Programs by Major: Latin American Studies


BUENOS AIRES: ASA – Universidad Belgrano

Traditional | Belgrano, Argentina

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Students with all levels of Spanish may study in Argentina through the Universidad de Belgrano. This program is open to all levels of Spanish ability. In addition to the traditional semester, students may elect to take an optional, month-long Spanish intensive course prior to the semester. Students have found the intensive course to be highly beneficial, as it will prepare you for your classes as well as daily life in Buenos Aires.

Why Buenos Aires?

  • Capital of Argentina
  • Multicultural, international city
  • Diverse shopping and dining
  • Numerous museums and historical sites
  • Easy access to other South American countries
  • Low cost of living
  • Volunteer opportunities

 


Grenada and Carriacou: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | St. George, Grenada

Faculty Leader: Prof. Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions WITH PIZZA and DRINKS:

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  West Village F Room 114

For information, contact: Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu) or Drew Wilcox (afjwilcox@gmail.com)

Term: Summer I

This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between May 4, 2014 and May 10th.  Students will depart for Grenada on May 10th for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility. Please note dates are subject to change.

Courses:

  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music

Description:

The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, an initiative of the Department of African American Studies, is a four to five week faculty-led program offering students the opportunity to experience and study Afro-Caribbean Music and Culture in the Caribbean. The site for the Summer 2014 will be the island nation of Grenada including the sister site of Carriacou. Past research excursions have been to St. Croix, USVI (2009), Trinidad (2010), Tobago (2011) and Grenada (2012).  Students will learn and apply appropriate field research principles and practices in conducting ethnomusicological fieldwork. Students will focus attention towards the African retentions within traditional music forms as well as contemporary and current musical traditions. Students will have sessions on the history and legacy of music and dance in Carriacou and Grenada, the importance of linguistics in understanding messages within the music studied as well as the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on the musical idioms and genres that derive from the Caribbean. The experience will include lecturers by leading scholars, musicians and experts from the Caribbean. Students will also have "dialogues" with area musicians, professionals and inhabitants of Carriacou and Grenada. Tours of historic sites, museums and important musical venues will be scheduled throughout the trip.  Summer 2014 will be exciting, as the research trip will include both Carriacou and Grenada. Carriacou is the home of some of the most unique manifestations of Africanisms in the Caribbean, specifically the Big Drum and the Maroon String Bands.  It is the goal of ACMRP to offer students a glimpse of Carriacou and Grenada through a well crafted, safe and intense immersion experience.  We will live amongst, talk, eat with and share space with the communities of and Grenada as we not only learn about the inhabitants but also share of our own lives and experiences.  The culmination of our research excursion will be a presentation of group projects to a community of scholars, local inhabitants and new friends.  At the end of the program students will compile their oral histories, video recordings and other accumulated field research, leaving a complete set of the recordings at a major research repository in Grenada as well as depositing a complete set in the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project Collection in the Snell Library.


QUITO: CIS – Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Traditional | Quito, Ecuador

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Study Spanish in Ecuador and take classes in Spanish and English at a beautiful university in an incredible city. Immerse yourself in Quiteño culture and improve your Spanish-language skills at a prestigious private university in Quito, the capital of the Incas.

Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Visit volcanoes, beaches, waterfalls, rain forest, mountain villages, market towns, and more!
  • Enjoy a 4-day included Amazon trip to the Tiputinin Biodiversity Station
  • Centrally located for excursions to the Amazonian jungle, the Mindo Cloudforest, the coast’s surf scene, and the legendary Galapagos Islands
  • Study Spanish abroad in Ecuador
  • International and local students
  • Fantastic private university in Quito
  • Live with a local family
  • Strong on-site support from both the University and our site director
  • Great, inexpensive Andean cuisine
  • Thriving artisan markets throughout the city
  • Community-service options and internships in the local and indigenous communities surrounding the campus
  • Learn some fancy salsa moves in one of the many dance studios and then strut your stuff with impressive salseros on the dance floor
  • Visit nearby ruins to learn about Quito’s importance in the Incan empire

VINA DEL MAR: ASA – Universidad de Viña del Mar

Traditional | Vina del Mar, Chile

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Students with all levels of Spanish may study in Chile through the Universidad de Viña del Mar. Students may study abroad for a semester, summer I or summer II session. Semester courses and summer courses are available in English and Spanish.  Subject areas include Spanish language, Film, Literature, Business, Politics, Social Issues, and Chilean Culture.

Why Viña del Mar?

  • Beautiful city on the beach
  • Easy access to other large cities
  • Lots of restaurants and things to do
  • Opportunity to not only take classes with other international students, but with Chilean students as well
  • Large student population in both Viña del Mar and Valparaíso
  • Small class sizes