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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Embedded Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Embedded Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Embedded Spring 2018 01/22/2018
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/18/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Amanda Whelan
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Suzanne Willard
Program Description:
Argentina Global Health Practi
Faculty Director Profile:
Suzanne Willard

Dr. Willard is associate dean of global health and directs the HIV Care Specialization Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing.  She has over 20 years experience in HIV care and prevention, and has worked extensively both notionally and internationally and has served on panels for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Human Health and Services. 

The Program
  • Learn about healthcare delivery through close observation of healthcare faculty and professionals in a global setting.
  • Engage in discussion and field-based learning with faculty and students from the school of nursing at the University of Austral.
Your Host City: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the capital of the country.  It is a rather sprawled city with many different areas with their own style and flavor. The city showcases dozens of parks, monuments and fountains. Buenos Aires is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with clear traces of European influence. Its vast cultural offering rendered it the Cultural Capital of South America.   

Your Host Institution
Universidad Austral is a private, non-profit HEI, ranked 2nd best in Argentina and among the top-20 in Latin American.  The university encompasses several Schools, a university hospital, a tech park and a technology transfer center.  The medical and the nursing programs at the School of Biomedical Sciences are among the most prestigious in the country.  Austral Hospital was accredited by the Joint Commission International in 2013, the only University Hospital in Latin America to hold this accreditation.
The course is designed as an elective for Nursing students, but is open to students from other health professions and senior-level Public Health majors. Qualified applicants must be approved by the program director based on demonstrated interest in global health issues.  Global Health (705:652) elective course and Epidemiology (705:698 or a similar course) are recommended.

To view the program’s 2018 syllabus, please click here . Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

This three-credit guided practicum experience is designed to introduce graduate and advanced undergraduate students in nursing and other health professions to health care delivery in a global setting. Accompanied by a standing faculty member in the School of Nursing, students will experience health care delivery in host country facilities, such as clinics and hospitals, and engage with professional health workers in both hospitals and community-based settings. Students will meet regularly with the course instructors for reflection on their course readings and field experiences.

Class meetings will begin during the second half of the spring semester, and will be comprised of 2-3 seminars leading up to the trip, as well as a mandatory debriefing meeting upon return to the US.  All of the meetings will occur on Saturdays on the New Brunswick campus. 
A typical itinerary for the in-country portion of the program will include a daily session on the culture and health of the host country, and ends with a seminar where students will reflect on their experiences.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program explores Argentina’s health-care system and some of the most relevant issues Argentina and in South America through a series of lectures and visits that will allow participants to better understand the biological, psychological, social, environmental, political and economic variables that shape the way in which healthcare is delivered.  The program will focus on access to health care, the challenges in promoting improvements in the system, and the role of nurses.
Local lecturers will present and discuss the following topics:
  • The Health Care System in Argentina
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Chronic Care (NCD’s) Management
  • Access to Health Care and Advocacy: Nursing Roles
  • Nursing Roles and Financing
  • Evidence-Based Policy Development for Health Care Delivery 

The visits are designed to provide the students with a first-hand look into the different institutions that make the system.
  • Public Hospitals in Buenos Aires. Public institution provide care to a large part of the population across the country.  Nevertheless, they suffer from lack of resources, staffing shortages, patient overpopulation, etc.  The students will be divided in groups to visit different health institutions in the city.  This will allow them to compare different realities and to see how health professionals are capable of meeting people’s needs despite the constraints they experience.
  • Primary Care Center & Hospital Materno Infantil in Tigre.  A boat ride to the Tigre delta will bring the students to a primary care center where they will witness how professionals struggle to serve a scattered and isolated population. The Mother Children Hospital in Tigre will be another example of an institution serving more vulnerable people, in this case, underprivileged mothers and children.
  • Good Samaritan Hospice.  Despite how critical palliative care is becoming, the healthcare system oftentimes fails to deliver it in an appropriate and dignified way.  This visit will show the students a successful and inspiring case.
  • Visit and Shadowing at Hospital Austral.  Hospital Austral is a state-of-art medical center, the only one accredited by the Joint Commission in Argentina at the time.  This visit will be an opportunity to see one of Argentina’s best hospitals.  An introduction to the hospital will be followed by the opportunity to shadow nurses at different services, depending on the student’s background and interests. 
  • City Tour.  This 3-hour, private tour will take participants to some of Buenos Aires’ most iconic areas and spots.  An English-speaking guide will explain how the city originated and evolved over the years.  The van will drive through areas such as San Telmo and Puerto Madero, and it will make three stops: Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, and Recoleta Cemetery.
  • Tango.  Students will have the opportunity to take a lesson and experience tango at a true milonga (tango ball room). 
Accommodations and Meals
Accommodation for students (double occupancy) in an apart hotel in Recoleta, one of the nicest areas in Buenos Aires.
Snacks, coffee and beverages on lecture days, and farewell lunch on the last day.

Financial Information
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet. 

For more information about study abroad 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 Global -- Study Abroad withdrawal policy.