Mendoza, a provincial capital of approximately one million people, is a location that provides students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Argentine life. Long renowned for its world-class wines, Mendoza has become the center of Argentina’s wine industry, and because of its proximity to the mountains, a center for adventure tourism.
A bustling city with a pleasant, dry desert climate and broad sycamore-lined streets, much of Mendocino life is lived outdoors in plazas, parks and sidewalk cafés, where students have many opportunities for meeting and getting to know Argentines.
In addition, Mendoza provides easy access to interesting outlying villages, mountains and rural recreational areas and is just a one hour flight from Santiago, Chile.
About the Program
The Mendoza program is offered in partnership with CELE (Centro de Español como Lengua Extranjera), an institute dedicated to teaching Spanish as a foreign language. CELE is located within the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza’s large regional university, and HWS students have complete access to University life, including a wide range of student organizations and activities. CELE arranges courses and a variety of excursions for our program, through which students will enhance their Spanish language proficiency and explore issues of development and the historical, political, and socioeconomic realities of Argentina and neighboring countries in the Southern Cone.
All students will take two courses offered by the HWS Faculty Director and two additional courses offered through CELE and UN Cuyo. This includes a Spanish language course (according to their level of proficiency) and one class taught in English: History and Culture of Argentina.
AMST 280 War and Memory Through a Comparative Lens (1 credit)
This course will examine two wars that occupy prominent places in their respective countries’ national memory: Argentina’s “Dirty War” and the US Civil War. As scholars have noted, beyond the obvious differences between these wars, key similarities allow for a comparison: both conflicts reflected a nation at war with itself and inflicted a broad national trauma, a response to which was a strong impulse to forget in the name of national healing and unity. The course explores the various ways in which Americans and Argentines have chosen to remember these wars through a close study of monuments and memorials. We will examine how collective memory of the wars changed over time, the role of collective memory in wrestling with a tragic past, restorative justice efforts (trials, truth commission, amnesties, pardons, and reparations), commemorative politics, and public disputes over how the war is remembered paying particular attention to the way in which the war has been remembered in public spaces and through public art.
AMST 290 The Cowboy and the Gaucho: Representations of a Global West on the Page and Screen (1 credit)
This course explores Western myths in America and Argentina and the long tradition of rendering and expressing the West in film, popular literature, and advertising through a close study of two key figures: the Gaucho (in Argentina) and the Cowboy (in America). Both emerged at similar historical moments in similar mythic landscapes characterized both by adventure, freedom, and individual opportunity as well as violence, cultural conflict, and environmental degradation. We will examine how the figures of the cowboy and gaucho are intricately intertwined with national myths about history, individuality, gender, class, and power. In addition, we will unpack the ways in which authors, filmmakers, and advertisers employ a variety of literary, cinematic, visual, and rhetorical strategies to create visions of the west and study ways in which these inventions suited the ideological needs of particular historical circumstances.
History and Culture of Argentina (1 credit)
This course is taught in English and will provide an overview of Argentine history and culture through units focused on themes such as music, economics, politics, literature and film. In addition to the readings and presentations by a variety of guest speakers, the course will include a number of excursions to relevant local sites (museums, vineyards, and local businesses) as well as longer program excursions that may include Patagonia, Córdoba, and Salta.
Spanish Language (1 credit) - This course is offered at various levels and students will be placed according to their level of proficiency.
Optional Activity—Community Service. For students who are interested, community service opportunities can be arranged by CELE and the resident director.
The Argentina program is especially appropriate for students in American Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Media and Society, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and English.
This program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must have successfully completed (with a C- or better) the equivalent of two semesters of college-level Spanish before departure. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Each student will live with an Argentine host family—the best way to ensure a comprehensive language and cultural immersion experience. Homestays are coordinated by the staff of CELE, which has nearly twenty years’ experience matching host families and students. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host families.
The language and culture courses taught by CELE include a number of local excursions in Mendoza (including museums, wineries, and parks) along with visits to an Argentina indigenous community and a local mountain village. In addition, longer excursions to Patagonia, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, Chile are tentatively planned.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and room fees, 2/3 board, and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a four-course semester, health insurance, housing and partial board, and all course-related excursions. Note that students should bring the remaining board (approximately $950) to cover meals not included. Additional expenses not covered include airfare, visa, books and other course related materials, and personal expenses (entertainment, some local ground transportation and independent travel).
We estimate airfare for this program at $1400 from the East Coast, and books and course-related materials at $250. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1250 above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.
HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.
This program is offered in the Fall semester of even years.
All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and will be in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs).
IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.
Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.
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