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.

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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.


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.

Contact HECUA today!
Mail #36, 1536 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104-1284
Telephone: 651-646-8831
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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.

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