Research and Scholarship

Villanova graduates have found themselves in a variety of careers related to Latin America. Some have pursued academic careers. Others have joined the military, or become involved in missionary work, social agencies, or political activism. Many more have found that their careers in business or government have taken them to Latin America, at times for long periods.


The Program also offers exciting internship opportunities in both Costa Rica and Chile. Students participate in challenging ongoing projects and asked to produce reports at the end of the assignment. ALARSE the United Nations Program for Crime Prevention, the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, Chiquita Bananas, and the Chilean National Legislature are only some of the prominent institutions in the region that offer our students internship opportunities.

All internship requests must be processed through the College’s Office of Internships in close collaboration with the Office of Education Abroad.

Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Endowed Scholarship

Villanova Students pursuing a major or minor, or oversees study in Latin American Studies may apply for the Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Endowed Scholorship by applying either on-line or in person.

The Endowed Scholorship funds has been created by a generous contribution from Mr. Alfonso Martinez-fonts, a 1971 Villanova graduate, to promote study and reserach on Latin America by students. Generally warded on the basis of merit and need, the monies once approved, may be used to defray a part of the educational expenses at Villanova or at a univertsityin Latin America.

Please contact Joyce Harden at for more information.

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Contact Information

Latin American Studies
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Saint Augustine Center Room 446
Villanova, PA 19085

Program Director
Dr. Cristina Soriano, 610.519.3290
Administrative Assistant
Joyce Harden, 610.519.4640
Office: SAC 023



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