Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program Site: Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA). The university is located in the Buenos Aires suburb of Victoria.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must have completed six semesters of college-level Spanish (through USC Spanish 260 and 261), or equivalent. Previous coursework focusing on Latin America is highly recommended.
Description: Buenos Aires, the second largest city in South America, is one of the most cosmopolitan capitals in the region. The widely diverse population creates a dynamic mixture of cultures, which is reflected in the city’s eclectic architecture, distinct cuisine, and rich cultural life. Referred to in Spanish as the “Ciudad de Libros” (City of Books) for its libraries, abundant bookstores, and many book fairs, Buenos Aires offers a rich intellectual atmosphere.
The Universidad de San Andrés, located just a half hour from downtown Buenos Aires, is recognized as one of the most prestigious universities in Argentina and South America. UdeSA is a teaching and research university renowned for its research contributions on Latin America. The small nature of the university, with around 2,000 students, makes for a friendly environment where study abroad students can quickly immerse themselves in university life.
Academics: USC students participate in the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) at UdeSA. All courses are taught in Spanish. This program aims to expand students’ knowledge of Latin America and the Argentine culture through examining the various facets of Latin America’s culture, politics, and society. The classes are organized into three academic tracks: Latin American Literature, Arts and Culture; Latin American Society and Politics; and Latin American Economics and Business. The Service Learning in Latin America track is not available for USC credit. Student take three direct enrollment classes with local Argentine students and one Spanish language course. View a full list of course offerings on the PLAS website.
Sample Latin American Literature, Arts and Culture courses:
- Latin America: Visual Art and Institutions
- The Return to the Real: Literature and Reality in Latin American Literature
- Visual Art and Culture in Argentina: XIX & XX Centuries
Sample Latin American Society and Politics courses:
- Latin American History
- Argentine Foreign Policy
- Argentine Political Systems
Sample Latin American Economics and Business courses:
- Currency, Finances, Debt and Crisis in the Global Economy: 1750-2010
- Cases of Argentine Companies: Context and Business in the 20th Century
- Political Economy
Students take two courses within their specific academic track, an additional content course of their choice and a mandatory Spanish language course.
Students participating in this program are encouraged to consider a minor in Latin American Studies, offered through the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
Course load and Credit: Students take 4 courses for 16 USC units.
Activities and Other Program Features: In addition to a guided tour of Buenos Aires, there are a few organized excursions outside of the city, including a day trip to San Isidro and Tigre and a visit to an “estancia” with horseback riding, a gaucho show and an asado. PLAS also organizes extracurricular activities in the city such as tango lessons, a visit to a milonga, and an authentic tango orchestra show.
Accommodations: Students can choose from homestays or shared rental apartments. Homestays include 2 meals per day and are arranged by PLAS staff. PLAS will recommend agencies to help students find shared rental apartments, but PLAS does not make rental arrangements.
Dates: Spring semester only. Spring term runs from Early-March to mid-July.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 1/07/15
Text Updated: 8/26/15
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.
Universidad de San Andrés