Relatively low costs of living throughout the region tend to keep study abroad program prices affordable in South America.
Everyday items and services like groceries, taxi rides, public transportation and dining out also tend to be more affordable here than in other regions of the world.
Depending on where you’re flying from, you may be lucky enough to find cheap airfare. Some travelers also choose a program and destination where they can travel without a visa and the added costs that go with it.
The less extra costs that you need to factor in, the more you can funnel your savings toward entertainment, weekend travel, and meaningful souvenirs. The triad of cheap program options, low cost of living, and affordable flights can help you get more bang for your hard-earned dollars while abroad.
Most Latin American populations trace their roots back to indigenous, European, African, and Asian origins, creating a diverse fusion of cultures. For example, in Brazil, you’ll see the influences of the largest African diaspora in the world in the cuisine, music, dance, and religions. Across the Andes, you may hear indigenous dialects of Quechua being spoken and see efforts to preserve the native cultures of the region. When studying abroad in the Americas, there’s no doubt that you’ll see evidence of the region’s multiculturalism.
In addition to cultural, ethnical, and linguistic diversity, Latin America also boasts geographical and biological diversity. In your free time you may just find yourself sand-boarding in the desert, surfing in the Pacific, zip-lining in the rainforest, skiing in the mountains, or camping at the base of a glacier. With so much diversity in one area, you never know what your next adventure may be.
Texilla American University
Guayana Campus ($15,000 per year inclusive of accommodation)
Zambia Campus ($7,500 for 6 months inclusive of accommodation)
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a Spanish major to come here—or to study Spanish in Latin America! Even if you’ve never studied a foreign language before, just being exposed to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world is a bonus of living in this region.
If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at picking up Spanish, why not test it out abroad? In Latin America, you have 20 different Spanish-speaking countries where you can learn. Many locations offer courses or volunteer opportunities in English as well, so don’t be intimidated if you’re not familiar with the native language. Latin America is also known for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly locals, which is a plus if you haven’t quite mastered Spanish 101 but need to ask for help or directions.
Students who are studying Spanish or Portuguese often prefer this region for its immersive nature. If you’ve been studying one of these languages and are looking to take your skills to the next level, consider a program where you can live with a native family or take courses with locals. After being exposed to Spanish for an extended period, you’re bound to walk away with a whole new level of fluency and comprehension.