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Year in Latin America

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All of our undergraduate courses include a year spent studying abroad, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study in Latin America and immerse yourself in its culture.

Latin America is a complex and fascinating region. We have played a leading role in Latin American teaching and research since our University was founded. Our undergraduate single and joint-honours courses and postgraduate opportunities are built on almost fifty years' experience in the study of Latin America.

Watch our videos to hear more about our courses from students and staff.

Facilities for Latin American studies

We have an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. Our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is an internationally significant collection of more than 700 artworks by contemporary Latin American artists. Our Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) organises events and seminars that bring together researchers from across our University.

Our approach and research expertise

We offer interdisciplinary courses that bring together language experts, lecturers and researchers from the humanities and the social sciences, with undergraduate modules available in literature, film, history of art, history, politics and sociology. You also learn Spanish and/or Portuguese to an advanced level. The range of subjects offered is mirrored in the wide variety of research projects currently being pursued by the academic staff who teach our courses. You will learn from internationally recognised experts in Latin America.

Latin American Studies: Steve's experience


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Frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.


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The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a museum at our University which houses more than 750 pieces of art from 1900 to the present day. It provides a unique resource for our students of Latin American art.

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Want to know more about Latin American Studies? Our student profiles allow you to hear students and alumni talk about their experiences of our interdisciplinary courses and the world of possibility they open up.