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, and 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 extracurricular excursions are offered to W&M students by the Comisión throughout their time in La Plata.
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, 2019
Arrival: July 15, 2019
Program Ends: December 13, 2019
Applications due: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1, 2019
Arrival: February 15, 2020 (program activities begin February 17, 2020)
Program Ends: July 17, 2020
Advanced intermediate Spanish language skills are required for enrollment (HISP 208 or equivalent).
Students earn 12 – 18 credits while enrolled in the La Plata sponsored semester program. A representative list of courses 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 GPAs.
Upon arrival, students must take an intensive Spanish language course to familiarize themselves with the unique aspects of Argentine Spanish and Argentine culture. 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, the Committee on Torture, the Jóvenes y Memoria programs, and the Memory museum.
In addition to the CPM courses, students are strongly recommended to enroll in 1-2 courses at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. These course vary in the number of credits, which are assigned based on the reported contact hours. W&M course equivalencies are listed below.
Intensive Argentine Spanish Language & Culture: Intermediate/Advanced (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 300 (3 credits) - REQUIRED
Comisión Courses: You will take three (courses offered each year may vary)
CPM Intro to Historical & Current Argentine Society (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 399, GOVT 391, LAS 390 or HIST 311 (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 Mass Media and the Construction of Memory (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 or LAS 390 (3 credits)
CPM Argentine History Problems of Environment (45 hours) - Equivalent: HISP 390 or LAS 390 (3 credits)
Universidad Nacional de La Plata Courses (You can choose 1-2)
**Please note this is not a complete list; course options may vary.
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 - Equivalent: GBST 390 (3 credits)
Problems in Argentine History: Argentine History Debates & Contributions to Women and Gender - Equivalent: HISP 300 (3 credits)
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: $14,025
Deposit: $1,000. Due on May 1, 2019
Balance: Due to W&M on June 1, 2019
Program Fee: $14,025
Deposit: $1,000. Due on November 15, 2019
Balance: Due to W&M on December 2, 2019
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 $100.00 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.
Please note: You may not use the tuition payment plan for the La Plata program. However, financial aid, VA 529 and inVEST can be used.
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 Tandeciarz.
The Reves Center advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Sally Roberts.
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.