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  • Locations: Granada, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Mulukuku, Nicaragua; Rio Blanco, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Winterim
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.30 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as first year student; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: One semester university-level Spanish
Coordinator: Jeff DeGrave Additional Learning Opportunities: Internship, Volunteer/Service Learning
Additional Eligibility: Good academic, conduct & financial standing at UWEC
Program Description:

Program Summary & Location


The objective of this program is to give students a vision of the social struggle for women´s rights in Nicaragua, but more importantly, the struggle of women to claim their place in the development of the country and take action to promote freedom and sexual diversity. Students get the opportunity to meet women who had and continue to have important roles in Nicaraguan history, Groupthe revolution, the economy, social movements, and those who have suffered under the Nicaraguan patriarchal system and are members of our constant struggle.

This program will engage you in the lives of some of these women. Talking with them about their societal roles and taking field trips to see different ways that women live will help you understand feminism in the context of a developing country and to become a more engaged citizen in the world community.  Furthermore, the growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States has increased the need for individuals who have an understanding of Latin American culture. This program will help you gain the cultural skills necessary to communicate with Spanish speakers in the U.S. 

The program is located in Matagalpa, a valley city surrounded by green hills. Known as “The Pearl of the North,” Matagalpa has steep, hilly streets and clean mountain air.  The city has about 150,000 people and is the center of the coffee growing region in Nicaragua. “Matagalpa’s true precious stone is a ripe, red coffee bean, the production and harvest of which is essential to the region’s – and the nation’s – economy” (Moon, Nicaragua). While the city was settled by the Nahuatl Indians, the Spaniards introduced cattle ranching in the 17th century and the Germans introduced coffee in the 19th century. Matagalpa is a good place to explore the beautiful tropical forest nearby.

Academic field excursions will introduce you to a few of the many faces of Nicaragua. These include visits to places such as the Nicaraguan Indigenous Weaver Cooperative, Maria Luisa Ortiz women's cooperative in Mulukuku, and health care centers. You will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion with university students, rural women, indigenous women, and activists working on issues of sexual diversity. Last but not least, you will visit a coffee farm, the Masaya volcano, and Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.


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Student Life

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Housing & Meals

To encourage immersion into the Nicaraguan culture, all students live with Spanish-speaking families. Our partners in Nicaragua arrange accommodations with carefully selected host families. Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their coursework to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience." 


By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate. Note: FLIIE Blugold Commitment funding for this program running Winterim 2020 will be confirmed in March 2019. 
Winterim 2018

Learn More & How To Apply

Still have some questions? You can contact Kim Reed, Assistant to the Immersion programs, at 715-836-5940 or

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Ready to apply?! Click here to read our application instructions. Please note this program will require a recommendation as a part of the UWEC application process. Then return to this page and click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.