offered, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish, Studio ArtLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

Augsburg CGE Central America

Life-changing cultural and educational experiences await students in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Managua, Nicaragua. The region is home to more than 30 indigenous and ethnic communities with a cultural heritage rich in creativity and political resistance. These countries have different histories but common struggles shared by the diverse populations. Students meet and talk with people working for social change and alternative development in these countries.
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Economics, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Women's and Gender StudiesLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

Augsburg CGE Mexico

Mexico is more than a spring break destination—it takes center stage in debates about globalization, U.S. immigration policy, and economic development. The program is based in Cuernavaca, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in central Mexico known for its innovative grassroots organizations, education, alternative health practices, and history of social struggle, as well as its appeal as a manufacturing base for numerous multi-national businesses. Customized internships are available.
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Economics, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Women's and Gender StudiesLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

Augsburg CGE: History, Culture, and Politics of Cuba

Building on CGE’s experience with 14 short-term travel programs to Cuba between June 2011 and July 2012, this semester program will introduce students to a unique island nation few others get to experience.Topics explored on this program include: the decision-making processes and citizenship rights in Cuba, social justice as it relates to wealth production, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in the Cuban context,issues of equity, and the historical context of Cuba's social relations today.
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History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, SpanishLatin America Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring

Carleton Society, Culture & Language in Peru, Spring 2012, 2013

The program will be based in Peru's capital city. A city of 8,000,000, with extensive neighborhoods sprawling outside the traditional and business centers, Lima area has been the center of key cultural developments in the Americas since 5,000 years before the appearance of the Inca Empire, and later, together with Mexico, the center of Spanish dominion in colonial times. The program will also include two extended stays in the Northern coast (based in Trujillo) and Southern highlands (based in Cusco). Stays in Lima and in those areas (and shorter trips to other sites) will allow students to observe the differing sides and the contradictions and paradoxes of modernization in a "third-world" setting. The program's primary objective is to create conditions for the students to reflect on such reality and the cultural artifacts created by the peoples of Peru.
Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Spring

Carleton Socio-Cultural Field Research Seminar in Guatemala and Chiapas - Winter 2012

Through coursework and independent research, this program provides students with the opportunity to examine, from an anthropological perspective, issues of cultural continuity, resource management, and social change in Guatemala and Chiapas, as this region’s people attempt to come to terms with social inequality, human rights abuses, and sustainable development in an effort to build a multi-ethnic society.
Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Winter

Carleton Spanish Seminar in Madrid - Fall 2012

Students will take classes at the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), in Cholula, a city immediately adjacent to Puebla, the major city of the area. Cholula is the oldest city on the American continent, surrounded by the Popocatepetl and Ixtlaccihuatle volcanoes. In this city stands the great Pyramid of Chlula, considered to be the largest in volume in the world. A fantastic display of arts and crafts, ethnic music and food is part of the daily life of the various communities in the Cholula region. Puebla de los Angeles is situated in the center of Mexico. Its central location places Puebla only 70 miles (122 km) away from Mexico City, 165 miles (267 km) from Veracruz, and 198 miles (320 km) from Oaxaca. In addition to its traditional architecture and atmosphere, the city has a first-rate tourist infrastructure and is also a leader in commercial and educational facilities.
European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall

CEA in San Jose, Costa Rica

Guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills honoring the natural beauty that exists throughout the nation’s terrain, San Jose is a city that takes pride in its rich traditions and democratic freedom. World class museums, parks, theaters, and historic buildings are only a few reasons this city is worth discovering. Study Spanish in Costa Rica as CEA offers various options for study abroad San Jose programs. Study abroad in San Jose.
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Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter, Winter/Spring, Spring, Summer

Chilean Universities

Direct Enrollment in Chilean universities through IFSA Butler. A variety of courses are available; refer to the program website or consult Off-Campus Studies for further information. Chilean Universities located in Santiago and Valparaiso.
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Direct Enrollment: Many Courses Offered, History, Latin American Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Theater ArtsLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Buenos Aires, Argentina: Summer Community Public Health

This program is designed for students with intermediate and advanced Spanish language skills who wish to explore health care issues from a social science perspective. Students should expect to learn about overcoming challenges in health care from the context of a developing nation.
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Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, SpanishLatin America Summer

