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About Latin American Studies


Why study Latin American Studies at Aalborg University?

Part of the specialisation programme under the Study Board of International Affairs, the interdisciplinary programme in Latin American Studies enables students to approach key issues confronting the region from multiple perspectives and study alongside our team of expert scholars. The course explores the main issues and dynamics of contemporary political and social issues in Latin America including the complex character of the society-environment nexus, new social movements and civil society organisations in the region, the politics of human rights and Latin American cultures and societies. Students undertaking the Latin American Studies pathway will develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a range of career paths in areas such as international trade, regional & multilateral institutions, the public sector, NGOs, etc.

Latin American Studies can be chosen: 

  • As a specialisation in the two-year master programmes Development and International Relations (DIR) or European Studies (ES).
  • As two modules of each 5 ECTS as part of another programme, e.g. Culture, Communication and Globalization (CCG), Tourism, International Business Communication, History, etc.

Practical information

  • Full degree students begin 1 September.
  • Guest/exchange students begin 1 September or 1 February.

Study abroad or undertake an internship in Latin America

We encourage students to take advantage of the many study abroad programmes or internship opportunities Aalborg University offers in Latin America. The experience of studying or undertaking an internship in Latin America provides students with an opportunity to broaden and deepening their knowledge about the region and develop their intercultural and communication skills.

For information about the application process, deadlines, tuition fee, scholarship etc. please see How to apply to Aalborg University.

Latin American Studies class of 2019.


Latin America has fascinated me since the first time I travelled to Honduras in 2012. The Specialisation in Latin American Studies, as part of the DIR programme, has shown me the reasons and history behind the problems faced by this region, and the crushing inequalities that I have seen first-hand, in one of the most unequal countries in the most unequal region of the world. The concrete knowledge I have gained from the specialisation has made me even more determined to be part of the solution to these problems.

Phillip Wade, 2018



Through the program I was able to build on my prior knowledge, refine my ideas and discover new topics and theoretical approaches. AAU's PBL fits ideally with the LAS team of professors who help students in every way to develop theoretically sound and interesting projects.

Ana Paula Caruso, 2018

Contact Latin American Studies

Network & study programme coordinator 
Malayna Raftopoulos

Email: raftopoulos@dps.aau.dk
Phone: +45 9940 2865

Department of Politics and Society • Fibigerstræde 1,3 and 5, 9220 Aalborg East • Frederikskaj 10B, 2450 Copenhagen SV
Phone.: +45 9940 8192 • Email: inst.dps@dps.aau.dk
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