Remember, you will be living in a huge urban setting, so commuting is a part of daily life. It is likely that you will have to take some form of public transportation, but Expanish guarantees that it will be just one ride rather than having to transfer or manage other complicated transit arrangements. You can expect an average commute to take about forty minutes each way.
Recognize that public transportation is part of your experience. You will receive more information about transportation when you arrive. Do not expect to have free rein in the home; different customs may make you feel like a guest in the home at first. Overnight guests are not allowed. Do not hesitate to report difficulties to the Expanish staff immediately if you are not comfortable with your housing placement. Expanish will work to find a suitable solution to any problems that may arise, but it is important to let them know as early on as possible. If the situation cannot be resolved, Expanish will make alternative arrangements with a different housing location.
Any changes to housing are ultimately up to the discretion of Expanish staff. If you selected the prearranged housing with meals option, your host will provide two meals per day. If you selected the no-meals option, you will need to purchase your own food with access to shared kitchen facilities. You will also be able to purchase a rechargeable card called a monedero.
Subte tellers accept change and bills of any amount. The subte runs from 6 a. Most bus lines run all night, although some service is restricted or runs less frequently at night. Get Involved The staff at Expanish organize an amazing array of activities in which you may involve yourself, usually four to five days a week.
Some of these will have a minimal cost, others will be free. Expanish will send you a weekly agenda. In addition, Expanish offers a range of workshops that have an extra cost and include instruction as well as practice in the skill involved. More information on workshops will be available as you arrive, and you can sign up at any time with Expanish.
Workshops include tango, fileteado painting, and polo. Volunteer opportunities in Buenos Aires are possible through Expanish, which will also provide internship placements for an extra fee. Although neither internships nor volunteer work can be taken for academic credit, these opportunities provide you with an excellent venue in which to practice Spanish outside of the classroom while also interacting with your new community.
Of course you are welcome to do your own traveling on weekends as well. Argentina, like most of Latin America, has a range of bus companies that provide the most affordable and most comfortable way to move about the country. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations operate freely, working closely with academic institutions, NGOs, and government authorities without interference. Overt societal discrimination generally is uncommon. However, the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism reported cases of discrimination and police brutality toward the transgender community in If you follow this procedure, you will not have to pay in advance.
If you do not, you will have to pay upfront and submit an insurance claim through the UCEAP insurance. Refunds are issued in a check in US dollars and mailed to your US address. The refund process generally takes weeks. Follow these steps in a non-emergency situation:.
If you do not, you will have to pay upfront and submit an insurance claim for reimbursement. Acceptable medical and dental care is available in Buenos Aires but varies in other areas, especially in rural zones. Physicians, dentists, clinics, and hospitals usually expect immediate cash deposits to deliver health services. If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, contact Expanish staff as quickly as possible.
Expanish staff members are your first point of contact in Buenos Aires, and can help to arrange medical care. In an emergency, seek appropriate medical care first, then call Europ Assistance for immediate help. Many students and their families have concerns about safety and security abroad. Study abroad, like most other things in life, involves risks. UCEAP makes reasonable efforts to establish safe program environments abroad and counsels students on potential risks and necessary precautions.
You and your family have a role to play in minimizing potential dangers, and UCEAP expects you to participate actively in minimizing your risks while abroad. Pay careful attention to the following information regarding safety in Buenos Aires. Flexibility and an informed perspective will be critical to helping you adapt to your new environment.
An understanding of the social reality and close attention to your surroundings may help you avoid potential problems. Be Responsible for Your Personal Security: Petty crime is common in downtown el microcentro Buenos Aires, especially in crowded areas. Criminal activity is concentrated in urban areas, especially greater Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, and Mendoza. The wealthier parts of metro Buenos Aires experience high rates of property crime, with high-income neighborhoods often registering twice as many complaints as some of the less affluent parts of town.
This may be a result of better or more frequent reporting by the citizens living in these areas. Drivers in Argentina tend to be aggressive, especially in Buenos Aires, and often ignore traffic regulations. Streets are laid out in a grid system that is relatively easy to understand, but two avenues Avenida 9 de Julio and Avenida del Libertador are one way, with the direction of the traffic switching frequently. Arrows on the street signs indicate the direction of the moment. During weekdays some areas of the central part of the city el microcentro are closed to automobile traffic.
Bring a portable, battery-operated smoke alarm for use in your lodging, have an escape plan, and identify alternate exits. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Travel Resources FeatureBox Approx. Click a heading below to see section content. Expanish Study Abroad Tte. Registration You will register twice: You are required to take two sequential Spanish language classes for a total of 22 UC quarter units.
Both courses must be taken for a letter grade. Effective October 31, Aeroparque and December 28, Ezeiza. Weather Remember that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere! Listed below are average temperatures for each season in Buenos Aires: Winter June to August: You may receive mail at this address until you know where you will be living: Expanish recognizes your housing placement as one of the most important elements in your experience abroad and maintains a well-established network of comfortable accommodations in the safest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. As much as possible, your placement will be based on information you provided in your housing questionnaire.
You will not learn the name or details of your host until after you arrive in Argentina. Your host may be a family, a single mother, an elderly couple, or a young professional. Your host may not be the "typical" family with children living in the home. It is up to you to get involved with them rather than expecting that their lives revolve around your schedule.
Based on the choice you made on your housing questionnaire, the cost of your housing will be on your MyEAP Student Account. If you would like to extend your housing arrangements following the end of the program, you may make separate arrangements with Expanish once you arrive in Argentina. Having good manners is important. Occasionally bring your host a small gift and offer compliments when appropriate. Remember that many Argentines smoke in their homes. Alcohol or drug abuse will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the program.
