Loyola University Chicago

Latin American & Latino Studies

Study Abroad

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of study abroad programs that may be of particular interest to students with minors in Latin American & Latinx Studies. Consider the following study abroad opportunities:


La Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

In this program, students will study at La Universidad Alberto Hurtado, a Jesuit university in Santiago, Chile with which Loyola is affiliated. The university is small, with a warm, familial atmosphere, and is located in the heart of the city of Santiago. Students will have three weeks of Spanish immersion classes (three hours of academic credit) followed by an opportunity to travel throughout South America during the month of February. Students will then begin the regular Universidad Alberto Hurtado semester in early March. The return to Chicago will be after final exams at the beginning of July.

Casa de la Solaridad, Santa Clara University, San Salvador, El Salvador

Casa de la Solidaridad is an academic initiative between the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador, and Santa Clara University. Each semester, an outstanding group of students live together in a learning community near the University of Central America. You do not have to be Catholic or Christian to participate in the Casa de la Solidaridad, but you must be open to reflection on the spiritual and religious dimensions of life. This experience offers you many opportunities for personal and shared reflection, spiritual development, and collaborative academic learning. And you'll have the chance to talk with and learn from policy makers and business leaders, academic and religious leaders, human rights activists and community organizers, members of women's organizations and union workers, and the poor and the marginalized of El Salvador.

La Universidad Iberoamerica, Mexico City, Mexico

Located in a lovely western suburb of Mexico City, our sister Jesuit institution Universidad Iberoamericana offers two distinct program cycles. One is direct enrollment at the university for students with a high proficiency in Spanish. The other is university courses for foreigners only (courses in Spanish or English) which are geared towards students who wish to greatly improve their command of the Spanish language. Students are offered home stays with Mexican families or may organize their own accommodation. In addition to students from Mexico and the United States, Loyola students will study with other exchange students from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The Universidad Iberoamericana offers a truly international experience.

León, Nicaragua

This academic immersion in Nicaragua will focus on the daily lives of women in their communities. You will engage with people whose voices are usually underrepresented in society by conducting projects with local NGOs in León and the surrounding area. Since we will be in León at the beginning of March, we will participate in local activities to celebrate International Women’s Day. The program will also include talks with local professors and experts, who will share their knowledge of the region and their work. Possible topics include the history of women’s participation in the Sandinista revolution, the Nicaraguan education system, and strategies for women’s economic empowerment; the final schedule will depend on the specific interests of the group.

 La Havana, Cuba

This course will provide students with a unique study abroad learning experience. Most of the contact hours for the course will take place on the island of Cuba, allowing students to get a first-hand look at the politics and society of a rapidly changing communist political system. Students will gain a better understanding of contemporary Cuban political and economic systems by considering Cuba’s accomplishment in the spheres of education and health, while also examining the negative effects of authoritarian politics and a state-controlled economy.


Additional study abroad programs are available in 29 countries throughout Latin America. For additional information, contact the Office for International Programs.