Latin American and Caribbean Studies at
Latin America and the Caribbean are close neighbors of the United States and the linkages between the three regions run deep. There is a common geography and history; and their economics and culture are inextricably intertwined. This program is designed to allow students the opportunity to learn about Latin America and the Caribbean and the contributions that immigrants from those regions and their descendants have made to U.S society.
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program collaborates with a number of departments and programs both on campus and in the Chicago area to bring various musicians, artists, political activists, and professors to Northwestern to share their talents, beliefs, and knowledge with our student body.
Study Abroad Opportunitiesad Opportunities
Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a Latin American or Caribbean country. The University offers a variety of opportunities for students. The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program also offers competitive funding for summer research projects in the region.
Of particular interest is a social science research institution and think-tank, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, specializing in Economics, History, Business, Law, and Public Administration. Students combine study, research, and various excursions, including extended visits to Sao Paulo and Brasilia. Courses are taught in English and students may earn up to six credits for courses undertaken at FGV.
Current Northwestern International Program Development programs in the Americas:
Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI): www.gesi.northwestern.edu
Latin American sites: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua
GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines service-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and invaluable international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations. The GESI sites offer incredible opportunities for students interested in public health, preserving the environment, microfinance, human rights, education, and more.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Exchange: http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/science-engineering/pontificia-universidad-catolica.html
Public Health in Chile (Summer): http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/public_health/ph-chile.html
Cuba: Culture & Society (Summer): http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/emerging_global_structures/Cuba_Culture__Society.html
Public Health in Cuba (Summer): http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/public_health/ph-cuba.html
Caribbean Field Studies in Archaeology: http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/emerging_global_structures/caribbean-field-studies.html
After graduation, students will find their familiarity with the language, cultures, and societies of the Americas to be of great benefit. The region of Latin America and the Caribbean is becoming increasingly crucial for most professions, especially in fields such as business, law, medicine, politics, and education.