Program History


Buenos Aires is a great modern metropolis. Founded twice during Spanish colonial times, it remained a small town until it became the capital of the Río de La Plata Viceroyalty. During the nineteenth century, when Buenos Aires became the collecting point of all riches of the Republic of Argentina –mainly grains, wool and dried or frozen meat for exportation– it was one of the most appealing urban sites in the entire world. European migrants, especially Italians and other peoples from the Mediterranean countries, poured into the city during the second part of that century. They brought with them a specialized labor force, innovative political ideas and institutions, and new notions of art and architecture. By the beginning of the twentieth century, Buenos Aires was a highly Europeanized city, in which locals and travelers could find entire neighborhoods reminiscent of Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid. It was a time (1910) in which Argentina was one of the ten economic powers of the world.

Host University


UADE (http://www.uade.edu.ar/) You will be attending the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. “La UADE”, as it is commonly called, is an institution of higher education with fifty years of history. Established in 1957 as an institute of management studies, it was consolidated as UADE in 1962, under the Argentine law for private universities. Its strength comes from the fact that it aims to contribute to the development of businesses according to the economic and technical evolution of Argentina, and also from the fact that it creatively introduced new careers and professions, such as commercialization, financing, industrial relations, etc. Despite its business orientation, la UADE decided to pay special attention to the scientific, social and humanities divisions of its curricula in order to provide an intellectually ample, very well grounded and modern education to its students. In 1984 the UADE inaugurated its site at Lima 717, in the historical center of Buenos Aires. In 1992 and the following years, the neighboring buildings were nicely remodeled and added to the university compound. All together, those buildings make a unique “campus” of an almost complete block of old Buenos Aires, in which the internal park belongs to the university.

Courses and activities


There are 3 regular courses taught by local faculty and the Dartmouth faculty director (as of FSP Spring 2012).
  • Spanish 23: Argentine Culture: Contemporary Issues
  • Spanish 33: Argentine Civilization: The Cultural Heritage
  • Spanish 35: Course Studies in Spanish-American Literature and Film


General Country Information


New Entrance Tax


As of December 2009, Argentina now charges a new entrance tax for all visitors holding passports from United States, Canada, and Australia. The total tax will be equivalent to the one that Argentines pay to get their visa to travel to these respective countries. The tax is a one-time fee and can be paid in US Dollars or Argentine Pesos at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires.
The tax amounts per country are:
  • United States - $140 USD
  • Canada - $70 USD
  • Australia - $100 USD



Before You Go


Flight booking


You are required to arrive the day before the program starts (usually a Sunday). Most flights to Buenos Aires arrive in the morning. Make sure to be at the airport before noon. You will be asked to let the Program Director know your arrival arrangements in advance.

Medical Evacuation and Travel Assistance Program


Dartmouth College has contracted with a company called International SOS (ISOS) to provide worldwide assistance and evacuation service for all study abroad participants. More information about the ISOS program can be found by visitig the following website : http://www.dartmouth.edu/~rmi/travel/index.html.

Additional information about the ISOS program will be distributed at the mandatory Health and Safety meeting held each term.

Health Insurance
If you have waived Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan (DSGHP) enrollment because you have other health insurance, please be certain to check your policy to see that coverage is extended to accidents and illnesses sustained outside the U.S.
You are advised that insurance cards may not be accepted in some countries and that cash may be required to pay for some medical or dental services, care and/or prescriptions. You will be responsible for filing any and all claims. Again, please note that you are responsible for paying any medical expenses out-of-pocket, submitting reimbursement requests when you get home.

Shots


Plan ahead and make an appointment with Dick's House, or your family physician to get the necessary shots. The shots and medicines you get before leaving can make all the difference in your enjoyment of Argentina.


Getting There & Getting Settled


The Program Director and one of API Representatives will meet you at the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires. Usually just after the customs, you will see, on your left, an orange column with the big sign "meeting point". The professor will meet you there, right next to the coffee shop. If you fly on Aerolíneas Argentinas, you will need to leave the Aerolíneas Argentinas terminal and walk to the "Espigón Internacional", where you will find the coffee shop.
From the airport you will go in a chartered bus to Hotel in Buenos Aires City where you will spend the first night. There will be an orientation on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning about Buenos Aires. On Monday, after lunch, you will meet the family placer, Florencia Etiennot, and your family. After receiving from the family placer a basic living-in-Buenos Aires orientation, your Argentinean family will pick you up.
Off-Campus Programs will forward your host family address at the end of winter term.


