Argentina: Spanish Language and Argentinian Culture

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Dates

  • Summer 2 Semester - July 3 - August 4, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leader: Claudia Sokol (c.sokol@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Information Session: Thursday,October 30, 6pm, 128 Ryder

Description:

This is a Language and Culture dialogue that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 weeks and then to El Calafate, Provincia de Santa Cruz (Patagonia) for 5 days. The students will take language classes at a language school, Bridge Argentina in downtown Buenos Aires as well as a culture class. There will be several guest speakers that will talk about Argentina’s history as well as its complex economy, Argentinian writers such as José Hernández, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, an Architecture Tour of the city of Buenos Aires, the tango and its influence in Argentina’s culture. We will take a City Tour to get to know the city and its different neighborhoods, a visit to the Teatro Colón, the second most important Opera- Concert house in the world, visit Tigre and its delta, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a World Heritage site recognized by the UNESCO, visit the El Ateneo Gran Splendid bookstore, a real gem located in the old theatre that retains all the glory of an Italian opera house, go to the Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor and experience the gaucho’s  life & folklore. In Patagonia we will visit the Parque Nacional los Glaciares & do trekking on the Glaciar Perito Moreno if the season opens when we get there! We will also volunteer at TAMA, an animal shelter & talk in two radio stations to bring awareness to the general public about the importance of helping the abandoned and abused dogs that live in the shelter under deplorable conditions, with no roof or heating enduring severe winters!

Courses

  • SPN 1302 Elementary Spanish 2 Immersion, SPNS 2301 Intermediate Spanish 1 Immersion, SPNS 2301 Intermediate Spanish 2 Immersion, SPNS 3301 Advanced Spanish 1 Immersion & SPNS 3302 Advanced Spanish 2 Immersion: students will take language classes at Bridge Argentina, a language school in downtown Buenos Aires and will live with host-families that will give them an opportunity to practice their language skills on a daily basis.
  • CLTR 4944: Cultural Engagement Abroad: students will take a culture class to enhance their learning experience in a Spanish speaking country. There will be different guest speakers to talk about Argentinean history as well as its complex economy, Argentinean writers like Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, José Hernández and the Martín Fierro, Argentina’s gaucho heritage, the tango and its influence in the society, Perón and its movement, Maradona and fútbol, an architectural tour of the aristocratic Buenos Aires such as Plaza San Martín and Palermo Chico,a City Tour that will show us the different neighborhoods in Buenos åires such as La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta & its world renowned Cementerio de la Recoleta, Puerto Madero, los bosques de Palermo, a guided tour to the Teatro Colón, the cafés of Buenos Aires such as Las Violetas, Café Tortoni, Los Angelitos, as well as a visit to Colonia, Uruguay and El Calafate in Patagonia to do volunteer work at an animal shelter.
  • Journal & Reflection Paper: students must maintain a personal “journal”. Start writing it in the US as you begin preparing for your program in South America. Once in Argentina, write every day (or every other day at least). Capture the events, people, and places that you experience. This is your personal, private diary for yourself only. However, Prof. Claudia Sokol will ask to see how much progress you are making throughout the program.
  • Final project: students will be divided into groups of 3-4 to research a specific aspect of Argentinean culture. For example, students have researched in the past la Guerra de las Malvinas, Perón and its movement, Evita, las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, la comida de los vendedores ambulantes en las ferias artesanales, los perros callejeros, la historia del tango, Argentinean wines, el Cementerio de la Recoleta, los cafés de Buenos Aires, los íconos de la Argentina: el fútbol, Maradona y Messi, el Che Guevara, el Teatro Colón, etc.
  • Students are expected to write and submit a report of a minimum of 1,000 words and also be prepared to do an oral presentation of 15 minutes, having all the members participate and using tools such as Power Point, and illustrate the different topics with food samples, wine tasting when it applies.The presentations will take place between July 22- July 24 & July 25! The project proposals must be submitted by July 17!
  • The Culture component of the dialogue will be graded on the amount of effort put into completing the project & overall participation in the program!
  • The Language component of the dialogue will be graded on your performance in the language classes as well as your level of participation in the program!
  • If you need help you can ask Lautaro Grinspan, our Teaching Assistant, Victoria Lustig, our Part-Time Help or your profesora!

Host University

Bridge Argentina, A language school in Buenos Aires that offers all levels of Spanish taught by native speakers. The language groups are small, 6-7 students per class.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA recommended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,500

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

The students will stay with host-families that will provide breakfast and dinner. This will be a great opportunity to interact with native speakers and experience the culture first hand.

Destination

The big & cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, called the “Paris of South America” where the students will take language classes at Bridge Argentina & as well as immerse themselves in the Argentinean culture.

We will visit an Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor, Provincia de Buenos Aires, to experience the life of the gaucho and its culture. We will also go to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, an Unesco World Heritage site.

At the end of the dialogue we will go to Patagonia and visit the Perito Moreno glacier, an Unesco World Heritage site in Los Glaciares National Park. We will also volunteer at TAMA,  an animal shelter and broadcast at two local radio stations.