Study Abroad in Latin America

Curious about studying abroad? The best way to get started is to schedule an appointment by emailing us or attending one of the many study abroad events held on campus throughout the semester. You can also check out how to apply.

Universidad Austral: Argentina

Study in Buenos Aires, Argentina: a city that’s often referred to as “the Paris of the South!”

Host Institution: The CAPA Buenos Aires program is housed at Universidad Austral, a highly ranked Argentine university located in the historic Barrio Norte neighborhood. This program offers a range of content courses in English, particularly for Art, Business, History, and Political Science majors, as well as Spanish language classes for intermediate and advanced speakers. Students can also enroll in an academic internship for credit with industry leading organizations in fields such as journalism, media, politics, business, and sports to name just a few.

Majors*: Courses available in the following academic disciplines: humanities, liberal arts, business, and Spanish. The center also offers classes that fulfill many Key Content Areas (KCAs). Austral does not offer courses in the natural and health sciences. Internships for credit are available in a wide array of fields and industries where students must demonstrate at least four semesters of college Spanish to participate.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation centrally located in Buenos Aires and within commuting distance of campus.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina: Brazil

Florianópolis or Floripa, as it is affectionately called by locals, showcases over 42 beaches, rolling mountains, Atlantic rainforest, soft white sand dunes, and an array of offshore islands. As a complement to its natural beauty, this popular city has been named one of the best places to live and do business in Brazil. Florianópolis is a unique destination where past, present, and future coexist harmoniously, making it an active and dynamic city environment for students to study abroad in.

Host Institution: Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina's (UNISUL), Ilha Centro and Ilha Centro Dib Mussi campuses. Students take the majority of their courses in the colorful and bustling downtown zone of Florianópolis. Students will take courses through the university's international program's office, which offers courses in Portuguese language, culture, and business. Students who possess an advanced Portuguese proficiency level are eligible to enroll in courses with local Brazilians offered at sub-campuses in the greater Florianópolis area, including Pedra Branca.

Majors*: Ideal for Marketing, Business Management, Political Science, International Relations majors/minors. Students with an advanced level of Portuguese could enroll in Computer Science, Economics, Nutrition and Food, and Exercise Science courses.

Housing*: Family homestay accommodation or apartments with other US students on the program.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA, no previous Portuguese is necessary for this program, however students who wish to take courses with Brazilian students must be able to test out of at least four semesters of college-level Portuguese.

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Universidad Andrés Bello: Chile

Santiago's urban and natural framework, its mountainous terrain, and its proximity to Chile's central coastline are ideal for experiencing the nature and culture of the most southern country in the world.

Home Institution: You'll have the opportunity to study Spanish language and contemporary Chilean society through a wide selection of academic courses at the Universidad Andrés Bello, widely regarded as one of Chile's most important private universities, as well as personal interaction and immersion in the host culture. The USAC Santiago program offers academic coursework in Spanish Language, Latin American, and Anthropological Studies. The Spanish language course offerings, in particular, enable Simmons students to complement their language curriculum by taking courses in literature, art, history, sociology, political science, economics, women's studies, community development, anthropology, native cultures, and technology.

Majors*: Courses available in English and Spanish in the following academic disciplines: literature, art, history, sociology, political science, economics, women's studies, community development, anthropology, native cultures, and technology. USAC Chile also offers classes that fulfill many Key Content Areas (KCAs).

Housing*: Students can elect to reside in homestay accommodation or shared apartment units within commuting distance of campus.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA

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Universidad del Norte: Columbia

Located along the Magdalena River and known as the "Golden Gate to Colombia," Barranquilla is a lively and cosmopolitan Caribbean port city in northern Colombia. The city hosts the Carnaval de Barranquilla - one of the biggest carnivals in the world. With "eternal summer" weather and a laidback Caribbean vibe, Barranquilla is a diverse, unique and vibrant city.

Host Institution: The ISA program at Universidad del Norte offers a wide selection of courses in Spanish, as well as Business and Latin American studies courses in English. UniNorte is a U.S. style campus, filled with lush green spaces and the occasional passing iguana. Students will have the opportunity to take classes alongside local students, undertake original research with UniNorte faculty, and Service-Learning in the community. The program also offers excursions to the colonial city of Cartagena, the beaches of Tayrona National Park, and the Amazon jungle.

Majors*: Ideal for Computer Science, Finance, Business Management, Marketing, and Sociology majors. For students with an advanced level of Spanish, it would also be ideal for Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, English, and Art History majors

Housing*: Family homestay accommodation or apartments with other US students on the program.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA. No previous Spanish is necessary for this program, however it is strongly recommended that students who have not completed at least one semester of college-level Spanish enroll in a language course during the program.

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Universidad Nacional: Costa Rica

Heredia is a quaint, colonial city nestled in the foothills above San José‚ the capital of Costa Rica. The city is surrounded by coffee plantations and ranches and is one of the gateways to the majestic Poás Volcano.

Host Institution: The USAC Costa Rica program is housed at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica  (UNA), one of the most academically successful public universities in Costa Rica. In addition to UNA, there are two other universities in Heredia, creating the feel of a college town in which you are typically surrounded by Costa Rican college students. The USAC Costa Rica program offers a blend of Spanish and English content courses that cater to many Simmons majors and fulfill most Key Content Areas (KCAs).

Majors*: Courses available in English and Spanish in the following academic disciplines: art, history, anthropology, POLS/IR, nutrition, biology, and Spanish language & literature. USAC Costa Rica also offers classes that fulfill many Key Content Areas (KCAs).

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation within commuting distance of campus.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA

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