Central and South America

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Brethren Colleges Abroad: Quito, Ecuador (Open to Spanish majors/minors only)

The BCA program in Quito is designed to serve the needs and goals of participating students and colleges. It takes into account the necessity of providing a solid academic experience which will be accepted by a large variety of U.S. colleges and universities. Students are able to attain international experience without falling behind in their academic programs in the United States, and experience the freedom to pursue individual goals, whether they be academic or strictly personal in nature. Students have the opportunity to pursue goals such as language learning, academic progress towards college degrees in the United States, and a profound cross-cultural experience based on cultural immersion, as well as individual, perhaps eclectic, goals which require both freedom and support from the program. BCA Quito Homepage

Creation Care Studies Program, Belize (Open to all majors)

This semester-long program explores biblical stewardship first-hand, as students study environmental issues in Belize. Designed for non-science majors, the program includes opportunities for study, reflection, research, and travel. During the program you will experience community in motion as you travel with a group of students for four months throughout the country of Belize. Rigorous classes will give you direct field experiences and confront you with current world issues. CCSP readily awaits adventure-seeking, biblically-minded students, who want to take on the challenge of learning how to care for God’s earth and all its creatures—both human and non-human. This program is open to students with a minimum 2.75 GPA. CCSP Belize Homepage

Development Studies Program, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Calvin College) (Open to Sociology and Anthropology majors only) (Fall only)

The Development Studies Program is a program of Calvin College based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Students study development by living with Honduran families and traveling to urban squatters' camps, remote rural villages, and tropical rain forests. Students will also talk with national leaders about Honduras’ problems and its future. It is an opportunity to experience hands-on the issues surrounding poverty, development, and living in the Third World. COURSES: Exploring a Third World Society (3), The Problem of Poverty (3), Development Theory in Practice (3), Spanish Language Study (3). This program is open to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Calvin Tegucigalpa Homepage

Global Health (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Students who go on this program will study scientific and social issues of tropical medicine, public health, and ethnobiology. Courses are taught by full-time physicians and scientists, with guest lecturers specializing in a variety of fields such as anthropology, sociology, tropical medicine, and biology. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and Panama to study and compare the health systems and cultures of neighboring countries. COURSES: Tropical Medicine and Public Health (4), Ethnobiology (4), Culture and Language in Costa Rica (4), Research Practicum (4). Duke OTS Homepage Global Health

Kansas University: San Jose, Costa Rica (Open to Spanish majors/minors only)

The “Grupo de Kansas” program is a unique program that allows students to directly enroll in classes at the University of Costa Rica, while providing a well-structured introduction to the country, its culture, and history. You will get to know Costa Rica by living with local families and participating in numerous orientation activities and field trips. All courses are taught in Spanish, so you will not only earn academic credit, you also will gain the ability to confidently use your Spanish language skills in both the classroom and in everyday life. KU San Jose Homepage

Latin American Studies Program, San Jose, Costa Rica (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region. Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both fall and spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); international business (offered only in fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama. One year of college Spanish or the equivalent is recommended. CCCU LASP Homepage

NYU Buenos Aires, Argentina (Open to Communication Studies majors/minors only)

NYU Buenos Aires offers students the exceptional opportunity to learn about the people, history, culture, politics, and economy of Argentina and the region while living in one of South America's most vibrant cities. The program focuses on Global Media, Journalism and Cinima. Courses are taught in Spanish and English by some of Argentina's most talented scholars, journalists, public health professionals, as well as renowned writers and musicians. All students at NYU Buenos Aires take a Spanish language course at their appropriate level upon arrival or, if advanced, an elective in the language. NYU Buenos Aires Homepage

Tropical Biology (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

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The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has three field sites (La Selva, Las Cruces, and Palo Verde) in Costa Rica where students can immerse themselves in the country's rich biodiversity. Each site is located in a unique habitat and specializes in a different kind of ecology research. Students will take four courses during the semester: Fundamentals of Tropical Biology (4), Environmental Science and Policy of the Tropics (4), Field Reseach in Tropical Biology (4), and Spanish Language and Latin American Culture (4). Duke OTS Homepage

University Studies Abroad Consortium: Heredia, Costa Rica (Open to Spanish majors/minors only)

The Heredia program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language while studying the diverse cultures of Latin America and the complexities of its societies. This learning and discovery will take place through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture. Previous USAC students have reported that a yearlong program was especially helpful in terms of language study and in becoming integrated into Costa Rican society. However, you may apply to attend a fall or spring semester only. USAC Heredia Homepage

University Studies Aboard Consortium: Puntarenas, Costa Rica (Open to Spanish majors/minors only)

The Puntarenas program is ideal for students who are interested in learning the Spanish language while studying the diverse cultures of Latin America and the complexities of its societies. This learning and discovery will take place through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture. Previous USAC students have reported that a yearlong program was especially helpful in terms of language study and in becoming integrated into Costa Rican society. However, you may apply to attend a fall or spring semester only. USAC Puntarenas Homepage

University Studies Abroad Consortium: Santiago, Chile (Open to Spanish majors/minors only) (Fall only)

This program is ideal for American students who wish to experience the charm and physical beauty of Chile. Students will study the Spanish language and the complexities of Chilean and contemporary Latin American societies through a wide selection of academic courses, as well as through personal interaction with the host culture. You are encouraged to opt for the appropriate language track which will fulfill foreign language requirements and enhance your ability to communicate during your stay in Chile. USAC Santiago Homepage