Latin America Recruitment Program

Latin America presents excellent recruitment opportunities for Catholic universities and colleges. Latin America and the Caribbean are home to the majority of the world’s Catholic population: 39% of Catholics are found in this region of the world. Many Latin American students and families recognize the importance of an international educational experience, with many students seeking to improve their English language skills.

About the Tour

The National CCAA has led the recruitment tour to Latin America since 2009. The smaller size of the tour (15 institutions on average each year) offers the opportunity for meaningful interaction with students, parents and counselors in as many as seven countries in just over two weeks. Tour participants participate in counselor breakfasts and visit carefully selected high schools, meeting with students who are interested in Catholic higher education and in attending college in the U.S.

Our Spring 2021 Latin America Recruitment Program will be held virtually on February 23 and 25, 2021.

UPDATE 1/15/21: All spaces for the program have been filled and registration is now closed. However, please stay tuned for additional virtual recruitment events planned for later in the spring. 

2021 Tour Coordinators: Stephanie Szczepanski, Assistant Director of Admission at Saint Louis University ( or Jenna Zwiller, Assistant Director of International Admission at Saint Mary’s College (

Latin America 2021

When: Tuesday, February 23, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT and Thursday, February 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

How: Zoom (details forthcoming)

What: Various small group presentations given by National CCAA member institutions.

Examples of presentations include (subject to change): 

An overview of each participating National CCAA member institution

Finding the right fit in colleges and universities

Applying to colleges and universities in the United States

Financing higher education in the United States

Navigating college athletics (NCAA Division 1, 2,3, and NAIA)

Each participating member institution will receive the contact information of participating students and counselors, which is a great benefit! Students and counselors have the option to opt out of having their contact information shared with participating members. 

Other events: To make it fun and interactive! Winners can receive swag from participating member institutions!

College/university trivia

Scavenger hunt

Fun for counselors, too:

Counselor Happy Hour with participating member institutions on Thursday, February 25 from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. CT.

Registration details:

$500 nonrefundable registration fee. ($350 will be applied toward the tour deposit when the tour resumes in-person in 2022.)

Any questions?

Please contact tour coordinators, Stephanie Szczepanski, Assistant Director of Admission at Saint Louis University ( or Jenna Zwiller, Assistant Director of International Admission at Saint Mary’s College (

All college representatives participating in the Latin America Recruitment Program must attend each and every portion of the virtual program. The program is promoted with the understanding that all participating schools will be at each event.

Registration is only open to National CCAA member institutions

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What past participants are saying

"I think the Latin America tour offers a great opportunity for new professionals in international admissions. During my first tour, I was brand new to the field, but the tour leaders helped show me the ropes and really worked with everyone on the tour to better understand the landscape of recruitment in the region. Now, in 2020, I’m looking forward to leading the tour and being able to share my perspective and experience with new tour participants."

– Ian Sonia, Emmanuel College (MA)

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"Being my first international tour, I didn't know what to expect, but the bar has been set very high."

– Jon Pepin, Stonehill College (MA)

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"As a first-timer, I thought everything was wonderful.  I will be back for sure next year and hopefully more after that!"

– Anne Faucett, Benedictine College (KS)