The Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies is designed to promote the study of foreign languages that support Trinidad and Tobago’s trade and economic development initiatives, and to encourage a deeper appreciation of other cultures. In addition, the focus on the history, society and politics of Latin America makes this a strong interdisciplinary degree so that the graduate will be able to contribute to the multilingual and multicultural environment in which we live in the areas of trade politics, diplomacy or culture, while offering a strong foundation in Spanish Language.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    4 Years (FT)
    5-6 Years (PT)



    HIST 225 Latin American History I 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    HIST 235 Latin American History II 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    LAST 120 Introduction to Latin American Studies 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research 3
    LAST 121 International Relations and Latin America 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    LAST 225 Doing Business in Latin America 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    LAST 375 Trade and Economics in Latin America 3 Total Core Curriculum Credits  15
    LAST 410 Contemporary Spanish Latin American Politics 3 ELECTIVE CORE CURRICULUM COURSES
    LAST 447 or Internship/Practicum/Immersion Abroad or Fifteen (15) credits chosen from the core curriculum
    LAST 441 and Conversational Spanish and 6 ARTS 120 Survey of Art History 1
    LAST 442 Independent Study CLTR 120 Introduction to the Culture of Trinidad and Tobago 1
    PORT 150 Brazilian Culture and Language I 3 ECON 110 Introduction to General Economics 3
    SPAN 121 Advanced Conversational Spanish 4 ENVH 102 World Issues in Public Health 1
    SPAN 140 Spanish Language I 4 ENVS 121 Environmental Issue and Sustainability 1
    SPAN 150 Contrastive Grammar 4 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    SPAN 210 Latin American Civilisation and Culture I 3 MUSC 120 Survey of the History of Music 1
    SPAN 211 Latin American Civilisation and Culture II 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
    SPAN 231 Spanish Language II 4 SCIE 201 Contemporary Issues in Science 1
    SPAN 246 Socio-Cultural Issues in Latin America I 3 Total Credits for Elective Courses in the Major 15
    SPAN 295 Spanish Language III 4
    SPAN 360 Socio-Cultural Issues in Latin America II 3
    SPAN 450 Spanish Language IV 4
    SPAN 460 Latin American Film 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 69
    Twenty-one (21) credits chosen from the list of courses below
    BUSI 203 Leadership and Ethics 3
    COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
    ENGL 200 Comparative Literature 3
    JOUR 135 Photo Journalism 3
    LAST 415 Issues in Contemporary International Relations in Spanish Latin America 3
    LAST 420 Latin American Literature and Narrative 3
    PORT 250 Brazilian Culture and Language II 3
    SPAN 122 Spanish for Business I 4
    SPAN 123 Spanish for Business II 4
    SPAN 230 Introduction to Translation 3
    SPAN 240 Introduction to Interpreting Techniques 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 21

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Bachelor of Arts- Latin American Studies, students must successfully complete 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 69 credits
    Elective courses in the major area of study 21 credits
    Total credits in the major area of study 90 credits
    Core curriculum courses 15 credits
    Free elective core curriculum courses  15 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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