CIEE Guanajuato, Mexico: Summer Spanish Language

his program is designed for highly motivated students from all disciplines with two semesters or more of Spanish. It is ideal for students interested in learning about Mexico from a critical perspective, for those who wish to advance rapidly in their Spanish skills through constant, respectful interaction with locals, and for those looking to challenge themselves both personally and intellectually.
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SpanishLatin America Summer

CIEE Monteverde, Costa Rica: Sustainability and the Environment

This program is designed for students interested in learning and studying about sound tropical conservation and sustainable development to ensure future biodiversity and human welfare. Students study the intersection of humans and their impact on natural systems and how environmental issues influence economics and society. This is done through coursework and an internship in the Monteverde region, as well as visits to national parks throughout Costa Rica.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Monteverde, Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Conservation

On this program you will live in a biological station surrounded by the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and gain hands-on research experience through an independent research project. You will gain a rich education through extensive travel and field study, students explore and research Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems and participate in two long field trips, including a trip to Panama to observe marine diversity in the coral reefs off the Bocas del Toro Islands. You will also get to know rural Costa Rica through a one-month homestay with a local family.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Monteverde, Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Conservation Summer

The summer Tropical Ecology and Conservation study abroad program in Monteverde, Costa Rica is designed for students with biology-related majors who have completed at least one semester of college-level biology plus one additional semester of college-level biology, ecology or environmental science and who seek intensive, sophisticated tropical field and science course work in Costa Rica from both theoretical and taxonomic perspectives. All courses are taught in English.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, SpanishLatin America Summer

CIEE Santiago, Dominican Republic: Summer Community Public Health

This program is designed for students with an interest in Spanish language, medicine, and the allied health professions in the context of underdevelopment and public health.
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Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, SpanishLatin America Summer

CIEE Spain Summer

Language and Culture programs in Alcala de Henares, Alicante, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca give students the opportunity to develop advanced language skills and increase their knowledge of Spanish culture.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Summer

Hamilton College in Madrid

Students enroll in three regular courses and an additional independent reading course. Classes will be held at the Colegio Mayor Universitario San Juan Evangelista, one of several residencias (halls of residence or dorms) located at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In order for students to immerse themselves in Spanish life and language, students will stay with carefully selected Spanish families. Cultural activities, speakers, and excursions within Madrid will supplement course work. In addition, there will be four major excursions to Toledo (one night and two days), Cordoba and Seville (three nights and four days), and Barcelona (three nights and four days).
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History, Literary and Cultural Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

HECUA Ecuador: Community Internships in Latin America

The Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) program is a semester of study and experience with a focus on community participation and social change. The program addresses current issues of globalization, ecological issues, oil politics and Plan Colombia, and students learn from individuals who help make change happen. Models of community participation, organization, development and social change are compared and contrasted. A homestay is combined with a hands-on internship and independent study opportunity designed to meet individualized learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture. In addition to substantive work at internship sites working on health, youth development, women’s issues, environment, human rights or other issues, students experience Ecuador’s diverse culture through field studies in indigenous communities and the rain forest. Students learn first-hand about challenges in Ecuadorian communities and explore ways they are being addressed.
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Development Studies, Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

IES Argentina

The IES Abroad Buenos Aires, Argentina program allows you to build your Spanish language skills in one of Latin America's most exciting cities. IES Abroad area studies courses are offereed in Spanish or English depending on which track you take: Beginning and Intermediate Spanish Program, Advanced Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Honors Program. You're encouraged to enroll in courses at select partner universities in Buenos Aires, as well as service learning and internship opportunities that are available.
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Cinema and Media Studies, Dance, Economics, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Music, Political Science, Spanish, Studio ArtLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

IES Chile: Santiago

IES offers 3 programs in Santiago, Chile. The Santiago Program: The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and Latin America. Courses are taught in Spanish by distinguished professors from IES Abroad partner universities. Santiago Summer - Health Studies Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors, this program offers you valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. Develop experience through clinical observation and participation in public health care projects, while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Santiago January Term - Health Studies The program consists of one course, Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile, divided into two components: Clinical Observation and Intensive Spanish for Beginners. The primary component, Clinical Observation, allows you to observe patient care in public and private clinics. A classroom seminar provides a framework for clinical observations and analyzes themes such as efficiency, equity, and the quality of service delivery to patients. Intensive Spanish for Beginners is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills focusing on medical terminology.
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Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall/Winter, Winter, Summer

