What are the benefits of study abroad for someone in Latin American Studies?
While cross-cultural competency is important for any citizen, graduates of this degree
combine their classroom study with the immeasurable experiential growth that occurs
while living in another culture. This combination of classroom and real world experience
assures us that we are putting forth graduates who have the tools to live and work towards
a more peaceful and just socety. Students in this field must complete at least one study abroad or overseas internship experience to help them develop cross-cultural competence,
proficiency in a language other than English and learn about topics related to security
When is the best time for Latin American Studies students to go abroad?
Students should not wait until the last term of their senior year to satisfy this requirement.
Some students may choose to go abroad more than once in careful consultation with their
advisor. Timing depends on the exact requirements you’d like to fulfill, so start planning
early to identify the ideal timeline to go abroad.
What types of academic requirements can I fulfill abroad?
Study abroad or internship requirement: Students in this major must complete
an advisor-approved study abroad or internship experience(s) that reflects major/language
of study. Study abroad or internship must be at least 5 weeks in length.
Language requirements: Students in Latin American studies should choose an
experience related to their language(s) of study.
Major requirements: Students should focus upon courses which meet requirements
in the Global Studies major. Students should consult with their advisor for potential
exceptions for courses taken overseas to count toward the Latin American studies track.
University-wide and college requirements: Students may be able to take
courses that will fulfill Tier II and other college-level requirements, although this is not the
primary focus of the experience.
What are other academic considerations for someone in Latin American Studies?
Students should start at least a year in advance to plan for overseas internship or study
abroad and consult with education abroad staff and their academic advisor before committing to a program.
What do I do next?
Visit our Planning Your Experience page to discover the steps you'll need to take.
| Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for
Global Studies: Latin America
Ohio University study abroad programs
Ecuador: Language & Culture in Cuenca
Spring semester. Students study Spanish language and Latin American culture. Students must complete Spanish 2110 by the start of the program to participate.
Mexico: Language & Culture in Merida
Spring semester. Students study Spanish language and Latin American culture. Students must complete Spanish 1120 by the start of the program to participate.
IEP at OHIO
Costa Rica: Semester in Costa Rica
Peru: Semester in Cusco
Peru: Summer in Cusco
Non-Ohio University programs:
CIS/IEP - Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru
Academic year/semester and summer programs
CIEE - Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Academic year/semester program. This program offers courses in Portuguese language, communication, fine arts, history, geography, literature and more.
CIEE - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Academic year/semester program. This program offers courses in Portuguese language, anthropology, geography, history, international relations, performance arts and more.
Academic Programs International - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Academic year/semester program. This program offers courses in Spanish language, anthropology, geography, history, international relations, performance arts and more.
USAC - Santiago, Chile
Academic year/semester program. This program offers courses in Spanish language and Latin American studies.
SIT - La Paz, Bolivia
Spring semester. This program offers courses in Latin American revolutionary movements and Spanish language. Students must have completed at least three semesters of Spanish language prior to the program.
SIT - Cochabamba, Bolivia
Spring semester. This program offers courses in multiculturalism, globalization, and social change. Students must have completed at least three semesters of Spanish language prior to the program.
ISA - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Academic year/semester and summer program. This program offers courses in Latin American studies and Spanish language.
Additional opportunities available! Click here to view more program options & come to walk-in advising, Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM.
Transfer credit may be earned on approved Non-OHIO & exchange programs. Students participating on these programs should complete a Foreign Study Checklist (available at the Office of Education Abroad) to seek pre-approval prior to departure. Students wishing to utilize financial aid and scholarships, click here. OHIO scholarships may not apply to all programs listed on this page. Students should research the country where they plan to study at www.travel.state.gov. Students traveling to a country with a state department warning will be required to sign a waiver (available in the Walter International Education Center) prior to departure.
| Work, Volunteer, Intern suggestions for
Global Studies: Latin America
IEP International Education Programs
Customized internship opportunities available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain. Volunteer opportunities available in Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Philippines.
Cross Cultural Solutions
Internships and volunteer opportunities in Ghana, India, Costa Rica, China and more in areas like health, education and social services.
Employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities are available. Amnesty International currently has more than 100 volunteers and interns working for them.
United Nations Development Program
Work or volunteer to promote peace and global development abroad.
For an extensive list of opportunities to work, volunteer, or intern abroad please click here.
Students should consult their academic department regarding earning credit for internships. Students will not receive transfer credit for internship programs UNLESS the internship is required of a student’s major and the student receives pre-approval for the internship. Students should register with the Office of Education Abroad before traveling overseas.
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