Vaya a América Latina

$2,000 scholarships for programs to Latin American destinations.

The Vaya a América Latina Merit Scholarship is now available for students interested in studying abroad in Argentina, BrazilChile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, MexicoPanamaParaguay, or Peru.

Scholarship Details:

  • No previous language experience is required.
  • Students must be applying for a four- to eight-week long summer, semester, or year program in Latin America.
  • Two-week Global Prep programs are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Two (2) to four (4) awards will be given.
  • The Vaya a América Latina Merit Scholarship may only be combined with Global Leaders Need-Based Scholarship for semester and year program students.
  • A selection committee of AFS staff and volunteers will review applications to select scholarship recipients.
  • Applications submitted after the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the scholarship.

How to Apply:

  1. To be considered, start or continue to work on your AFS application.
  2. Contact to request the Vaya a América Latina Scholarship essay task or speak with your Study Abroad Specialist at 1 (800) AFS-INFO.
  3. Once requested, the Vaya a América Latina scholarship essay will appear in the Next Steps of your AFS dashboard.


At this time, the scholarship deadline has passed.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Scholarships Team at

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