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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/29/2017 06/25/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirements:
English, Spanish
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Minimum GPA:
Academic Good Standing
Sponsoring College:
Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Criminology, Governmental and International Affairs, History, Humanities, Humanities, History, and Media Studies, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Political Science, Society, Culture, and Language, World Languages
Program Description:

Imagining Argentina: Language, Literature, and Culture
May 29 - June 25, 2017

Program Overview

Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital, has long been considered one of the cultural treasures of South America.  A walk through the streets reveals a mosaic of architectural styles; Buenos Aires is the port city, the tango city, and the city of endless cafes. USF will collaborate with the Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE) of Buenos Aires, a Center of Tuition of the University of London, to offer USF credit for Spanish language studies and Latin American literary and cultural studies in Buenos Aires.  The four-week program aims to offer Spanish language, culture and literature instruction for those with sufficient proficiency to receive instruction in Spanish and to offer academic credit for Latin American cultural studies for those students who do not have such proficiency.

Central to the program will be the study of issues that are relevant to Latin American language, cultural and literary production and, more specifically, to the Argentine cultural experience. Students will enhance their oral and written proficiency in Spanish through coursework and active exposure to target language and will actively participate in a rich cultural environment and will develop various stages of intercultural competence and global awareness and will learn about and experience Latin American culture in general, and more specifically about the history, politics, and literature of the host country.  Studies will not be confined to the classroom, but will be enriched by encounters with the cultural life of Buenos Aires. Students will visit museums, art galleries, and theater. Excursions and strolls will put students in touch with its history as well as the present. Dr. Pablo Brescia, USF Department of World Languages Full Professor and a native of Buenos Aires, will accompany students on the program.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Portenos, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly--Italian and German names outnumber Spanish, and the lifestyle and architecture are markedly more European than any other in South America. One of the world's finest opera houses, the Teatro Colon, flourishes here on the plains alongside the river. Porteños are intensely involved in the life and culture of their city, and they will gladly share the secrets of Buenos Aires if you lend an ear and relate your own stories in return.

Buenos Aires' physical structure is a mosaic as varied and diverse as its culture. The city has no dominating monument, no natural monolith that serves as its focal point. Instead, Buenos Aires is composed of many small places, intimate details, and tiny events and interactions, each with a slightly different shade, shape, and character. Glass-sheathed skyscrapers cast their slender shadows on 19th century Victorian houses; tango bars hazed with the piquant tang of cigar smoke face dusty, treasure-filled antique shops across the way.

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Host Institution

Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE) of Buenos Aires

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Academic Program and Course Information

SPN 3520 or SPW4131/4930/5934 Politics, History and Literature in Latin America: A 20th Century Survey (3 credits)
(Course also approved as HUM4941) Students majoring in International Studies or Literature may use this course as major elective: please notify your academic advisor if you choose to do so.

SPN2200/2201/2240/2241/2341/4470 All levels of Spanish language intermediate and above, including conversation and composition are available through this program.

Credit Type
Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Dr. Pablo Brescia, Professor and Program Director

Dr. Pablo Brescia migrated from his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the United States in 1986. He holds a a Ph. D in Hispanic languages and literatures (2000) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is Full Professor of Spanish at the University of South Florida. He joined USF’s faculty in 2003 and has directed the Imagining Argentina Study Abroad Program since 2004, always welcoming engaged students willing to become global citizens. He is authored several books and articles on the history and theory of Latin American short fiction, 20th Century Mexican and Southern Cone narrative,  film and literature, philosophy and literature and literature and technology.

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Program Costs

Total cost: TBD for undergraduate students
                TBD for graduate students

Included Program Features:
* Lodging in a shared apartment (Wi-fi/maid service)
* Some Meals
* All instruction for 4-weeks
* Excursions (Three field trips outside of Buenos Aires and cultural events)
* Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance

 Not Included in Program:
* International airfare ($1000-1300)
* Meals, including regular lunches and dinners
* Graduate instructional fees (Additional Cost, $180 per class)

 This price is based upon an enrollment of 12 students, the minimum needed in order to conduct the program.

 A $500 program deposit is due at the time of program acceptance by the Program Directors in order to confirm a space in the program and to be registered for USF course credit.

 Final balance of the program cost is due by May 30th. This deadline is firm as it corresponds to when fees must be forwarded for your program.

Payment Schedule

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Living Arrangements

Students will be house in shared (double) rooms in aparments near AIE.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is open to all undergraduate majors. Graduate level courses are also offered. Students should have completed Spanish II (SPN1121-Beginnner Spanish 2) prior to participating.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Program participants may make individual flight arrangements to arrive in Buenos Aires. Students will be notified of Dr. Brescia's flight itinerary in late March. It is recommended students arrive in country on the same flight as this will be the only arrival eligible for group transportation to the hotel. Students interested in traveling independently may do so, but must coordinate with the faculty director.
Students should expect to leave the US no later than June 26 in order to arrive in Buenos Aires by June 27th. Classes are June 29th-July 31st. Apartments must be vacated by August 1st

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program.  Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad.  Please see our funding page for further details.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. 

Personal Safety

While no country is free from the threat of terrorist attack, no such incidents have recently been reported in Argentina. Argentine traffic accidents remain the main source of injury and death for tourists, so caution is advised when crossing roads and highways.

 As in any city, students in Buenos Aires should be particularly aware of their surroundings and their belongings, and should not draw particular attention to themselves -- tourists in any area are easy targets.  Excessive drinking is the leading cause of life-threatening instances and emergencies abroad.  As the US State Department site warns, a large number of crimes take place in and around drinking establishments in Argentina. 


A common scam is to spray mustard or a similar substance on the tourist from a distance. A pickpocket will then approach the tourist offering to help clean the stain, and while doing so, he or an accomplice robs the victim. Another scam is to entice tourists into a bar known as a "wiskeria" with a flyer for a shopping discount or free show. Once inside, the victim is not allowed to leave until he or she pays an exorbitant amount for a drink. Thieves regularly nab unattended purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage, and criminals will often distract visitors for a few seconds to steal valuables. While most American victims are not physically injured when robbed, criminals are known to use force when they encounter resistance. Visitors are advised to immediately hand over all cash and valuables if confronted. Thieves may target visitors wearing expensive watches or jewelry, or carrying laptop computer cases.

Health and Fitness Requirements

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking.  The USF in Argentina program is a largely resident-based program.  Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!

The public health system in Argentina provides emergency and non-emergency services free of charge to all, regardless of nationality or immigration status. However, the quality of non-emergency care in public hospitals is generally below U.S. standards. Medical care in private hospitals in Buenos Aires is generally good, but varies in quality outside the capital. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization in private facilities and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars or more. Private physicians, clinics, and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website at Further health information for travelers is available at

Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website:

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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document.  To view this document before applying, please click here

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Contacts for More Information

?Questions regarding the academic program in-country, courses or credits:

Dr. Pablo Brescia
Director, Argentina Spanish Language Program
Spanish Section, World Languages
Office: CPR 444
Phone: (813) 974-2548 
Fax: (813) 974-1718

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees

Nancy Di Bella
Education Abroad Office - CGS101
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 Fax: (813) 974-4613