Quick Info

  • Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology and Archaeology, Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Sociology
  • : Will run again in 2020 -
  • : TBD
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


*This program satisfies the three foreign culture requirements and the non-Western foreign culture requirement through A&S.  Coursework might count towards the Certificate in Latin American Studies. 

Students are required to participate in a weekend intensive Spanish class prior to the departure, and will continue taking appropriate level of Spanish language at a Runawasi language school in Bolivia. This course falls outside of the Spanish department normal course progression. Students will need to take a placement test upon return to determine the appropriate level to continue.

Exemplifying a rare case of stable Quechua-Spanish bilingualism, a strong connection between language and indigenous identity, and a place in which language policies are put into practice and negotiated by local residents, Cochabamba offers a unique environment in which to study the connection between language and society. Drawing on reading material and observations of how language is used in Cochabamba, the course will focus on multilingualism, language contact and change, language ideologies, bilingual education, language revitalization, and the role of language in the state.

Students will study at a local language school with instructors who are native speakers of Aymara and Quechua. They will develop the skills to communicate at a basic level. Additionally, they will learn and experience first hand the context and history of the languages. Through language study, they will learn about the realities of Aymara and Quechua speakers in present day Bolivia and an understanding of the connection between language and culture.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Alana DeLoge is the Quechua instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently a PhD student in linguistics, she also has an MA in anthropology and an MPH in public health. Her research focuses on how indigenous language is used in healthcare contexts in Bolivia. Alana has several years of research and residence experience in Cochabamba and is thrilled to travel to Bolivia with students!



Students and the faculty director will be staying in shared accommodations at a local hostel in Cochabamba. The hostel is centrally located: within walking distance to many of the city’s main attractions and surrounded by lots of restaurants and markets, with both Bolivian and non-Bolivian food options.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Coming soon! Coming soon!
Arrive in Bolivia Depart Bolivia
May 2020 June 2020

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for nine credits
  • Shared accommodations in a hostel
  • International travel health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Local excursions
    • Featured excursions include two of Bolivia's most famous sites
      • Salar de Uyuni:  Students will experience the world's largest salt flat, breathtaking sites, and animals such as llamas and pink flamingos.
      • Chapare: Students will visit this rural province in northern Bolivia. Here students will adventure through the Amazon, encountering monkeys, hiking through rainforests, and experiencing outstanding tropical fruits and foods.
      • Students have most weekends free to travel around Bolivia (schedule subject to change).

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Vaccinations: Yellow Fever Vaccination required ~$150-$250
  • Visa Fees (estimated - $160)
  • Police background check and child clearances required ~$50

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Core courses are taught in English. 

We work closely with our Third Party Provider Connect2Bolivia to offer students this wonderful program. Connect2Bolivia was founded by Alexis Wieczorek, a former Pitt Alum and David Ruiz, a Bolivian Architect. For more detailed info on their mission check out the Connect2Bolivia webpage: http://connect2bolivia.com/ 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!