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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Political Science, Pre-Law

Come away with an entirely new perspective on human rights beyond the borders of the US. Courses are interdisciplinary and include cultural activities and excursions so you can understand the history of these two very different societies and their reforms. Immersing in daily life in each location enhances your understanding of today’s socio-political conditions and their impact on memory, culture and the reestablishment of justice. You will analyze how past constructions of human rights influence current thinking on the rights of women, indigenous populations, students and other groups. You’ll also see how human rights connect to topics such as development, poverty and democracy.

Session 1: Argentina

In Argentina you will take two courses taught in English addressing the program themes. Both courses include visits to important memorial sites, interviews with survivors and families of the Dirty War, viewing of several important films, and participation in legal proceedings addressing abuses of human rights.

Break

During a one-week break at the end of the first session you will have free time to travel to other cities and countries. You can also arrive early in Santiago and explore it before the second session.

Session 2: Chile

The second session begins with a short orientation in Santiago to help you adjust to your new surroundings. Here you will also take two courses taught in English and visit memorial sites, interact with a variety of community organizations and human rights activists, and meet with student peers at the university.

Unique study opportunities

  • Live and study in Buenos Aires and Santiago.
  • Engage in interactive class discussions.
  • Get to know instructors and classmates with less than 30 students per class.
  • Immerse in Spanish-speaking cultures while taking courses taught in English.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Spanish Language Study: Required

During the first week of the program in Argentina, you will take an intensive short course on Spanish language. Grammar and vocabulary will focus specifically on the topics covered in the program. There will be ongoing review sessions during the remainder of the program's first session, but the first week will provide the majority of your classroom opportunities to improve your Spanish. This week-long instruction will also incorporate important orientation activities and vocabulary exercises specific to the topics that you will be studying.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units.
  • You may opt to take one content course and the Spanish course for pass/no pass credit.
  • Regardless of Spanish level, no one may opt out of the Spanish course.
  • Take all courses for their maximum unit value (variable unit option is not available).

Current Program Courses

The program begins in Buenos Aires with a week of Spanish language instruction and practice. You will then take two unique core courses at each site for a total of five courses:

Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Film screenings will also take place during these hours. Additional activities and day trips may be on some weekends. 

Research and independent study are typically not available.

Catalogs and resources

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Since UC faculty and staff develop the courses for this program, the workload and assessment is similar to your experience at UC. Instruction is fast-paced and interactive. Instructors are dedicated to the subject matter and want to hear from you in class discussions. They like engaging students on interesting topics and are happy to respond to the ideas and questions you share.

Both of the host universities started in the 1990s, largely as a response to the enormous transformations that both nations were undergoing. Both Chile and Argentina were working to return to a democratic process. During the first session in Buenos Aires, you will have many opportunities to interact with other students and the local culture during field trips. During the second session in Santiago, you will attend class on the central campus of Alberto Hurtado University. During this time, you will be able to interact with Chilean students, many of whom will be interested to hear your perspective on the program.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are available by mid- to late January.