Study Abroad

For students in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies concentration, or students who just have an interest in the region, study abroad can be a powerful and sometimes life-changing learning experience. The knowledge you gain from an international experience can also play a role in increasing your job possibilities. Albright College runs several interim programs that will get you to the Caribbean, all of which are described in more detail below.

For students interested in summer, semester, or year-long experiences in Latin America or the Caribbean, there are many programs out there that you could choose from. Each program will have a different focus, and whether you are interested in politics, human rights, economics, culture, language, the environment, health, development, fashion, or anything you can think of, there will be a program that will fit your interests.

Visit Albright's Study Abroad Office.



The New Brazilian Field Study

An expansion to Albright’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies program is coming in 2013 with the availability of a field study course in Brazil. This course will be offered by the History and Philosophy departments at Albright and aims to explore the culture of the largest country of South America. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Kiddy(History) and Dr. Fouad Kalouche (Philosophy), this course qualifies for interdisciplinary (IDS) credit, or as an elective in History, Philosophy, or Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Similar to the field study in Peru, this course will begin in the classroom the semester prior to departure. Students will be immersed in and examine the rich social and cultural history of Brazil before even leaving U.S. soil in order to maximize the Brazilian cultural experience.

Please visit the course website for more information. 

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Martinique Studies

This interim course will introduce students to the people and lands of the French speaking, Caribbean island of Martinique through an intensive and structured visit to the island. After reading and assessing a series of preparatory articles in early January the class will fly to Martinique where they will be guided by accompanying faculty to a series of activities that will enlighten them to many aspects of Martinique life. These undertakings will include lectures at the university, fieldtrips to various parts of the island and a variety of directed events, which will encourage them to participate in many facets of Martinique culture.

For more information contact Dr. Adam John.

Dominican Republic

This trip was offered for the first time during the Interim of 2004. This interim course provides students with a first-hand opportunity to study the Spanish-speaking nation of the Dominican Republic from an interdisciplinary perspective. Following three two-hour seminars to be held during the fall semester, students will travel to Samana, DR for three weeks to study language, culture, gender, race, power and identity issues, and economics. Prerequisites: SPA302 and Junior/Senior Spanish Concentrator or permission of the instructors. For further information, contact Professor Kathy Ozment at kozment@albright.edu .


Students will experience a ten to twelve day visit to the island of San Salvador, Bahamas, the traditional and historic landing site of Columbus in 1492. San Salvador Island, the outermost Bahamian Island, is a fine example of a Latin American/Caribbean Island ecosphere. The off-campus travel will offer a unique opportunity for students to visit and learn about the island where first landfall by a Western European, Christopher Columbus, occurred. Students will reside at the Bahamian Field Station, a former military base converted to a tropical research station. For the approximate cost please check with the trip coordinator. For more information, contact Professor Bryce Brylawski at bbrylawski@albright.edu.

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Introducing a field study course within the Peruvian Amazon offered through the Biology and Sociology Departments at Albright College. The course is designed to introduce the basics of ecological and anthropological field design. The exploration culminates in 10-day student projects within the Tahuayo-Tamshiyacu Reserve in the Amazon Basin of Peru. The Reserve is a communal (community-based) reserve comprised of tropical river, lowland rainforest, wetlands, and several native villages. Dr. David Osgood (Dept. of Biology) and Dr. Barty Thompson (Dept of Sociology and Anthropology) lead this course available for college credit or professional/personal development.

Please Visit the Course Web Site for More Information

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Comparative Cultures:  Ecuador (SOC 283)

The purpose of this course is for students to become immersed in the varying culture of Ecuador through a short term study abroad experience.  While in Ecuador, students will become familiar with its history, language, environment and culture.  The majority of the course will spent in Cuenca, Ecuador learning about various facets of its culture through home stays with local families, classroom instruction, guest speakers, cooking and dancing classes, and visits to local museums and institutions.  In addition, students will take part in numerous day trips from Cuenca to explore Incan ruins, national parks and rural community life.  The final few days of the course will be spent on the coast of Ecuador learning about how the culture of the region varies from Cuenca.  In this portion of the course students will also learn about the local environmental resources and how those resources play a role in the daily lives of Ecuadorians.

Please Visit the course web site for more information

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Flora and Fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula: Their Roles in the Lives and Symbology of the Ancient and Modern Maya

An exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula as experienced by the ancient and modern Maya. The course will begin with a series of lectures experiences followed by an eight day tour of the Yucatan Peninsula of significant archaeological sites and natural areas. The tour will be organized by a professional archaeologist and include lectures by specialists in local flora and fauna, natural medicine and ecology. Upon return to campus, the course will conclude with additional lectures and presentations of students research papers prior to the final examination.

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If you are interested in studying in Latin America and/or the Caribbean for a summer, semester, or full year, there is some government funding available. There are some strings attached, so please read the application information carefully and go over it with your advisor and with the Albright Study Abroad Office.

Study Abroad.com has some links to possible funding sources.

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