IES Madrid

The IES Abroad Madrid Program is designed for those who want to experience the vitality of Spain by living in its capital city and through course enrollment at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), one of the country’s most distinguished universities. The IES Abroad Madrid Center is located in the heart of the Universidad Complutense’s main campus, inside the San Agustín Residence Hall. This location provides many opportunities to interact with the Spanish students living in the Colegio.The facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, student lounge and garden with WiFi Internet access, library, small gym, classrooms, and offices. Two museums, the Museo de América and the Museo del Traje, are within walking distance of the Center.
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Art History, European Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

IES Spain: Granada

The IES Granada, Spain program allows students to take full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program. Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce you to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada.
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SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring

IFSA-Butler: Buenos Aires

Program courses conducted in Spanish by Argentine faculty, Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course is mandatory for all students, one must choose at least one optional program course: Latin American and Argentine Literature or Argentine History.
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Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Summer

IFSA-Butler: Merida

Spanish language and culture classes in Merida, Mexico. The IFSA-Butler orientation includes a day trip to the archaeological site of Dzibilchanltun and to the beach port of Progreso, orientation also includes a tour of Mérida with historical information and social composition. The program fee includes three day-long field work experiences that are part of the academic program; destinations include an archaeological site in a historical town, fishing village, or nature preserve. Also included are cooking classes and exposure to the unique regional cuisine. The IFSA-Butler staff also organize outings to cultural events, museums and theaters.
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Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

ISA Lima - Universidad del Pacífico

The Latin American Studies and Economics program is designed for advanced students who would like to take a variety of courses with Peruvian students. There are numerous courses to choose from and the university specializes in business and economics. The UP recently added one or two Humanities courses in English for international students. All classes are taken at the University of the Pacific with Peruvian and international students.
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Economics, Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

ISA Madrid - Complutense University

ISA offers a diverse array of academic programs in Madrid for students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. Program participants will study at either the Complutense University of Madrid or Antonio de Nebrija University and may choose from summer, semester, trimester, or year sessions. Depending on language level, students will take courses from a wide variety of subject areas including Spanish language, history, literature, culture, art history, geography, business, political science, economics, and psychology. All courses in Madrid are taken with either international students or Spanish students and are taught by faculty from the host university.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall, Winter, Spring

ISA Salamanca - University of Salamanca

Salamanca was the first program site where the initial group of ISA students studied abroad in 1987. Salamanca (160,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic possibilities, assorted cultural opportunities, and proximity to Madrid. Students of all levels will find opportunities to improve their Spanish language skills at the oldest and most prestigious university in Spain, the University of Salamanca. Conveniently located adjacent to the university, ISA's Salamanca office offers students computer usage for school work and e-mail, travel tips and books, community volunteer information, tutoring services, details about upcoming excursions, and the opportunity to practice Spanish with the ISA staff. ISA alumni consistently comment that their study abroad experiences were positively accented by the ISA staff and the format of the ISA program in Salamanca.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall, Winter

ISA San Jose, Costa Rica

ISA students will be engaged both culturally and academically while studying at Veritas University or the ULACIT (Latin American University of Science and Technology). For convenience, the ISA office is located on the university side of town. Students rave about the ISA staff and the program's success in helping them to achieve their study abroad and foreign language goals. At the ISA office, participants can check e-mail, obtain travel information, receive tutoring, and obtain details for upcoming ISA excursions. Participants find the San José study abroad program particularly rewarding due to the friendly locals (called Ticos) and numerous activities the city has to offer. Also an important highlight is San José's central location which makes it easy for touring beautiful Costa Rica.
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Economics, Latin American Studies, Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Spring, Summer

ISA Santander - Menendez Pelayo International University

Santander, located in northern Spain, offers an extraordinary landscape on the shores of the Bay of Biscay and has been described as Spain's "most elegant city." While the climate throughout much of the year is rainy, Santander is full of beauty with lush green trees and rolling green hills surrounding the city. With this green backdrop, Santander's beaches are known to be the best and most appreciated natural spaces, offering both small and large sandy beaches, some sheltered from the wind with calm waters and others open to the bay with more surf. Next to these beaches, beautiful natural areas look out over the coast, like Piquío with its emblematic gardens. Also, the Parque de La Magdalena faces the island of Mouro and surrounds the Palacio de la Magdalena, the most famous view in Santander.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Summer

