Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region. By living with local families, students become part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans and experience firsthand the diversity of Latin America, and to equip them to critically examine and respond to global challenges.
Students take part in a community immersion experience and participate in one of three concentrations: Latin American studies; advanced Spanish language and literature; or international business. Students also travel to Nicaragua and significant sites within Costa Rica.
LASP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. Eligible students must:
All students will be administered a Spanish placement exam prior to arriving, and will be placed in 6 credits of Spanish study.
Additional required core courses include:
Then, choose a 6-credit concentration in:
All courses except International Business are available in Spanish as well as English.
*Students must have at least Intermediate Spanish proficiency prior to entry
The cost is generally equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:
Additional anticipated expenses:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15. You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until July 1 (or until places are filled).
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until November 1 (or until places are filled).
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.