Discuss phone usage with your host. Hosts do not usually allow long-distance calls to the U. Set up a time with your parents when you will be home so they can call you, or make other arrangements via Skype or at a locutorio. Discuss all other house rules on the first day—this is a good icebreaker and a good way to eliminate any problems that might occur in the future. Weekly staff and student dinners Weekly soccer games Day trips to nearby locations Weekly cultural city tours Local concerts Tango show and classes Wine tasting classes Artisan fairs Asados Argentine barbecue In addition, Expanish offers a range of workshops that have an extra cost and include instruction as well as practice in the skill involved.
Follow these steps in a non-emergency situation: Guarantee the safety of participants or ensure that risk will not at times be significantly greater than on a UC campus. Monitor the daily personal decisions, choices, and activities of individual participants any more than is the case on a UC campus.
Keep cameras and other expensive property concealed. Thieves specifically target expensive jewelry and watches, especially high-value items with name brands such as Rolex. They regularly steal unattended purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage and will often distract visitors for a few seconds to steal valuables. Crimes reported to the U. Embassy by American citizens reveal they are most often victims of theft or nonviolent robbery, principally in the tourist areas.
Armed assaults are also common in the capital, particularly at night.
In recent years, civil unrest has been a growing problem. Criminals have also targeted individuals withdrawing cash from bank ATMs. Most criminal violence occurs at night in isolated areas such as side streets and alleys in urban areas, vacant lots, empty buildings, and empty parks. Walk in groups whenever possible. Never walk alone at night.
General Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Foreign visitors usually tend to be easier targets for criminals, so try to blend in with local dress and mannerisms and take all necessary safety precautions when in public. Maintain situational awareness and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not walk around listening to music through headphones or talking on a cell phone.
Remain alert and on guard in public or crowded places. Petty theft and crime are prevalent, especially in crowded places like the subte , bus stations, and the airport. Beware of thieves and pickpockets. Do not place money, documents, or other valuables in backpacks. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Wear clothing with inside pockets, especially if carrying important documents. A structured approach encourages well-informed discussions from which students can build their own understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in this part of the world. As the course progresses, students are expected to develop basic interdisciplinary skills for business decision-making.
By the end of the course, students will have gained valuable insights on the opportunities that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay offer and will be ready to conduct research and access first hand information about Southern markets. This survey course studies the formation of the relationship between the U. The period of continental state formation, the subsequent U. Even when the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries are the grounds to understand the process of policy formation, the bulk of the course concentrates on the diplomatic performance in the Twentieth Century to the present.
We will not only address the analysis of the major continental actors that shaped the core of the inter-American relations but also to less known actors that have impacted relations as well. This course explores Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present.
Program Guide: Intensive Spanish Language, University of Belgrano
Many of them belonged to the Latin American Boom of the s and s, when the Latin American novel became known throughout the world. The course examines literary responses to complex cultural, social and historical problems: The course provides a brief introduction to the history of gender in Latin America from the time of Columbus to the 20th century.
Focusing on the multiple manners in which womanhood has been constructed and experienced, the course explores the role that categories such as racial origins and social class play in mediating and defining experience. Labor, family relations, sexuality, religion, education, and the evolution of political and civil rights will be discussed in order to demonstrate that women have actively shaped their own destinies.
However, although Borges can be regarded as the least representative Latin American writer, not all his fictions address universal problems. This course shows how many of his short stories, essays and poems are embedded in and have contributed to the Latin American and Argentine literary traditions. Once one of the richest and fastest growing economies in the world, Argentina is now entrenched in the rankings of the less developed countries.
Nevertheless, in the last decade it has grown at a fast pace, one that was hard to predict in the days of the crisis. That a country that was viewed as a pariah, effectively shut out of the international financial markets, could recover from its worst crisis, is the topic of recent academic and political discussions. In the current world crisis scenario, Argentina can thus serve as a case study of sorts.
This course focuses on national identity in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela resulting from political and social change. Students are encouraged to understand the political systems and parties in each country from a historical perspective. Present-day social actors and protest movements are similarly contextualized within ongoing struggles between the state and various forces in society.
The course also considers collective memories of the repression inflicted by successive military dictatorships in some of these countries and the role of citizenship and institutions in contemporary democracies. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the historical and cultural complexities of Argentina. The course deals with the international economic relations between the Latin American countries and other geo-economic spaces, i.
Although all the regions will be taken into account, a special stress will be put not only in the cases of the economic relations with the E. The analysis will be complemented with selected case studies on: Finally, we will discuss: The course explores distinctive cultural aspects of Latin America by looking at the ways it has been represented in readings spanning from the diaries written by Christopher Columbus to the texts of the Cuban Revolution, the iconography of Peronismo, or the recent debates on Neoliberalism, Globalization and Populism.
Drawing on essays, but also on short-stories, paintings, photographs, and films, the course addresses a set of questions that lie at the heart of how one thinks about Latin America. The purpose of the course is threefold: When tango was born in Buenos Aires, in the second half of the 19th century, Argentina was undergoing profound changes.
With the arrival of millions of immigrants, the shape of the city and its society began an intense process of modernization. Acclaimed in Paris and New York, tango became a symbol for Argentina and its new ways of thinking about sexuality, gender and class relations. This course treats tango as a cultural artifact that condenses many of the key debates about the relationships between popular culture and society.
Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies and the consumption of culture in a global era. The course combines lectures with seminar-style classes encouraging discussion and participation. Students will also have to visit different places in the city of Buenos Aires that are clearly linked to the history of tango. Latin American Studies in Spanish. Brevemente se introducen las corrientes propias del siglo XIX: El curso pretende despertar la curiosidad personal hacia el arte, promoviendo la apertura de ventanas al mundo de la sensibilidad.