Dive into the Spanish Language through this once in a lifetime dialogue! Immerse yourself in the Argentinean and Uruguayan Culture while visiting Buenos Aires, El Calafate (Patagonia) in Argentina, Montevideo, and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Participate in an Architectural Tour of the city of Buenos Aires. Learn about the tango and its influence in Argentina’s culture. Take a City Tour to get to know the city and its different neighborhoods. Take a guided tour of the Teatro Colón, the second most important Opera Concert House in the world. Visit Tigre and its delta, Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a World Heritage site recognized by the UNESCO. Visit El Ateneo Gran Splendid bookstore, a real gem located in the old theatre that retains all the glory of an Italian opera house. Visit a ranch in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor and experience the gaucho’s life & folklore. In Patagonia, visit the Parque Nacional los Glaciares and trek the Glaciar Perito Moreno. Volunteer at TAMA, an animal shelter where you will learn about about the importance of helping abandoned and abused dogs in South America that live in deplorable conditions, with no roof or heating, enduring severe winters. Then, broadcasting in two radio stations to raise awareness of the importance of respecting and taking care of animals. Participate in a "candombe" & "murga" workshops in Montevideo, Uruguay and visit a dairy farm in the outskirts of Colonia del Sacramento and learn how to make several varieties of cheeses and "dulce de leche".

Visiting Colonia del Sacramento, a place that feels it has stopped in time, a unique experience with cobblestone streets, a wall-stoned Old City. Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, a once in a lifetime experience and seeing one of the faces of the glacier from the balconies, it gives you the impression that you are there, on the vast mass of ice.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2020
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO 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?

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

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: Students that have taken SPNS1102 or higher.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: Trekking in Patagonia: a lot of walking on a very rugged terrain before getting to the glacier & the extreme temperatures when trekking.

Courses

The students will take Spanish language classes that will help them connect better with their host- families & the local population. Argentinian & Uruguayan culture will be integrated into the language classes & cultural activities such as guest speakers that will talk about different topics such as the history, economy, literature, artists of Argentina & Uruguay that will enhance their abroad experience.

Are you looking to become more competitive in the job market? There is no better way than picking up a second language, take this opportunity to dive into multiple weeks of speaking Spanish and exploring culture every day! Take language and culture classes at Bridge Argentina, a language school in downtown Buenos Aires. Enjoy several guest speakers that will talk about Argentina’s history as well as its complex economy. Become familiarized with Argentinian & Uruguayan writers such as José Hernández, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábato, Mario Benedetti, world renowned artists such as Raúl Soldi, Carlos Alonso, Raúl Castagnino, Emilio Pettoruti, Benito Quinquela Martín, Raquel Forner, Marta Minujín, Pedro Figari, film directors such as Juan José Campanella The secret in their eyes that won Academy Award for Best Foreign Film & Damián Szifron Relatos salvajes.

Mastering a foreign language and living in a Spanish speaking country will be an experiential learning in itself. Having the opportunity to live with locals will confront the students with real-life experiences.

Students are required to take:
  • CLTR4944 - Cultural Engagement Abroad : Designed for a language-based Dialogue of Civilizations. Complements the intensive language course that students take while on a language-based Dialogue. Offers students an opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary culture(s) of the country of the Dialogue and how that culture differs from or is similar to contemporary American cultural values and practices. In addition to regular in-class lectures and activities, offers structured opportunities to engage in dialogue with businesspeople, scholars, educators, artists, government officials, journalists, students, senior citizens, and/or local residents about their perspectives on various topics and issues. May be repeated up to 3 times.
Take one of the following:
  • SPNS2900 - Specialized Instruction in Spanish : Designed for individuals whose language skills are at the intermediate level and who seek specially focused language instruction. Such instruction might be the use of the language in specific settings, or it might be focused on specific conversational nuances of the language. Students must have at least an elementary level of competence in the language. May be repeated without limit.
  • SPNS3900 - Specialized Instruction in Spanish : Designed for individuals whose language skills are at an advanced level and who seek specially focused language instruction. Such instruction might be the use of the language in specific settings, or it might be focused on specific conversational nuances of the language. Requires at least an advanced level of competence in the language. May be repeated without limit.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,750
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and some group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $650-980
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Buenos Aires is a big & cosmopolitan city, 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 Montevideo & Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, an Unesco World Heritage site. At the end of the dialogue we will go to Southern Patagonia (Patagonia Austral) 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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Argentina and Uruguay. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Homestay: In Buenos Aires, 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.
  • Hotel: In Montevido, students will stay in a modern hotel, and in Colonia del Sacramento, students will stay in a hotel for 3 nights with breakfast included and WiFi accessibility. In Patagonia students will stay at a hotel in El Calafate. When students return to Buenos Aires at the end of the program they will stay in at a hotel in the Recoleta neighborhood of the city.

Host University or Organization

Bridge Argentina, a language school in downtown Buenos Aires offers different levels of Spanish language classes with groups limited to 4- 5 students, all taught by native speakers. This year classes will be held in Torre Bellini, one of the most modern buildings in Buenos Aires that has great wi-fi access.

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