Latin American Studies offers cross-disciplinary approaches to Latin America, a major world region that includes South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. It draws on faculty and courses from the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Geography, History, Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Political Science, and Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies Programs.
The Latin American Studies Major and Minor provide students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary approaches to Latin America. It offers students a coherent program of area studies that will enrich their academic experience by allowing them to pursue related courses of study while fulfilling Minor, Major, and University requirements.
International Opportunities in Latin American Studies include learning abroad programs in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Peru.
Latin American Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this important region and will strengthen the ability of students to interact with Latinas/os both at home and abroad, whether as citizens, in private enterprise or government work.
Prices vary from city to city. Weekly expenditures might range from $50-$250.
Visa and Entry
Foreigners can apply for a visa at a Brazilian consulate. A passport must be valid for at least six months, from the time of visa application. For further information on a Brazilian visa, please contact your nearest Brazilian Consulate.
Australians will need to apply for a student visa before travelling to Brazil to study. This should be done through the Ministry of External Relations and the local Consulates and Embassies in Australia.
The higher education system in Brazil comprises federal, state, municipal and private institutions, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Private institutions account for 89% of all higher education institutions and are mostly focused on coursework degrees. Most research is developed in public institutions.
There are three types of higher education institutions in Brazil: Universidades, Centros Universitários and Faculdades, all of which offer both undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses. The qualifications obtained in all institutions are the same.
Fees and funding
Program fees vary accordingly to the program purpose and length of stay. Public institutions are free of charge for all domestic students and private universities charge tuition fees, which can vary from R$300 to R$3,000 per month. Many public institutions do not charge tuition fees for international students.
Vibrant cultures, incredible nature, relatively low costs, and a growing number of internationally ranked universities: all of this makes study in Latin America a highly attractive option.
Stretching from the Mexico-US border to the southern tip of Argentina, the region is as varied as it is vast. Explore its rich possibilities with our student-focused country guides, listed below.
Top Universities in Latin America
If you’re looking for the top universities in Latin America, be sure to check out the QS University Rankings: Latin America - a dedicated ranking of the region's best-performing institutions. Consult the 2013 edition, and you’ll see the highest ranking universities in Latin America are the Universidade de São Paulo (in Brazil), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (in Chile), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp; in Brazil),Universidad de Los Andes Colombia (in Colombia) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM; in Mexico).
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