Knox College in Buenos Aires, Argentina

With discussion on The Dirty Wars, "los desaparecidos," and Trials of the New Democracy (1983), the Knox Program in Buenos Aires is unique in offering dramatic engagement with the history, politics, and economic justice issues of Argentina. Distinctive features of the program are its concentration on the southern cone and contacts with grassroots organizations for social change.
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History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, SpanishLatin America Fall

MIddlebury Schools in Latin America

Intended for students with an advanced proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, the direct enrollment structure of the School in Latin America provides students with the opportunity to increase their language abilities through constant interaction with native speakers. Whether spending time with local students in their classes, their colleagues at an internship placement, or in their homestays, students use their language in a very real immersion environment. Students enroll directly at one of twenty universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, taking courses in Spanish or Portuguese in fields from Political Science to Public Health. With a diversity of choices in cities as cosmopolitan and international as Buenos Aires, or the regionally unique Valdivia in Southern Chile, students choose their location based upon their academic and personal goals and interests.
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Portuguese, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

NYU Summer in Madrid

NYU Summer in Madrid offers Spanish language courses at all levels, including intensive study, as well as Spanish literature, culture, fine arts, history, and cinema courses in English or Spanish. Courses are taught by NYU in Madrid faculty and Spanish university professors who are recognized experts in their fields. Students also enjoy a full range of cultural activities, seminars, and excursions led by experts in history, art, and architecture. Visits include the world-renowned Prado museum, other important museums and monuments, and Old Madrid, the "Greenwich Village" of this historic city. In addition, students' knowledge and understanding of Spain is broadened by excursions to other regions and cities such as Cordoba, Granada, and Toledo.
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European Studies, History, Literary and Cultural Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Summer

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in Costa Rica: Global Health

OTS and Duke University sponsor the semester on Global Health, a program designed primarily for pre-med, biology, public health, and natural science majors to be trained in research in the areas of tropical medicine and public health in Costa Rica. Our 15-week undergraduate semester abroad program emphasizes the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and research topics in these subjects. Instruction focuses on the internationally-recognized OTS method of field-based, hands-on learning.
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Biology, Latin American Studies, Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in Costa Rica: Tropical Biology

Live and work at 6 different field stations, in 6 different ecosystems throughout Costa Rica. The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) ecology, complemented by a strong foundation in the social, political, economic, and scientific aspects of resource management and conservation. The semester program, designed for biology majors but open to students from all disciplines, represents a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of field ecology under the direct guidance of experienced ecologists. Our programs are academically rigorous and field-based. Students have ample opportunity to enjoy a hands-on, participatory learning process, as well as to expand their academic and personal horizons in the context of a supportive learning environment.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

Peruvian Universities

Direct Enrollment in Peruvian universities through IFSA Butler. A variety of courses are available; refer to the program website or consult Off-Campus Studies for further information. Peruvian Universities located in Lima.
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Direct Enrollment: Many Courses Offered, Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Direct Enrollment.
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Art History, Dance, Educational Studies, Environmental and Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Studio Art, Theater ArtsLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

Based in Buenos Aires, this program provides students interested in public health, health sciences, development studies, and other disciplines the opportunity to scrutinize health-related challenges in urban environments. Students will learn from academics and practitioners associated with leading institutions in Argentina, including ISALUD University and Hospital El Cruce.
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Development Studies, Public Health/Pre-Med Studies, Spanish, Urban StudiesLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change

Examine the development strategies of South America’s Southern Cone countries - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Students consider the economic and social integration efforts through the experience of MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur/Southern Common Market). Each student is presented with social, political, and economic problems as it deals with internal, regional, and global shifts. Based in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, students travel on educational excursions to three of the four MERCOSUR member nations. Lectures encompass each country's political and economic history while looking at salient social issues sets the stage for a deeper understanding on educational excursions. Field visits cover relevant issues such as alternative development, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and cultural identity. Students also gain insight into the different countries' view of MERCOSUR, its benefits and its problems.
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Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