Accommodations

Families


Just as at home, a family in Buenos Aires may consist of a single parent and grown children, a young couple with a baby, or older siblings living together. Do not expect to be placed with a family similar to your own. Our best advice is to relax and enjoy your homestay situation.

Meals


Mealtimes in Argentina are different from ours. Breakfast is usually from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and might consist of pastries (facturas), yogurt, toast, marmalades, cream cheese, coffee or tea, cereals and juice or fruit. Bacon, eggs or pancakes are not an option. Lunch or “el almuerzo” (only on weekends for participants in this program) is a meal that tends to take place between 1 to 3 p.m. It could consist of a salad and a main dish of meat, poultry or fish, with polenta, pasta, or vegetables as side dishes, bread and dessert. Finally, supper (la cena) is a substantial meal and tends to take place after 8:30 p.m. You might be served one first dish of salad, or empanadas (turnovers), or quiche, and a main dish of meat, poultry, pasta or fish, bread and dessert (fruit or flan).


Money


Expenses

  • Tuition - billed to your student account.
  • Accommodations – estimated at $3,200.00 for your home-stay and meals (as of Spring 2012) billed to your student account.
  • Food - you will receive all meals with your hosts, with the exception of weekday lunches. Students should budget $8.00 each weekday to purchase your own lunches, or a total of $400.00 for a ten-week program.
  • Local transportation, and spending money – a minimum of $2,000.00 is recommended depending upon your individual life style.

Finances


You may take money and travelers' checks with you. Many students use ATM cards to obtain cash. ATM cards work at most banks, but only ATM’s for checking accounts, not savings accounts.
You should not count on opening an account in Buenos Aires, as you need to be a resident of Argentina to do so.


Communications


Many students choose to purchase cell phones in Argentina. You will not be able to make calls from your family's home. However, you may receive calls.


Transportation





Personal Safety & Crime


Crime


Although safer than many American cities equivalent in size and importance, crime and other offenses do occur. If you are not vigilant on the bus (or in the subway, or a restaurant, etc.,) you may soon discover that you have been a victim of the subtlest art of pick pocketing ! Do not place your wallet, or your documents in the pocket of a backpack or in your hip pocket.

When moving around the city, keep your wallet and purse in a safe, inside pocket, not your hip pocket. Even better, buy a money belt or pouch for valuables to wear under your clothing for when you will be traveling and sleeping on trains or buses. Be aware of your possessions at all times (it is easy to get distracted). Again, on almost every program one or two unlucky or careless students lose money, passports, or a camera to street thieves or pickpockets. Don’t let it be you.



Cultural Tips / Etiquette





Excursions


Here are some examples from the Spring 2012 FSP where one overnight field trip and two one day trips were scheduled during the term to allow the students to see the sweep of centuries of the Río de la Plata regional history and the past and current economic basis: from a visit to the natural wonder of El Tigre district and the Delta of the Paraná River, to a traditional yet not-touristy farm (Estancia) in the humid Pampa, to the old but vibrant cities of Rosario and Córdoba (Argentina), the students experienced the different periods of Argentina’s history and cultures :
  • El Tigreand Delta del Paraná (1 day)
  • Estancia “El Morito” in Capilla del Señor, province of Buenos Aires (1 day).
  • Rosario and CórdobaCity (Argentina) (4 days)

Others cultural field trips are scheduled, such as : Centro Histórico of Buenos Aires, visits to local museums, government buildings and other cultural and historical sites (such as the famous cemetery of La Recoleta, the International Book Fair, the Memory Site Ex-Esma, Colon theater, the Bafici Film Festival, etc.). These trips are mandatory since they are constituting essential parts of the overall cultural component of the FSP. Transportation, lodging and meals, as well as admissions, are covered on these trips.
Other optional field trips will be arranged by the DA, the Faculty Director, and also through the UADE. These will involve a charge for transportation and, if necessary, accommodations.

This is a working vacation during which you can explore by yourself other parts of Argentina and practice your Spanish. During this one-week break you will not be able to travel outside of Argentina, except if you want to cross the Argentine-Brazil border to have a better view of the famous Iguazú Falls (for this you will have to make appropriate arrangements with a tourist agency, which may include a special Brazilian visa).


Athletics and Recreational Activities





Arts & Culture


Buenos Aires is still one of the most beautiful cities of Western civilization. It has managed, again and again, to recover from the political and economic uncertainties that have burdened Argentine history, and to project ever more sophisticated levels of cultural and artistic achievement. The cultural offerings of the city are abundant. If you are interested –let us say– in theater, every single day you are able to select from a wide menu of offerings. Newspaper and florist kiosks never close.


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Further Reading & Links