The University of Miami is proud to launch the new ULatin America program. Students participating on this program will have the opportunity to spend a life-changing semester in two different Latin American countries. University of Miami students will spend 18 weeks in some of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan and liveliest cities in the world. This program offers students a series of courses designed to help them explore the dynamics of Latin American nations and its various cultures. With no language requirement, the ULatin America program is a perfect way to begin learning Spanish and to participate in an internship opportunity abroad.
The ULatin America will focus on the Latin World with students spending the first six weeks (Block I) of the program in Santiago, Chile. Students will then have a choice to spend the next 12 weeks (Block II and Block III) in Buenos Aires or Santiago. Students will first explore Santiago, the magic city nestled between the towering Andes and the Pacific Ocean, boasting excellent cuisine, exotic suburban parts, and neoclassical architecture. Next, students will have the option to study in the “Paris of South America” and see how much Buenos Aires is brimming with art, culture, architecture. By spending 18 weeks in Chile and Argentina, students will not only improve their language skills but also take advantage of these opportunities:
- Explore 2 countries in 1 program: Argentina and Chile
- Including overnight study tours and Academic field trips and cultural activities
- Earn up to 18 credits
- Take up to 6 credits of SPA 101, SPA 102, or SPA 201
- Earn credit that can apply towards a Latin American Studies major or minor
- Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
- Option to earn 3 credits while participating in an internship, service-learning, or independent research
- Program fee of $4,800 which includes:
- Optional on-site airport pick-up
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
With the innovative block system, students will complete 15-18 credits while on this program. During each six-week block, students will take one or two 3-credit classes. With six academic tracks from Business to International Relations and Political Sciences, students will find an array of internship, research and service-learning opportunities while being able to take advantage of courses taught in English and Spanish. All ULatin America students will be required to take the LAS 101 Latin American Studies course during the first block (Block I). The LAS 101 course will allow all UM students to build an academic foundation of the region for their semester abroad. All classes are held in the CIEE learning centers and taught by CIEE professors.
Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Attendance is strictly enforced for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. All classes are held in the CIEE learning centers and taught by CIEE professors.
The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.
Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of their host city when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.
Students are required to enroll in two 3-credit courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one 3-credit class (recommended for the block of the Academic Project, where applicable). Each course is 3 semester credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. During the on-site orientation, students with minimal knowledge of Spanish may elect to enroll in the non-credit ‘Survival Language’ course.
For a list of program courses, please contact the ULatin America study abroad advisor, Nina Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship, Service-Learning, or Independent Research
Academic Projects are approximately 100-120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 seminar hours and meetings with a faculty advisor for three credits. Students applying for an Academic Project will be required to submit additional materials after acceptance. The exact internship is determined through a personalized placement process with CIEE.
Latin American Studies Minor
This UM designed program offers students the opportunity to complete classes which may be counted towards the Latin American Studies minor while studying in Buenos Aires and Santiago.
The *LAS minor requirements are as follows:
1. Complete 15 credits (5 classes) from the following list of approved classes:
LAS 101 Latin American Studies 2.A maximum of 6 credits (2 classes) of Spanish language learning classes may be applied towards the LAS minor.
*These requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed directly with the LAS department.
Students that desire a more immersive experience can take 18 credits of classes from the approved list which may be counted towards the Latin American Studies (LAS) major.
Housing and Meals
During the length of their program, ULatin America students will stay in homestay or shared apartments depending on the location. The cost of housing is included in the $4,800 program fee. Students choosing the homestay option will also have some meals included. Below is a comprehensive list of the housing and meal options available in each host city.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A homestay provides an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion for a complete Argentine cultural experience. Students will be placed with carefully screened homestay families. Each family has at least one member that can speak English. The commute to class takes an average of 30 minutes by public transportation. Hosts may be nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, or older couples. Homestay housing includes two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Students are responsible for the other meals. Host families and students will decide meals together.
The homestay option in Chile provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture. A single room, two meals a day, laundry once a week and Wi-Fi are available in the Santiago homestay.
Block I: August 17 – September 26, 2020
Block II: September 27- November 7, 2020
Block III: November 8 – December 19, 2020
Block I: January 11 – February 20, 2021
Block II: February 22 – April 3, 2021
Block III: April 5 – May 15, 2021