- Language Requirement: One Term College-Level Language
- Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
- GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
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*Complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.
Inside the Program
This program is designed for beginning- through advanced-level Spanish language students with academic interests in human rights, business and the humanities. Business and human rights courses are conducted in English, while humanities courses are taught in Spanish. Participants with very little Spanish-speaking experience planning to enroll in the fall program are encouraged to consider an intensive summer session to help build language proficiency. The program includes multiple excursions outside the city, as well as extensive use of historic and cultural activities within Rosario for academic excursions. Students will live with an Argentine family.
In fall of 2015, Portland State University professor Melody Ellis Valdini will teach two courses in Rosario, Argentina. The first, The Business of Politics in Latin America, will address the complicated, often fraught, relationship between political elites and business interests in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. The second course, The Lives of Women in Argentina: Rights and Roles, will consider issues such as women’s media portrayal, changes in rights, and political power.
Credit Explanation / Academic Details
Students typically enroll in 3-4 courses; enrollment in 2 Spanish language courses (conversation and grammar) is mandatory. All courses offered in Rosario are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Courses are taught by local instructors, experienced in teaching U.S. students. Each semester during the academic year, a U.S. visiting faculty member from an AHA partner institution teaches two specialty courses. You will attend classes with students from around the U.S. with varying levels of Spanish language experience. Business and human rights courses are conducted in English, while language and culture courses are taught in Spanish and emphasize speaking and writing skills. Classes take place Monday-Thursday and include extensive academic excursions, allowing you to experience Argentina beyond the pages of your textbooks. Students will meet local students at the Universidad de Rosario to take part in lively debate and dialogue on current events and issues.
Living with an Argentine host family provides students with the opportunity to learn about Argentine ways of life, further language proficiency and discover rich cultural traditions in Rosario. Many students cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad, and often times remain lifelong friends with their host family well after returning home. Host families are carefully screened and provide quality, comfortable accommodation in the downtown area offering you the opportunity to improve your Spanish language and skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Placements include families with children as well as single women and couples with older children who no longer live at home. Each student will have their own room. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the homestay, and during the week lunch will be served at a restaurant close to the university.