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Study Abroad in Latin America

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Study in the artsy, culturally-complex, and developing region that is Latin America.

Lush rain forests. Staggering beaches. Booming urban centers home to the arts, sports, and business. When you study abroad in Latin America, it's both challenging and exciting to keep up with its dynamic and rapidly evolving cultural landscape.

The diverse, twenty-odd nations of Latin America were born of a mixture of glorious indigenous civilizations, immigrants, and landscapes, all united by Spanish and Portuguese language. Whether you want to study literature in Mexico, explore rainforests in Costa Rica, or get an inside look into the performing arts scene in Argentina, we have the study abroad programs to meet your needs and abilities. Perhaps you want to improve your Spanish language skills abroad in Chile or are looking to explore the cultural charm of the Dominican Republic.

How to Study Abroad in Latin America

With CIEE study abroad programs in South America spanning all across the region, you can study what you want, where you want. Add cultural excursions, homestays, volunteer opportunities, and diverse coursework into the mix, and you have the recipe for a successful college study abroad experience. Take the first step by starting an application today!

Countries to Study Abroad in Latin America

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Study abroad in Argentina for a semester, summer, or year and enjoy an immersive, cultural experience in the most popular destination in South America.

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Study abroad in Chile with CIEE, and immerse yourself in rich, local and regional culture with programs in the dynamic cities of Santiago, and Valparaiso.

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Costa Rica

Study abroad in Costa Rica with CIEE and spend your time camping, hiking, snorkeling, or exploring rural Costa Rica through site visits and a homestay.

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Dominican Republic

Spend time exploring the challenges facing a developing nation that is, nevertheless, the Caribbean’s foremost tourist destination.

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Study abroad in Mexico for a year, semester, summer, or winter term and become immersed through community service, and cultural excursions.

Study in up to 3 Cities this Semester

Design Your Own Program

With CIEE's open campus model, you can design your very own study abroad semester program to include up to three different locations. Feel free to build your own program using our custom study abroad tool, spin the globe, or take a look at experiences around some of our most popular open campus combinations!

Questions about Latin America Study Abroad

Latin America is a great study abroad destination for students looking to be in a culturally diverse region with beautiful landscapes and top-rated universities. With study abroad programs spanning across five countries, CIEE allows students to pursue study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.  

Reasons to study abroad in Latin America include:

  • Improving your Spanish language skills
  • Completing diverse coursework
  • Trying new cuisines
  • Engaging in the local community through internships and volunteer work
  • Immersing yourself in a new culture 

If you’re wondering, “Where are the best places to study abroad in Latin America?” we’d recommend looking into the following destinations:

  • Argentina: A mix of cultures and people perfect for a student interested in the arts, nature, economics, and more!
  • Chile: A great destination for students looking to be in a modern, dynamic capital city full of culture and traditions.  
  • Costa Rica: A biodiverse paradise best suited for students passionate about nature, hands-on research, and cultural immersion.  
  • The Dominican Republic: A historically and culturally charming destination for students looking to improve their Spanish and explore Dominican culture.  
  • Mexico: A unique destination well-suited for students looking for an affordable, culturally diverse location with natural wonders.  

Put simply, yes! Students can study Spanish abroad in Latin America on one of CIEE’s programs. By immersing yourself in a Spanish-speaking location, you’ll quickly advance your Spanish language skills both inside and outside of the classroom.

Whether you’re a beginner or have a high level of Spanish language proficiency, studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country will undoubtedly improve your Spanish skills! For a fast-track language program, check out our Summer Intensive Spanish Language program in Argentina! For less intense language learning, we’d recommend a program like our Liberal Arts program in Santiago where you supplement elective courses with a Spanish language class. 

The cost to study abroad in Latin America depends on several factors, including the specific program you choose, travel costs, housing selection, term, duration, and more. Programs can range from as low as $3,950 to $19,950 and more.  

For example, our January in Santiago program costs $3,950, our Sustainability + the Environment program in Monteverde costs $19,950 for a spring term, and a single Mexico Open Campus Block costs $16,350. For information regarding the cost of a Latin America program, you should review that specific program page and cost breakdown.    

While the best study abroad programs in Latin America is quite subjective, we can provide you with a list of some of our most popular study abroad programs in Latin America:

  • Sustainability + the Environment (Monteverde)
  • Liberal Arts (Buenos Aires)
  • Tropical Ecology + Conservation (Monteverde)
  • Summer Global Internship (Monteverde)
  • Open Campus Block (Monteverde)
  • Liberal Arts (Santiago de los Caballeros)
  • & more!

Explore CIEE Latin America Programs

The cost of studying abroad in Latin America varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Latin America study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?