Argentina Cultural Studies Program (Summer)

The program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s intellectual and cultural capital and one of Latin America’s most sophisticated cities. It is home to many museums, theaters, art galleries, and bookstores.

Courses focus on Argentine culture, journalism, politics, and literature, and include discussion of recent literary and intellectual developments. An internship course includes placements in cultural organizations, NGOs, and in the areas of journalism and communications.  Past internship placements have included Ministerio de Ciencia y Technologia, Radio Palermo: Program “La Cocina del Periodismo,” and Radio Nacional de la Republica Argentina.

Classes will take place at the Universidad de Palermo. Course-related excursions will provide students with an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

Program Curriculum

Undergraduate

Students enroll in two of the following courses. All courses are taught in Spanish.

CAS LS 452: Topics in Latin American Culture: Journalism, Politics, and Language (4 credits)

Film, theatre, literature, architecture, the criss-crossing of journalism and fiction will be considered in this course with visits to sites, conversations with practitioners and frequent opportunities to consider how every cultural product becomes inflected by interdisciplinarity. Syllabus

CAS LS 576: Topics in Spanish American Literature: Buenos Aires Through its Tales (4)

How do the arts and literature configure our sense of a city? Who are the ones telling us how to interpret what we see in our daily life? Such are some of the questions we shall attempt to answer through an examination of tango as well as the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and  Julio Cortázar. Coursework will be complemented by visits to sites, and guest appearances by writers and musicians.

CAS IP 406: Internship in Buenos Aires (4)

Graduate

Graduate can take either the following four-credit course or take it in combination with the two-credit directed study for a total of six credits. All courses are taught in Spanish.

CAS LS 576: Topics in Spanish American Literature: Buenos Aires Through its Tales (4)

How do the arts and literature configure our sense of a city? Who are the ones telling us how to interpret what we see in our daily life? Such are some of the questions we shall attempt to answer through an examination of tango as well as the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and  Julio Cortázar. Coursework will be complemented by visits to sites, and guest appearances by writers and musicians.

GRS LS 952: Directed Study (Optional) (2)

Program Details

Requirements
  • Completion of five semesters of college-level Spanish language or the equivalent; or with permission of the program director
  • The graduate program is only open to students currently enrolled as graduate students.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late June to early August
Cost
Credits
  • Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • Graduate: Students can take either four or six credits.
Housing
  • Students will be housed with families in Buenos Aires. The Argentine households which host BU students are located throughout the city and vary in size, age, and lifestyle. Placement in Argentine households facilitates language acquisition and integrates students into Argentine society and culture. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.
Application Deadlines Summer Term: March 1

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Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Buenos Aires program is administered by staff at Boston University. A program manager oversees the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Buenos Aires. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations.

Faculty & Staff Profiles