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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
Program Description:

C.V. Starr Middlebury School in Argentina

Buenos Aires or Córdoba, ArgentinaBA

About the Program | Buenos Aires,Argentina | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
 
About the Program
The C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Argentina is based in Buenos Aires and has an office in Córdoba. The school in Argentina allows students to study in the vibrant capital city of Buenos Aires or in the more provincial location of Córdoba. Students interested in a high degree of immersion are strongly encouraged to consider Córdoba where there are often few other U.S. students. All course work is conducted entirely in the local language.  The program emphasizes acquisition of language skills and intellectual development through a curriculum of linguistic, literary, and cultural study exclusively in Spanish.

This program is recommended for advanced students of Spanish or Portuguese who are both independent learners and highly motivated.
 
The C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America in Buenos Aires facilitates enrollment at one of four local universities, Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Although students do not register for courses until they arrive in Latin America, there is limited course information available on each university's website. Students should use these listings as guides to the types of courses that will be available to them and as a basis for discussion with their academic advisors. In addition to two to four university courses and the option of an internship, students are required to take the writing course during their first term of study in Latin America.

Students in Córdoba direct enroll alongside roughly 110,000 students at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, who make up about a tenth of the city's population. Available subject areas span the spectrum from the humanities to the social sciences to the natural sciences, and they host Schools specifically dedicated to Psychology, Architecture, Science, Health, and foreign languages.


Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, known locally as "The Land of the Six Continents" for its geographic and climatic diversity, has a long and fascinating history and is a major economic and political power in South America. The capital, Buenos Aires, famous for its 47 historically and culturally distinctive neighborhoods such as La Boca and La Recoleta, is, at the same time the most cosmopolitan city on the continent, largely as a result of a wave of European immigration in the early 20th century.

Almost half of the population of 36 million Argentines are said to live in Greater Buenos Aires and its province. Even so, the city is renowned for its parks and squares, which give it a sense of spaciousness. A major economic and political center, it is also a lively and cultured city with a European feel. Tango was, of course, invented here and is today a virtual obsession; that and a wide variety of other musical styles are at the very core of the local, "porteño" culture along with the "gaucho" heritage of freedom and independence.

Yet, Buenos Aires is also home to innumerable art galleries, some 100 museums, countless historical and architectural monuments (including art deco), a cemetery that rivals Paris' Père Lachaise, over 90 theaters, 100 movie theaters, classical music groups and orchestras, ballet, and opera (the Colón Theater is ranked among the top three in the world), while the ubiquitous sidewalk cafés offer unparalleled opportunities for people-watching.
 
More European than South American in flavor, Buenos Aires' heart boasts bustling streets, grand avenues, old-time cafes and stylish restaurants. It's a city of tragedy and elation; a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital where locals are renowned for their flair and cockiness, even in times of adversity. Founded in 1536, Argentina’s capital is often referred to as the Paris of Latin America. Within this immense, yet surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis, elegant 19th-century buildings and café life offer glimpses of Europe and the Middle East.


Córdoba, Argentina
Córdoba is located at the base of the Andes known as the Sierra Chica, at the northern tip of a triangle between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires.  Once the Cultural Capital of the Americas, Córdoba is a hive of activity with concerts, art exhibitions and theatrical performances covering every second of every day.  The city's many churches span the spectrum of European architecture – from simple brick structures rinsed in pink paint to a cavernous temple whose wooden roof resembles an inverted ship's hull.  Founded in 1573, Cordoba is now the second largest city in Argentina. It is also the country's second most important city, with an economy mainly based on industrial activity and tourism. Surrounded by hills, lakes and valleys, its location provides the ideal setting for many adventures and/or extreme sports. 

Eligibility
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of 2 Spanish courses at the 3000-level or higher (SPAN 3040 and one additional 3000-level Spanish course)
  • Students are expected to enroll in a course in Spanish the semester prior to the term abroad
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre

Academic Culture
Following a brief orientation, students directly enroll in two to four university courses per semester alongside their Latin American counterparts and the Cuaderno Latinoamericano course, a journal course taught by local faculty and designed to help students process and analyze their experience in Latin America through a series of structured writing assignments (3 credit hours).  Students have the option of applying for a credit-bearing internship (3 credit hours). Internships are available in many different fields, and students have worked in a variety of institutions including the arts, education, health care and job training agencies, women’s advocacy groups, neighborhood government offices, institutions of economic, social, and political research, and city planning offices.  A minimum of 15 credit hours per semester is required.

