Semester and Year-Long Programs


Buenos Aires (IES)
Early March to mid-July or late-July to mid-December, also full year option: March to mid-December

This program, intended for students who have had at least two years of college level Spanish, is located in the capital city of Argentina. It is designed to increase Spanish language proficiency, examine area studies in a wide range of disciplines, and immerse students in the future of Argentina. Area studies courses are offered in Spanish and English in a wide range of disciplines, including Anthropology, Business, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, and Theater. Courses are taught by local university faculty at the IES Center. Students are also encouraged to enroll in partner university courses at Uiversidad de Bueos Aires (Philosophy, Literature, Architecture and Design), the Universidad del Museo Social Argentino, the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte, or the Universidad Torcuato di Tella. In addition, all IES students can enroll in a discipline-specific Internship seminar with an accompanying placement. Internships are offered in the Arts, Business, Education, Government, Human Rights, and Public Health.

IES Buenos Aires students enroll in one of four language programs – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, or Advanced Honors.

Chile: Valparaiso (CIEE)
Mid-February to early-July or mid-July to mid-December, also full-year option: mid-February to mid-December

This program, which requires that students have completed one college level Spanish course or the equivalent, is located in Valparaiso, a tranquil but still exciting city of around 270,000. It is designed for relatively independent students who seek to matriculate in regular university courses at the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso and who have a keen interest in contemporary Chilean coastal city life and society. This program is most appropriate for students who want to take courses in literature, history, environmental studies, oceanography and psychology, although other majors are also offered. There also exists the possibility, in certain situations, for students to take courses in instrumental music at the conservatory. This program is not appropriate for students who have the intention of studying political science, anthropology, or sociology because they are not offered at the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso. All course work is in Spanish.

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

ACM: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment (fall only) is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of life of Latin America and wishing to develop fluency in Spanish. This program, which focuses on humanities and social sciences, is designed to take full advantage of its Costa Rican setting. Language study is stressed as the key to understanding the culture.Course work in language, literature, geography, anthropology, politics and cultural change enables students to develop insights which are reinforced by field trips and two weeks of field work in rural areas. In San José and its environs, students live with families both to improve their language ability and to enjoy personal involvement in the daily life of a Latin American community.

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

The Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities Program (winter/spring) is designed for advanced work in the natural and social sciences. Independent research in the humanities is also encouraged. Costa Rica supports an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life and provides rich research opportunities for students of tropical biology and ecology. An equally broad range of research topics is available for students of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, geology, history, political science, and sociology. Students prepare for their research during a month-long orientation which includes intensive language training, and a review of field work methodology. Their field study may be integrated with an ongoing project or undertaken independently under the supervision of a faculty advisor.


Social Change in Latin America
HECUA’s Latin America programs offer an up-close perspective on community issues and social change. Three programs are available to choose from: South American Urban Semester (SAUS), Community Internships in Latin America (CILA), and Environment, Economy and Community in Latin America (EECLA). They are all interdisciplinary and experiential in their approach to learning, combining classroom seminars with real-life experiences. Homestays with both urban and rural families provide an intensive experience of local culture and language.

Programs vary by method of learning- SAUS and EECLA utilize extensive small group field projects while CILA has an internship as a key part of the program. Programs vary by theme- SAUS focuses on urbanization and development, EECLA emphasizes the environment and the impact of contrasting world views, while CILA examines the role of community participation in making social change. Programs vary by term- SAUS and CILA are offered in the fall, EECLA is offered in the spring.

Students interested in a full-year experience may choose to enroll in two Latin America programs, or consider fall term in Latin America and spring term in one of HECUA’s U.S. programs, to make the global-local connection.

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Politics, Development & the City
Politics, Development & the City explores historical and current issues related to rural-urban migration, industrialization, government policies and effects on human communities. Students compare and critique theories of development and then explore their usefulness and limitations in understanding the region and its global context. “Spanish in the Field” courses facilitates significant language learning directly related to content and field experiences across the program. Students engage in dialogue with Latin American faculty and guest lecturers, activists and leaders from local communities. Learning is brought to life through small group field projects and experiences with organizations working on urban issues. Students observe, interview and make direct contact with local citizens and organizations to better understand local conditions and efforts to bring about change. Each student also carries out an independent study project on a topic of personal choice, which includes hands-on field research.
In Guatemala City, students stay with a host family. A two-week field excursion to Ecuador offers an experience rich in ethnic groups, cultural diversity and natural environments.

Guatemala and Cuba

Environment, Economy and Community in Latin America (EECLA)
This program explores the impact of global development on local culture and environment and the response of indigenous communities and other affected groups. An engaging interdisciplinary approach guides students in developing a broad and interconnected understanding of current political, economic, and social conditions in Guatemala. Fascinating comparative perspectives are provided through study-travel to Cuba. Environmental and development issues are examined by looking at market and community economy models and their respective practices and ethical implications. Students conduct a variety of field projects in small groups to learn about environmental and development efforts. Students gain hands-on experience through field placements with organizations working in the Guatemalan highland. There you can explore the limits and possibilities of classroom theories and concepts in the context of complex real-life experiences in the community. In all these aspects, you will engage in dialogue with faculty, guest lecturers, activists and community leaders. By living short-term with a Mayan host family in the Lake Atitlan region, students develop a critical understanding of rural living conditions and their connection with the urban centers. In Guatemala City, students will stay with a host family.


Seville Program (CIEE)
Semester I, Semester II or full year
Students of sophomore standing or higher, interested in Spanish language and culture, may participate in the academic program in Seville offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange. The program assumes that the student has already achieved the capacity to work in Spanish as the sole medium of study and endeavor. This capacity gives students in Seville access to courses in Spanish language and literature, history, anthropology, archeology, art history, psychology and sociology, some of which are available through the regular curriculum of the University of Seville.