African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department


The course will take place mainly in Bluefields, the capital city of the southern Atlantic autonomous region in Nicaragua. The Atlantic coast of Nicaragua is blessed with incredible natural beauty and is rapidly becoming a site for ecotourism, both because of its unspoiled villages, beaches, bays, and the ability to experience English and African-derived Caribbean culture. 

This is a perfect course for students who are interested in Latin America, the African diaspora, race, gender, class, sexuality, identity, and culture. Specifically, the program seeks to recruit intellectually ambitious students who are interested in activism. 

This program is designed to provide students with a unique international experience with faculty members preeminently suited to give them an outstanding intellectual experience in Bluefields. By experiencing the unique culture of Bluefields, Nicaragua, U.S. students will learn about a related but distinct strand of the Black experience in the Americas, which is relatively unknown outside of the region. The course will be conducted in English, as this area of the Atlantic Coast has a particular history with Anglo-Saxon powers (England and later the United States). The course will take place at the Bluefields campus of URACCAN (University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua), one of two regional universities founded in the 1990s by Black and indigenous costeños. UT students will interact and conduct joint research projects with URACCAN students and other Black and indigenous costeños. The research findings will be presented at the end of the course. 


Application Deadline: February 10, 2017

Duration of trip: Offered during the 2nd summer session, July 3rd - August 15th, 2017.


Travel scholarships are available from the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts. Recipients receive, on average, $1,200 or more in support—apply today!

Approximate Expenses and Fees from Summer 2016:

Application Fee: $75

Tuition: $2583

Program Fee: $2900

Food: $100

Airfare: $800

Local Transportation: $50

Personal Items: $200

Medical Insurance: $114

Passport: $135

Emergency Funds: $500

Total: $ 7,457

Participation Requirements

Good academic standing (graduate students minimum 3.0 GPA)

UT enrollment during spring semester preceding the program

Completion of at least one AFR or LAS course prior to program's start

*Applicants may be interviewed*


AFR s326: Afro-Caribbean Politics and Culture in Central America-NIC (Crosslisted with AFR s373, GOV s365N, ANT 324L, LAS 337N, WGS 340)

AFR 373: Independent Research-NIC