Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Bolivia: Social Science Field School

We regularly offer a summer social science field school in Bolivia. The program combines a “Politics & Culture of the Andes” course module with an intensive research methods (qualitative & quantitative) course module. Below is information about the 2017 program.

Students meeting with René Merida, director of the Historical Archives of the Bolivian National Congress. During the program, students visit government and non-governmental institutions, including the UNDP and national electoral court.

Credit Hours: 6
Instructors: Kate Centellas, Miguel Centellas
Dates: June 29 – July 26 (Summer II Session)
Cost: $3,800 plus travel & personal expenses
Application Deadline: March 8, 2017

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About the Program

In this unique four-week program, you’ll live with a host family in beautiful La Paz, Bolivia, where you’ll study the politics, history, and culture of the Andes. Through the field school nature of the program, you’ll engage in active and experiential learning in multiple sites in and beyond La Paz, garnering a better understanding of the key stages and elements of qualitative and quantitative social science research through different social science disciplines.

Students can earn credit for any of the following combinations, for a total of 6 credit hours:

The language of instruction is English, but successful completion of Span 201 (or consent of instructor) is required. Students can also combine this program with the Spanish in the Andes program, also based at the Catholic University in La Paz, Bolivia. That program runs in the four weeks preceding the Field School program. Students who enroll in both program will receive a $750 discount.

Students can also combine this with a one- or two-week Medical Internship in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to earn 3 credits of SOHE 495. That program runs immediately following the Field School.


Students will be based at the Catholic University in La Paz, Bolivia. Housing accommodations are provided by local host families. The program also includes at least one weekend excursion. In the past, we have traveled to Lake Titicaca, Coroico, Sucre, Potosi, and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Who Should Go?

This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Successful completion of Span 201 (or consent of instructor) is required. Majors who may find this course of interest include anthropology, history, international studies, sociology, and political science.


The program will run June 29 through July 26, during Summer II session.


Students will arrange their own travel to and from La Paz, Bolivia. Group transportation for program activities will be provided.

How Much?

Program cost is $3,800, which includes tuition and fees. Included in the cost are housing, group transportation and in-country program travel, and administrative fees. Excluded from the cost are Study Abroad application fee, student transportation to Bolivia (and related passport/visa expenses), meals, course materials/books, and personal spending money.

To Register

Click here to apply through the Study Abroad office.