Study Abroad Through Dragons-Naropa: Andes & Amazon

Good for: Students interested in cultural ecology, sustainability and environmental justice issues or students who want to study Spanish.


The ancient Land of the Incas contains a fascinating blend of vibrant cultures and dramatic landscapes placed in a modern context of political change and cultural identity issues. Through intensive Spanish language courses, numerous service-learning opportunities, rugged travel, wilderness trekking and independent study, Dragons Andes and Amazon semester abroad explore the links between land and people, past and present. Dragons' students will also examine current political trends, social movements and environmental conservation efforts in the mountains and jungles of Bolivia and Peru.

Through guided study and hands on experiences in the local culture, expect to hone your Spanish skills while discovering the links between vibrant indigenous peoples and the diverse and breathtaking landscapes they inhabit. Dragons' students will come away with a deep understanding of indigenous political trends, important challenges in conservation and development, and a first-hand understanding of day-to-day life in some of the earth's most dramatic locales.

Course Descriptions

Dates for Fall Semester: Sept 15 – Dec 6 (Coursework begins a month before departure and is done at home.)

Dates for Spring Semester: Feb 12 – May 1 (Coursework begins a month before departure and is done at home.)

Cost for 2015-2016

Naropa tuition*: $15,200
Room & Board: $4,155
TOTAL: $19,355

*Tuition includes 12-16 credit hours plus in-country travel and excursions.

Additionally, you will be responsible for:

Airfare:  Approximately $1,100
Travel insurance: Approximately $465
Visa: $135
Books & supplies: Approximately $125
Immunizations: Varies
Personal expenses: Varies

are available to offset all of these costs. Your state and federal financial aid plus Naropa aid (scholarships/grants) apply for this Dragons' program. Work-study monies do not apply.

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