Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Expand your cultural horizons, immerse yourself in Central American education, and prepare for a wealth of career paths with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ new Master of Arts Graduate Program in Costa Rica. This M.A. in Latin American Studies is an immersive 10-month program taught entirely on Tulane’s CIAPA (Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo) campus—just a 20-minute drive from San José. Discover the many advantages of this unique program!

  • Investigate key global issues, from immigration and climate justice to violence prevention, from an issue-oriented, Central American perspective.
  • Build on past volunteer projects or undergraduate studies while working toward careers in government, non-profit foundations, journalism, academia, and more.
  • Enjoy Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity and rich culture, while examining Central American issues like political fragility, organized crime, and climate change.
  • Study at a top-ranked research university, dedicated to the Central American region for almost 100 years.

The Pura Vida Approach to Policy Initiatives

Tulane’s M.A. in Latin American Studies is a one-of-a kind opportunity to live abroad while critically examining 21st century issues in the Global South. This intensive and immersive 10-month overseas program will provide students with institutional and grassroots perspectives on key global issues such as migration, health, environment, inequality, security, violence prevention, and sustainable human development in democratic societies through a Central American lens.

This program is unique because it allows students to earn a Master of Arts—usually a two-year degree—in just 10 months. It offers a novel approach to learning abroad because rather than enrolling in another nation’s university, students take classes on Tulane University’s own CIAPA campus. It’s the perfect combination of graduate interdisciplinary seminars and practical applications, including in-country field experience. The issue-oriented curriculum is designed to facilitate direct contact with Central American academics, policy makers, and civic actors who are engaged in the formation and critique of policy initiatives.

Immerse Yourself in Invaluable Experience and Education

The M.A. in Latin American Studies in Costa Rica is the perfect stepping stone for careers in journalism, non-profit foundations, NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia, and government, corporate, or humanitarian service. Ideal candidates include students who have worked or volunteered either in Latin America, or in policy organizations in the United States—or anyone with a bright mind and a serious interest in deepening their regional knowledge and developing expertise in policy studies. The program is also ideal for recent college graduates who are anxious for new knowledge and experience, but are still determining their professional or advanced academic plans.

Globalize Your Policy Studies with 10 Months in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has almost six percent of the world’s biodiversity, gets roughly 98% of its energy from renewable sources, and is the most politically stable country in Central America. It’s the perfect home base for students developing expertise in a region distinguished by the complexity of its challenges and the resiliency of its civil society and grassroots responses. Among the most pressing policy issues covered by the program are low economic growth, deep inequalities, social exclusion, political and social fragility, prevalence of organized crime, and vulnerability to climate change.

Students will study, and have the option to live, at CIAPA’s beautiful two-and-a-half-acre campus in the suburb of Curridabat, about 20 minutes by car from the eastern edge of San José. Program activities will be facilitated through Tulane’s exchange agreements with the University of Costa Rica and other regional institutions, and the program also includes intensive workshops in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Tulane Prestige and Pura Vida Are Yours in Costa Rica

Tulane University is a top-ranked school with a commitment to the study of Central America dating back to the founding of the Middle American Research Institute in 1924. In 1975, Tulane co-founded CIAPA, a research institute in San José, Costa Rica, dedicated to analyzing Central American politics and economics. Over the last decade, Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) have sponsored vigorous new research initiatives, public forums, and student programs at Tulane-at-CIAPA.

For more information about Tulane’s M.A. in Latin American Studies, check out the following links. APPLICATION PAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.

Graduate M.A. Program in Costa Rica Main Page
Application, Language Requirement, Costs of Attending, Financial Aid
Program Oversight, MA in Costa Rica
2017 Program Schedule, MA in Costa Rica

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Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

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June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.