Summer Programs

U of L sponsored programs

The A&S office for International Programs offers short term study abroad programs around the world, from the Caribbean and Latin America to Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Brazil program

The program takes place in São Jose do Rio Preto, located 280 miles (450 km) northwest of the city of São Paulo. UNESP (The State University of São Paulo) hosts the students and welcomes them to its campus. Classes are taught by UofL and UNESP faculty take full advantage of this optimal setting to explore up close major issues surrounding this booming Latin American country.  Offers coursework in cultural studies and Spanish at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as opportunities for internships. (Program dates: each year in June)

Panama program

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Department of Communication offer a study abroad program in Panama each May.  Students stay in a centrally located hotel and may earn up to 6 credit hours, taking courses in Communication and Panamanian Culture (taught in English) and Spanish language (SPAN 201 and SPAN 321) at the University of Louisville’s branch campus in Panama City.  Planned excursions include visits to the Panama Canal, El Casco Viejo and the Presidential Palace in the colonial part of the city, the Causeway in the Canal Zone, and the Emberá Indigenous Community in the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.


Third party providers

Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Summer programs

U of L faculty member Dr. Regina Roebuck is the director of this year’s KIIS Spain I summer program, which takes place in Segovia, a charming provincial capital in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains, only 60 miles to the north of Madrid. Segovia's convenient location makes it ideal for excursions.  Short trips to Madrid and the surrounding areas will provide students with dramatically different experiences of Spain. Students stay with host families.  Up to 6 credits.

Directed by Dr. Melissa Stewart of WKU, this program also takes place in Segovia, and includes excursions to nearby Toledo and other sites.   Courses range from the 300-400 level.  Students stay with host families.  Up to 6 credits.

The four-week KIIS Ecuador program has a service-learning focus that matches student skills to community needs while exposing them to different cultures, giving them opportunities to build leadership skills, and allowing them to solve community problems in the areas of health, education, conservation, and social entrepreneurship. Students will work on projects with Afro-Ecuadorian and Indigenous communities in their fields of interest as they discover the natural beauty of Ecuador in the Pacific coast, magnificent highlands, and spectacular rain forest regions.  For accommodations, students will stay at ecological places where possible as they travel throughout Ecuador. While there are no language requirements, students are strongly encouraged to acquire at least some conversational Spanish prior to the trip.


International Studies Abroad (ISA)

ISA is a study abroad provider serving university students throughout the United States and Canada.  Options range from one month summer study to a full year of study in destinations such as Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru and Spain. Offers coursework covering the broad range of arts and sciences disciplines, including biology or chemistry, economics, and graphic design. In some destinations, advanced language students have the option of taking some of their courses in full immersion with local students.


Modern Language Study Abroad (MLSA)

Undergraduate and graduate programs in Costa Rica and Spain.