SCU Casa de la Solidaridad
Casa de la Solidaridad
The curriculum of the Casa de la Solidaridad program is designed for most undergraduate majors enabling you to meet your graduation requirements with academic credit granted through Santa Clara University or your home institution. Your classes will deal with issues in Latin America and will be taught by expert professionals including a local reporter for the New York Times.
Not able to stay a whole semester? Explore our innovative 10 unit Summer Public Health program.
|Professor||Course Syllabus||Quarter Units|
|Manuel Fernando Velasco||INTL 130: Salvadoran Literature (82k PDF)||5|
|Knut Walter||INTL 131: The Sociology of Development in El Salvador (81k PDF)||5|
|Gene Palumbo||INTL 132: Perspectives on El Salvador's Civil War (121k PDF)||5|
|Kevin Yonkers-Talz||INTL 139: Praxis Seminar (80k PDF)||5|
|Cruz Portal||SPAN 110: Advanced Spanish Conversation (89k PDF)||5|
|Peggy O'Neill, SC, EdD||RELS 120: Latin American Theology (151k PDF)||5|
|Pedro Martin||POLI 136A: Political Structures and Processes in El Salvador and Central America||5|
|Virginia Rodriguez||PHSC 170: Health Care and Public Health in El Salvador (130k PDF)||5|
|Marina Najarro||SPAN 100: Advanced Spanish I (106k PDF)||5|
Your Semester Schedule
|Spanish Course||5 units|
|4 Casa Elective Courses||20 units|
|Total Quarter Units||25 units|
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Andrea is one of our Romero students, an El Salvadoran student at UCA. You would live in community with our Romero students at Casa.Hear Andrea's Full Story
Here you'll experience and analyze the realities of the health care field in El Salvador.Read about our other Praxis sites to choose from.
Casa's Educational Foundation is supported by Four Pillars
- CASA Alum
- CASA Alum
- CASA Alum
- Anita Landaverde, Praxis site partners from San Ramon
In addition to classes, praxis and community living, Casa offers students a variety of unique opportunities to get to know El Salvador.
Included in the program fee are:
Summer Public Health Internship
The summer program focuses on health care and public health in El Salvador and provides students with a unique opportunity to integrate direct immersion with people living in poor communities (praxis sites) and academic study. This intensive program will focus on what the health problems are in El Salvador, why the country has these health issues, and how they are being handled from both a medical response to disease and public health programs, which try to reduce the frequency of disease before people need medical care.
Students participate in two academic courses: PHSC 170 - Health Care and Public Health in El Salvador- 5 units and either SPAN 100: Advanced Spanish I (106k PDF) or Spanish 21H - Spanish for the Health Professions (Intermediate) - 5 units. These courses are designed to intentionally integrate students’ experience in their praxis site with the academic discipline.
Safety and Security in El Salvador
The safety and security of our students is our top priority.
We follow the best practices related to health and safety in keeping with the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).
We have excellent sources of information regarding national security issues, including relationships with many organizations like the Jesuits at University of Central America and the Salvadoran Government.
We have strong relationships with our Salvadoran partners in the local communities at our Praxis sites.
Most recently, an independent security assessment team went down to El Salvador to conduct a thorough analysis of the safety and security situation. Based on this assessment, Dennis Jacobs, the Provost of Santa Clara University, informed SCU's community on November 29, 2016, that beginning in Fall 2017, the Casa program would be restarted.
Read more about our Safety and Security practices.
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