Latin American Studies Cultural Immersion

Proficiency through immersion

Whether through cultural immersion programs to Latin America or in Latino/Hispanic communities throughout the United States, you will hone your language skills and learn more about Latin American culture than you can ever learn in a textbook. Not only will these programs provide you with crucial experiences and lasting memories, they also go towards satisfying the six-week minimum language immersion required for Latin American Studies (LAS) majors and minors.

The six-week minimum immersion requirement is another strength of the program because learning about another culture in a classroom is very different than being put in that environment and learning to live like a local.

Courtney Brost, ’15 LAS graduate

Your next stop

Faculty across UW-Eau Claire are constantly striving to arrange impactful, transformational faculty-led experiences throughout the year, including many located in Latin America or focused on Latin American communities within the United States. Here are some recent and ongoing programs you may see in the future:

  • Learning about social, political and economic issues in Argentina
  • Treating patients in a predominantly Latino hospital in California
  • Becoming aware of the social struggle for women's rights in Nicaragua
  • Providing health screenings to Latino farm workers at large dairy farms in Wisconsin
  • Exploring global forces impacting the Andes Mountain and Amazon Jungle in Ecuador
  • Working alongside nurses, midwives, and families at a hospital near the Mexico border in Texas
  • Investigating social and environmental justice issues in Guatemala

Covering almost 13% of the Earth's land surface area, there is a lot of ground to cover in Latin America. Talk with LAS faculty about the countless opportunities you have to see Latin America or to find a domestic immersion experience that's right for you.

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Students boarding boat in Guatemalan village
Bree Bryant

Celebrating Latin American Studies

Study abroad and immersion experiences are important to UW-Eau Claire’s Latin American Studies program because those experiences help students develop a proficiency in Spanish and gain a deeper cultural understanding

Explore their journeys
Students on study abroad program in Argentina

Immersion in beautiful Argentina

Interested in a cultural immersion program? Here's a three-week summer program in the Mendoza region of Argentina featuring tours of the city, museum visits with classes at Universidad de Congreso aimed at teaching contemporary Argentina.

more about this program
Nicaragua Immersion

Studying women's issues in Nicaragua

Through UW-Eau Claire’s three-credit “Women’s Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua” summer class, students were immersed in the daily lives of Nicaraguan women as they studied the struggle for women’s rights in this Central American country.

Read about this 2015 immersion
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