The Latin American Studies Program highly recommends, but does not require, that students have an in-depth Latin American cultural experience, usually through study abroad, before completing their undergraduate requirements.
In cooperation with Study Abroad, LASP faculty members facilitate student participation in programs in many different Latin American countries. Programs range from intensive language study to group programs with a special focus. University of Iowa-sponsored study abroad programs include summer programs with Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela, and a health and nutrition program at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic.
University of Iowa students may enroll in programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay. The University of Iowa cosponsors these programs through various consortiums.
Study abroad courses may be counted toward requirements for the certificate and the minor with prior approval by the LASP director.
Students are encouraged to apply for a Stanley Undergraduate Scholarship for International Research/Fieldwork through International Programs. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding University of Iowa undergraduates who, in close consultation with a faculty member, propose well-conceived, small-scale research or fieldwork projects that require travel abroad. Students may conduct projects while participating in a study abroad program and may combine the scholarship with other awards and financial assistance. For information regarding other scholarships, contact LASP advisors, International Programs staff, and the LASP director.