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 practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies; advanced language and literature; international business; or environmental science. Depending upon their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations, including Nicaragua and Cuba.
LASP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:
You will choose 6 credits of language study as core:
Then choose a 6 credit concentration in:
The cost is generally equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:
Additional anticipated expenses:
**Please note that board is NOT included by the Best Semester and you will not be billed for board by Gordon.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BEST SEMESTER 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 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal Spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots 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.