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Fields of Study: Social Sciences, Humanities

This program asks, who has been excluded from the national imagined community? In Argentina, as in the United States, race was central to this process, with long-term equity and justice consequences. In addition to a short Spanish language course, you will take four specially designed courses at UBA to learn about the history of migration and identity-formation in Argentina, questions of race and gender, and international political and economic relations between East Asia and South America. Asian communities in Latin America are the focus of this course, but you will also learn about the experiences of multiple migrant communities that settled in Buenos Aires, including European, Jewish, and African peoples. These seminar-like courses provide opportunities for rich discussion.

Unique study opportunities

  • Examine works of local artists and authors to learn about global migration outside a U.S. context.
  • Surprise yourself visiting a Korean Buddhist temple, a Japanese garden, and a Taiko drum class.
  • Learn Argentine cooking, dance tango, play soccer, and enjoy an asado at a traditional estancia with other UC students.
  • Hear directly from activists fighting for human rights in Argentina.
  • Volunteer some time to help the local community.


Language of Instruction: English

Spanish Language Study: Required

A course on Spanish language fundamentals is required during the first week of the program. All other instruction is in English.

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, the Spanish course is required.

Current Program Courses

After a week of Spanish language instruction and practice worth 3.0 quarter/2.0 semester units, you will take four content courses for a total of five courses. All courses are cross-listed as Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Sociology and are worth 4.5 UC quarter/3.0 semester units of UC credit.

Content Courses:

Research and independent study are 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. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

Classes are hosted by the University of Buenos Aires and taught by local professors of the School of Social Sciences, with training in history, economics, sociology, and ethnic studies, who do research and teach about Asian Studies. You’ll be in class with UC and UBA students and can expect a teaching style that combines theory and practice. All courses involve active participation and related activities outside of the classroom, including guided visits to Argentina's Immigration Museum, the China-Argentina and Korea-Argentina Chambers of Commerce, Buenos Aires' Chinatown, and cultural landmarks. The Expanish Study Abroad Center, where you take your Spanish language class, additionally hosts and organizes activities to ensure you experience all the cultural riches of the capital.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are typically available by late January.