Once a country in financial crisis, Argentina today is well on its way to recovery, boasting record-low unemployment at 6.4 percent – but this growth has a downside. With the help of expert researchers and local sources, you’ll explore the many development and globalization issues facing the region, and develop solutions for helping the country grow wisely. Research work, direct enrollment courses, internships, and more make this the ultimate program to continue your study of globalization and development.
Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you’ll:
- Improve your Spanish by working with a team of research methodologists and language instructors who connect and relate the content of courses with research design, independent studies, and out- of-classroom experiences
- Develop an individual research proposal and project examining some facet or theme of development or globalization drawn from the coursework
- Engage with key political and social members of the community during your research
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 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 this program you’ll experience a team teaching model and research mentorship that brings together course content, research methodology, and language practice. You’ll put together an individual research project that dives into an issue of development or globalization in Argentina, meeting with local community leaders, attending civic events, performing interviews, and collecting hard data in the process. Your project’s documentary analysis could offer a new perspective on economic and human rights policies.
You’ll visit the town, El Tigre in the Tigre river delta, and Entre Rio, near Uruguay, where native people lived 4,000 years ago, which will help you get to know your peers, CIEE staff, and instructors. While at these locations, you’ll meet with your academic counterparts, and compare and contextualize key topics and issues explored during the semester. Optional co-pay trips will bring you to Tilcara’s northern desert mountains, Mendoza’s foothills and high plains, or Córdoba in central Argentina.
CIEE will help you find the right internship. Past CIEE students have served as research assistants at the National Senate, worked at AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run organization, and helped at the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism.
Embrace the opportunity to live with an Argentine host family, and/or take part in one of many cultural activity clubs and special interest groups, like Fútbol and Conversation Club, to meet and interact with other young Argentines. You’ll also have the opportunity to help with a weekend volunteering project, helping families in a deprived community build emergency housing.
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
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Fall 2016 (21 wks)
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, language partners, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
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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 daily
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
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
** for Reciprocity Fee and Onsite Residence Permit Fee
- Overall GPA 3.0
- Spanish Language GPA 3.0
- 6 semesters of college-level Spanish
- 2 semesters of college-level Latin American Studies, International Affairs, Political Economy, Economics, Social Justice, Development Studies, or Human Rights
Each content course and the required research methods course consist of 45 contact hours, and a recommended credit of 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credit hours. The Directed Independent Research Capstone is 135 contact hours and 6 semester / 9 quarter credit hours. Total recommended credits for the semester program are 15-18 semester / 22.5-27 quarter credits, as follows (in semester credits):
- 3 credits - Research Methods Course
- 9 credits - CIEE content courses
- 4 credits - Directed Independent Research Capstone
- 16 credits - TOTAL
- Social Science Research Methods core course: mandatory course that teaches students the necessary tools to fulfill an individual research project. This course will include Faculty Team Teaching (FTT) composed by Spanish language and methodology instructors, in addition to follow-up and personalized tutorials for final research projects.
Duration: 17 weeks, 45 hours (Appendix I)
- CIEE content courses: three CIEE content courses: (see course descriptions below and syllabi in Appendices).
Duration: 17 weeks, 45 hours. (Appendices II, III, IV)
- Directed Independent Research Capstone: students will design and complete a directed independent research capstone project during the semester under the guidance of a faculty mentor or team of instructors/researchers.
Duration: 16 weeks, 150 hours (Appendix V)
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.”
Qué decir cuando hablamos de Buenos Aires? Seguramente muchas cosas, y aun nos quedaríamos cortos de palabras. Para comenzar, Buenos Aires es la capital de la Argentina. Es una ciudad portuaria vibrante, reconocida por sus numerosas bibliotecas, librerías, y variada vida cultural. ;Mucha gente la llama la “París de Sudamérica” debido a su mezcla de arquitectura clásica, moderna y colonial. La ciudad es también un referente del fútbol (soccer) en América Latina, reconocida por la pasión de sus aficionados y sus talentosos jugadores. Buenos Aires es renombrada también por la excelencia académica de sus universidades y su extensa tradición intelectual, siendo la ciudad natal de cinco premios Nobel. Todo esto (¡y mucho más!) existe en una metrópoli que es bulliciosa de día, y tiene una vida nocturna vibrante. Cuenta con una población diversa, políticamente activa y de alta conciencia social. Buenos Aires es, sin duda, una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas, encantadoras e intrigantes del hemisferio. ¿Te esperamos para que conozcas todo lo que la ciudad y el país tienen para ofrecerte!
-- Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director
Carolina Alba Merlo
Carolina Alba Merlo has worked with CIEE since 1996. She works alongside the resident director in designing, developing, and managing the CIEE Study Center. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and social psychology at the Pichón Riviere Institute and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and education, with research interests focused on international education and adaptation processes. Carolina is trained in intercultural competence and personal leadership and is considered an expert in those fields.
Vera Cerqueiras received her master's degree in Spanish as a second language from the University of Barcelona. She is the academic Spanish coordinator of CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires. She is certified by the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to evaluate language proficiency and to administrate the COPI exam in Buenos Aires.
She also serves as adjunct professor of Spanish at New York University in Buenos Aires since 2008. She was the academic coordinator of the Spanish as a Foreign Language section of the Universidad de Buenos Aires’s Laboratorio de Idiomas from 1999 to 2008. She also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and for the Latin Union in a special program for emigrants from East Europe, developing teaching materials and learning methods.
Vera trains teachers in Spanish as a second language, leading workshops, lectures, and courses for postgraduate education in Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and the Anglophone Caribbean. She has served as an expert in many international projects intended to share academic and technical assistance. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and culture and language representations in teaching methods.
Currently, she leads two research teams at the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires: one to explore the relations between the local and U.S. academic culture and another to promote evaluation and certification studies.
Leandro Gomez joined CIEE in January 2008 as a student and cultural activities coordinator of the Buenos Aires program. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Before he joined the program, he was a student researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UBA. Currently he is working toward his master’s degree in public administration from UBA.
Favio Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 2002. He is an accomplished actor, as well as theater and staging director, and has a post-graduate degree from the Metropolitan School of Dramatic Art of Buenos Aires. Favio has had an extensive experience in the arts field not only as an actor but also in directing different plays and as a performing arts professor. He has experience in the coordination of different workshops and courses related to dramatic arts.
Juan Tollo joined CIEE in Buenos Aires in January 2008. He is currently a student and service-learning coordinator. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Universidad of Buenos Aires, and is finishing a master’s degree in Economic and Industrial Development from the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento. He has attended international workshops and conferences focused on his field of interest during the last couple of years: the 9th Globelics International Conference (Buenos Aires, 2011), National Service - Learning Conference (Atlanta, 2011), and the Democracy Deliberative Exchange Workshop (Dayton, OH, 2010).
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The Argentine branch of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) hosts the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires. Founded in 1957 by UNESCO, the UN agency dedicated to education, culture, and science, FLACSO 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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing, breakfast, and one additional meal per day are included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in private homes. Homestay hosts come from various lifestyles, and students are matched with local homestays based on the student preferred living environment. Other meals may be eaten in the wide variety of restaurants and/or cafés throughout the city, or even prepared at home.
A three-day orientation session will introduce you to Buenos Aires, Argentine culture, and the program. The orientation includes sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, language immersion, and cultural opportunities in the city. These practical orientation sessions conclude with an intensive orientation session on the academic aspects of the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You can access the Internet at the CIEE Study Center as well as at numerous cafés around the city. Computers with e-mail access are available for your use, free of charge, in the CIEE Study Center.
During the semester, CIEE organizes many cultural and immersion activities in and around the city of Buenos Aires. In addition to these, you’ll go to the Delta of Tigre and Uruguay.
Day Excursion to the Delta of Tigre, Province of Buenos Aires
At the beginning of the study abroad program you, program staff members, and instructors all get to know each other on a trop 30 km from Buenos Aires city. The beautiful Tigre Delta is the confluence of the many tributaries of the Paraná River. The eighth longest river in the world, Paraná cuts through Brazil, across northeastern Argentina, all the way down to the Atlantic Coast at Rio de la Plata. Catamaran excursions leave daily from the port of Tigre, an island town where open market vendors sell colorful fabric, furniture, cane and willow accessories, jams and honeys, brilliant flowers, and a variety of native fruits.
Two-Night Field Trip to Montevideo, Uruguay
During this visit, you'll come to appreciate the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata region through educational tours around the city of Montevideo and the colonial town Colonia del Sacramento. You’ll also learn about the academic and research landscape of Uruguay through meetings with academic counterparts during the visit. This trip is possible due to an agreement between FLACSO and the Centro Latinoamericano de Economía Humana.
The Undergraduate Research: Globalization and Development program is based at the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires, at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Argentina. The program’s main feature is an integrated academic offering designed to provide participants with interdisciplinary knowledge in social science, research skills, and experience.
Courses will be linked via content planning and sequencing using a team teaching method that brings together instructors of content, methodology, and language, as well as research project facilitators and mentors. All courses and tutorials are taught by local Argentinean faculty, most of whom have faculty appointments at FLACSO or other Argentinean universities. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of three hours a week each. Required tutorial meetings for individual research projects will take place outside of class.
