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CC Semester in Latin America (Spring 2018) -- Argentina (5+6) and Chile (7+8)

Program dates: January 22-May 16, 2018

Argentina Street


The CC in Latin America program offers students a unique multidisciplinary experience abroad. It will provide immersion into the Argentine and Chilean cultures through CC courses taught entirely in Spanish, in the block plan, by CC faculty from different academic disciplines. CCLA 2018 focuses on Southern Cone history, cultural manifestations, and contemporary politics, and is support by the reputable Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler) in their newest student service platform in Latin America.


Block 5: SP312: Oral Practice and Composition Abroad. Focus on human rights and literature in Argentina and other Spanish speaking countries. Prerequisite: SP201 (or equivalent) and COI. Daniel Arroyo-Rodríguez.

Block 6: AN242: Anthropology of Food. Transcultural study of food-centered activities and identity formation through food production, preparation, and consumption. Mario Montaño.

Block 7: SP307: Hispanic Culture: Chile. Prerequisite: SP305 or SP312. Marie Daniels.

Block 8: SP316: Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture: Chile and its Others. Focus on indigenous resistance, radical political movements, and sexual dissidence through literature and film. Prerequisite: SP306 or SP307. Andreea Marinescu.

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



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. Two of the courses may also count toward the 5-unit Latin American Studies minor. AN242 Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement and will be accepted towards a major or minor in Anthropology.


Benefits of going abroad on the block plan:

  • Keep relationships with CC professors
  • Maintain your block plan endurance
  • Make long-lasting friendshipsmuseo-de-la-memoria-building
  • Financial Aid carries over


Program costs


Students pay the normal Colorado College tuition for the spring semester. Financial aid transfers. The program fee replaces the usual charge of room and board. 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 may have the opportunity to become further involved in the hosting communities through volunteer work.


Application Deadlines & Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you enroll during preregistration you will have 80 points to use for Fall 2017. There are three options for participation in the program:

  • Semester option: blocks 5-8
  • Two-block option A: blocks 5-6
  • Two-block option B: blocks 7-8

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.

Complete the application on SUMMIT under International Programs/CC Semester in Latin America. Department will contact students to set up an interview.

Questions? Contact Professor Andreea Marinescu, To get a student perspective, you can contact Anna Hessler, CCLA 2016 participant and Program Ambassador, at


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Block 4 in Chile

Block 4 in Chile

(not offered 2017-2018)

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

May 26-July 13, 2016 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.