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Latin American Studies Program


Students study Latin American economics, culture, politics, and faith when they journey to Costa Rica for seventeen weeks of travel, study and service. The San Jose-based Latin American Studies Program includes home stays, language study,service projects, and travel to other Central American countries. Students who prefer a specialized experience can choose from concentrations in Latin American Studies, Advanced Language and Literature, International Business (fall) and Environmental Science (spring).


  • Juniors and seniors
  • 2.75 GPA or higher
  • two semesters of college-level Spanish. (Messiah College language faculty believe that students should complete at least three semesters of Spanish in order to be culturally sensitive during home stays in Costa Rica).
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  • Courses may meet some general education or major requirements.
  • Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.


Costs: 2014-2015

Messiah tuition, room, board, plus $1,200 off-campus study fee. Fee covers:

  • tuition, housing, meals
  • educational excursions
  • pre-departure, and re-entry orientation 

Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.


Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Latin American Studies Program Deadlines

Spring 2015 - November 1, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early


Online Application

Existing Application

Application Checklist



“LOVE! The unconditional love that I was shown no matter where I went was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. My host families genuinely loved me the second I walked into the door. Because of the language barrier, our communication was a little limited however, every person I came into contact with showed me how much they loved me. This type of love is what we, as Christians, are called to show to everyone. I hope and pray that I may imitate this unconditional love to every person I come into contact with here or wherever I end up!”

--Julie Kramer


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