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Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The University of South Florida's international programs educate and train students to prepare them for positions in the changing global economy, culture and polity. The Latin American and Caribbean region is just "next door." It is also the United States' most important import and export market, surpassing trade flows with the European Union. In addition, it is an area of enormous cultural and ecological diversity and cultural creativity. The need to understand this rapidly changing and expanding area of the "other" America is fundamental for those who are interested in conducting business in the region, who are involved with security issues, or who wish to engage in artistic contemplation.

This certificate, offered through ISLAC, provides students with the opportunity to benefit from lectures by distinguished writers and scholars and to travel to various locations under the Study Abroad credit course. Students can apply up to 12 hours of the credit earned through the certificate to the master's program.

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Credit towards graduate degree: Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Transfer credit: Courses may be accepted contingent upon departmental approval.

Standardized tests: Standardized tests are not required.

Admission requirements: Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
International students must provide certified proof of a degree equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.

Application Documents:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. A resume
  3. A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study

Application Deadlines:

  1. Summer: April 27
  2. Fall: August 10
  3. Spring: December 14

Registration process: First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary.
Then go to, the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow directions given on-line.

Financial aid: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 for exceptions and the names of private lenders.

Time limit: This certificate should be completed within six (6) semesters.

Requirements for Graduate Certificate

Jamee Stiffler
Academic Services Administrator
Office: SOC 363
Telephone: (813) 974-0842

Codi Babb
Academic Program Specialist
Office: SOC 365
Phone: 813/974-4177