Buenos Aires: Capital of Culture-English Course
For the 9th year, UNCW will study the culture of Buenos Aires through its writers, painters, and musicians. The online spring course prepares you for your travel experience after classes end in May. Activities include participating in a writer’s class about Borges’ life and stories, national art museums, live musical events, the San Telmo markets, and historic cafés. Stay in an upscale apartment hotel in Recoleta, the best neighborhood for study, shopping, and exploration.
Location & Program Features
Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a world capital and is known as “the Paris of South America” because of its art, architecture, cafés, and distinctly European feel. It is composed of 48 districts or barrios, each with its own personality. The ones we will visit are: Microcentro (downtown), home of the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, and other historical landmarks; San Telmo, known for its colonial style houses and cobblestone streets; La Boca, a colorful neighborhood along the river; Palermo, a hip residential barrio with lots of small parks, restaurants, and bars; and Recoleta, where we will stay, the most chic neighborhood with its French-style architecture, large parks, excellent restaurants, and extensive cultural offerings.
Throughout the program we will look at common themes in the arts and how these arts reveal the recent history of the people of Argentina and enrich the culture of its capital city.
The itinerary includes walking tours of neighborhoods, visits to historic artisan markets and a world-famous bookstore, tours of Latin American art museums, a lecture on Argentina’s most famous writer by a currently publishing author, live music concerts, dancing at a tango and salsa club, a tour of the ESMA (a detention camp during the last dictatorship), an out-of-the-city optional day excursion, numerous group meals and café meetings, city bus tour with visits to La Boca and the Plaza de Mayo, as well as instruction on how to explore the city in your free time.
- Degree-seeking student
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
- 2.5+ GPA
- Good judicial standing
- At least sophomore standing at the time of participation
- Prerequisite for ENG 294 is ENG 101
ENG 294 earns 3 University Studies credits. All pre-departure instruction will be online. This trip is for any major. The music and painting of Buenos Aires attract students of the fine arts. Literature students can visit the homes of some of Argentina’s most imaginative writers. History students can follow a trail from colonial times to the era of dictatorships. No knowledge of Spanish needed for ENG 294. Eligible students can apply for financial aid & scholarships to assist with program costs
Faculty leaders will be housed in the same hotel as the students. The Hotel Cyan is in the exclusive Recoleta area that houses many of the museums and events we will visit. It captures the spirit of Buenos Aires in its ambient neighborhood of coffee shops and bookstores and allows easy access to all areas under study.
Tentative Program Dates
May 13-28, 2020
Estimated Program Fee: $1,350
Program Fee Includes:
- 13 nights in hotel apartments
- Buffet-style breakfast
- 8-9 covered lunches/dinners
- Excursions + tours
- A live concert
- Dance lessons
(not included in the program fee)
- Round trip flight to and from Buenos Aires (EZE)
- Passport, if you don't already have one
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at https://uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html