If you love helping people and have a flair for the Spanish language, CIEE’s Summer Community Public Health program is built for you. Take courses taught by public health specialists and Spanish language instructors to discover the challenges and successes of striving for wellness in Latin America. Gain field experience by helping public health practitioners and academics in Argentina and Uruguay. You’ll gain international perspective and experience in your chosen field, whether it’s biology, medicine, education, or political science.
Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you’ll:
- Study with local public health experts and university researchers in specially designed interdisciplinary courses
- Learn about health care in both Argentina and neighboring Uruguay through field experience guided by local public health practitioners and academics
- Support your academic and fieldwork experience with a unique, collaborative teaching methodology in which public health specialists and Spanish language instructors actively prepare and conduct classes together
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
During engaging courses, you’ll learn about a host of public health concepts, from population health analysis to issues of gender and human rights in the health care delivery model. In addition, you’ll study with instructors who are also practitioners in the field, conducting research on a wide range of fields related to social determinants of health. Special attention is given to medical terminology, and to improving your Spanish grammar, reading, and oral expression.
Don’t stop at studying the Argentine health care system. Get hands-on experience with it during field work, which is a large part of your program. Your off-site placement in one of six regions will give you experience with different demographics. You might work with a network of maternal perinatal centers in Buenos Aires, or observe the distribution of health services in the provincial Concepción del Uruguay. Working with a small group of students, you’ll come to better understand the social inequities that impact health in various parts of Argentina.
Enjoy day and weekend excursions to points of interest in and around Buenos Aires. Iguazu Falls will introduce you to ways of life in and outside of the cosmopolitan capital. You’ll also take part in many cultural activities during field placement.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local government registration/entrance fees
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
- College-level coursework in public health recommended
- College-level coursework in history or politics of Argentina or Latin America recommended
Total credit for the summer program is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.
Contact hours for two of the courses are 45 hours and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits for each course. The third course is 60 hours and 4 semester / 6 quarter credits.
Study abroad students must take all three of the required program courses, which take place in Buenos Aires and at fieldwork sites.
About the City
About The City
Being in the twentieth largest city in the world has its benefits. Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops, and different neighborhoods. Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants have earned it the nickname “Paris of South America.” Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis shows glimpses of Europe and the Middle East in architecture and café life. A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center. With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Andrea Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 1994, and supervises the administrative and academic aspects of the Study Center. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and earned a master’s degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in social sciences and public health. Andrea’s academic interests include public health, gender and women, adolescents, and children and family. She is currently earning her Ph.D. and doing research on non-punished abortion and its situation in the public health system in Argentina. Since 2008 Andrea has worked as a National Senate counselor in the National Congress working on several projects recently approved, such as “Equalitarian married,” “Assisted Reproduction and Fertilization Law,” and “Gender Identity.”
Buenos Aires, an amazing cosmopolitan city, hosts this intensive summer learning program geared to thoughtful and engaged students. We welcome your participation as you learn about the healthcare system in Argentina; analyze how healthcare differs in urban, semi-urban, and rural Argentina; and discuss strategies that organizations have used to combat challenges in delivering healthcare. The goal is for you to be able to transfer what you learn to other areas of healthcare study and future professional work in a range of settings.
— Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director
Raúl Mercer, M.D., is a pediatrician and public health specialist. He earned a master’s in epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his medical degree at the National Academy of Medicine in Argentina. Raul works as a professor at FLACSO in the Social Sciences and Health Program and is a collaborator on several research projects. He is particularly interested in health issues related to gender, human rights, children, and adolescence. Raul is a teacher and researcher at some of the host institutions that coordinate the fieldwork component of this study abroad program.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center is based within Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), which sponsors Latin America’s largest and most prestigious postgraduate teaching and research program in the social sciences. FLACSO-Argentina was established in 1974, and its faculty is associated with several local universities. Students take specially designed CIEE courses at FLACSO. In addition, students are hosted by one of three provincial universities – Universidad Nacional del Cuyo (Mendoza), Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios (Uruguay), or Universidad del Centro Municipio del Centro (Buenos Aires) – depending upon their offsite placement.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing and two meals per day are included in the program fee. Study abroad students live with host families for the duration of the program, both in Buenos Aires and during their field placement. Students who decide to stay in Buenos Aires for their field site will remain with the same family. Local housing coordinators in the field sites outside of Buenos Aires place students in local homestays.
A three-day orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city of Buenos Aires and country of Argentina. You will participate in sessions on safety, banking, and transportation, and receive an overview of the academic program, meet your instructors, and take a Spanish language placement exam.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. While not guaranteed, many host families have Internet access in their homes. You will have wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center and Internet cafés throughout the city. While local connection speeds may not match up to typical U.S. standards, the Internet is relatively reliable throughout the city. The Study Center also has a computer lab with Internet access and printers for your use.
