Study Abroad for LALC majors

Collage of photos from Mendoza in 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. Maria Bruno, On-Campus Coordinator
or visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement 

Partner Program in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)  

Train crossing the bridge

CIEE is our partner program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, we offer one track for fall 2018. 

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts track is intended for students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or Intermediate Portuguese (PORT 200 or 201). A four-week intensive Portuguese language course occurs before the beginning of the semester. The program is affiliated with the PUC-Rio (Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), and students have access there to a full range of courses in Art, Business, Economics, Communications, History, Geography, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Literature, Psychology, Social Service, Sociology, and Theology. All classes are taught in Portuguese. During the semester, students take three courses: a Portuguese language course at CIEE, and two courses at PUC-Rio.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Portuguese 200/201 or 4 semesters of Spanish

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