William & Mary’s sponsored semester program in La Plata, Argentina is offered in conjunction with theComisión 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: September 1, 2023
Program Start: Monday, February 19, 2024 (mid-February)
Program End: Friday, July 12, 2024 (mid-July)
Applications due: March 11, 2024
Program Start: Monday, July 22, 2024 (end of July)
Program End: Friday, December 20, 2024 (mid-December)
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 on the W&M La Plata Course Equivalents list. 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.
Students on the La Plata program are supported by Comisión Provincial por la Memoria staff at all times. The Comisión provides orientations and 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: $15,825
Deposit: $1,000. Due on November 15, 2023
Balance: Due to W&M on December 1, 2023
Program fee: TBD
Deposit: $1,000. Due on May 3, 2024
Balance: Due to W&M on June 3, 2024
This 22-week program fee includes tuition, the homestay, most meals, program orientation, excursions, and CISI study abroad insurance. Fees are paid to W&M and subject to change. An application fee of $75 is required with the application.
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 can be used.
Program Contacts The W&M faculty advisor for the 2023-24 La Plata sponsored semester program is Professor Jorge Terukina. The Reves Center advisor for the La Plata sponsored semester program is Ying Liu. Previous W&M Hispanic House tutor Diego Diaz is the current on-site director of the La Plata program.
For more information on how to apply, please review the Apply/Register section of our website.