Students will select two to three CIEE content courses depending on their academic backgrounds and interests. Each student will choose a thematic focus and research question based on their coursework, and will develop an associated individual research proposal and project.
Throughout the program, instructors will jointly provide support and feedback to students. They’ll assess, approve, and supervise research topics, and facilitate access to appropriate sources. The mandatory Social Science Research Methods course will provide the academic, linguistic, and theoretical background necessary to develop and carry out individual research projects, and will include individual tutorials, during which students will receive one-on-one mentoring on their research topics and projects.
Under the guidance of CIEE and FLACSO faculty and researchers, students will have access to the people, knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to design and complete individual, methodologically rigorous, graduate-quality research projects.
Courses are designed to offer opportunities for students to draw connections between theory, content, methodology, and research. Courses will also ask students to reflect on and analyze experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Each course will include out-of-class activities like civic events, lectures and interviews with political and nongovernmental representatives. They will meet with social and political figures for informed perspectives on the issues being examined.
Content courses aim to integrate a theoretical frame with the topics that will become the basis of students’ individual research projects. Each research project will allow students to explore in a deeper way one or more local manifestations of development and/or globalization, and undertake research that explores local trends and phenomena and reflects on the local geographical and cultural context, as well as on the context of students’ chosen research subjects.
During the program orientation, students will have a formal introduction to each course’s content and academic objectives and expectations. Students will select those courses that best align with their academic and research interests through individual meetings with the program resident director and course teachers.
Study abroad courses will typically be offered in the morning, with afternoon reserved for field visits, cultural events, and research activities.
Final grades in content courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, midterm exams and presentations. The Directed Independent Research Project final grade will be based on a combination of research project proposal, weekly research reports, final paper, and final colloquium. CIEE reports Argentinean numerical grades (1 to 10 scale, with 4 as a ‘D’ or passing grade).
Each individual course offered in the program will have regular opportunities for evaluation, assessment,
and feedback on student work and performance. In content courses, a mix of assignments related to the themes and research objectives will be combined with exams to assess student learning. Evaluation and assessment in the methodology course will be based on assignments that measure learned concepts and skills. Evaluation of the research capstone course will be based on research proposal and project milestones, appropriate use of research methods, research production, and final presentation. See individual course syllabi for course outlines, objectives, assignments, and evaluation criteria.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by local Argentinean faculty who hold appointments at FLACSO or other respected local Argentinean universities.
Professor, Service & Learning Seminar, CIEE-FLASCO Liberal Arts Program
Daniel Giorgetti is academic secretary of the School of Labor Relations at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), where he is also a professor at the School of Social Sciences, and a master at the School Human Resources Economic Sciences. He is also a trainer for High Education Service Learning at the Latin American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS). He has a degree in history from (UNS ), a master’s degree in Social Sciences from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is member of the research team at the Center for Studies on Youth at the Universidad de La Plata. He has published books (about education, history, and social sciences), volunteered at NGOs, and been a consultant to the Ministry of Education of Argentina about teacher training and relations with NGOs. Since 2006, he has been the professor of Service & Learning Seminar at the CIEE-FLACSO Liberal Arts program.
Professor, Social Science Research Methods, Public Health CIEE Summer Program
Dalia Szulik has a sociology degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and a master’s degree in political science from Universidad Nacional de General San Martín. She has been teaching the methodology course at the CIEE Public Health summer program since it started. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the School of Social Sciences at UBA, where she has been a professor of Public Opinion and Market Research Techniques since 1992. There, she directs prestigious UBACYT research projects. In addition, she is a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), hosted by FLACSO, with a focus on public health, gender, and public policy issues. She is also part of the pedagogical team at the Family and Community Health Masters Program at Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos.
Elsa Llenderrozas, Master in International Relations and Negotiations (FLACSO - Universidad de San Andrés) and Master in Economic International Relations (Universidad de Barcelona, Spain), professor of Theory of International Affairs and Seminar of Foreign Policy of Latin American Countries in early 19th century at the School of Social Sciences (UBA) and Political Science at the Ciclo Básico Común (UBA), professor of Latin America in International Relations at the International Relations Masters Program at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, director of an UBACYT research project (School of Social Sciences - UBA. 2011-2013), she has been awarded many grants and recognitions, including a scholarship at UBA’s External Grants Program, hosted in 2011 by the Instituto Barcelona de Estudios Internacionales (IBEI - Spain). She has taken part in different national and international conferences and congresses, both as a participant or a speaker and has published several books and articles in specialized magazines. Since 1995, she has been the professor of the International Relations course at the CIEE-FLACSO Liberal Arts Semester Program.
