Bolivia is the hemisphere’s highest, most isolated and most rugged nation. It’s among the earth’s coldest, warmest, windiest and steamiest spots. It boasts among the driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes in the world. Although the poorest country in South America (and boy do Bolivians get tired of hearing that), it’s also one of the richest in terms of natural resources. It’s also South America’s most indigenous country, with over 60% of the population claiming indigenous heritage, including Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups. Bolivia has it all…except, that is, for beaches.
This landlocked country boasts the soaring peaks of the Cordillera Real around Sorata and the hallucinogenic salt flats of Uyuni, the steamy jungles of the Amazon Basin and wildlife-rich grasslands of the Southeast. Cochabamba is located in central Bolivia and is known as the "Garden City" due to its spring-like temperatures year round. Sitting in a fertile green bowl, it is surrounded by low hills and Cerro Tunari, the highest peak in centra Bolivia to the northwest.
Unparalleled beauty is also reflected in its vibrant indigenous cultures, colonial cities such as Sucre and Potosí, and whispers of ancient civilizations. This is exactly what attracts visitors, and with good reason. Bolivia is now well and truly on travelers’ radars; opportunities for cultural and adventure activities and off-the-beaten-path exploration have exploded. – from www.lonelyplanet.com
This six-credit program is devoted to the intensive study of the Spanish language and Bolivian culture and meets the needs of Spanish language students from beginner to advanced. The program is hosted by the Maryknoll Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which was founded in 1965, to prepare Catholic missionary personnel for contemporary mission work in Latin America or for service to Spanish-speaking peoples in other parts of the world.
A Marquette University faculty member will accompany the group and provide on-the-ground support, in addition to the Institute’s staff. As a student, you’ll be able to integrate yourself into the community through daily contact with the Institute’s experienced instructors, as well as through the homestays and excursions. Students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits) and to participate in the excursions around the city and region.
Courses are taught in English and Spanish for beginners and Spanish-only in the more advanced courses
An orientation will be held prior to departure.
This program requires students to enroll in two courses (6 credits). Courses will be taught by the Institutes's language instructors.
Courses to be offered include:
• SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish 1
• SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish 2
• SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish 1
• SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish 2
• SPAN 3001: Spanish Grammar Review and Writing
• SPAN 3002: Spoken Spanish
• SPAN 3100: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
• SPAN 3310: Peoples and Cultures of Spanish America
• SPAN 3710: Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions
Students will live in Bolivian homes with families who are affiliated with the language institute. All meals will be provided by the family.
This is a short-term faculty-led summer program.
|Program begins||June 13|
|Program ends||July 27|
A student visa is required for this program. OIE will assist students with the process, but ultimately procuring the visa is the sole responsibility of the student. All students must also have a valid passport that extends 3 months past the ending date of the program.
Students participating in this program will be responsible for booking and purchasing the designated program flight after acceptance to the program.
*Other costs include estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Program fee includes housing, most meals, all excursions and transportation in Bolivia.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.
This program is a Marquette faculty-led program, so most financial aid generally applies. To learn more about how the program will affect your specific aid package, go to the Office of Student Financial Aid.