Program Overview

The guiding questions of this course are: What is the role of nongovernmental organizations  (NGOs, the international term for nonprofit organizations) in helping to empower people and shape policy abroad? What is the shape and scope of nonprofit and social justice organizations in South America compared to the United States? ​ How do these organizations emerge and evolve over time? What is the relationship between “western” funders, local activists and organizers and NGOs active in South America?  The basic goal is to help students have a general understanding of the ongoing issues and challenges of these organizations working abroad.

Academic Details

This program includes two courses taught by Dr. Dyana Mason and one Spanish course taught by local faculty. Students will also conduct in-depth analyses of the groups they will meet with during the program, leading to a better understanding of the challenges facing NGOs in the developing world, and the role of local, national and international actors in supporting economic development, health care, education, human rights work and conservation efforts. 
Students who wish to extend their international experience will have the option of pursuing a four-week internship with an international human rights organization (pending language proficiency) or a faculty-supervised independent research project. 

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Dyana Mason is an Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon, where she teaches primarily in the Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Public Administration programs.  Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, the political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities. 

Housing Description

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 students 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 lunch will be served at a restaurant close to the university on weekdays.

Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

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.

Course Equivalencies

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.