Rapidly improve your Spanish while exploring human rights, business, and the humanities in Rosario, Argentina. Business and human rights courses are conducted in English, while humanities courses are taught in Spanish. If you are a less experienced Spanish-speaker planning to enroll in the fall program, we encourage you to consider an intensive summer session to help build language proficiency. The program includes multiple excursions outside the city, as well as extensive use of historic and cultural activities within Rosario for academic excursions. You will also live with an Argentine family.
You will typically enroll in three to four courses; enrollment in two Spanish language courses (conversation and grammar) is mandatory. All courses offered in Rosario are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Courses are taught by local instructors, experienced in teaching U.S. students. Each semester during the academic year, a U.S. visiting faculty member from GEO with students from around the US with varying levels of Spanish language experience. Business and human rights courses, as well as courses taught by visiting faculty members are conducted in English, while language and culture courses are taught in Spanish and emphasize speaking and writing skills. Classes take place Monday-Thursday and include extensive academic excursions, allowing you to experience Argentina beyond the pages of your textbooks. You will meet local students at the Universidad de Rosario to take part in lively debate and dialogue on current events and issues.
Faculty and Staff
In fall 2015, Portland State University professor Melody Ellis Valdini will teach two courses in Rosario, Argentina. The first, The Business of Politics in Latin America, will address the complicated, often fraught, relationship between political elites and business interests in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. The second course, The Lives of Women in Argentina: Rights and Roles, will consider issues such as women’s media portrayal, changes in rights, and political power.
Living with an Argentine host family provides you with the opportunity to learn about Argentine ways of life, further language proficiency and discover rich cultural traditions in Rosario. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad, and often times remain lifelong friends with their host family well after returning home. Host families are carefully screened and provide quality, comfortable accommodations in the downtown area offering you the opportunity to improve your Spanish language and skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Placements include families with children as well as single women and couples with older children who no longer live at home. You will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the homestay, and during the week lunch will be served at a restaurant close to the university.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.