There are many opportunities for students pursing a Latin American Studies Certificate to fulfill academic requirements abroad. In general, courses taken abroad can be substituted for UI courses with approval from the appropriate UI department/program. Students should consult with a study abroad advisor to learn about the process for getting courses approved for UI requirements. Once a student has selected a program of interest, their advisor will give them a Credit Approval Form to complete with the Latin American Studies academic advisor.
Latin American Studies Certificate Requirements
The Latin American Studies Certificate requires 18 s.h. of coursework, a minimum of 12 s.h. of which must be completed at the University of Iowa. Both LAS:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies and LAS:4700 Latin American Studies Seminar must be completed at UI. This leaves the following two options for the 6 s.h. of certificate coursework for which students may find equivalents abroad:
- 6 s.h. of approved Spanish or Portuguese language study (any level), or
- 6 s.h. of additional approved coursework (excluding Spanish and Portuguese courses), in the areas of Latin American history, politics, health, human rights, environment etc.
Students should be sure to meet with the Latin American Studies Program academic advisor for prior approval of study abroad coursework for the Latin American Studies certificate.
Other Academic Requirements
Students are also encouraged to find overseas equivalents for their major(s) and General Education requirements while abroad. Be sure to consult with relevant academic advisors when planning a study abroad experience. If there is a Study Abroad major advising page corresponding with the major(s), students might consult that as well.
A General Education Program advising page is also available.
Study abroad can be a great opportunity to explore topics and/or build language proficiencies beyond required coursework. While students will not receive credit towards major or certificate requirements for general electives taken abroad, it is possible to receive credit hours towards graduation. Talk to an advisor in Study Abroad for information about earning credit for general electives completed overseas.