Latin American Studies students have numerous study abroad opportunities. Don’t restrict your to just the classroom—get out into the Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking worlds! Consider enrolling in the Latin American Studies Semester to study abroad in Latin American for three weeks!
Additionally, The Office of Education Abroad offers students an exciting gamut of study abroad opportunities in Latin America by approved university programs.
Latin American Studies Semester (LASS)
The Latin American Studies Semester has been offered every spring semester since 1973. This unique language immersion program provides you with an intensive experience studying the Spanish language in combination with an interdisciplinary study of life and contemporary issues in Latin America.
The prerequisite for participation in LASS is one semester of university-level Spanish or the equivalent (students with more advanced levels of course background are encouraged to participate in the program). LASS integrates several courses, totaling 17-semester-hour credits, and must be taken as a package. All courses are taught in Spanish from the first day of class on Temple’s main campus. An integral part of the LASS program is a three-week study trip to Latin America in February/March, during which students are placed in local homes where the only language of communication is Spanish. While abroad, students attend courses, make local friends, immerse themselves daily in the local culture and explore the country. The LASS program has taken place in Colombia, México, Costa Rica and Ecuador. All participants in the program may expect to achieve marked improvement in Spanish fluency in only one semester.
LASS courses combine Spanish language teachings studies of Latin America’s diverse cultures. The program is an integration of several courses, totaling 17-semester-hour credits, and must be taken as a package. Owing to the credit-hour load, the semester’s objective (immersion in Spanish and Latin American Studies), the study-abroad trip and LASS community engagement in Philadelphia, no other courses may be taken simultaneously. Students register for the following courses:
- Spanish 2098: Intensive Practice/Four Skills – 9 credits.
- Sociology 2163: Area Studies: Latin American Development – 3 credits.
- Spanish 3204: Latin America Through Film – 3 credits.
- Latin American Studies 2220: LASS Seminar – 2 credits.
Morning sessions, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, offer Spanish language instruction and conversation practice at intermediate and advanced levels guided by native or near-native speakers. Morning sessions, held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, focus on Latin American culture, history and economic development. A LASS Seminar held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. highlights a series of topics in Latin American studies and includes films and presentations by guest speakers.
Living with host families gives students a truly immersive experience. The local families host one LASS student each for maximum cultural and language engagement. Students routinely rate the homestay experience as their favorite part of studying abroad.
All housing engages students in everyday life as they share meals, discuss their day and get to know their new extended families. Homestays include three meals a day (except excursion days) and laundry. Every family has been carefully selected in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable, supportive living situation. Homestays are subject to change.
The 17-semester-hour credits program includes an additional fee of $1,000. Please note this fee is subject to change. The fee is incorporated into the tuition for one of the LASS courses and is paid as part of the student spring registration. The fee covers: housing, meals, courses and excursions while abroad. Students are responsible for separately purchasing their airline tickets and making their own arrangements.
Study Abroad Scholarship Application
LASS students are eligible to apply to some CLA awards. The link for the online application will be available on August 15th, 2021. The deadline is October 1st, 2021.
- March 15th – LASS Application opens, rolling Admission until capacity reached
- April 21st, 4:30 – 5:00 pm - LASS Information Session, via ZOOM
- October 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm - LASS Orientation Session, Location TBD
- January 10th , 2022 – First day of Class
- February – March, 2022 – 3-week Study Trip, Dates TBD
- April 25th - Undergraduate LASS Research Forum
- April 29th - LASS Graduation
Eligibility And Application Process
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Have successfully completed 1001 or the equivalent (a minimum of one semester of university-level Spanish), although preference will be given to students that have completed 1002.
- Possess a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended, although preference will be given to GPAs above 3.0.
- Be enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application.
- Not be on academic and/or disciplinary probation or warning.
- Students will be selected on the basis of their intellectual resolve, emotional maturity and commitment to the program. Successful candidates are usually notified within three weeks of receiving a completed application.
A passport is required for traveling outside of the country. If you do not already have a valid passport, you should apply for one immediately. All students will be asked to provide their passport information the first week of December. Further documentation may be necessary, and this information will be conveyed as it becomes available.