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Students and Alumni

The Institute of Latin American Studies has a long tradition of providing resources for undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia. ILAS is administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and students from academic departments in GSAS and other schools, such as SIPA, the Schools of Law, Business, Journalism, and Public Health, enroll in courses offered or coordinated by ILAS. At any given time, there are over 300 undergradaute and graduate students at Columbia University specializing in the Latin American region.

ILAS offers a Master of Arts in Regional Studies - Latin America and the Caribbean (MARSLAC) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduates of the MARSLAC program have gone on to doctoral programs, NGOs, government service and other exciting venues.  Please see our alumni page for more information.

ILAS advises masters and doctoral students from the University’s graduate programs who wish to develop a specialization (regional certificate) in Latin America.

The Institute of Latin American Studies has a long tradition of providing field research grants and internships to students. With funding from the Tinker Foundation, Leitner Family, Lemann Foundation, the Tannenbaum Fund and other sources, the Institute has been able to fund many qualified candidates thus strengthening the program’s relationships with affiliated departments by facilitating and encouraging student development.