Gain firsthand knowledge about diverse social movements and the struggle for human rights in Argentina. Argentina is a country renowned for heroic efforts against impunity, economic disenfranchisement, and social exclusion. Students travel throughout the nation, visiting social activists, local scholars, indigenous leaders, environmental advocates, rural organizers, and others who share their struggles, hopes, and dreams for their community, nation, and world.
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History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

Explore how identities, cultural processes, and resources determine who controls and benefits from development in Bolivia. The program includes field excursions to Bolivia’s tropical lowlands and the altiplano, including spectacular Lake Titicaca and the world's highest capital city, La Paz. Homestays and intensive Spanish language instruction allow students to become deeply immersed in urban and rural Bolivian communities. Through the program’s thematic seminar, students consider the country’s contemporary economic development challenges, particularly among Bolivia’s large indigenous populations. Major topics of study include: Bolivia’s historical foundations, Andean and Amazonian culture and cosmovision and Development models and practices.
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Development Studies, Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change

Examine the powerful relationship between education and social change. Consider the ways in which educational politics, strategy, and pedagogy influence society in Chile and Argentina. Students engage in rigorous academic coursework and research on the educational systems in urban and rural areas in Chile and Argentina, and observe first-hand the application of popular education as a tool for social change. The program offers students the opportunity to interact with prominent academics, policy makers, activists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to gain a panoramic understanding of the forces affecting Chile and Argentina's educational policies.
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Educational Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

Examine the political history of Chile in a contemporary cultural context. Gain insights into the forces at play as Chile works to reconcile with its past while moving forward politically, socially, and economically. Chile’s return to civilian rule after 18 years of military dictatorship has generated international interest. Recent efforts to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have spurred worldwide debate on human rights and social justice, while economic policies and the actions of increasingly vocal indigenous groups fuel further debat
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Development Studies, Economics, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Chile: Social, Economic, and Political Transformation

Explore the political, social, and geographic dynamics shaping Chile's economic development. Students examine industries such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and tourism to develop a panoramic understanding of how the global market and local and foreign policies impact Chile’s export-driven economy. Students interact with policy analysts, government officials, union activists, and community leaders to learn about the broad influence of globalization on Chile's multinational companies as well as small-scale cooperatives and micro-enterprises. Intensive Spanish language study and homestays with host families in Santiago and Valle de Elicura connect students with Chilean culture and facilitate cross-cultural communication and field study.
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Development Studies, Economics, History, Political Economy, Political Science, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Explore the natural history of tropical ecosystems and the complexities of human adaptations to different environments in Ecuador. This country is home to more than 1,500 species of birds and 10 percent of the world’s known vascular plant species. Interactions with community members and local stakeholders who are grappling with conservation strategies within the context of heightened political, economic, and social pressures provide valuable context. The program base is historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Educational excursions take students to the high sierras of the Andes, the epiphyte-rich cloud forest, the rugged snow-line páramo, and the vast rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A guided, weeklong visit to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands provides access to plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Ecuador: Culture and Development

Discover a stunning range of natural environments and rich and diverse traditional heritage in Ecuador, a country rooted in ancient cultures. Today, development in this highly indigenous nation faces new challenges, including the recent dollarization. As Ecuador copes with political and economic transition, increasing participation on the part of indigenous organizations offers hope for a more inclusive and representative democracy. Quito, Ecuador's picturesque 9,000-foot-high capital, is a bustling city with international, colonial, and indigenous influences. Homestays in the semirural outskirts of Quito, as well as educational excursions to communities in the high sierras of the Andes, Amazon basin, and Pacific Coast, further students' understanding of the impact of Ecuador's cultural, political, and economic transformation on its national and cultural identity.
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Economics, Environmental and Technology Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Nicaragua: Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society

Examine the different ways in which Nicaraguan movements are shaped by domestic and external influences, including US foreign policy. Students consider the repercussions of recent Central American revolutionary movements, including those focused on women, indigenous people, campesinos/as, and the environment, and also discuss Nicaragua’s future.
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History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Political Science, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

The program gives students a rare opportunity to study tropical ecology up close in one of the world’s most diverse wildlife and plant environments. Students interact with research and conservation experts, local organizations, and indigenous groups to gain an in-depth understanding of how issues related to development and conservation affect lives and livelihoods within local communities. Intensive language instruction and homestays with host families in both urban and rural settings give students a rare, personal experience of the country, its cultures and livelihoods.
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Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, SpanishLatin America Winter/Spring

SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Examine traditional and contemporary societies in Peru, home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the Americas. This program explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups. Topics for study include: rights, advocacy, and policy; community development; the arts, including pre-Columbian artistic expression; identity-recognition; and impact of international corporations.
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Development Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Spain: Language, Community, and Social Change

The program combines intensive language study with coursework on Spain’s society and community service. Students are completely immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students of all levels have the opportunity to rapidly improve their Spanish while examining the political, social, and cultural forces shaping contemporary Spain. The program’s seminar explores Spain’s turbulent history, growing domestic diversity, and deeper integration within the European Union. Students also conduct a community project appropriate to their language proficiency level. The project enables students to expand language immersion and community involvement while forming partnerships with their host community. Students live for twelve weeks with a host family in Granada and spend three days at a rural house in the "Alpujarras" within the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The program also includes a five-day academic excursion in northern Morocco.
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European Studies, SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Fall, Winter/Spring

Spanish Studies Abroad: Alicante, Spain

If you are looking to study abroad in Spain, you will find that the city Alicante provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with many opportunities to meet Spanish students and enjoy the local culture. Spanish Studies Abroad students study onsite at Universidad de Alicante, which allows students at any Spanish language level the opportunity to become integrated into Spanish student life.
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SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Fall/Winter, Winter, Winter/Spring, Summer

Spanish Studies Abroad: Argentina

Spanish Studies program in Córdoba, Argentina is a great way to experience life at an Argentine university while immersing yourself in the local culture. This program is designed for the student that has completed one semester of intermediate college Spanish. Students will attend classes with other international students at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) through their international department, thePrograma de Español y Cultural Latinoamericana (PECLA). In addition to living with a host family, Spanish Studies students will participate in a variety of cultural activities and excursions around Córdoba and beyond.
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SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring

Spanish Studies Abroad: Cordoba, Argentina

For a true cultural immersion experience with ample opportunity to improve your Spanish, Córdoba is an ideal destination. While studying abroad in Córdoba, you will not only learn a new language, but also learn more about yourself and others through your interactions with Argentine culture. The sights, sounds, and tastes that you experience during your daily life in Argentina will help you to define your experience and teach you about the Argentine way of life.
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Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, Summer

Spanish Studies Abroad: Cuba

Spanish Studies Abroad offers you a unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of America's nearest and most significant neighbors. You will take classes at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba's principal and earliest institution of higher education. Our programs also include participation in an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people.
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SpanishLatin America Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, Summer

Spanish Studies Abroad: Seville

Seville, a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, is the centerpiece of your study abroad experience. Seville has a temperate climate and rich cultural life. As the land of Carmen and Don Juan, Seville embodies the culture of Southern Spain.
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SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Fall/Winter, Winter Break, Winter, Winter/Spring, Summer

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

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Archaeology, Educational Studies, Latin American Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

Universidad de San Andrés

Founded in 1989, the Universidad de San Andrés is a small, private university that quickly earned national and international recognition for its academic excellence. The director of the Foreign Studies Office and staff conduct an academic and cultural orientation at the beginning of each semester. The two-day orientation program is designed to aid students with their adjustment to Argentina, facilitates, cultural understanding on an academic and social level, and provides practical information. Throughout the semester, the Foreign Studies Office organizes excursions to sites in and around the capital.
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Latin American Studies, SpanishLatin America Fall, Winter/Spring

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

Direct Enrollment
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Art History, Latin American Studies, Spanish, Studio ArtLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

University of Minnesota in Mérida, Venezuela

Live and study in Venezuela. Spend the semester surrounded by the peaks of the Andes. Explore the cloud forest, ride on the tallest cable car in the world, visit Angel Falls, eat arepas, and become an expert at reaggaton all while enjoying great individual academic attention by native Venezuelans and living "la vida chevere."
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SpanishLatin America Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

University of Minnesota in Toledo, Spain

This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega y Gasset Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Based in a converted 16th Century convent, the program offers modern learning facilities surrounded by spectacular views of the city, and easy access to the downtown area and public transit. In addition to the opportunity to improve Spanish language ability, the program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Located just an hour from Madrid, Toledo is an excellent base from which to explore Spain.
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SpanishEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

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