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Central & South America (including Mexico and the Caribbean)

Plaza Grande, Merida, Mexico (photo by Nyle Rioux '14)

A great deal of variation exists in the locations, durations, foreign language expectations, housing options, and educational formats of the programs listed below.  Some Central and South American countries have poor sanitation and a medical care system compromised by low incomes.  In some settings, Americans stand out as affluent "targets of opportunity" for crime, and women as targets for sexual harassment. Background information is also available on the Pre-Departure Planning pages.

In general terms, there are two types of program: programs with courses at local universities and independent programs with all courses in Spanish.  The Spanish language requirements are listed so that students may avoid programs that are inappropriate in terms of having either too much or too little language background.  Other programs exist in many of the countries on this list, but have been excluded because their duration, academic program, or sponsoring organization does not conform to the principles established by the Off-Campus Study Committee.  (Students may petition the Committee to participate on an unapproved program if they believe it provides a compelling academic advantage compared to the listed programs.)

Each program page is linked to its sponsor's web site where more detailed information is available and to student evaluations. To access these evaluations you must log in (lower right corner) with your Bates username and password. 

The "number of participants" entry is per semester. Numbers often fluctuate from semester to semester, and we provide them to give a general sense of program size.

The programs that are based at universities in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay generally follow the southern hemisphere academic calendar with first semester extending from late February to early July, and second semester from mid-July to mid-December.  (The actual dates vary each year.)

Approval of participation, including completion of the Bates registration form, is required to receive credit for study on any of these programs or universities. Please see Darren Gallant or Jennifer Hyde, in the Center for Global Education in Roger Williams Hall, for further information and discussion.