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  • Locations: San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing Options: Student Community Living
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Service Learning:
Program Type: Semester Academic Areas: History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Theology
Language Pre-requisites: 4 Semesters of College Level Spanish or the equivalent
Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships, Shreiner Scholarship for Study in Latin America
Volunteer Opportunities:
Program Description:
IMPORTANT: This program is in a location with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.  If  you are interested in this program, please carefully review the Travel Warning and the University's International Travel Policy, and then make an appointment with the Assistant Director for Semester Abroad and Health & Safety:


Program Overview
Dedicated to fostering "men and women for others," Casa de la Solidaridad is a unique living and learning environment. On this program, students can develop their intellectual potential, strengthen their ethical and religious values, and learn to become a socially responsible global citizen. The program is rooted in four components, or "pillars:" accompaniment, academics, community, and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, Casa de la Solidaridad integrates praxis experience into rigorous academic reflection, and then supports this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. These four aspects facilitate the transformation needed to develop a well-educated solidarity.
The curriculum of the Casa de la Solidaridad examines the social, political, and economic reality of the people of El Salvador and incorporates traditional classroom activities, participative research, and interaction with the local community. Academic credit is granted through Santa Clara University.  Classes are taught by professors at the University of Central America and in San Salvador, who are experts in their fields and on topics related to Central America. Students select a total of five courses, including an appropriate section of Spanish.  Students who are fluent in Spanish and pass a proficiency test can opt to take a different class in lieu of the Spanish language class. All students are required to take the Field Placement/Praxis course. In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Salvadoran people. Learning amidst the gritty reality of these poor communities will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience.
Housing and Meals
The Casa program involves a commitment to community living. All students live together in one of three houses within walking distance of the University of Central America. Students are invited to help create the community experience by talking about and agreeing on a variety of community norms such as simple living, speaking Spanish within the Casa, community nights and more.
Cultural Communications
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include field placement or what is often referred to as a praxis site. In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Salvadoran people. Learning amidst the gritty reality of these poor communities will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience.
Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant 
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.  

Charles F. Shreiner ('50) Scholarship for Study Abroad in Latin America
The Charles F. Shreiner ('50) Fund for Latin American Studies is the gift of several generous alumni of Latin American Studies at Saint Joseph's University.  Thanks to this endowment, the Latin American Studies Program can now offer 3 partial scholarships of $600 each to SJU students to support study in Latin America in Fall 2017.  This might be in the form of a study tour, semester abroad, or internship abroad.  Preference will given to SJU study tours to Latin America that are approved Latin American Studies courses.  More information about eligibility requirements and the application process can be found HERE.  Applications are due March 15th.
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • Please review the SJU Semester Abroad Policy.
  • You must meet with a study abroad advisor before beginning your application. 
  • This program requires a separate, on-line application.  Please refer to the their website for deadlines and specific application requirements.  
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice. 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/10/2018 05/09/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.