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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

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
Location: 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).

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.
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 Professor Paulette Peckol (Biology)

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 two semesters of college-level Spanish (Simth requirement).
Program Highlights: This program offers the opportunity to study in a country that is resource-rich, wonderfully biodiverse and, while rapidly developing, is increasingly recognized for its efforts to ensure conservation and the protection of natural resources. The Sustainable Development Studies program focuses on evaluating the actual success of Costa Rica's world-renowned conservation systems and developing alternative strategies for economic development and biodiversity conservation.

Cuba

Hampshire in Cuba
Terms: Spring
Location: Havana
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement)
Program Highlights: The Hampshire in Cuba program presents students with the unique opportunity to develop fully their academic potential within several disciplines. With renowned Cuban writers, historians, visual artists, performance artists, or musicians as tutors, the program caters to each individual student's set of academic goals. Students work in conjunction with tutors in directed semester-long projects, participate in an advanced Spanish class, as well as a formal course on Cuba and Cuban culture, co-taught by Hampshire and Cuban faculty.

Sarah Lawrence College in Cuba
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Havana
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement)
Program Highlights: As the longest continuously running study abroad program in Havana, the Sarah Lawrence in Cuba program offers a small and intimate classroom experience, as well as full Spanish language immersion. Each student in the Sarah Lawrence College in Havana program takes four courses for credit: an advanced Spanish class (unless near fluency is determined via a proficiency test); one core seminar on Cuban society and development; and two electives in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. All classes are taught in Spanish, alongside Cuban students at prestigious higher education institutions.

Ecuador

SIT Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Quito
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish, and majoring 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.
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.

Mexico

Special waivers are required of students electing to study in Mexico. See Smith College's Policy on U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings.

IFSA-Butler at Mérida Universities Program
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Mérida
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Prerequisites: Four semesters of Spanish (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: A high quality, fulfilling academic environment located in the largest city of the Yucatán and one of the safest in Mexico. Opportunity to study subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, public health, Latin American studies, sociology and more alongside local students. Study at two outstanding universities, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) and Universidad Modelo. Volunteer opportunities available with local organizations or UADY's student volunteer group Hoy en tu Comunidad.

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.