The Cuaderno transforms the out-of-classroom experience in Latin America into a structured part of the academic program.  The required activity combines learning about culture with the writing process.  The course is composed of several parts: an analytical notebook with your experiences, some required readings, and two reports.  The reports and the Cuaderno/Caderno must be written in Spanish.

To take full advantage of their stay abroad, students are expected to maintain the spirit of the Middlebury College Language Pledge and to speak only Spanish or Portuguese while in Latin America. No English will be used, except for emergency consultations with the Director.
 
Information about each of the Argentine universities is listed below:
 
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina: Located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica Argentina is a private university with an enrollment of 20,000 students (undergraduates and graduates). Established in 1958, UCA offers students courses in a variety of subjects. For a list of courses, click here, find a Facultad in which you're interested in studying and click on the appropriate link; then, click on Carreras in the menu at the top of the page; then select a subject under Licenciaturas; there then should be a link, Ver el detalle del Plan de Estudios, which will present a list of course titles.
 
Universidad de Buenos Aires: One of the oldest, largest (over 200,000 students), and most prestigious public institutions in Latin America, its history of social activism and political opposition during the era of dictatorship resulted in a decline from which it is now emerging.  Students enroll in one of two faculties: humanities (FILO: filosofía y letras) or social sciences (FSOC: ciencias sociales). While UBA is a typical large urban university, coursework is nonetheless widely regarded as among the most demanding available; students are highly motivated and socially involved; and many courses are equivalent to two U.S. college courses. To view available courses click here. Under the Oferta Académica heading in the left-hand column, click the Carreras de grado link. Select either the "Ciencias Sociales" or "Filosofia y Letras" icon, scroll down to a subject you wish to take, and click the plan de estudios link to view a description of the department and its courses.
 
Universidad Torcuato di Tella: Located in the residential district of Belgrano, UTDT is a small (1,600 student) private, non-profit undergraduate- and graduate-level institution born of a highly respected foundation and research institute a decade ago. It is a demanding, rigorous, and specialized program, and the majority of its teachers are full-time teachers and researchers on the U.S. model, most of whom hold PhDs, often from Europe or the Americas. Operated on the Argentine educational model, it is especially strong in the social sciences, particularly economics, political science, and international relations, as well as a recently added, and very strong history program.  To access available courses, navigate to the university's homepage via the link above and click on the notebook icon in the upper right-hand corner for a drop-down menu of departments.  Once you select a department, look for a list of Licenciaturas (Lic.), or Bachelor's degree programs, under Carreras de Grado. Click on the title of the Licenciatura you are interested in exploring and then click on Plan de Estudios for an academic plan.


Universidad Nacional de Córdoba: Founded in 1613, UNC is the oldest university in Argentina, and one of the oldest in the Americas. Centrally located in the city of Córdoba, the university is made up of 110,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UNC is truly a multidisciplinary university made up of twelve different schools including architecture, natural sciences, economics, humanities, mathematics, languages, and psychology. 

Student Life
Middlebury encourages students to fully immerse themselves in Porteno life by taking full advantage of cultural exchange opportunities. While studying will be an important part of the semester, equally as important is the investment that students make in engaging with their host communities. The experience of living with a host family can provide invaluable insight into Argentine society while also helping students develop language skills. At the university, students are considered fully fledged university students, with access to all of the same resources and social experiences as degree-seeking students.
 
Because Middlebury facilitates enrollment at three different universities, students should pay close attention to the personality of each university to fully understand the different academic and social opportunities available at each. 

 
Housing
Students will be housed in carefully selected Argentinean homes in Buenos Aires or Cordoba, which will give them the opportunity to improve their Spanish daily and to integrate with Argentina's culture. The program coordinator makes all housing arrangements. 

Helpful Links  
C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America
 
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.