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W&M Semester- La Plata
La Plata, Argentina
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Semester
 Host Institution:
Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Comisión Provincial por la Memoria
 Host Institution Website:
http://www.unlp.edu.ar/
 Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
 Language Requirements:
Advanced Spanish Language Skills
 Service Component:
Yes
 WM/Reves Scholarships:
No
 Credit Type:
WM Credit
 Admission Requirements:
Good Academic Standing
 Class Status:
2- Sophomore, 3- Junior, 4- Senior (first semester only; approval must be secured from Committee on Degrees)
 Program Goal:
Study abroad & internship
 Housing Options:
Local Family Homestay
 GPA Requirement:
3.0
Program Description:

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This brochure includes information on the W&M La Plata program, the city of La Plata, academics, program language requirements, program housing, on site support, program fees, program dates and Reves Center resources for the La Plata sponsored semester program.

 

Program Description

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.

Program Dates

Fall 2015

Applications due: March 16

Arrival: Mid-July

Departure: Mid-December

The fall semester typically runs from mid-July to mid-December; actual dates will be posted as soon as they are available)


Academics

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 completed on the La Plata program is 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 a specific core course offered by the Comisión in the area of Human Rights. This is a William & Mary course and is listed as HS 399: International Service-Learning Seminar and Internship - Intro to Historical & Current Argentine Society (3 credits). The course 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 other Comisión courses and 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.)


 



Comisión Courses Spring

CPM Mass Media and the Construction of Memory (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 (3 credits)

CPM Argentine Youth, Culture, and Politics (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 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 (3 credits)  

CPM Argentine History Problems of Environment (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 (3 credits)

Sample Universidad de La Plata (Courses taught in Spanish)

Intensive Spanish language: Intermediate/Advanced (30 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 300 (2 credits)

USA Literature-Equivalent: ENGL elective (3 credits) 

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  

Fall 2014

Program fee: $11,000


Deposit: $1,000. Due on May 1, 2014.

Balance: Due to W&M on June 2, 2014.


Spring 2015

Program Fee: $11,000.

Deposit: $1,000. Due on November 14, 2014.

Balance: Due to W&M on December 15, 2014.

 

This 22-week program fee includes tuition, homestay, 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 AR $125-$175 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
 

Program Contacts

The W&M faculty advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Professor Jorge Terukina
 
The Reves Center advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Adam Ferguson.

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.



Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
 
This program is currently not accepting applications.