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Usdan 169, MS 073
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Mandel 129, MS 092
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Train Cemetery, Bolivia

There are many wonderful options for Latin American and Latino Studies major and minors to study abroad. This page contains information that will assist students in determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Generally, students who study abroad for one semester or an academic year have no difficulty completing the Latin American and Latino Studies major or minor. 

The Latin American and Latino Studies major and minor cover the broad spectrum of Latin American and Latino experience. Any course taken abroad that focuses on Latin American or U.S. Latino experience from the disciplinary perspective of history, arts, literature, politics, economics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, public health, etc, might count toward the major or minor. Such courses can be conducted in either English or Spanish. There can be exceptions to these guidelines. It is important to discuss your courses with the LALS study abroad liaison.

| FAQs | Sample of Approved Programs | Study Abroad Liaison |
| Receiving Credit in Latin American and Latino Studies | Funding Info |


1. Can I receive LALS credit for courses taken overseas?

Yes, provided that the courses offered by your chosen study abroad program are closely related to LALS requirements.

2. Is it possible for a course taken abroad to count as an "upper level" LALS elective?

Yes, it is possible for study abroad courses to count as upper level LALS courses; however, you will need to meet with the faculty liaison for LALS to have your request approved. 

Sample of Approved Programs with Latin American and Latino Studies Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer LALS coursework. Click on "Advanced Search" to find programs with internship options. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where previous Brandeis students in LALS have studied.

Study Abroad Liaison

Each academic department and program has a study abroad liaison who can answer questions about receiving major/minor credit and help you make choices about your study abroad program. You should speak with this faculty member before you go abroad, and again once you have returned.

The liaison for Latin American and Latino Studies is Prof. Charles Golden.

Requesting Credit in Latin American and Latino Studies

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Latin American and Latino Studies study abroad liaison receives copies of all official paperwork regarding your study abroad. To ensure this, you will need to contact the Office of Study Abroad. Please keep all materials (syllabi, handouts, exercises, quizzes, exams, papers) from each course for which you hope to receive credit in case questions arise.

Students wishing to receive LALS credit for work done off campus during the academic year should discuss their desired coursework with their study abroad liaison for LALS. After returning from abroad, complete the electronic Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

Funding Information

The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program each year awards Jane's Travel Grants to Brandeis students to conduct research in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latin American diaspora in the United States.

The Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage International Scholarship supports students wishing to study abroad in a developing country outside of the U.S., Canada or western Europe.

Boren Scholarships, The National Security Education Program (NSEP)
 Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad are available for students receiving need-based financial aid. Application materials are available online and in our office.

Visit the Study Abroad Financial Information page to read more about funding your study abroad experience. 

We welcome your feedback. If you have concerns or are looking for more information on a topic, please let us know!