Study Abroad or Other Immersive Learning Experience
The Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS) encourages students to seek opportunities outside of Swarthmore to engage with the community in Latin America, the Hispanic Caribbean or the Latinx communities in the U.S. Students are required to spend one or more semesters engaging in an immersive experience off campus. By extending learning beyond the traditional classroom, students have distinctive opportunities for enriching intellectual experiences and unique opportunities for personal growth.
The immersive experience may take one of two forms:
either studying abroad in a program approved by both the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Off-Campus Study Office,
or completing a semester-long internship or community service project in Latin America or in a Latinx community in the U.S. The internship must be approved by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.
We encourage students to meet with LALS program coordinator or a LALS faculty member to discuss off-campus study opportunities and find the program that best suits their academic needs and interests.
In order to apply study abroad courses toward a Latin American and Latino Studies minor/special major, courses must have a Latin American focus, and study abroad coursework must be pursued in Spanish or Portuguese. Spanish language courses do not count toward a LALS special major or minor.
Students must complete SPAN 004 or its equivalent before going abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the introductory requirement (one of the following courses: ANTH 031C, HIST 004, POLS 057, or SPAN 012) before going abroad.
Latin American and Latino Studies minors and special majors can transfer up to two courses taken abroad, with the pre-approval of LALS program coordinator, toward their academic program. Students are encouraged to take courses that do not duplicate those offered at Swarthmore.
Students on financial aid may apply that aid to approved study abroad programs. An updated record of programs approved by Swarthmore's Off-Campus Study office can be found using their search tool.
Approved Programs in Latin America
- CASA-Chile: Santiago (Harvard University)
- IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Santiago
- Middlebury School in Chile
- Tufts in Chile
- IFSA-Butler Costa Rica Study Abroad Program at Universidad Nacional
- Pitzer College in Costa Rica
- ICADS – Costa Rica