A photo of the Shalala Student Center at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. A photo of the Shalala Student Center at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

Fellowship In Latin American Studies

In this highly selective Honors Program, students follow a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to complete two degrees (B.A./M.A.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in five years, less time than would be required to obtain the degrees separately. The program provides exciting collaborative research, travel, and work opportunities. While students typically apply to the Fellowship In Latin American Studies (FILAS) program upon their initial application to UM, we also welcome applicants in their first year of study at the University.

Working with UM’s world-class faculty in various academic disciplines, FILAS participants design individualized curricula. In addition to the regular general education course requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, FILAS students choose one focus track for their most advanced courses: Social Sciences, Law and Policy, Literature & Culture, Communication, Environmental Studies, Public Health, or History. For broad-based, multi-disciplinary preparation, students choose courses that focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. At least ten of these courses must be taken at the graduate level.

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FILAS Admission Requirements

  • SAT1 composite score of 1360 or ACT 31.
  • Top 10% of high school graduating class.
  • Regular Application for Admission to the University of Miami. We recommend students submit their applications by November 15.
  • Recommendations from three high school teachers.
  • Statement of interest in FILAS, emphasizing prior language or area study
  • To continue through the graduate level (MA Phase), students must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA and take the GRE Exam.