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SIT: Argentina, Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
English, Spanish
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: Anthropology, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Government (Political Science), History, Independent Study, International Relations, Latin American studies, Social Policy, Sociology, Spanish Language, Urban/Regional Planning, War Studies
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Ann Hoover
Program Description:


Program overview

Examine the challenges social actors are facing in developing countries by examining a process of regional integration through the experience of MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur/Southern Common Market), which includes Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay. Each student is presented with social, political, and economic problems as it deals with internal, regional, and global shifts.

Based in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, students travel to three of the four MERCOSUR member nations. Each country is like a distinct "lens" through which to examine the process of integration in the Southern Cone.

Lectures encompass each country's political and economic history while looking at salient social issues sets the stage for a deeper understanding on educational excursions. Field visits cover relevant issues such as alternative development, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and cultural identity. Students also gain insight into the different countries' view of MERCOSUR, its benefits and its problems.

Program Highlights

South America's Southern Cone is undergoing profound transformations. The changing political frameworks in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; the social and political challenges all four countries in this region are currently facing; debates on new economic development models; and the development of unique grassroots movements are some of the components that make this region especially fascinating at this particular moment in history.

The 2001-2002 Argentine crisis and its subsequent effects in the region sparked a profound debate on development strategies and political systems. Some of the questions and themes include:

  • What can we learn from the way Argentina's crisis unfolded?
  • Is regional integration a way to overcome political and economic crises?
  • What social and political changes are promoted by the different social movements?
  • What development alternatives are available to countries in the region?

Students interested in issues of regional integration, development and social change will find the Southern Cone particularly compelling.



Buenos Aires, Capital City
The program is based in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, where students spend six weeks attending lectures from local university professors at the Instituto de Desarrollo Economico y Social (IDES), a prestigious research and teaching institution. Lectures explore:

  • Regional History
  • Recent political and economic changes
  • Grassroots movements
  • Economic, cultural, and social aspects of regional integration

During this period, students receive intensive Spanish instruction and live with local families to enrich their language preparation and maximize cultural immersion and understanding.



Firsthand Experience
The academic seminar, which begins in Buenos Aires and continues in other cities where the group travels, is focuses heavily on firsthand experience. In Buenos Aires students visit a variety of social actors including representatives of different grassroots movements, worker-run enterprises and housing cooperatives. Students are able to observe the consequences of the crisis on various aspects of life and the coping strategies that are being implemented.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.