Program HighlightsSpend six weeks in Buenos Aires.Rapidly improve your Spanish.Explore economic and social realities of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) countries.Discuss similarities and differences among these four countries and important transnational and regional processes.Learn about the introduction of genetically modified seeds and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of mono cropping.Choose between an internship or an Independent Study Project (ISP)
InternshipsIf you choose to complete an internship during the final weeks of this program, you will be placed with a local community organization, research organization, or international NGO in Argentina or Paraguay where you will gain work experience and develop professional skills. Many of these organizations are leaders in key development issues in the country or the region. Their work focuses on indigenous rights, LGBTQI rights, women’s development projects, migration, and transnational impacts. You may help in fundraising activities, social media, and/or in daily activities such as helping mothers and children in soup kitchens.In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper that addresses your learning experience and analyzing an issue important to the organization. You may also choose to design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.Topics and placements vary according to each institution. Examples of internship placements and topics include:Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya– Macroeconomy; international economy; poverty and employment; entrepreneurship; micro, small, and medium businesses; and regional developmentCentro de Documentación y Estudios– Sustainable development, women’s rights, transnationalism,chains of care and sexual reproductive rights,political participationGrupo Sunu | de Acción Intercultural– Intercultural relationsConamuri Paraguay– Peasants’ and indigenous women’s rights, agroecology, transnational social movements
Key Topics of StudySocial realities and changing political frameworks in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and UruguayTop-down transnational processes that include regional integration through state-led institutions such as MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur / Southern Common Market), UNASUR (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas/Union of South American Nations) and othersGrassroots transnational processes such as migration in the region and political and social movements.Theory and development practice from economic, environmental, and human perspectives.Money MattersBe sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:All educational costs, including educational excursionsAll accommodations and meals for the full program durationTransportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursionsHealth and accident insuranceScholarships:SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.All scholarships and grants are need-based.Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. TheSIT Pell Grant Matchprovides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.