The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua) opened its doors in 1956 as the metropolitan campus of UNAN-León, a university established in 1812. With the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, the Managua campus came to concentrate most of the University’s intellectual activities and the majority of its students. In 1982, the campus became independent from UNAN-León, acquiring its present name and growing to be the most important public university in the capital of Nicaragua. Today UNAN-Managua has campuses throughout the country and has a student body of 24,000.
Although lacking in grand structures and monuments, Managua offers vivid testimonies of Nicaragua’s history, the character of its people, and culture around every corner. Within a few steps of the city’s Lake Xolotlan lie the ruins of the Old Cathedral, one of the few structures that survived the 1972 earthquake. The 1,500,000 inhabitants of this capital city reside in its neighborhoods, which stand in the periphery of this old center and are home to working families, solidarity workers from abroad, and groups of students that in the evenings organize cultural, political, and social gatherings.
Classes Primarily with Host-Country Students
*Overall GPA 2.75 *Completion of Spanish 312 or above
The program is based in Managua, Nicaragua, with visits to other cities where the Sandanista Revolution and the Contra War have left their legacies. Students will take excursions to Honduras and El Salvador as well.
Classes Primarily with US Students
Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish 2.5 minimum GPA and sophomore standing