International Programs

The faculty of the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) strongly urge you to experience first-hand the reality of a Latin American or Caribbean country. Such an experience will greatly expand your classroom learning, and give you a cultural awareness that can be acquired in no other way. Only through immersion in the culture of one of these countries will you be enabled to grasp effectively the important issues facing the region and assess the impact of those issues on the United States, and other parts of the world.

When you study in a Latin American or Caribbean country, you will fulfill most, if not all, of the requirements for the LACS minor, or you will become motivated to do an individually designed major in LACS.

You will have unique opportunities such as:

  • Living in the home of a local family
  • Improving your linguistic skills by interacting daily with native speakers
  • Developing a specific field of specialization
  • Participating in various service activities
  • Traveling through diverse physical landscapes and ethnic cultures

Such experiences may inspire you to pursue advanced study in the field or to develop a cross-cultural career. Indeed the growing economies of the region result in increasing job opportunities for graduates with a minor or major in LACS, who speak Spanish or Portuguese, and have been exposed to the business culture of these countries.

Just as important, study and service learning in Latin America or the Caribbean will deepen your understanding of the many social and economic inequalities that confront the people south of our borders. Witnessing some of the harsh realities of these societies and learning about their causes and consequences will propel you, as a student of Fairfield University, to reflect on the Jesuit commitment to social justice, and on your role as an agent of betterment for these communities.

Fairfield University in Latin America and the Caribbean

Fairfield University or its affiliates provide semester- and year-long programs in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, and Brazil. Additionally, the University offers short-term service-learning programs in Nicaragua and Jamaica.

For information and application contact:
Office of International Education/Study Abroad Office
Dolan House, second floor
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4332
Fax: (203) 254-4261

For exploring opportunities to study in Latin America and the Caribbean or to volunteer in community-oriented projects as part of a service learning program, contact:
Dr. Dina Franceschi
Co-Director of the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
DMH 313
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2850