We encourage students to meet with a Latin American Studies faculty member to discuss study abroad possibilities and find the program that best suits their academic needs and interests. Students are required to meet with the LAS Coordinator after completing the Study-Abroad Advising Form [PDF].
In order to apply study abroad courses toward a Latin American Studies minor/special major, courses must have a Latin American focus, and study abroad coursework must be pursued in Spanish. Students must complete SPAN 004 or its equivalent before going abroad. Students are encouraged to complete the introductory requirement (LASC 005, HIST 004, or SPAN 010) before going abroad. Spanish language courses do not count toward a LAS special major or minor.
Latin American Studies minors and special majors can transfer two courses taken abroad, with the pre-approval of the LAS program coordinator, toward their academic program. Only one of these two courses may be approved as a LAS Interdisciplinary credit. Please see the Interdisciplinary Transfer Credit Application [PDF] form for procedures and criteria regarding LAS interdisciplinary credit, including internships.
Students are encouraged to take courses that do not duplicate those offered at Swarthmore. Students can choose from a wide range of destinations from the following list of approved programs:
|Students will explore social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts of globalization on local communities in the Patagonian Andes region of Argentina. Through an interdisciplinary seminar, the program investigates issues of cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability, examining local case studies on energy production, labor movements, and rights of indigenous Mapuche communities. Students participate in a service-learning project in Bariloche (community/public health with a local clinic; environmental conservation and education with the National Parks Service; indigenous rights and preservation of cultural heritages; among others). In addition, students choose two additional course electives with Argentine students and faculty at the Universidad FASTA. The program coursework is in Spanish, and includes a pre-semester Spanish language intensive as well as a semester-long Spanish course focusing on academic writing, reading and oral skills. Students live in home-stays for full cultural immersion.|
|IFSA - Butler Univ.
|Mendoza is located in the Andes foothills and is the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country. Students take classes at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, which offers two program courses designed specifically for IFSA students. There are many opportunities for qualified students to participate in fine arts and musical activities. The city offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation.|
|Middlebury in San
Miguel de Tucumán
|Tucumán is the vibrant economic and cultural center of the Andean Northwestern Region (NOA) and neighboring countries. Andean indigenous groups are more strongly represented in this region of the country than elsewhere. In addition to two to four university courses and an internship, students are required to take a writing course. Students take classes at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán.|
|The Swarthmore Program in Buenos Aires facilitiates a strongly personalized academic and living experience in one of the largest and most cosmopolitan Latin American cities. Its goals underline Spanish language acquisition and improvement, in-depth exposure to historic and contemporary Buenos Aires, and academic training tailored to the specific interests of the student. The preliminary definition of the academic plan begins at Swarthmore with the support of SC professors. Contact Prof. Diego Armus for more information.|
|IFSA Butler University
in Chile (Chilean
|Students can choose between two programs: Santiago and Valparaíso. All classes are integrated with degree-seeking students and taught by Chilean faculty. In Santiago, the program allows students to enroll directly in classes with local students at up to three different universities. In addition, the program offers two classes designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants as well as a directed research project option. The Valparaíso program allows you to enroll directly in classes at three different universities with local students. In addition, it offers three program classes, and an internship (Internship in Community Action). Five semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent are required.|
|Middlebury in Chile||Students have the option of directly enrolling in nine different universities in six locations: La Serena, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia, Santiago, and Valparaíso. In addition to two to four university courses and an internship, students are required to take the "cuaderno" course, a journal-webblog-keeping workshop.|
|Tufts-in-Chile allows students to study at one of the region's leading schools, the University of Chile in Santiago, for the fall semester or academic year. Since students take regular courses at the university, fluency is Spanish is important. Participants are expected to have completed the equivalent of six semesters of college-level Spanish. This program should be of interest to students in Latin American studies, international relations, environmental studies, and the social sciences. Preference will be given to students who have taken coursework on Latin America, or have shown in other ways, an interest in the region.|
|IFSA Bulter University
in Costa Rica
|The program is situated in Heredia at the Universidad Nacional and combines excellent academics with extensive opportunities to get involved in campus life and the surrounding community. Students can cross-enroll in a variety of departments and take classes with Costa Rican students. All coursework is in Spanish. Opportunities to volunteer are available for IFSA-Butler students in many different fields: environmental projects, working in rural communities, beach patrolling to protect turtles, community work in an indigenous town, or tutoring children after school. Four semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent is required.|
|Pitzer College in Costa Rica||Pitzer’s program provides cultural immersion and cultural instruction in two communities in Costa Rica and an opportunity to complete a culminating independent study project on a regional issue. Students begin with intensive Spanish Language study and a home stay in San Jose, the capital. During the second homestay in a rural area near Pitzer College’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology on the Pacific Coast, families serve as important resources for students’ understanding of issues they will study in their independent research project.|
|ICADS – Costa Rica||
Field Program: Environment and Sustainable Development
In ICADS' semester-long Field Program, students gain research experience in both the natural sciences (forest ecology, agro-ecology, soil sciences) and social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, economics) while learning to address environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are provided with the analytical tools and research expertise to make meaningful contributions to ongoing work in the area of “sustainable development,” with the recognition that workable solutions to environmental conflicts can only come from an understanding of the intersection between community needs, ecosystem dynamics, and political-economic systems.
College in Cuba
|This program is built on the philosophy of small classes and opportunities for individual research. It offers a wide range of elective courses in the humanities, social sciences, visual/performing arts, and film studies, taught by recognized experts in their field. All classes are taught in Spanish. You can expect most of your classmates to be Cuban. The core seminar course (designed exclusively for Sarah Lawrence in Cuba students) is conducted through Centro de Estudios Demográficos (CEDEM), a unique research center at the University of Havana. This core seminar examines gender, health, education, and sustainable development.|
International Educational Exchange
|This program is designed for students with two-years of college-level Spanish or equivalent, and an interest in Caribbean area studies. Optional community service courses with practicums in areas of health, education, civic action. Classes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).|
|HECUA - Ecuador||The Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) Program offers a semester of study and experience with a focus on community participation and social change in the Andean region. It addresses issues such as: globalization, environment, oil politics, and ethnicity and national identity. Students are deeply immersed into Latin American life through a homestay, a hands-on internship, field seminars with local experts and activities, and an independent study. Courses, internships, and field projects are conducted entirely in Spanish. Field trips to regions outside Quito are also included.|
|Pitzer in Ecuador||This program affords students the opportunity to enroll in a consortium of local universities, choose from specialized curricula, work with a culturally diverse faculty, and participate in a variety of community-based, service learning experiences.|
|University of Arizona
|The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to a study abroad program in Antigua. The program offers a variety of Latin American Studies, History, Anthropology, Politics, Environmental Studies and Spanish classes (including Central American literature) taught by professors from Central America. Students can also study a Mayan language. Classes are designed to give in-depth and on-the-ground views of social justice, peace and development issues. The program offers engaging field trips throughout Guatemala related to course material. Internships and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community for academic credit are available.|
Border Studies Program
|The Border Studies Program combines rigorous academic study, practical on-site learning, travel seminars and structured reflection that engages students in some of today's most urgent social, economic, and ecological matters. Based in the southern Arizona borderlands in Tucson, Arizona, and facilitates the examination of issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment. Peers, scholars, farmers, indigenous, state authorities, migrants and activists in Mexico and the U.S. contribute to the learning process. Extensive travel seminars and excursions to Mexico and Guatemala are an integral part of the learning process, providing students with a more holistic understanding of the borderlands and the relationship the region has to broader global issues. Students take a variety of courses on migration, a course on qualitative research methodology, and a class on identity, privilege and social change. Two years of college level Spanish (or equivalent) are required for this spring program. The program is willing to work with students to assist with their participation.|
|IFSA-Butler offers semester and full-year study abroad programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) in Mérida, allowing students to enroll directly in classes at UADY. The program has a commitment to archaeology and anthropology thanks to its location among some of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Mexico. A full range of coursework is available in the social sciences, humanities, education, and sciences. Several volunteer opportunities are available. Past students have worked with orphanages, local schools, museums, radio stations, and with rural communities in health-related fields. Four semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent are required.|
|Rutgers in Yucatán||Students take classes along with local Mexican students at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. Choose from a full range of courses including archeology, anthropology, history, literature, communications, and the sciences.|
|This program in Xalapa, Veracruz is structured in coordination with schools and search institutes of the UV. It offers academic and administrative services to students who wish to undertake research or in-depth study of a special topic among those availabie at our university in the areas of Humanities, Art, Econmics, Business, Technology, Biological Sciences, or Health. This program is comprised of 20 hours for which two credits are granted, and is available all year, including summer.|
|IFSA - Butler in Lima||The program facilitates direct enrollment in classes with Peruvian students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), one of the highest ranked universities in Latin America. It offers two courses designed specifically for IFSA participants: "Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture" and "Peruvian Social Reality," as well as a required service-learning component through community service and research with major NGOs in Lima. Interested students have the opportunity to enroll in the Social Constructions of Gender and Community Based Organizations concentration. Archaeology majors can work at Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Incan site.|
|State University of NY
|Students in this program are allowed access to all courses offered at the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, and attend courses alongside Puerto Rican and international students.|