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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
This program is open to students that are members of the USF Honors College.

Program Overview


IDH 4200 Argentina Beyond the Classroom highlights the history and culture of Argentina in a spring semester class in Tampa and then affords students the opportunity to experience that course content in person for two weeks. Students will engage in interdisciplinary inquiry academically and cross-cultural interactions in country. Activities sponsored by the program include such Argentinian traditions as tango lessons and an asado at a local gaucho ranch. Students must apply for the program before registering for the course. The material discussed in class will prepare students for a two-week stay in Buenos Aires.

USF works with Asociación Internacional de Estudios (AIE) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who hosts the Centre of Tuition of the University of London, and has partnerships with other prestigious local and international institutions. La Escuela de Posgrado del Colegio de Abogados (Graduate School of the College of Lawyers) in Argentina is our local partner, where most classes are taught.

Since 2000 AIE has provided students with the support and experience of its highly qualified bilingual faculty. They have also developed study abroad programs since 2003, and taught over 250 students. Their program also affords the opportunity to do coursework in English and Spanish.

AIE will organize the program in collaboration with Honors College tailoring certain aspects of the course offerings, cultural activities, and trips to the needs of Honors students.

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Locations Plaza de Mayo



Buenos Aires, Argentina: This complex, energetic, and cosmopolitan 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.

The physical structure of Buenos Aires 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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Academic Program and Course Information


IDH4200 (3) Geo-Perspectives: IDH 4200 will be taught in Tampa during the Spring 2018 semester. The two week trip to Buenos Aires will be a capstone experience to the course to make concrete the locations and concepts covered in class.

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Group Leaders

Megan Braunstein, Academic Advisor, mbraunstein@honors.usf.edu

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Program Costs

Cost of the program: $2,778 

Included:
* All lodging
* Entrance fees for museums and planned excursions.
* Airport Pick-up
* Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation Insurance
* Welcome Dinner
* Meals

Not Included:
* Airfare
* Additional transportation (metros, taxis, etc.)
* Passport fees
* Luggage fees or other incidentals


**This price is based upon an enrollment of 20 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.

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Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in centrally located apartments, three students per apartment.

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Who Can Participate?

Students of the USF Honors College.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

 


Getting There

Students will be responsible for booking their own airfare to and from Buenos Aires. Transportation from the airport to our accommodations and throughout Buenos Aires to program-sponsored activities will be arranged by our partner institution.

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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.

 


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.

 


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.

Scams

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 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.

Travelers are encouraged by the State Department and the CDC to obtain vaccinations for Hepatitis A and typhoid in addition to the routine vaccinations due to potential food and water contamination in Argentina. You should speak with your healthcare provider about these vaccinations in addition to any other medical concerns you have, such as prescriptions or chronic illnesses.

Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website: http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/new_website/immunizations.htm


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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

 


Contacts for More Information

Questions regarding satisfying Honors requirements, study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Megan Braunstein
USF Honors College-ALN241
Phone: (813) 974-3087
E-Mail: mbraunstein@honors.usf.edu

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

Nancy Di Bella
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
E-mail:ndibella@usf.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.