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Aerial view of 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Program at a Glance

Multiple Institutions

Country or area Argentina, Chile
City Buenos Aires, Santiago
Class Level So, Jr, Sr
Experience Type Multi-site, Themed
Minimum GPA 2.5
Term Fall Semester
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

If you are passionate about social justice and equality, South America is for you. Rising from past military dictatorships, Argentina and Chile are social, political, and cultural reinvention models. Learn from professors whose impactful work plays a pivotal role in recognizing the crimes of Argentina's military and whose contributions are instrumental in understanding the historical context of human rights and political processes across Latin America. The program features distinguished guest lecturer Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1980, renowned for his activism, academic pursuits, and artistic endeavors. You also have a chance to interact with local political and human rights organizations. Observe, experience, and compare both countries as you travel from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Each location is rich in contrasts with diverse cultures and landscapes. Cultural tours and activities introduce unique flavors, sights, and history. Enjoy the taste of grilled asados, the spirited rivalry of fútbol, and the rhythmic footwork of the tango. Discover South America's breathtaking natural environments like mountain deserts in Patagonia, ice glaciers, or tropical beaches.


Alberto Hurtado University

Alberto Hurtado University (UAH) believes in building knowledge to end poverty and inequality. The Chilean academic community hails the university for its commitment to social justice. You’ll find its programs in social sciences and humanities exceptional. UAH's particular academic style combines scientific investigation with public service. As you examine how social politics impacts human rights, you’ll also learn about cultural practices particular to Chile. During your time at UAH, you can access classes in six schools. These include Psychology, Education, Philosophy and Humanities, Law, Economics and Business, and the Social Sciences. Located in the center of Santiago in heritage houses built in the 1920s, the campus preserves the history and identity of the city.

University of Buenos Aires

The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) is one of the premier institutions on the continent of South America. As a public institution, it is currently the national center for education, vocational training, and research. With no central campus, UBA is spread across the city. Classes are conducted at the Social Sciences School, situated in Recoleta—a historic neighborhood adorned with distinctive Parisian architecture, charming sidewalk cafes, and significant landmarks such as the Recoleta Graveyard. Be sure to see the Parque de la Memoria, a riverfront urban park commemorating Argentina’s history. Explore the extensive cultural network of UBA, encompassing the Cultural Center Ricardo Rojas and the university's large network of diverse museums, which are visited by locals, tourists, and students year-round.

The biggest challenge I encountered was fighting self-doubt within myself. The idea that I, a college kid from the US, was tasked to help resolve human rights issues in Chile made me feel strange. Eventually, I realized I was one component in a long, established process of international collaboration to combat abuses. Never have I experienced a rush of pride so satisfying as seeing our report in the Undersecretariat's hands. I know now that I want to feel that way again, and it has inspired a new direction of legal advocacy that I am confident will be a worthwhile endeavor in my life.

Jeffrey Adler UC Santa Barbara Political Science Argentina