Quick Info

  • Cochabamba
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education
  • : Spring 2018: Friday, January 5, 2018 - Friday, March 2, 2018 | Fall 2018 TBD
  • : In-State $4,799; Out-of-State $4,999
  • : Spring 2018 - Deadline: October 8, 2017; Fall 2018 - Deadline: March 25, 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Must have enrolled in corresponding course at Pitt

Academics

Courses in Bolivia:

Early Childhood Education

This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with all 3 courses listed below:

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at an elementary school abroad. This course provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced master teachers.  This course is open only to Early Childhood Education students approved for student teaching.

                                           

Students will participate in a one week intensive Spanish class at a local language school, Runawasi, to develop the skills to communicate at a basic level or to improve upon what they have already learned.

     

Secondary Education

This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with all 3 courses listed below:

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at a secondary school abroad.  This course provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced master teachers.  This course is open only to Secondary Education students approved for student teaching.

Students will participate in a one week intensive Spanish class at a local language school, Runawasi, to develop the skills to communicate at a basic level or to improve upon what they have already learned.

 

  • All students must also enroll in the 6 credit Student Teaching course at their campus prior to departure for BoliviaUpon return students will take IL 1883 (6 credits) or 1893 (6 Credits) at the Pitt Greensburg Campus.
  • Program cost includes 8 credits of tuition abroad, and students will be charged additionally for the credits taken on campus at Pitt Greensburg per credit rate
  • SPAN Course Number coming soon. 

Experiential Learning

Go beyond the classroom setting! In addition to student teaching, students will volunteer at a local youth center that enables children to go to school, and then receive extra help such as tutoring after school hours. This allows students to receive better grades and more opportunities in the future. The center also provides students with daily meals to make sure they are well-nourished and offers other activities such as sports. This is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the culture, the language, and make a positive impact on the local community. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

 You will complete your required teaching placement at Calvert CCS - Cochabamba Cooperative School under the direction and supervision of current full-time teachers.

Housing

Students will stay with a Bolivian host family arranged by Connect2Bolivia. Bolivian host families will offer the chance to not only learn about the culture but to immerse yourself in the language and improve your skills. Some meals will be provided by the host family. Homestays are in a safe location and are usually located nearby and close to shopping and areas of interest. 

 

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,799 $4,999
Arrive in Bolivia Depart Bolivia
Saturday, January 6, 2018 Friday March 2, 2018

 

  • Please note you will be leaving Pittsburgh on Friday, January 5th and will arrive in Bolivia on Saturday, January 6th. 
  • Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

 

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,799 $4,999
Arrive in Bolivia Depart Bolivia
TBD TBD

 

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • 8 credits for the program and student teaching experience in Bolivia
  • Housing with host family in Bolivia
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner provided by the host family
  • Student teaching experience in a diverse school abroad
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursions to Solar de Uyuni (world's largest salt flat) and Chapare (rainforest) plus additional cultural activities

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

  • Tuition and fees for half of term at Greensburg
  • Roundtrip Airfare (~$1200)
  • Study Abroad Administration Fee $300
  • Personal expenses (~$525)
  • Passport fees (~$150)
  • Visa (~160)
  • Required vaccinations and boosters (depending on your medical history and insurance coverage) ~$350
  • Room and board while in Greensburg for half the term and meals (if applicable)

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

  • You will enroll in Greensburg for the first half of the term and pay TUITION and FEES for part-time enrollment directly to Greensburg.
  • Students that participate in this program during the spring will spend the first 8 weeks of the semester in Bolivia and the other half in Greensburg.
  • Similar to student teaching in Pennsylvania, it is important to show a clean record when student teaching abroad. For that reason, students must upload their FBI Clearances, Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances, and Pennsylvania Criminal Clearances to the Study Abroad Portal once accepted into the program.
  • All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm on the Oakland campus. 1st floor David Lawrence Hall.

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, 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

Michelle Apodaca

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mon. Wed. and Thur. 2pm-4pm

¡Hola, hola! I’m Michelle, the Study Abroad Coordinator at Pitt-Greensburg. Part of my undergraduate career at Pitt Greensburg led me to study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, for two summer months. Then I was hooked! The following summer I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, then a semester in Spain. All three homestays were with amazing people that made those experiences even better! A few years later I bought a one-way ticket to Cabo San Lucas and lived in Mexico for close to four years. I hope all students will consider going global and will study abroad: it changes your life, leaves you with unforgettable memories, lets you discover new skills, and it will set you apart from your future competition. So, let’s give you an edge and find your program! You can reach me at mma93@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494.