Latin American Studies

Be sure to visit the Padnos International Center website and search for study abroad opportunities there. Walk-in advising is available Mon-Friday 8-5 and Wednesday 8-7.

GVSU Faculty Led Programs are 2-8 week programs that typically run during the spring/summer.  They are groups of at least 12 students and a GVSU professor (director) who leads and most often teaches the GVSU course(s).   

Dominican Republic: Movement Science
This program is designed to prepare Movement Science, BMS and Pre-Professional Health majors to work with diverse populations by introducing students to the culture of one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean.

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Dominican Republic: Language & Culture
The main objective of this program is to offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

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Dominican Republic: Graduate Education
This program is designed to give graduate students in the College of Education (COE) an opportunity to learn about structural inequities in the world and apply their learning to systems of education in the US while visiting a different country.

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El Salvador: Social Work
The goal of the program is to increase one's awareness of issues of social justice, peace, and human rights as they relate to social work in a two-thirds world country.

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Nicaragua: Psychology
The focus of the program is psychology of social inequality, the unequal distribution of power and resources across class, race, and gender.

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GVSU Partnerships are semester/ year long programs during the fall, winter or summer semesters.  Students go to a university that GVSU has a partnership with as an international student, studying with local students and other internationals from around the world.  This option allows for flexible course options and student lifestyle while offering significant opportunities for scholarships and grants. 

Chile: Universidad del Bio Bio
It's hard to imagine a more warm and welcoming place than Universidad del Bio Bio (UBB). UBB is GVSU?s first partner in South America and is located in Concepcion and Chillan, Chile.

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Mexico: Universidad de las Americas
The Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) in Puebla with more than 65 years of tradition, offers academic programs that answer the present and future needs of today?s world. The University has excellent library facilities and the latest technology in order to enhance teaching and research.

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For more information call the program coordinator, Zulema Moret at 616-331-2286 or email:

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