The Latin American Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to study abroad in locations across Latin America and the Caribbean, including full semester programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These programs are led by UM faculty in collaboration with local universities.

We also offer Spring Semester courses with week-long Spring Break travel components in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Havana & Cienfuegos, Cuba, Chiloé, Chile, and Añasco, Puerto Rico. These courses provide students with the opportunity to learn about specific regions in Latin America during the semester, before traveling with a UM instructor to experience the region first-hand.

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    (Fall Semester)

    Known as the “Paris of Latin America”, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest and capital city. Ideal for study abroad, it is a city that has retained its many old, European traditions while emerging as a political, commercial and industrial center of Argentina and the Southern Hemisphere.

    UBuenos Aires is a study abroad experience for undergraduate students in all disciplines. Students have the option to earn a Latin American Studies Minor in one semester, or to complete general education or other major/minor requirements while abroad. All courses are taught in Spanish or English at the University of Belgrano, a university well known for its international program.

    Argentina offers landscapes as diverse as its people, from stunning peaks in the Andes to spectacular beaches, and subtropical forests in the north to polar regions in the south. Students are typically offered two or three excursions throughout the semester: past tours have included Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay), Iguazú Falls, and Tigre. Our partner institution can also pair you up with local cultural activities to match your interests, such as conversation exchange partners, conferences, Argentine culture and food night, tango lessons, and various performances.

    For more information, visit the Study Abroad Website

    For more information about la Universidad de Belgrano (UB), visit their website.


  • Bocas del Toro, Panama
    (Spring Semester)

    Conservation, Tourism, and Development: Fieldwork in Coastal Management

    Students in this course will travel during Spring Break to Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean Coast of Panama.  The Bocas del Toro Archipelago of over 20 nearshore islands boasts an amazing diversity of cultures (Ngöbe Indian, Afro-Caribbean, Panamanian Mestizo, European and North American expatriates), as well as high quality coastal environments (coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, tropical rainforests, and beaches).  The region is currently experiencing rapid tourist growth, as well as residential development projects for foreigners.  The cultural and biological diversities of the region, as well as the development pressures they face, provide an excellent opportunity to study the socio-economic and environmental impacts of tourist development; regional attempts to create land use plans; conflicts among different uses and users of the coastal and island resources; and various cultural perspectives on the current evolving situation.  The course will allow participants to develop projects tailored to their interests and skills. 

    Please contact Daniel Suman, if you are interested.

  • Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    (Spring Semester)

    Field Experience in Archaeology

    Imagine the thrill of uncovering actual artifacts used by people hundreds or even thousands of years ago. During Spring Break, UM students will have the opportunity to take part in ongoing archaeological fieldwork in western Puerto Rico. As a part of APY502, students will travel to Puerto Rico and gain hands-on experience in archaeological field techniques under the direction of Anthropology Department Professor Will Pestle.

    Admission to APY502 and participation in this project can only occur with written permission of the instructor. Fieldwork will take place over Spring Break. Interested students should contact Dr. Pestle at


  • Chiloé Island, Chile
    (Spring Semester)

    MES 604/LAS 304: Fieldwork in Coastal Management
    The focus of this course will be Chiloé Island, Chile, the second largest island in Chile and located in southern Chile in the Los Lagos Region. As part of this course, students will explore Chile's physical geography, culture, legal framework and institutions, and tourism-development-aquaculture conflicts. In addition, the course will examine different metholodologies for diagnosing the site's socioeconomic, governance, and environmental charactistics. Participants will meet weekly throughout the semester in Miami to discuss background readings and develop a group research field project that course participants will carry out during a Spring Break trip to the research site in Chiloé Island. Upon return to the University of Miami, the class will prepare manuscripts and presentations based on the field data that course participants have collected during the trip.

    Course Meetings – Wednesday evenings throughout the Spring Semester from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. on the Coral Gables Campus.


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    Travel Dates – 9-18 March 2018
    Comprehensive Course Fee - $600.  The fee includes local travel from Puerto Montt to Chiloé, field trips, Chiloé National Park entry fees, room and board in Quelin, Chiloé, and course materials.
    Student Expenses– Students are responsible for arranging their travel from Miami to Puerto Montt, Chile on 9 March 2018 and return on 18 March 2018.

    If you are interested in this course, please contact Daniel Suman (  The course is limited to 12-15 persons.

  • Havana & Cienfuegos, Cuba
    (Spring Semester)

    LAS 302/LAS 603: The Most Beautiful Land: Travels through Cuba

    This  course involves travel during the Spring Break and it has a program fee. As the largest island of the Antilles, Cuba has long captivated the attention of explorers seeking conquest and wealth, religious conversion and scientific knowledge, and other encounters with the island’s diverse landscape, wildlife, and people. From Christopher Columbus onwards, many travelers and explorers have come to Cuba to unlock the island’s mysteries, traversing its coasts, its jungle, as well as Havana and other cities. This course examines the experiences of foreign and domestic travelers over the course of the last five centuries in Cuba. Students will look carefully at the shared assumptions of travelers and compare their modes of social inquiry, scientific investigation, and the ways in which they reflect about the island and its various realities. In pursuing a better understanding of the genre of travel writing and its literary and historical significance, the course draws upon a variety first-person accounts about the island that Columbus called, right after disembarking in its shores, “The most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen.”

    If you are interested in this course, please contact Lillian Manzor: