Classes & Syllabi - Argentina

Semester

Spanish Language Classes & Internship Course

University of Belgrano

For students enrolled in the "Spanish Language" program:

Internship Course: Students enrolled in the Intensive Spanish Language semester program have the option of adding on a four-credit internship course:

For students enrolled in the "Spanish Language & Electives" program:

Elective Classes (Advanced Spanish: Classes with Locals Program)

University of Belgrano: Spring Semester

* Classes are part of the regular offering with Argentine students

* The Spanish prerequisite for this program is Advanced Spanish I

* Select one to four of these classes as part of your course load.

Humanities:

Business & Marketing:

Social Studies:

Elective Classes (Advanced Spanish: Classes with Locals Program)

University of Belgrano: Fall Semester

* Classes are part of the regular offering with Argentine students

* The Spanish prerequisite for this program is Advanced Spanish I

* Select one to four of these classes as part of your course load

Humanities:

Business & Marketing:

Social Studies:

Certificate in Latin American Studies (add-on)

University of Belgrano

Certificate in Latin American Studies (+ $695)

Add on a Certificate in Latin American Studies! Available for students taking 5 courses during the program and eager to conduct research at the undergraduate level. Students are required to submit a research paper in English or Spanish and register in one of the following courses:

  • Directed Research (in English) (PALAS 490)

  • Asesoramiento de tesinas (in Spanish) (PEAL 490)

Certificate in Latin American Business Studies Program

University of Belgrano: Spring semester

Certificate in Latin American Business Studies (+ $295)

For students interested in a career in business. Take 4 required business courses during the semester for a Business Strategy & Regional Context track. Designed to distinguish those students who are willing to achieve a comprehensive view of business in Latin America with a focus on the Southern Cone region.

Business Strategy Courses:

Regional Context Course: choose any one elective or Spanish course

Boat Building Workshop (add-on)

University of Belgrano: add-on to the Fall semester

Boat Building Workshop (+ $1,995)

Add on this 2 week-long project based learning project at the end of your semester!

This two-week intensive 60-hour workshop is a chance to experience the educational process of boat building in a woodshop located in the Tigre Delta, twenty miles north of the city of Buenos Aires.

In just two weeks, students will learn to construct a rowing skiff from scratch and launch it in the nearby waters. The course is designed to open students’ minds and broaden their horizons while developing important skills such as problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and leadership.

It is a unique project-based learning experience with an emphasis on math that will attract students from many different backgrounds (Education, Environmental Studies, STEM, Service Learning, Entrepreneurship, Community-based Projects, etc.) Project-based learning is becoming the norm for education programs throughout the world. It has proved to be a practical tool to better prepare students for solving real-world problems and keeping them engaged throughout the process.

Building a boat requires not only applying a set of math calculations, and understanding flotation basics; the process forces students to use multiple learning techniques to succeed, including research, logical deduction, and iterative learning (trial and error). The knowledge acquired is applicable to other wood crafts. In addition, this course will give students the chance to explore the nautical culture of Tigre, its environment, and ecosystem. Outings in Tigre will allow students to understand the impact immigrant communities (British, French, Spaniard, Italian) had in creating a unique rowing culture.

We will visit some of the iconic rowing clubs that were established over 100 years ago in the area. Students will have an opportunity to enjoy time on the water, and the great climate of the Tigre Delta, its natural ecosystem and its distinctive, relaxed and natural way of living. At the same time, students will gain insights into the social inequalities of disadvantaged areas on the outskirts of the city.

Bote al Agua is part of a community of NGOs located in Tigre within walking distance of each other. We will spend quality time getting to know these projects, which all share the same goal: to help alleviate poverty by engaging meaningfully with the community. Together with Bote al Agua, students will participate in outreaching the community by offering school-age kids the chance to participate in this creative and fun boat-building experience. A minimum of students is required to open the program.

Spanish Media Workshop (add-on)

University of Belgrano: add-on to the Spring semester

Social Media Workshop (+ $1,995)

This 2-week Spanish Media 60-hour workshop combines in-class instruction with a hands-on production workshop. It is ideal for anyone wanting to experience Buenos Aires’ urban culture in depth and create a visual travel journal. Students who have taken semester or intensive courses may wish to add this workshop in order to extend their stay and go for a fun experiential learning project with an academic purpose.

Students will gain first-hand experience of culture related with immigration and national identity; race, class, gender, and economic inequality; politics, graffiti art and popular culture; urban and environmental planning. The workshop will use the urban experience to enhance students’ awareness, responsiveness and communication skills by grounding formal education in “real world” experiences. Using the language of social media, mainly film, photography and podcast, as a lens to explore and interpret various aspects of experience in Buenos Aires, this workshop will guide students through a series of short daily assignments that they will build into a dossier of different visual and audio exercises. The routine of posting a short paragraph every day in response to a prompt will help students become more fluent in Spanish and sharper observers. Real engagement with the environment entails noticing things that are not pretty but will definitely influence our perception of the city. Students will cooperate with classmates in making a creative film about Buenos Aires and giving peer feedback on other students’ projects. The 10-minute documentary will be shot and edited with the students’ own smartphones or tablets.

At the end of the course, students will screen their work and engage in critiques and discussion with their classmates and instructor. The course requires the active participation of all students. Significant production and post-production hours outside of class time are necessary, and students are expected to walk around the city and interview people in order to complete the assignments. The purpose of this workshop is to use the “innocent” eye of students to unveil lesser known features of Buenos Aires through their own lived experiences and those of the local urban dwellers. Putting these experiences into Spanish will help students appreciate cities from a new perspective, promoting cultural understanding during these key formative years.