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Summer: Rutgers- Language Learning and Community Engagement in Argentina
Rosario, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Please Note: the Language Learning and Community Engagement program in Argentina will not be offered in Summer 2017. Applications for Summer 2018 will open in during the fall 2017 semester.
Rosario is a lively, modern city with a diverse mix of cultural influences that are apparent in the neighborhoods, businesses, and architecture of the city. Here in Argentina’s third largest city, you will find beautiful parks and beaches, and delicious cuisine that exhibit the deep roots of the country’s Italian and Spanish populations. There are also many modern museums displaying the work of some of the most famous modern Argentinean artists, such as Rosario’s own Antonio Berni.
The Language Learning and Community Engagement in Argentina program offers two different tracks to accommodate all levels of Spanish proficiency. The tracks share the mutual goal of improving students' Spanish conversation and comprehension through authentic cultural immersion experiences and community engagement.
Track 1: Service Learning in the Rosario School System
The Service Learning track is intended for students with advanced Spanish skills who are interested in promoting social justice and community development in a Spanish-speaking education setting. Students will work closely with the Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano (UCEL) and El Centro de la Comunidad La Paz (La Paz) to experience first-hand the challenges and complexities facing impoverished schools and communities in Argentina. Students will prepare lessons on social issues (e.g., bullying) and will support teachers in elementary and high school classrooms. The schools are located in economically disadvantaged neighborhood (25 minutes from the city center) where many students live below the poverty line in unstable family situations. This service will be complemented by excursions and seminars focused on cultural, political, and historical topics of Argentina. *All majors welcomed.
Track 2: Intensive Language Learning
The Intensive Language Learning track is intended for students with a low-intermediate level of Spanish (Prereq: Span 101, 102, or 121) interested in improving Spanish language skills in an immersive and experiential learning environment. Students will take intensive conversation and language classes provided by the local faculty at the Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano (UCEL) complemented by excursions and seminars focused on cultural, political, and historical topics of Argentina. Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer at El Centro de la Comunidad La Paz (La Paz), to experience first-hand the challenges and complexities facing impoverished schools and communities in Latin America. *All majors welcomed.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community. Past excursions have included:
Academic Year: Early September – Early August
Spring Semester: Late March – Early August
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the APU Academic Calendar web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmAccommodations and Meals
You will be a hosted by a local Argentine family during your stay in Rosario. The purpose of the homestay is to create more opportunities for local interaction with residents of Rosario and to increase your Spanish proficiency. This interaction will provide you with a different, more informal kind of Spanish language use.
Breakfasts and dinners are provided by host families but, in many cases, sharing duties such as cooking one of your favorite meals is also welcomed. Argentine lifestyles differ from American ones in that most people in Argentina eat dinner rather late or go out to dinner after 9pm.
The Language Learning and Community Engagement program will not be offered in Summer 2017.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2016, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.