Skip to main content area Skip to sub-navigation
Skip to main content

Study Abroad

For information about applying for a passport, go to

FALL 2019 CC Semester in Latin America

Chile (blocks 1 and 2)

Argentina (blocks 3 and 4)

August 23-December 19, 2019

The CC in Latin America program offers students a unique multidisciplinary experience abroad. It will provide immersion into the Chilean andArgentina Street Argentine cultures in the block plan, with CC faculty from different academic disciplines. CCLA FALL 2019 focuses on Southern Cone history and culture, immigration and critical approaches to Latin American and Borderlands studies.

Minimum prerequisites: SP201 or placement into SP305.

Blocks 1&2 in Santiago, Chile

SP312 – Intensive writing and conversation on Latin American culture with a focus on Chile; taught in Spanish. Professor Andreea Marinescu

SP306/ SP307 – Critical literary analysis with a focus on Chile; taught in Spanish. Professor Pamela Tala-Ruiz

Blocks 3&4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

SP304 –Queer Popular Cultures in Buenos Aires, Argentina; taught in Spanish and English. Professor Naomi Wood

SW250 – Southwest/Borderlands and Latin American Studies; taught in Spanish and English. Professors Santiago Guerra and Nancy Rios

Possible trips include: The Atacama Desert, Valparaíso and Isla Negra (Chile), Colonia and Montevideo (Uruguay), Mendoza (Argentina).

Credits: Students will receive 4 CC units of credit for the semester. The three 300-level Spanish courses will be accepted towards a major or minor in Spanish or Romance Languages. Students can also fulfill the foreign language requirement with their participation in this semester abroad. Some of the courses may also count toward the 5-unit Latin American Studies minor (please check with the LAS advisor).

Benefits of going abroad on the block plan:

  • Keep relationships with CC professors
  • Maintain your block plan endurance
  • Make long-lasting friendships
  • Financial Aid carries over

There are three options for participation in the program:

  • Semester option: blocks 1-4
  • Two-block option A: blocks 1-2
  • Two-block option B: blocks 3-4

Note: Preference will be given to students who commit to the entire semester. Students must take all courses of either the semester option or the 2-block options to receive credit. Individual blocks are not an option.

Tuition: Students pay the normal Colorado College tuition for the Fall semester. Financial aid transfers.

Program Fee: Cost varies with either the full semester or two-block options. For a cost breakdown, please see the Fall 2019 Latin America Semester Cost Calculator. Roundtrip airfare is reimbursed up to $1500

Room and Board: Students live with host families. All meals while with your host family are provided.

Additional Costs: Personal expenses and books approx. $950.

Volunteer work: Students will have the opportunity to become further involved in the hosting communities through volunteer work.

Application Deadlines & Process:

The application is available now on SUMMIT. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 1st, 2019. After you submit your application you will be contacted to set up an interview.

Questions? Contact Prof. Marinescu, Program Director ( or David Eik, CCLA 2018 student participant (

Still need to take the online WebCape placement test? Go here:


Block 4 in Chile

Block 4 in Chile

(not offered 2019-2020)

Professor Andreea Marinescu, Program Director

Spaces of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Chile. This study-abroad course will examine how the urban space of Santiago, Chile bears the visual marks of its recent history. We will explore the traces left on the city by President Allende’s democratic government (1970-1973), Pinochet’s military dictatorship (1973-1990), and how these visible (and invisible) material elements have shaped the discourses of memory during the transition to democracy. Through Santiago’s public monuments and private spaces, we will explore how multiple constituencies have sought to come to terms with the trauma of the dictatorship. Some of the questions we will ask are: How do spaces shape our relationship to the past? What are the implications of an officially sanctioned Memory Museum? How can a society fight the reification of memory and yet find avenues to commemorate loss?

In Santiago we will visit the following sites: The Moneda Palace (the Presidential palace, bombed in September 11, 1973); The National Stadium (which functioned as a detention camp the first few months after the military coup); Villa Grimaldi (former torture and detention center of the Chilean Secret Service, now a Park for Peace); Londres 38 (former torture house in the center of Santiago, now maintained by the families of those imprisoned there); the Salvador Allende Museum of Solidarity; Pinochet’s former residence, which is now a museum; the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the Catholic Church center that gave refuge to the victims of the dictatorship); and the recently opened Memory and Human Rights Museum (2010).

The course readings and the films will be associated with each of these sites. For example, in preparation for the visit to the National Stadium we would watch the documentary National Stadium, which deals with the recuperation of political memory through testimonies of those who were detained there in 1973. In this way the students will be able to experience how cultural productions are informed by and inform the spaces they represent. Prerequisites:  SP306 AND COI; limit: 12 students. 1 unit 

Summer in Spain

Blocks A & B in Soria, Spain

3 levels of language available:

  • SP 111 (Beginning)
  • SP211 (Intermediate)
  • SP305-306 (Advanced

Program fee ($6,500) includes Airfare from Chicago, food and housing

Contact Professor Carrie Ruiz, program director, for more information:

Nuestro Tiempo en España

Un video de los estudiantes del programa de verano en España con Colorado College y el Centro Internacional Antonio Machado. A student video of the summer program...

"The Tenth Anniversary of a Summer in Spain", film by student Bennett Krishock

Salamanca-HD 720p from CC Help Desk on Vimeo.