STUDY in Managua at the Universidad Centroamericano amongst Nicaraguan, US, and other international students.
LIVE in Nicaragua, which has become a great destination for foreign visitors (1.1 million in 2008). Nicaragua's hospitable residents and flavorful cuisine are legendary. In Nicaragua, every conversation will be a learning experience, and every day will challenge your perceptions of the world.
EXPLORE the beaches and rain forests that are full of natural adventures.
REFLECT on life as a global citizen and appreciate this unique country and culture.
Nicaragua Study Center
Located in the heart of Managua, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) offers a wide variety of courses in the liberal arts, business, and engineering. Through its curriculum, UCA provides students an opportunity to understand the challenges facing Nicaraguans as they confront issues of poverty, economic competitiveness, and infrastructure development, and offers insights into Nicaragua's relationship with the world. The program provides students with a transforming experience, develops awareness of social justice issues, and prepares them for committed citizenship. The semester will begin with a three-day orientation, during which students settle into their homestay. The program is geared toward introducing students to Managua, the UCA campus, as well as getting them acquainted with key faculty, staff and students at UCA.
Two expeditions will be organized each semester in cooperation with UCA's tourism management program. When possible, UCA faculty, assisted by UCA students majoring in tourism, will participate in the trips. Cultural activities will be offered throughout the semester to enhance the Nicaraguan experience. Examples include: theatre performances, visits to museums, visits to volcanoes, etc.
The on-site director, as well as three other staff will help with academic advising, mentorship and reflection, and day-to-day concerns. The program staff is there to make the experience in Nicaragua a successful and rewarding one.
Students enjoy homestays with Nicaraguan families within a 5-minute walk to the UCA campus. Residences and families are carefully selected on the basis of strict standards, and every attempt is made to place participants in homes with a UCA student. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family, and a stipend for lunch on campus will be available through the program.
The program begins with a two-week intensive Spanish language immersion course and an introduction to Nicaraguan culture. During the semester, students will take four courses from UCA's curriculum, including the required History of Nicaragua course. Courses taught in English by UCA faculty with a mix of Nicaraguan and international students are available. Each participant will be paired with a UCA student as a language partner. These intercambios, or exchanges, provide students with the opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about Nicaragua from their peers.
You can see what courses are available here.
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information link.