Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

M.A. In Latin American Studies – Costa Rica: INTRODUCTION

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 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. With regard to housing, students will be able to participate in a homestay program or will secure their own independent housing.

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.

Graduate M.A. Program in Costa Rica Main Page
Application, Language Requirement, Costs of Attending, Financial Aid
Program Oversight, MA in Costa Rica
2018 Program Schedule, MA in Costa Rica

To apply visit Tulane’s Applying to a School of Liberal Arts Graduate Program. Once on this site, scroll down to the APPLY HERE: School of Liberal Arts MFA, MA, 4+1 MA or PhD Application Form section and click on the “Application Form” link. This will lead you through the process of setting up an application account. You must apply to the Costa Rica M.A. Program through the regular Latin American Studies graduate program. When you are asked to indicate the Term in which you wish to enroll, please select “Fall 2018.” (Please note that selecting “Fall 2018” is just an application system formality. The M.A. Program in Costa Rica does not actually start in Fall 2018, but in May 2018.) For the Degree selection, choose “MA-Masters of Art.” For the Program selection, choose “Latin American Studies.” And under the MA program selection field, select “Costa Rica.” From there, proceed to completion of all other parts of the online application. If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please call 504-865-5164 or email the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at




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Upcoming Events

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

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

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… 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

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

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

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. 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

Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.