William & Mary’s sponsored semester program in La Plata, Argentina is offered in conjunction with the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria, an internationally recognized human rights education organization whose work also encompasses Argentina’s recent political history of “the disappeared.”
The program is structured around the in-depth, interdisciplinary study of human rights. W&M students enroll in a core course created for them by the Comisión, as well as complete other courses and an internship with the Comisión. Students may also opt to take courses at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
A number of extra-curricular excursions are offered to W&M students by the Comisión throughout their time in La Plata.
La Plata, Argentina
La Plata is the capital city of the province of Buenos Aires. The metropolitan area has a population of over 500,000 and is located approximately 50 miles from Buenos Aires. La Plata is located on the River Plate and enjoys warm summers and mild winters with little snowfall in the city. The city’s parks, plazas, museums and architecture make it an environment suited to both academic and leisure pursuits.
Applications due: March 15, 2018
Arrival: July 14, 2018
Program July 16, 2018
Program Ends: December 14, 2018
Applications due: September 4, 2018
Arrival: February 16, 2019
Program Ends: July 12, 2019
Students earn 12 – 15 credits while enrolled in the La Plata sponsored semester program. A representative list of classes can be found below.
All coursework in the La Plata program must be completed and submitted while in Argentina. Credits are reflected as W&M credit. Grades appear on students’ W&M transcripts and are calculated into GPA’s.
Upon arrival, students must take an intensive Spanish language course to familiarize themselves with the unique aspects of Argentine Spanish. Students also take three other specific core courses offered by the Comisión in the area of Human Rights. One of the three courses, Intro to Historical & Current Argentine Society serves to introduce students to the historical context that gave rise to the Comisión's work, and to orient students in their selection of internships. Students may choose internships in one of several areas, depending on their interests; recent internship experiences include collaborations with the Comisión's Archive of Police Intelligence, their Committee on Torture, their Jóvenes y Memoria programs and their Memory museum.
In addition, students may enroll in 1-3 courses at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. These are of variable credit and are assigned the number of credits corresponding to reported contact hours. William & Mary equivalencies in Hispanic Studies are listed below.
Program Language Requirements: Advanced intermediate Spanish language skills are required for enrollment. (HISP 208 or equivalent.)
Courses in La Plata:
Intensive Spanish language: Intermediate/Advanced (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 300 (3 credits) - REQUIRED
Comisión Courses To Choose From: You will choose three
CPM Mass Media and the Construction of Memory (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 or LAS 390 (3 credits)
CPM Argentine Youth, Culture, and Politics (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 or LAS 390 (3 credits)
CPM Native people rights and nature conservation (45 hours) - Equivalent: ENSP 249, HISP 390, GBST 390, ANTH 338 (3 credits)
CPM Intro to Historical & Current Argentine Society (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 399, GOVT 391, LAS 390 or HIST 311 (3 credits)
CPM Argentine History Problems of Environment (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 or LAS 390 (3 credits)
USA Literature-Equivalent: ENGL elective (3 credits)
Sample Universidad de La Plata (You will choose 1-3) ** Please note this is not a complete list.
Social Work I or II - Equivalent: SOCL 440 (3 credits)
Sociology of Latin America, 20th C Latin American Culture -Equivalent: SOCL 440 (3 credits)
Problems in Argentine History: The Concept of Gender - Equivalent: GBST 390, HISP 300 (3 credits) or contact Women’s studies
Popular & Informal Education Workshop - Equivalent: HISP 300, HISP 392 or GBST 390 (3 credits)
Overseas Migrations During the Late Colonial Period: The Case of Brazil and the River Plate Migration - Equivalent: HISP 300, GBST 390 (Credits currently unknown)
Procedures for the Visual Arts: Printmaking, Sculpture and Art Form (96 hrs) - Equivalent: ART 340 (4 credits)
Latin-American Thought and Processes – Socio-Political (96 hrs) - Equivalent: GBST 390 (4 credits)
Latin American Culture and Political Communication (45 hours)-Equivalent: HISP 300 (3 credits)
Reform and Popular Participation in Latin America (96 hours) - Equivalent: GBST 390 (4 credits)
Communication as a Political Tool (96 hours)-Equivalent: HISP 390 (4 credits)
Problem of Argentine History: Cinema and Politics - GBST 390 (3 credits)
Problems in Argentine History: Argentine History Debates & Contributions to Women and Gender -Equivalent: HISP 300 (3 credits)
On Site Support
Student participants in the La Plata sponsored semester program are supported by Comisión Provincial por la Memoria staff at all times. The Comisión provides orientations and limited excursions, recruits and coordinates host families, assists students with course registration and academic advising, communicates with students throughout their homestays, is always available for emergency support and works closely with W&M staff to ensure the safety and happiness of all participants.
Program fee: $13,425
Deposit: $1,000. Due on May 1, 2018
Balance: Due to W&M on June 1, 2018
Program Fee: $14,025
Deposit: $1,000. Due on November 15, 2018
Balance: Due to W&M on December 1, 2018
Please note: You may not use the tuition payment plan for the La Plata program. However, financial aid and VA 529 can be used.
This 22-week program fee includes tuition, home stay, most meals, program orientation, city tours and study abroad insurance.
Students are responsible for round trip airfare to La Plata, incidentals, personal expenditures and any additional travel. Program participants should expect to budget roughly $150-$200 per week, keeping in mind that expenditures will depend largely on personal spending habits and travel plans. Be prepared to bring extra funds for emergencies or special occasions.
A Reves Semester Scholarship is available for this program. Please visit: http://studyabroad.wm.edu/?go=wmsemester
The W&M faculty advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Professor Silvia Tandecairz
The Reves Center advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Debi DeBacco.
Previous W&M Spanish Language House tutor Diego Diaz is the current on site director of the La Plata program.
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.