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Americas & the Caribbean

Scholarship Opportunities

NSEP Boren Scholarships provide funding for students studying in various Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Argentina

CIEE Buenos Aires Liberal Arts
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year, Calendar Year
Location: Buenos Aires
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish
Program Highlights: The CIEE Study Center is hosted by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Students take university classes and program courses designed especially for US undergraduate students; housing options include boarding houses, homestays and apartments. Orientation, excursions and activities included in the program. Long break between semesters, during which full-year participants must make independent living arrangements.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor M. Estela Harretche (Latin American & Latino/a studies)

IFSA-Butler Argentine Universities Program
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Buenos Aires
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Five semesters of Spanish
Program Highlights: Integration into Argentine university system. Regular university course offerings are complemented by two special program courses open to program students only. All participants are required to take an intensive language course. Housing with Argentinean families. Orientation program included.

SIT Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Buenos Aires
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (required by Smith).
Program Highlights: Learn about diverse social movements and the struggle for human rights in Argentina. Five-week homestay in Buenos Aires; rural visits to two indigenous communities; educational excursions to Patagonia, Salta and Jujuy; a four-week independent study.

Bolivia

SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Cochabamba
Language of Instruction: Spanish, English
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (required by Smith)
Program Highlights: Discover how cultural processes, identities and resources determine who controls and benefits from development in Bolivia. Six-week homestay; educational excursions to La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Amboro National Park, Sucre and Potosi and Tropical Santa Cruz; and a four-week independent study.

Brazil

Brown in Brazil at Pontificia Univ. Católica
Terms: Fall, Year
LCOATION: Rio de Janeiro
Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Prerequisites: Three semesters of college-level Portuguese or equivalent proficiency.
Program Highlights: Opportunity for complete immersion in the Brazilian culture. One-month on-site orientation and field trips included.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Marguerite Harrison (Portuguese).

CIEE at the University of São Paulo or Salvador do Bahia
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year, Calendar Year
Location: São Paolo
Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Prerequisites: Three semesters of college-level Portuguese or equivalent proficiency.
Program Highlights: All students take regular university courses in addition to contemporary Brazil and Portuguese. Housing in homestays, apartments or boarding houses. Orientation, excursions and activities included.

SIT Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Salvador
Language of Instruction: Portuguese, English
Prerequisites: One year of Portuguese (Smith requirement), and previous college-level coursework in public health, development studies or related fields.
Program Highlights: Seven-week homestay, interaction with physicans and nurses, government health officials, herbalists, healers in the Candomble tradition and others; a four-week independent study.

SIT Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Fortaleza
Language of Instruction: Portuguese, English
Prerequisites: One year of Portuguese (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Eight-week homestay; educational excursions to Interior Ceara, Salvador and Bahia; and a four-week independent study project.

Canada

University of Toronto
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Toronto
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Study at one of five faculties: applied science and engineering; faculty of architecture, landscape and design; music; physical and health education; and arts and sciences. Extensive offerings for international students, including excursions and activities.

Chile

CIEE Chilean Universities in Santiago
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Santiago
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Students enroll in regular university courses taught in Spanish at the Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and program courses. Homestay accommodations. Program includes orientation, excursions and activities.

Note: Interested students may contact M. Estela Harretche (Spanish)

SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Valparaiso
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Explore the political history of Chile in a contemporary context. Six-week homestay; educational excursions to Santiago, Arica or Temuco; a four-week independent study project.

Costa Rica

Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University – Tropical Biology
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: La Selva, Palo Verde and Las Cruces
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Prerequisites: One year of college-level biology and four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Program emphasizes ecological and environmental issues as well as language study and cultural topics. All students enroll in tropical biology (fundamentals and field research), environmental science and policy and Spanish and Latin American culture. Three-week homestay. Program moves between three research stations in lowland rain forest, lowland dry forest, mid-elevation rain forest and other sites throughout Costa Rica.

Note: Interested students may contact Professors Paulette Peckol (biology), Esteban Monserrate or Thomas Litwin (Clark Science Center director).

School for Field Studies – Sustainable Development Studies
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Central Valley Region
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed a college-level course in each of the following: ecology or environmental studies; international development, economics or anthropology; and Spanish prior to participation.
Program Highlights: Program based on a small farm overlooking the Rio Grande River in the fertile Central Valley. Academic courses are supplemented by field work and research. Rustic on-site accommodations.

University of Kansas at the University of Costa Rica
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: San Jose
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish with "B" average
Program Highlights: During the academic year, participants enroll at the University of Costa Rica. Students must be proficient in Spanish in order to participate.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Ann Zulawski (history, Latin American studies)

Dominican Republic

CIEE Santo Domingo Liberal Arts
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Santo Domingo
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Five semesters of Spanish
Program Highlights: The CIEE Study Center is hosted by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) which is linked to other research and teaching centers throughout Latin America and was founded by UNESCO. Through CIEE electives, specialized study tracks, and direct enrollment in a number local universities, study abroad in Santo Domingo allows students to pursue their interests and explore the country and region alongside local and international students in a variety of academic settings. And with homestays, optional internships with local grassroots organizations, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of activities and excursions, studying abroad in the Dominican Republic offers students a uniquely immersive intercultural experience.

Ecuador

SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Quito
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement), and previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology or other related fields.
Program Highlights: Explore the natural history of tropical ecosystems; meet with community members and stakeholders struggling with conservation strategies. Eight-week homestay in Quito; educational excursions to Galapagos Islands, Paramo and highland Andes, Amazon rain forest and cloud forest; four-week independent study project.

SIT Ecuador: Development, Politics and Languages
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Quito
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Analyze the connections and interplay between language and power in Ecuador. Students will examine how language shapes politics, and how power works through language by exploring how different groups in Ecuador have used languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today; homestays in Quito and Los Chillos; educational excursions to Andean cloud forest, Ecuadorian Amazon, Guayaquil and coastal Ecuador; four-week independent study project.

Peru

IFSA-Butler at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year, Calendar year
Location: Lima
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Authentic Latin American culture and outstanding academics merge to create a study abroad experience like no other. At the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), students not only attend excellent classes taught by some of the top professors in Peru, but they can also attend international congresses and seminars, volunteer in the local community and travel to Peru's many natural wonders.

Turks and Caicos

School for Field Studies – Marine Resource Studies
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: South Caicos Islands
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: One college-level ecology or biology course
Program Highlights: Program focuses on the development and management of fishery resources and attractions offered by the spectacular marine environment. Academic courses are supplemented by field exercises and independent research. On-site housing in residence hall.