Nicaragua: Cultural Immersion

Program Description:
Learn Spanish and Volunteer
This summer program provides an integrative and cultural experience for MSU students looking to advance their Spanish skills and immerse in a foreign culture. During the six weeks in the beautiful town of León, students actively integrate learning, discovery, and engagement. Individual instruction of Spanish means that each student continues to progress in his/her language skills according to his/her needs. Living with a Nicaraguan family enhances students’ cultural awareness and gives them the opportunity to practice their Spanish in a real life situation. In addition, students have the option of volunteering at a youth center that helps underprivileged local children stay in school. MSU students can help with homework, teach English, or play and do other interactive activities.
Students learn one-on-one Spanish (2 hours/day) at a language school and volunteer (2 hours/day) Monday through Thursday. Students may choose to only take Spanish and not volunteer. In that case they would take 4 hours of Spanish per day.
León is considered the intellectual capital of the country and is home to most universities. Because the area lacks the infrastructure that attracts tourism, MSU students maximize their immersion in Nicaraguan culture. León is about one hour away from the capital Managua and about 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.
Students are free to explore the country during the three-day weekends or to stay in town and surrounding area, where the beach and nearby volcanoes are always an attractive option. For the weekend excursion included in the cost of the program the group travels to the beautiful green mountainous coffee region in Matagalpa, about two hours from León.

Faculty Led Poster_Nicaragua17-18.pdf

Course Information
SPNS (6 cr.)

Dates Abroad  
June 16 – July 27, 2018

Housing and Meals
Student will stay with a host family 3 meals a day provided.

Program Fee
$3,170.00 + airfare                                                                                                                 
Note: A non-refundable deposit of $300 will be payable to MSU’s Office of International Programs at the time of application. Remaining program fee must be paid at time of registration.                                        

Financial Aid
This program is eligible for financial aid.
If you intend to apply for financial aid, bring a copy of the Financial Aid Budget Sheet to the Office of Financial Aid Services as soon as possible.
Financial Aid Budget Nicaragua S 18.pdf

Eligibility Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Dean of Students Disciplinary Clearance

Faculty Leader:                                                                                                                               
Patricia Catoira
Associate Professor/Spanish - PhD
Modern Languages & Literatures

Application Deadline
  • March 8th, 2018

  1. Meet with Faculty Leader and/or Faculty Led Program Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.  Visit the Study Abroad website for Drop-In Advising Hours and to Schedule a Faculty Led  Advising Appointment
  2. APPLY ONLINE HERE through My Global Connection.  A complete application includes: 
    • $300 Faculty Led Application Fee
    • Official Transcript
    • Acknowledgement of Faculty Led Participation and Pre-Departure Requirements
    • Additional Application Information
    • Faculty Led Application Short Essay
    • FERPA Information
    • Health History Form
    • Passport Information
  3. Complete an interview with the Faculty Leader and the Faculty Led Program Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.
  4. Upon program acceptance, confirm participation and complete Post-Acceptance Application Materials in My Global Connection

For course and program information, contact the Faculty Leader.

For questions regarding the application, contact the Office of International Programs please call (406) 994-7151 or email

Have questions? Click to see drop-in advising hours.


Language of Instruction: Spanish

Host Country Language Courses Offered: Yes


Minimum GPA: 2.5


Housing Options: Homestay


Program Type: Faculty Led

Subjects Available