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Not your typical study abroad experience

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.

Course Offerings

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
Gene Palumbo is one of the many experts on Latin America that you will have as a professor on the Casa de la Solidaridad program. He is the NYTimes’ local correspondent and has also reported for NPR, BBC, Time Magazine, and more.


Learn about our other professors in El Salvador
Hola mi nombre es Andrea Gomez, vivo en Armenia Sonsonate. Mi familia la componen Mi madre, 2 hermanas y 3 sobrinos. En mi pasatiempo me gusta mucho jugar futbol. Estoy terminando mi segundo año de Ing. Industrial en la UCA, siendo becaria del programa Martires de la UCA.

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
FUNDESO is a local NGO that provides a focus on medical care, community outreach and education to about 350 people every day. The foundation has a number of different health care projects. Most El Salvador clinics have only primary care, meeting with specialists can have months long wait lists.

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


Coming to the Casa, in my own experience and from talking with Casa peers, is often the first time where people feel safe and comfortable to truly be themselves. I felt like we were in true relationship with one another, paying attention to and dialoguing about what actually mattered.

- CASA Alum


I loved the academic program, because while it was rigorous, it was fully integrated with what we were experiencing. The academic aspect of the Casa was very important, because it gave structure to our experiences and reactions.

- CASA Alum


The Casa certainly drove my understanding of myself, the role of spirituality in my life, and the way I think about personal and professional commitments that are driven by a commitment to justice.

- CASA Alum


I would say that one of the main characteristics of the Casa is that it gives honor to its name, solidaridad. It’s not just theory but practiced. Students are inserted into the reality of the people, and learn about the reality of how people are living and how they are feeling.

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

 - PHSC 170 - Health Care & Public Health in El Salvador Link to file

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 102H: 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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