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Study Abroad

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's newest program: Dickinson in Brazil (semester and academic year).

Dickinson in Ecuador and Argentina

This Dickinson 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. Mariana Past, On-Campus Coordinator
or visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement 

Dickinson in Brazil
(São Paulo)  

People enjoying a Sunday in Avenida Paulista

São Paulo is Brazil's largest city and the University of São Paulo (USP) is one of the best Latin American universities.

At the University of São Paulo (USP), students have access to a full range of courses in humanities, social sciences, sciences, and arts. All classes are taught in Portuguese. 

This program is intended for students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or Intermediate Portuguese (or the equivalent). 

Before the semester begins, students take an intensive language course at CET and get to visit key places in São Paulo.

Students live in homestay accommodations with local families and participate in organized excursions.

Enroll in the program for the fall, spring, or full academic year!


  • 2.8 GPA
  • Portuguese 200/201 or 4 semesters of Spanish (at least SPAN 202)

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