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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; Managua, Nicaragua; Oaxaca, Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Cleve Fraser - Political Science, Erik Ching - History, Jeremy Cass - Modern Literatures & Languages, Kristy Maher - Sociology, Steve O'Neill - History Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Anthropology, Health Sciences, History, Political Science, Poverty Studies, Pre-medical Studies and Health Care, Sociology
Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit Minimum GPA: 2.5
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Program Description:



The Latin America Semester Program in 2018 visits four countries (Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua). The program combines courses from the social sciences (SOC and PSC), Humanities (HST) and interdisciplinary studies (LAS—Latin American Studies). Students will spend three weeks on campus at the beginning of the semester, laying an academic foundation for the coursework, and will then travel for eight weeks. While in country students conduct site visits, engage with locals and get to know the culture, history and people of the areas. Courses focus on such topics as U.S. foreign policy in the region, the sociology of health care, literary explorations of race and nation, and the politics of authoritarianism, democratization and economic development. Spanish is not a requirement for participation; translation will be provided for all academic programming. The semester concludes with three weeks of on campus classes in April.


SOC-260 Global Health Inequalities
GER: HB (Human Behavior) and WC (World Cultures); PVS Concentration credit
Instructor(s): Kristy Maher
Examination of structural factors (e.g. poverty, post-colonialism) that lead to the unequal distribution of health across the world. Investigation of morbidity, mortality, epidemics; cultural factors shaping ideas about illness and healing; varying health care delivery systems, NGOs, etc. ?4 credits.

HST-352 Travel Study in Latin American History
GER:  HA (Historical Analysis of Human Interactions) and WC (World Cultures)
Instructor(s): Steve O'Neill
Investigation of key events, movements and individuals in one or more regions of Latin America.  Specific topics and periods determine by the instructor in conjunction with the Latin American travel study program.  4 credits.

PSC-444 Issues in Latin American Politics
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Instructor(s): Cleve Fraser
This course offers a comparative analysis focusing on the persistence of authoritarianism and the processes and challenges associated with democratic transition and consolidation in selected Latin American countries. Taken as a component of Furman's Latin America study away program. 4 credits.

LAS-300 Travel Study in Latin America
LAS minor credit.
Instructor(s): Jeremy Cass
In-depth examination of a particular theme or issue facing contemporary Latin America. Travel, lectures, and site visits emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective. May be repeated with change of instructor/topic/region. 4 credits.


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. 


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


Students will pay 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.


Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.


Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit


Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees


International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

This program is currently not accepting applications.