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Buenos Aires


Tim Foster

Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures (Spanish)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

1. Take advantage of a multitude of cultural activities. Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America" for its numerous museums, galleries, theaters, film festivals, and designer boutiques. A large influx of immigrants from Europe in the 19th Century has colored the local Spanish language with its own unique dialect and slang. As you walk the city's broad avenues you find an array of European-inspired architecture, distinct forms of music like tango, as well as popular and upscale theaters and cafés. Each barrio has its unique flavor.

2. Learn about your field and give your language skills a boost at the same time. "Use your developing language skills in Spanish to discover new information and methodologies that you can connect and apply to your field."

3. Buenos Aires is your classroom. The Buenos Aires program offers dramatic engagement with the history, politics, and economic justice issues of Argentina. You will develop unique insights into the democratizing processes taking place after the military dictatorship and state terrorism of the 1970s and early 80s. 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.

4. Buenos Aires' location allows for travel to other parts of Argentina. With a population of 14 million, Argentina is home to a variety of natural wonders ranging from the extensive Pampas to the Andes Mountains. Students often take advantage of the three-day weekends to travel the country independently. Soak up some sun in Mar del Plata, Argentina's premier beach resort, bargain shop at a huge flea market in Tigre, or go horseback riding in San Antonio de Areco.

5. We have the right people in the right places. The program has great human resources available to help guide you while living in Argentina. You will live with an experienced host family that provides a linguistic and cultural bridge between Argentina and wherever you call home. Academically, you will have support from the program's Resident Director, Professor Alejandra Vasallo, who is also available to help with any difficulties you may face.

Cultural Immersion

Smaller trips within the city of Buenos Aires are designed to familiarize you with contemporary issues that Argentines face. As such, these excursions can change depending on current events during your year abroad. Activities we are sure to include are:

  • Dialogues with various speakers, such as: - Argentine Supreme Court Judges working on gender rights. - Film directors and journalists working for social justice in Argentina.
  • A visit to LGBT organizations.
  • A visit to ESMA: Espacio de la Memoria.
  • A visit to the Evita Museum.
  • A discussion with the leaders of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and H.I.J.O.S (children of the disappeared).
  • Going to theater, musical events, movies and other cultural activities as the opportunities arise.

Program Excursions

The Knox Program travels together to Iguazú Falls to study the subtropical rainforest and Calafate for a visit to the Perito Moreno glacier. Participants are accompanied by the program director and/or assistant on educational trips.

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Printed on Monday, January 20, 2020