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The GSP semester

Academic Focus

Academically, the semester at FLACSO university centers (among others) around international relations, Latin American culture and identity, education, economy, gender, development studies, social movements, and environmental questions. Regionally, classes focus on Latin America (from a global perspective).

Course offer

There are four obligatory classes that students attend while studying at FLACSO. They include:

  • Research Methodology and Project Design
  • Global Public Sphere and Civil Society
  • Global Economy and Society (this class is divided into three modules, out of which students have to choose two: Understanding Corporate Capture, Rethinking Global Trade, and Global Media and Citizenship)
  • Culture and Identity in Latin America

If students are fluent speakers of Spanish they can also choose Spanish-speaking courses from other programmes being offered at FLACSO to replace any of the GSP classes.

Course format

All GSP classes are offered by the Department of Ethics, Rights, and Global Public Goods. The class format is either lectures or seminars, and group sizes usually range from 30 to 40 students per class.

The GSP classes are also open to English-speaking students from other programmes at FLACSO university.


The main examinations usually take place at the end of each course and include either a final paper or an essay. There may, however, also be additional examination activities during the course.

Academic culture

Lecturers at FLACSO university can always be reached via email or can be approached during the day at the FLACSO building.

The main language of instruction at FLACSO university is Spanish, GSP is the only English-speaking programme. In total, FLACSO university currently offers twelve Master programmes and one doctoral programme in Social Sciences.

Students are also able to take additional language classes if they want to.

Living and studying

Students look for accommodation themselves, but the FLACSO staff provides them with all the necessary information and guidance. Some common housing options include the temporary rental of apartments via real estate agents, or renting a room in family houses or shared apartments recommended by previous GSP students.

There is no public transportation from the airport to the university, but there are several affordable private options, such as transfers or taxis. Once students are in the city it is easy to reach all necessary spots on foot or by public transportation (e.g. from the accommodations to the library). All university facilities (canteen, library) are just around the block from where classes are being taught.