Study Abroad + NSE in LAS

Dream big

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Learn more than you ever dreamed possible when you study abroad. Immerse yourself in the culture of Latin America and polish your Spanish while you fulfill your language immersion requirement and gain credits toward your degree. Choose to spend a summer, semester or year studying at one of the schools listed below, or discover other possibilities by talking to to the director of LAS or one of the faculty members. Don’t overlook the possibility of living with a host family as a way to maximize the impact of your experience abroad.

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Valparaiso, Chile 
  • Costa Rica Study Abroad in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica 
  • Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Pueblo, Mexico 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru  
  • University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico (National Student Exchange)  

Living and studying in a Latin American country is an invaluable way to develop fluency in Spanish and experience the culture of Latin America. All LAS majors or minors are therefore required to complete a six-week language immersion in a Latin American country, although a full semester is recommended whenever possible, especially for those in the comprehensive teaching major. You can meet the language immersion requirement through enrollment in an approved academic study abroad program, the National Student Exchange program, an internship or service/volunteer work. Students facing extenuating circumstances may participate in an alternative domestic language immersion experience pre-approved and determined in conjunction with the LAS Committee. 

No matter what destination you choose, plan to talk to an advisor to make sure the program fits into your degree plan and fulfills your LAS language immersion requirement.

Study abroad with LAS 

Studying abroad was a truly eye-opening, life-changing experience for me. I learned to think more globally and was humbled when I came to realize how narrow my thinking had been. It set the tone for the work I've been doing in international education since my days at UWEC.

Eric Duwe, '07 LAS graduate

Study in Puerto Rico

With National Student Exchange you can study in Puerto Rico for a semester or an academic year to fulfill your Latin American Studies language immersion requirement while still paying Blugold tuition rates. Puerto Rico is currently the only NSE destination that will fulfill your LAS language immersion requirement, but if you are looking for an additional experience to enrich your college career, check out the other participating universities.

More about NSE

Student stands atop a volcano in Villarica National Park on the border of Chile and Argentina
Alumna Courtney Brost now working as study abroad coordinator at the Center for International Education

From her immersion to your immersion

Now a study abroad coordinator with the Center for International Education (CIE), Courtney Brost reflects on the value of her study abroad program in Costa Rica and the inspiration behind adding Latin American Studies as a second major.

Follow Courtney's path

Center for International Education photo contest

Don’t forget to photograph your best experiences while immersing yourself abroad. The winning entries in the CIE photo contest will garner recognition and campus-wide celebrity — and be displayed in the library showcase! Take and submit photos that are high-resolution (at least 2000 pixels wide, no Instagram), clear and crisp. Each year has different themes, so check the link below, and it's always good if you can get shots of yourself or other Blugolds participating in immersion activities.

Photo contest details

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