Programs Abroad

For more detailed information on all programs see the Center for Global Study and Engagement.

Málaga, Spain

Dickinson offers three programs in Málaga: 1) a full academic year; 2) a fall or spring semester only program, or 3) a language-intensive Summer Immersion Program.

Dickinson College offered its first full-year study abroad program in Spain in 1985 in cooperation with the Universidad de Málaga. Since that time, Dickinson has expanded its offerings in Málaga and now runs a comprehensive program that focuses on Spanish language and literature, culture and society and includes internships and courses in economics and international business. Program participants have the opportunity to sample courses offered at the Teatinos campus of the Universidad de Málaga, which has eight schools and institutes and more than 50,000 students. For Dickinson students, this is an opportunity to integrate in Spanish university life and to see how the experience of attending a large university compares to that of attending a small liberal-arts college. Internships are available only in the spring semester to full academic-year students. Please consult the Center for Global Study and Engagement for more information.

Application Deadline: Spring semester, Sept. 15. Fall semester or full year, Feb. 15.

Special requirements: 3.0 GPA and Spanish 231 at Dickinson College

Course Listing for the Dickinson Study center in Málaga

Málaga Summer Immersion

The five-week Málaga Summer Immersion program allows students to expand their linguistic ability and develop cultural awareness of the Hispanic world. While living in Málaga, students will also acquire an understanding of the history and culture of a Hispanic civilization. Program participants are required to abide by a language policy to speak only in Spanish for the duration of the program. 

Academic Credit: The Summer Immersion program is designated as Spanish 200. Students who successfully complete the program will earn one course credit (the equivalent of four semester hours). Students will receive a letter grade for the course. 

Application Deadline: Feb. 1

Requirements: 2.8 GPA and Spanish 116

Dickinson in South America: Mendoza, Argentina & Cuenca, Ecuador

The Dickinson in South America program offers students the unique opportunity to live and study in two countries-Ecuador and Argentina-during one semester or the full academic year.

First, students participate in a four-week, intensive course in Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a highland river valley in the Andes, and students enroll at CEDEI, a multidimensional educational institution. The course at CEDEI focuses on Spanish language immersion as well as on Ecuadorian and Andean history and culture (this class transfers as SPAN 252/LALC 203).

Second, students travel to Mendoza, Argentina, where they take a class to reinforce their Spanish and another to learn about Argentina's culture, history, politics, and philosophy (this class transfers SPAN 362/LALC 204). Furthermore, students directly enroll in courses at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCuyo). UNCuyo is a prestigious university in Argentina with approximately 40,000 students. Students take classes in the schools of Philosophy and Letters, Political and Social Sciences, Arts and Design, and Economics. Independent multidisciplinary institutes offer classes in environmental sciences, earth sciences, energy, production and labor, basic sciences, etc.

During both parts of this program, students live with homestay families and have the opportunity to participate in several carefully planned excursions in the regions of Cuenca and Mendoza that supplement the academic curriculum.

Application Deadline: Spring semester, Sept. 15. Fall semester or Full Year, Feb. 15

Special requirements: 3.0 GPA, Spanish 231, 3 letters of recommendation (and a language evaluation), Interviews, in Spanish, may be conducted

For more information, contact:

Prof. Marcelo Borges, On-Campus Coordinator,
or visit the webpage of the Center for Global Study and Engagement.

Querétaro, Mexico (Currently Suspended)

The Dickinson in Mexico program is currently suspended due to the on-going US Department of State travel warning.

Dickinson students are encouraged to consider additional opportunities to study in Latin America including our Dickinson in South America program in Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina, as well as CIEE in São Paulo, Brazil.

Please visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement's Map Search for information on these and other Dickinson and Dickinson partner programs or contact the Center for Global Study and Engagement at

São Paulo, Brazil

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts track is intended for students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or Intermediate Portuguese (or the equivalent). The program is affiliated with the Catholic University of São Paulo, and students have access there to a full range of courses in Latin American studies, social sciences, and culture and literature. All classes are taught in Portuguese. During the semester, students also take Portuguese language and Brazilian Realities classes at CIEE. Enrollment at the university is preceded by an intensive five-week language and culture program and orientation, and students have the opportunity to enroll in the program for the fall, spring, or full academic year.

Business + Culture

The Business + Culture track is affiliated with the economics school of the Fundação Getulio Vargas, one of the most prestigious business schools in Latin America. This program neither requires previous knowledge of Portuguese nor Spanish, as students take classes in English with international students. Students that speak Portuguese fluently have the opportunity to take classes in Portuguese with Brazilian students. Before the beginning of the semester, students must enroll in the month-long intensive Portuguese language and Brazilian culture course, and take a Portuguese language class at CIEE during the semester. Students have the opportunity to enroll in this program for the fall, spring, or full academic year.

For more information please consult the Center for Global Study and Engagement.