Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change

Examine the social and economic development strategies of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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Please visit our website for more information. Live and study in Buenos Aires. The program is based in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where students spend six weeks attending lectures by local university professors, visiting sites relevant to regional integration and development, and getting to know grassroots and community leaders.  In Buenos Aires, European traditions coexist with new Latin American realities. It is a city of marked contrasts, where wealth and poverty coincide. Argentina is well known for its very active civil society, which has given shape to the city’s vibrant history and current challenges. A landmark in the city is Plaza de Mayo, the crossroads for political, social, and human rights activism.  Rapidly advance your Spanish. During the period in Buenos Aires, students are provided with numerous opportunities to improve their Spanish. In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers varied situations in which students can maximize their practice of the language, including living with a local family. Lectures are delivered entirely in Spanish. Learn from academics and social activists in three different countries. The program focuses heavily on firsthand experience. In Buenos Aires students visit a variety of social actors, including representatives of grassroots movements, local government agencies, worker-run enterprises, and housing cooperatives. Students observe the consequences of Argentina’s 2001–2002 economic crisis on various aspects of life and the coping strategies that are being implemented. As they spend time in different MERCOSUR states, they greatly expand their knowledge of the region’s history; recent political and economic changes; the significance and role of grassroots movements; and the economic, cultural, and social aspects of regional integration.  Independent Study Project Students spend the last four weeks of the program focused on an Independent Study Project (ISP), pursuing original research on a selected topic of interest to them. The ISP is conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: Bilateral government-owned development projects Immigration policy changes Development of corporate social responsibility Women’s political participation Changes in political participation Eliminating child labor Sustainability of agricultural export production Gender issues Read about spring 2012 student Antonia DeMichiel’s experience during her ISP period. "For me, my Independent Study Project is far more than a program requirement or a project I’m doing for a grade that will transfer back to my major — it’s the culmination of years of travel, my personal goals, and my academic interests coming together into one."


  • Spanish
  • Latin American Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Justice
  • Cultural, Population And Demographic Studies


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