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American University offers a diverse portfolio of programs for students interested in Latin American and Latino affairs. The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies seeks to support students by connecting them to faculty members, courses, and other opportunities to engage with Latin American and Latino studies. Doctoral students have the option to be featured on the CLALS website, and may collaborate with CLALS staff and faculty on research projects. The Center also connects with students via an email listserv that periodically communicates job, internship, and other research opportunities. To join the listserv, please email with "student list" in the subject line.

In addition, the Center has also offered research support to graduate students through field research grants. Past grants were made possible by the Tinker Foundation and by Center funding. 

Finally, select undergraduate and graduate students often serve as part-time research assistants at the Center during the academic year. Please check back regularly for student assistant openings on our Employment Opportunities page.

While the Center does not offer courses, degrees or certificates, explore the list we've compiled of academic programs. For specific information about academic programs, please contact the unit of interest directly using the links provided in each program. 

Graduate Study

The International Dimensions in Management for Kogod graduate students rotates countries every year. Past trips have included Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

Washington College of Law students are offered the opportunity to spend a summer abroad in Chile and Argentina where they focus on trade and investment in Latin America and comparative legal perspectives on social problems.

Undergraduate Study

SIS undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a wide menu of field schools and study abroad opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Costa Rica.

Students at American University have opportunities to engage in learning and service activities beyond campus through the AU Alternative Break Program, which is coordinated by AU's Community Service Center.