Argentina: Spanish Language and Argentinian Culture
Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Summer 2 Semester - July 3 - August 5, 2014 (dates subject to change)
- Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013
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.
Faculty Leader: Claudia Sokol (email@example.com)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 6th, 2013 from 6-7pm in 267 Ryder
Term: Summer II
- SPNS1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
- CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
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!
Students will take an intensive Spanish language class 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. The level of Spanish in which you are enrolled will be determined before the dialogue after a placement exam online and assessment by Bridge Argentina language school instructors, in consultation with Prof. Claudia Sokol. All students will receive at least 15 sessions of language instruction, each session being 4 hours in length, for 60 hours of Spanish instruction. In addition, students will have daily assignments to practice Spanish in the real world. Students will have a text designed by Bridge Argentina, with daily assignments reinforcing reading, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
- CLTR4944: 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 the 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.
The course aims to provide the students with a general knowledge of Argentinian culture and history through literature, music, film, as well as visits to museums, key architectural and / or historical monuments or locations, meeting with artists and thinkers, etc. Guest lecturers will also talk about the country’s history, the “mate” and how to prepare it, music,the origins of the tango and learn how to dance it and Argentina’s role in South America’s economy and political systems in the globalized contexts.
Monday-Wednesday-Friday 2:30P-5P: lectures with different guest speakers to talk about Argentina’s history, its complex economy, literature & its Argentinean writers such as José Hernández, Alfonsina Storni, Ernesto Sábado, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar & Tuesday & Thursday day trips to key sites in the city relevant to the course. Taught by Prof. Claudia I Sokol, Northeastern University.
Bridge Argentina is 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.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Minimum one semester of Spanish language (SPNS1101 or equivalent)
- 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):
- What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
- How will the program further your academic and career goals?
- What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
- 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)
DOC Fee: $2,500
Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.
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.
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.