Hernán Soltz, Master in Economy (School of Business – UBA), former member (2007-2010) of the Direction of the Foreign Trade National Commission (National Ministry of Industry), professor-researcher at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and professor of International Economy at the School of Business – UBA, professor at the Strategic Management of Design Postgraduate Program at FADU/UBA, professor at the Economic Relations Masters Program at the School of Business - UBA and at the Economy and Industry Development Masters Program at Universidad Nacional Gral. Sarmiento, he is an expert on foreign trade and trade policy. He has been part of the research team at the Globalization Studies Program at FLACSO, with an academic and consultancy focus on foreign trade, regional integration, and argentine economy. He currently directs a research project at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes as well. A professor for the CIEE- FLACSO Liberal Arts Semester Program since 1995, he now teaches Current Issues in Argentine Economy .
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
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
CIEE Required Courses:
SOCI 3001 BAUR
Social Science Research Methods
This required core course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake qualitative and quantitative research within the general social science arena. The course provides the foundation for the design and development of independent research projects, and serves as a forum for the project monitoring and student. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / TBD quarter hours. (See Appendix I)
INDR 3003 BAUR
Directed Independent Research Capstone
(The Directed Individual Research Project will take place tied with the research method course and the content courses. Each student will study and analyze a specific topic within the selected content courses to develop an individual research project. This project will include a thorough approach to a topic related to current Argentina or the region; analysis towards development and globalization through meetings with local communities; interviews, hard data, sources and documentary analysis; personalized tutorials and follow-up. Contact hours: 150. Recommended credit: 4 semester / TBD quarter hours. (See Appendix V)
DEVE 3001 BAUR/SOCI 3002 BAUR
Human Rights and Social Justice for Development in Argentina and Latin America
This course explores and analyzes human rights grounds, their political and social tradition, and characteristics in Argentina and Latin America within the global context to think over its contributions to development. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / TBD quarter hours. (See Appendix II)
DEVE 3002 BAUR/POLI 3001 BAUR
Political Development and International Affairs in Argentina and Latin America
This course will examine the regional and international integration processes and models in Latin America through analysis of new and old regional and hemispheric institutions and how they relate to the political and social development in the region. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / TBD quarter hours. (Appendix III)
DEVE 3003 BAUR/POLI 3002 BAUR
Political Economy and Economic Development in Argentina and Latin America
This course analyzes Latin American economies and the particular case of Argentina, through a deep understanding of the relationship between economic and socio-political phenomena. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / TBD quarter hours. (Appendix IV)
Other Academic Components:
Library Access and Research Resources
Specialized libraries, both in international affairs and social sciences, are available at FLACSO. Study abroad students also have access to libraries at other local public/private universities and to multiple databases, journals, and papers. The program will facilitate each student’s access to specific sources needed in order to develop individual research projects, whether obtained through local NGOs, governmental offices, or local contacts, networks, and partnerships.
Tutoring will be available to students, both as a part of the content and research methods courses and for the research capstone as well. The main goals for tutoring are to provide support, follow up, and monitoring in identifying and developing their research problem and design in accessing the resources needed to undertake their independent research projects, guide and mentor students in their approaches to field work, and monitor and ensure students’ progress in their course work and research projects. Tutorials are taught by local Argentinean faculty, most of whom have faculty appointments at FLACSO or other Argentinean universities.
Throughout the program, a team teaching methodology will be implemented. Both methodology and Spanish instructors, in teams, assist students in connecting and relating the content of their study abroad courses with out-of-classroom experiences, facilitating the linguistic and technical components of their research, and supporting the linguistic needs of the participants throughout their semesters.
Teaching teams provide the academic, linguistic, and theoretical coordination required for students to produce dynamic, integrated, high-quality research projects that clearly demonstrate the learning outcomes of their coursework as well as their prior linguistic expertise.
Spanish language instructors have specific goals:
- To advise methodology professors on selection of reading material to match student’s language proficiency
- To assist students in the acquisition and use of technical vocabulary and language needed to conduct research, and in the integration of methodological tools with technical and theoretical concepts and the local language. For example, when students elaborate their interview guidelines and role-play those situations.
- To help students develop the academic writing skills needed to write a research paper and the oral skills to conduct research interviews within the local context.
Methodology professors are in charge of:
- Providing students conceptual, theoretical, and practical tools to define and develop a proper research problem/question within their chosen subject
- Helping students choose among the available research methods and strategies
- Guiding and adjusting the research process and approach, discussing with students their progress, and assessing the outcomes of their work as it proceeds