Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Costa Rica: Service Learning, Politics, & Internships
San José | May 20 – June 30, 2018

Summer in Costa Rica is a six-week program based at Tulane University’s own beautiful campus of CIAPA, a prestigious academic research institution in the midst of the capital city of San José. The CIAPA campus houses multiple lecture and seminar rooms where students will take two courses. Constant exposure to Spanish will help students develop stronger language communication skills at any level, including with their local family homestays. Students will embark on adventures to tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches, with excursions to Manuel Antonio, Irazú, and Monteverde. Make friends with local Univeristy of Costa Rica students, and explore the charming city of San José in your free time!

Depending on their interests and needs, students will have the opportunity to choose from three course options being offered. Taught in English by Tulane faculty, the Social Justice Service-Learning course explores the notions of citizenship and concepts of social justice in Latin America from a theoretical perspective, and will be supplemented with a practical application in the community through a 40-hour Service Learning placement. The Social Justice Internship provides placement within a variety of local governmental and non-governmental entities that will host students as interns with varying levels of Spanish language skills. Students will have the opportunity to work within organizations promoting civic education, the protection of human rights, or school drop-out prevention. Central American Politics: Costa Rica will focus on the current state of Costa Rican politics and society by analyzing the social and political forces at play in the region, the challenges of its economic development, and its external interaction with the United States and other world regions. This course is taught in English by CIAPA staff.


  • LAST 3950 with LAST 3890 (4 credits): Social Justice Service Learning
  • LAST 4570 (3 credits): Social Justice Internship
  • POLC 3310* (3 credits): Central American Politics: Costa Rica
    *Course listing subject to change, but course content remains Political Science.

The cost of the five-week program is $5,800, which includes corresponding credits at Tulane (tuition), and housing/logistics fees, which include local family homestays with private room and three meals a day, medical insurance, transportation from the airport, and specialized tours and excursions. Airfare to/from San José (SJO), incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. At least one semseter of Spanish language at Tulane is required, or equivalent from outside institutions. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.

Complete applications through the online application portal will include:

  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a Spanish instructor)
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.)

Click here to visit the online application via the Office of Study abroad. Non-Tulane students will be required to create an account.

Download a printable flyer for the program here.

For questions, please call 504-862-8629, or email to

View photos from past programs here!




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Upcoming Events

Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture

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Join Dr. Emily Greenwood as she will be speaking about Greek language/literature, slavery, and the “politics of the human” when she delivers the Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture.

Emily Greenwood is Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Yale University where she also holds a joint appointment in African American Studies. She is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on Greek historiography of her generation as well as the leading figure in re-evaluating the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in colonial and post-colonial contexts. In addition to her book Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2010) [Joint winner of the Runciman Prize], she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters that investigate the rich and nuanced reception of ancient Greek literature in the African Diaspora, especially in Caribbean literature.

Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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“Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City”

Dan Sharp is currently research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at