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Graduate Special Programs

Language Programs

The Latin American Studies at UC San Diego offers the Latin American Studies Master's Graduate students the opportunity to enroll in language courses in more and less-commonly spoken languages either at UC San Diego or San Diego State University through our Exchange Program. (see below) 


Linguistics Language Program (LLP) - UCSD

By studying Portuguese you can gain a better comprehension of the people of Brazil, its culture, economy and politics. Whether your major is Latin American Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, Antropology, Businnes, Art History or Communications, learning Portuguese will expand your global perspective.

The Linguistics Language Program is commited to continuously support and promote the learning of Portuguese at UCSD. With small classroom setting, personalized attention and total language immersion, students are assure to have an enjoyable language learning experience. This course is particularly appropriate for Spanish speakers. If you wish to study Portuguese but do not already have a background in Spanish, please contact the instructor.

*Please note that Graduate Students do no receive unit credit from lower division courses taken at UCSD. These units will not count towards your full-time status requirement of 12 units per quarter.  

Courses offered by the Linguistics Language Program

  • LIPO 1A/AX and LIPO 1D/DX
  • LIPO 1B/BX
  • LIPO 1C/CX

For a placement test contact the instructor: Denise Paladini
For more information visit the Linguistics Language Program


UC San Diego offers a wide range of levels of Spanish language courses, as well as Spanish Literature classes for all levels of ability.

*Please note that Graduate Students do no receive unit credit from lower division courses taken at UCSD. These units will not count towards your full-time status requirement of 12 units per quarter.  

Visit the following pages to learn more about the course offerings at UCSD.

Linguistics Language Program

As UCSD's flagship language program, the Linguistics Language program includes introductory levels of language ability and diverse emphasis on written comprehension, conversation abilities, and cultural knowledge.

Literature Language Program

The Literature Language program offers intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish, including courses targeting native/heritage speakers. Profienency in Spanish can be demonstrated by completing LTSP 2C. 

Summer Intensive Courses

In addition to regular courses during the school year, UCSD offers intensive courses in Spanish each summer. Summer Intensive courses should not interfer with your summer research!

Independent Directed Study Program

UCSD's Independent Directed Study Program allows students to learn basic conversation independently. Under the supervision of a linguist, students work on weekly assignments in the Language Lab. All materials are provided.

UCSD-SDSU Graduate Exchange Program

In 1985 the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University formed a Latin American Studies Consortium and were funded as one of the twelve Title VI National Resource Centers for Latin America in the United States.

In 1993, as part of the consortium a collaborative graduate student exchange program was implemented. The purpose of the exchange program is to expand the curriculum available to graduate students of Latin American Studies.

Pleast note that this is not a joint degree. Students may take courses as guests of the Host campus which are transferred back to their Home campus and applied toward their own Master's program. While on the Host campus, students are subject to all the policies (such as add/drop/grading, etc.) of that campus.

Learn more about the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at SDSU.

Approval Process

Graduate students must notify the Home Latin American Studies Program of their intentions to participate in the exchange program. Only students with graduate status and in good standing are eligible. They must complete the Graduate Student Exchange Form and obtain the required signatures before submitting it to the the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) for final approval.  

The form must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the term--either UCSD or SDSU, whichever occurs first; remember that the two universities are on different schedules! The student will pay fees at the Home Campus (UCSD) and is not eligible for any services or privileges on the Host Campus (SDSU).

Students must enroll for one course per term at the Host institution (UCSD) and must maintain their full time status through a combination of the courses taken at UCSD and SDSU. Courses will count approximately one for one toward the Master's requirements although the credits computed will be different. ;Courses taken at SDSU are subject to petition if it is to be used for the program. Please visit the FAQ for information on petitions.