Study Abroad for LALC majors

View of Mendoza, Argentina

LALC majors are strongly encouraged to enrich their understanding of the region by studying in one of Dickinson's programs abroad. We offer a Dickinson program that combines one month in Ecuador and a semester or academic year in Argentina, and a Dickinson partner program in Brazil (semester and academic year).

Dickinson in South America
(Ecuador and Argentina)

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 LALC 203/SPAN 252).

Second, students travel to Mendoza, Argentina, where they take a class to reinforce their Spanish and a class on Argentina's culture, history, politics, and philosophy (this class transfers as LALC 204/SPAN 362). 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.


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

For more information, contact:
Prof. Héctor Reyes-Zaga, On-Campus Coordinator
or visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement 

Partner Program in Brazil (São Paulo)  

CIEE is our partner program in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently, we offer two tracks: Liberal Arts and Business + Culture  

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. 


  • 2.8 GPA for Liberal Arts / 3.0 GPA for Business + Culture
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • 4 semesters of Spanish or 1 semester of Portuguese for Liberal Arts / 2 semesters of Spanish or 1 semester of Portuguese for Business + Culture

For more information, contact:
Prof. Edvan Brito, On-Campus Coordinator
or visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement