All of the Center’s study abroad programs are open to undergraduate students with the exception of the Urban Planning Program. Credits obtained from study abroad programs offered by other universities may be transferred to the University of Florida, with prior written approval from the UF International Center and the student's major department. Transfer credits may apply towards core or elective requirements for the Minor and Certificate in Latin American Studies, with prior approval and/or follow-up evaluation by the Latin American Studies Undergraduate Coordinator.
UF undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are interested in studying Portuguese, Haitian Creole or another less commonly taught Latin American language (i.e. Maya, Quechua etc.) at the intermediate level during the summer, should consider applying for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowships offered by the Center.
Study Abroad Programs
This program will examine the intersection between race, cultural appropriation, and urbanization in Salvador, Bahia. You will learn about the impact of the region’s historical legacies, how it leverages its past to attract tourism, and how these factors have interacted with the rapid changes in Latin America over the past 50 years. You will visit sites of Afro-Bahian resistance and engage with local organizations focused on grassroots mobilization and community revitalization, learning language and culture along the way.
The UF Law Costa Rica Program partners with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and the UF Center for Latin American Studies Tropical Conservation and Development Program, building interdisciplinary bridges between law, policy and the social and natural science of conservation and sustainable development. With administrative offices, classrooms and three internationally renowned field stations in Costa Rica, OTS is a consortium of U.S. and international universities and institutions focused on tropical research and education. Using OTS field stations as our policy laboratory, we will explore the issues of sustainable development through the lens of the ecosystems and communities that surround the stations at La Selva, Palo Verde and Las Cruces.
UF in Cuba will give you a hands-on understanding of the coastal & island ecosystems of central & southern Cuba, the impacts of human land-use activities on ecological communities, and an introduction to Cuban history & culture. The program will begin on campus prior to departure with an ecosystem introduction and planning meeting to prepare for the intensive 13-day program. This meeting will be recorded so students not in Gainesville prior to departure can participate. Your time in Cuba will involve a mixture of field studies, hikes, nearshore excursions, and evening discussions.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies invites you to participate in an intensive experience that will expand your linguistic and cultural fluency through service work, homestays, and intensive language or cultural study. Service learning gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself and the community. Service placements are based on community need, student interest, and Spanish language level. There are opportunities to do literacy work, for recreation with children and youth, and to shadow doctors in medical clinics. UF in the DR is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).
Spend 6 weeks in Brazil at the Instituto Brasil Estados Unidos (IBEU), located in the heart of the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A highly regarded bi-national center for language instruction, IBEU provides pleasant classrooms, an Internet-equipped language laboratory, a library, and highly trained language instructors. This program is sponsored by the UF Center for Latin American Studies.