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.
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.