Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Study Abroad Programs


Study Abroad at UW-Madison
Non-UW Study Abroad Programs
Getting Academic Transfer Credit
Alternatives to Study Abroad




The Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program does not administer any academic exchange programs on its own -- we do, however, work with the International Academic Programs Office to offer a service-learning course in El Salvador and a spring break trip to Costa Rica. 

Some of the programs listed here are administered by the UW-Madison or other campuses of the UW System. Others are not, and are included only as they are related to Latin America. University of Wisconsin-Madison students who choose to participate in non-UW-Madison programs will not have the benefit of administrative support from the UW-Madison.


Study Abroad at UW-Madison


The Office of International Academic Programs (IAP) coordinates study abroad for students from Colleges all across campus.  Participants need not be from the College of Letters and Science. There are numerous IAP study abroad programs in areas of interest to LACIS students, including programs in Chile, Cuba, Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. The School for International Training (SIT) offers field based, experiential semester (and longer) opportunities across Latin American and the Caribbean. Program sites include Spain, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.Click HERE for a printable flyer of all of the UW study abroad opportunities in the LACIS region. Please contact the LACIS Undergraduate Advisor, Sarah Ripp (, if you have questions about whether courses from your study abroad program will count towards your LACIS degree.


Other UW Study Abroad Programs



Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Programs


If the UW does not offer a program in the country where you would like to study there are a huge variety of other study abroad options. In many cases you may apply for admission to the study abroad program offered by another College or University. You can also enroll directly in a foreign University independent of an official program. Some organizations exist in order to facilitate this process, such as International Studies Abroad an agency that links you with schools in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Spain, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. if you're interested in a non-affiliated program start by reading over IAP's non-affiliate suggestions.


Other Non-UW Study Abroad Options:



Getting Academic Transfer Credit


The Office of Admissions offers comprehensive information about choosing a study abroad program and obtaining transfer credit. Please refer to that site for forms and instructions. What follows is a brief summary. It is advisable, but not required, to obtain preliminary course equivalency approval through The Office of International Academic Programs before you leave for your study abroad experience. This will expedite the process of getting credit when you return, and help you know what to expect. Fill out the Study Abroad Information Form and return it to the Office of Admissions on the third floor of the Red Gym. You may also check to see if your program has previously been approved for transfer credit by referring to the Programs Eligible for Transfer Credit list. In general, college level courses taught at a degree granting institution and for which you can receive a formal transcript will count for some credit. Language courses at a higher level than those you have taken or tested out of at the UW will likely transfer. Other courses will transfer as elective credit, or may directly transfer if the course content is sufficiently similar to a course taught in Madison. If a course counts for UW credit, and contains at least 25% content related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or the Iberian Peninsula, it may count towards your LACIS major. Please speak to your advisor for more information.


Alternatives to Study Abroad


Are you interested in volunteering or interning abroad? How about participating in a study tour led by a non-profit organization doing work in Latin America or the Caribbean? Have you ever considered an alternative break opportunity?


Organizations that offer service-learning or coordinate "delegations" to Latin American and the Caribbean: