Semester Programs

The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College (CGE) offers semester programs in Central America, Mexico, and Southern Africa. These programs are open to students from any college or university – in fact, we’ve welcome students to our semester study abroad programs from over 300 institutions of higher education.

Each of our programs is unique, but they all share several highlights:

Community-based learning: Why study abroad to sit in a classroom?  Our programs emphasize the voices of the local community. Want to learn about microfinance?  Our faculty will take you to an organization funded by micro loans.  Want to discuss healthcare as a human right?  You will meet with the head nurse at a rural woman’s clinic.  Think religious leaders play an important role in social revolutions?  Plan on asking questions of a internationally renowned liberation theologian.  Fascinated by politics?  Witness an election.

Regional travel: Many of our programs travel to two or three countries.  When in your host country, you can count on meaningful travel throughout – visit the Namib desert in Southern Africa, Mexico City, and rural coffee cooperatives in Nicaragua.  Our prices are all-inclusive – you won’t pay out of pocket and each excursion contributes to your coursework and overall learning while abroad.

Homestays: Each program combines group living with homestays.  This means you will spend some time with your student cohort living in one of CGE’s study centers or guesthouses – but you will also live with both urban and rural families for a few days or up to 4-6 weeks.

Experience and longevity:  Our on-site staff and faculty average over 12 years of experience with CGE in their home country.  CGE itself has operated since 1979.  This kind of commitment to and understanding of the countries in which we operate means you, the student, will find a level of immersion and contact with local people that is unmatched by most study abroad programs.