CLAS in Latin America

The Center for Latin American Studies encourages MA candidates to pursue summer travel experiences in Latin America.  CLAS' commitment to study abroad is evident through their generous financial support--nearly 92% of all applicants (for travel grants, study programs, and internships) received awards in 2016.

The program provides a number of grant and award options to fit the diverse goals of our students. In the past, MA candidates have pursued international internships, enrolled in summer language programs, designed their own research, or applied for one of our endowed grants.

Country Programs

Currently, the program offers graduate summer programs in BrazilChile and Colombia, and encourages undergraduate study in Ecuador and Argentina.  Most students receive financial aid to attend these summer programs - in 2016 nearly all applicants received some form of aid.  Students may apply for CLAS Summer Grants here by March 1, 2017.

In each country students participate in coursework and internships at organizations that match their stated objectives. 

Click here to read the Summer 2015 Blog by our students.

If interested. please fill out the Summer Program Application Form and email it to Julie McMurtry.


MA students have the opportunity to apply for internship funding to support unpaid and minimally-paid internships throughout the world.  The guidelines allow for students to propose and pursue their own internships, tailoring their international experiences to better suit their interests and aspirations. 

Travel Research Grants

Students may also choose to apply for travel research grants.  In recent years, CLAS students have received funding to research political participation in Brazil, impacts of tourism in Colombia, the Guelaguetza festival in Mexico, Oil and Revolution in Cuba, and narratives of identity in Peru, to name a few.