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Latin American Studies

Off-Campus Study Policy and Options

Cobquecura, Chile - photo by Victoria Tudor '06

Latin American Studies majors and minors are encouraged to enhance their direct experience of the region and its people by studying in Latin America or in programs focused on Latino populations in the United States for at least a semester of their junior year.

Up to three courses from approved off-campus study programs will count toward the major. Internships associated with participation in an approved program can be credited as long as they are provided in connection with a seminar and a written research project.

Your selection of off-campus courses and credit should be done in consultation with your major advisor.

The current Program Option List for off-campus study in Latin America can be found here

Learn about Bowdoin's international projection through research and engagement abroad at: bowdoin.edu/international


  • Obtain information on programs from the Off-Campus Study office and web page. Visit Bowdoin's Off-Campus Study office for information about choosing a program and important deadlines.
  • Discuss your options with a Latin American Studies faculty member at Bowdoin.
  • Choose a program and fill out application through the Off-Campus Study office. You will need to file an OCS petition for any program that is not on Bowdoin’s Program Options List. Obtain faculty advisor’s signature on your OCS application form for possible credits toward your major or minor.
  • Upon arrival to the target country, if your courses are very different from those already discussed with your advisor, obtain e-mail approval of your courses from a Bowdoin LAS Program faculty member.
  • After returning to Bowdoin, complete Off-Campus Study evaluation form.
  • After obtaining general credit approval from the Office of the Registrar and your off-campus courses are listed in your academic record, arrange for an interview with your LAS faculty advisor in order to have credits approved toward your major or minor.