Study Abroad

1. Latin American Studies majors are encouraged to spend a semester or a year on a program in Latin America approved by the University's International Studies Committee. LAST faculty members regard study abroad as a serious part of the major, so students should discuss their plans with their advisors or with the Chair as soon as possible.  Please note that at least eight of the 12 courses required to complete the LAST major must be taken at Wesleyan.

2. Credit is regularly granted toward the LAST major through the following programs:

  • CIEE in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • CIEE in São Paulo or Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
  • Brown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • CV Starr Middlebury School in Latin America, various cities, Chile
  • University of Kansas in San José, Costa Rica
  • CIEE in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Duke in the Andes, Quito, Ecuador
  • IFSA Butler at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico
  • Augusburg College Center for Global Education, Mexico and Guatemala

Note: some of these programs are open only to LAST majors with particular skills (e.g., Portuguese language for study in Brazil). For details, additional information, and links to the websites of these programs, please consult the Study Abroad in the Americas section of the website of Wesleyan's Office of International Studies for details.

3. Students may, with the support of their advisor, also petition for programs in other Latin American countries. Information about these programs is available in the Office of International Studies, which may also have evaluation forms completed by students who have participated in such programs in the past.

4. With the exception of students applying to study in Brazil, students should have completed five semesters of Spanish, or Spanish 221, because it is expected that they will take all their course work through the medium of Spanish. At the very least they must have completed Spanish 112 or the equivalent.

5. Latin American Studies majors must follow not only the general regulations governing study abroad, but also the following restrictions on courses to be counted toward the major in LAST:

5a. Coursework taken in Latin America must be about Latin America. (If you take Introductory Physics or Shakespeare at the University of Chile, for example, you will not get LAST credit.) Only courses taught entirely in Spanish or Portuguese, with all of the written work in Spanish or Portuguese, may count toward the 6 or 7 LAST courses needed to complete the major. Courses taught partly or entirely in English, or where some or all of the written work is in English, may count only toward the 5 or 6 concentration courses.

5b. In any one semester, only two "nation specific" courses, which must be from different divisions of the curriculum (HA, SBS, NSM), may count toward the major. In one semester in Chile, for example, you may count either a Chilean history or a Chilean politics course toward the major, but not both. You may, however, count both a Chilean economics and a Chilean literature course toward the major, or both a Chilean history and a Chilean botany course toward the major. Students should work closely with their advisors, take at least one course in their department of concentration and start considering topics for their senior research requirement papers.

5c. Individual courses must be pre-approved for credit by a faculty member who is formally affiliated with the LAST program, preferably by the student' s advisor. If no listing of courses is available, or if final decisions must be left until arrival, the student must communicate his or her definitive course selections to the Office of International Studies and to his or her LAST advisor by the end of the third day of the semester at the study abroad institution. Students who do not so communicate risk losing credit.

5d. Internships cannot count toward the LAST major. If they are pre-approved by the Office of International Studies, however, they will count toward graduation.