Study abroad students enroll in three required courses consisting of two components: academic coursework and fieldwork. The academic component is focused on building Spanish language skills and provides a theoretical framework for understanding the health care system in Argentina in comparison to health care systems in other parts of the world. During their fieldwork, students are placed in small groups to observe and participate in the health care system, and are involved in such initiatives as health care promotion. Students come to better understand the social inequities that impact health in various parts of Argentina. In addition, students learn from their peers and, after their fieldwork, have a broader vision of local and regional health care challenges, as well as strategies for addressing and overcoming those challenges.
The fieldwork component takes in one of six geographic areas:
Buenos Aires City and Buenos Aires Province (AMBA) – The project in this region focuses on a network of maternal-perinatal centers in an urban environment with the objective of improving the quality of prenatal and postnatal services based on a research-action process. AMBA provides an example of a large organization that serves one-third of the country’s population.
City of Mendoza (Mendoza Province – 15 hours from Buenos Aires City) – This province, bordering Chile, is working on how it manages public health policy through cooperative efforts between the Department of Education and the Department of Health. The project in this region allows students to observe how governmental departments cooperate to provide health care services.
Concepción del Uruguay (Entre Ríos Province – two hours from Buenos Aires City) – This province, which borders Uruguay, has a largely rural population and offers students the opportunity to observe how healthcare services are dispersed in a rural environment.
Olavarría (Buenos Aires Province – four hours from Buenos Aires City) – A county located in the heart of the Province, Olavarría offers students the opportunity to observe how healthcare services are dispersed in a rural environment.
Montevideo (Uruguay – three hours from Buenos Aires by ship or a 30-minute flight) – This city is located on the Rio de la Plata side and offers students the possibility of learning about youth health programs and inclusive approaches to working with people who have disabilities.
Buenos Aires City, Pasteur Institute – This institution belongs to the government of Buenos Aires and is in charge of developing primary care programs and services related to urban zoonosis (disease transmission between humans and animals). The purpose of this experience is to understand the contribution of veterinary public health in large urban settings as an expression of the quality of the environment and quality of life for its population.
At Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), courses are organized and evaluated on a system very similar to that in the U.S., with each professor following a syllabus provided to students and assessments made based on a range of assignments that include papers, exams, and final presentations. Academic tutorials are offered for each course. With CIEE support and supervision, students meet with tutors who help them maximize their classroom experience. Additionally, students benefit from a tutor at each of the field sites who is trained to monitor and advise them in both their academic courses and fieldwork.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only, both at FLACSO and during their fieldwork.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Argentine society.
Students are normally graded on the basis of quizzes, exams, papers, fieldwork observations, projects, and class participation, much like in the U.S. letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F are given (without pluses or minuses).
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by professors at the CIEE Study Center in FLACSO. CIEE courses specially developed for this program are designed with a team-teaching approach used in the local health studies degree program. Course instructors all have teaching and/or research experience in different areas of Public Health at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Instructors also bring extensive practical experience to the courses and program as practitioners in the field who have conducted research on a wide range of topics related to social determinants of health, epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, childhood and teen health, gender, social and health public policy, rights and health, bioethics, and health promotion.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Courses
PUBH 3001 APHU
Dimensions of Health Care: Theory and Practice
This course introduces students to local healthcare realities through a theoretical and fieldwork component. Through observation and participation, students learn about health care challenges and approaches to overcoming them in different contexts. Students discuss their experiences with on-site tutors and in a weekly virtual forum with peers and resident staff. A final project is developed as part of the field experience. Main activities include investigation, evaluation, observation, site visits, and community education. Contact hours: 45 (15 theoretical, 30 fieldwork). Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
PUBH 3002 APHU
Public Health Studies: Argentina Case Study
This course addresses scientific and social problems of health as a social construction. The course focuses on social health determinants, the health situation in Argentina, and the organization of the health system. Concepts of public health are covered, including essential functions in public health, population health analysis (utilization of basic epidemiologic tools and indicators and qualitative methodologies), policies, and quality of care. The course also introduces issues of gender and human rights into the healthcare delivery model. Students are required to consider the impact of different stakeholders, including policy makers, health providers, and community members. The course also explores the relationship between national health and international health paradigms regarding global health issues and cooperation. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3001 APHU
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar
This is an advanced Spanish language course, focusing on grammar, reading, and oral expression. It is designed to improve both active command of the language by means of readings and discussion, as well as increase students’ mastery of Spanish grammar in communication contexts and writing. Special attention is given to medical terminology. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.