University of South Florida
|Eligibility:||Please see below for requirements.|
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|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Requirements:||English|
|Program Type:||USF Sponsored||Level of Study:||Graduate, Undergraduate|
|Open to:||Active USF Student||Credit Offered:||USF Credit|
|Program Advisor:||Rene Sanchez||Minimum GPA:||Academic Good Standing|
|Sponsoring College:||Arts and Sciences||Program Primary Subject:||Humanities, History, and Media Studies, Social Sciences|
July 2013 (4 weeks)
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Explore and engage with the people and culture of Buenos Aires in this applied course and internship program. This educational opportunity will focus on various interdisciplinary topics including human rights abuses under military dictatorship, transitional justice in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America, the codification of international human rights standards, and the relationship between socio-economic justice and human rights.
The course will be taught in English by Argentine activists, legal scholars, and academics. The lectures will be complimented with visits to important human rights sites in Buenos Aires, including ESMA, the Holocaust museum, various memorials, NGOs and other "sitios de memoria." A relevant service learning experience will be arranged for each student with a local NGO or social service agency or provider.
In addition to the academic content, students will be exposed to the culture and beauty of Argentina through organized weekend excursions including a traditional asado and gaucho show in San Antonio Areco as well as kayaking in the Tigre river delta.
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. Portenos 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.
Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE)
LAS 4934 / 6913 Human Rights in Latin America: 3 credits
LAS 4934 / 6936 Human Rights Internship: 3 creditsCredit Type Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
Dr. Rachel May, Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC)
Professor Rachel May has a PhD in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She was instrumental in developing the human rights program at the University of Washington. Her teaching and research interests include human rights, political violence and revolutionary movements in Latin America. She is currently the director of the institute.
Summer 2013: $3,580.00
Included Program Features:
* All lodging
* Welcome dinner and Closing dinner
* All instruction
* Two USF courses
Not Included in Program:
* International airfare ($1200-1800)
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.
Students will be lodged in fully equipped apartments, residences, hostels, or family houses.
Students should have had some exposure to Spanish or another romance language, but need not be fluent. For students with no prior language experience it is recommended that they take SPN1120 (Spanish I) before the program begins.
Student should have at least a Junior class standing (i.e. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students only).
Students will be selected for the program based on scholarship, demonstrated emotional maturity, academic preparation, and motivation. It is important that students be prepared to live and work well with others in a fast-paced urban environment.
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Students are responsible for arranging their own flights and transportation to the host school. Do not purchase airfare until you have confirmation from the program directors to do so.
Students should expect to leave the US no later than June 29 in order to arrive in Buenos Aires by Sunday, June 30 for orientation. Classes begin on Monday, July 1 and go through until Friday, July 26. Students are expected to vacate their apartments on Saturday, July 27.
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.
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Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel. Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
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 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.
Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html
To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries' foreign travel websites. As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities:
Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp#C
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 http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.
Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website: http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/immunizations/travel.htm
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.
Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 Fax: (813) 974-4613
Questions regarding the academic program in-country, courses or credits:
Dr. Rachel May
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave, FAO287
Tampa, Florida 33620
Tel: (813) 974-8140