A Knox College Program in Argentina
The Best of Buenos Aires
A vibrant and multicultural city, Buenos Aires brings together peoples from all over Latin America and the world. Known for its numerous art, theater, film festivals, and museums, Buenos Aires is also one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking to learn Spanish and understand the challenges of the new post-dictatorship democracies, and Latin American students that represent the new kinds of cultural and political coming together of South America. At the turn of the twentieth century, Buenos Aires became a cosmopolitan capital of broad avenues, modernist architectural styles, music from opera to tango, vibrant nightlife and peaceful boulevards. Living with "porteños" learning happens all around, in the bustling downtown streets and the typical cafes where politics, life, and Argentine culture come alive.
The Knox Program in Buenos Aires is unique in offering dramatic engagement with the history, politics, and economic justice issues of Argentina. The program will help you develop unique insight into the democratizing processes taking place after the military dictatorship and state terrorism of the 1970s and early 80s. In your stay you will meet and interact with Human Rights activists, the Mothers of the Desaparecidos, grassroots organizers involved in environmental justice, and artists who are engaged in social transformation, among others.
In cooperation with the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Knox offers a term of accredited academic study specially designed to emphasize the social sciences and language. Program offerings include: Modern Latin America, Evolution of Argentine Society, Culture and Society, Politics and Government in Latin America, Latin American Literature, Argentine Literature, Argentine Social Cinema, Radio Workshop, Newspapers, Latin American Art, and Advanced Spanish Language.
Courses are taught in Spanish by University of Palermo professors. All students take a language course and pursue a combination of electives, chosen by those offered by the program up to 4 credits.
Full immersion experiences include two educational field trips. From the beauty of the Iguazú Falls in the North, to the excitement of Patagonia's southernmost region, the excursions promise to be a highlight of your travel abroad experience. Weekly educational day trips will put you in contact with Argentine street art, recovered factories, spaces for memory, grassroots movements, government institutions, and historical sites.
Life, Buenos Aires Style
With a population of 41 million, Argentina is a very large country, home to a variety of natural wonders ranging from the extensive Pampas to the Andes Mountains, to the wonder of Iguazú Falls.
Students often take advantage of the weekends to travel the country independently. Soak up some sun in Mar del Plata, Argentina's premiere beach resort, bargain shop at a huge flea market in Tigre, or go horse-back riding in San Antonio de Areco. Buenos Aires' location allows quick travel to other parts of Argentina as well as the rest of Uruguay.
During your stay in Buenos Aires, you'll live with a host family -- whose unique perspective and lifestyle offer you a more personal engagement with the people, history, and culture of Buenos Aires. Each family is experienced in hosting American students and most have welcomed students from the Knox Program into their homes for many years.