Argentina: Buenos Aires
The largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina is a major political and economic power in South America. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is the country's largest city and port, located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata. The port was first discovered in 1516, yet not until the late 1700s was Buenos Aires declared an open port for trade with Europe. A few decades later, in 1816, Argentina gained its independence from Spain.
Literally meaning "Fair Winds", Buenos Aires is considered the wealthiest and the most cosmopolitan city on the continent. Because of the influence of many Europeans who immigrated to Buenos Aires in the early 20th century, the city is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America." The birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires is a cultural metropolis. It is home to countless art galleries, museums, and architectural monuments, and prides itself on its many famous theatres, orchestras, ballets, and operas. As the country's capital, several historical and political sites add to the cityscape, including the famous Plaza de Mayo, from whose balcony many Argentine presidents, including Juan Domingo Perón, have addressed their people.
Middlebury College's program in Buenos Aires offers students the opportunity to study with Latin American peers, and students may choose from which university they wish to take their courses. The program includes an optional credit-bearing internship, a journal course, optional overnight excursions, and several co-curricular activities from tango lessons to mountaineering groups.
Fall semester: late July to mid-December.
Spring semester: late February to late July.
Fields of Study
Humanities, social sciences, natural sciences
Completion of five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, including one content course taught in Spanish. 9.0 GPA in Spanish, 9.0 GPA in student's major, and 8.0 GPA overall. All students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with Latin American content.
Number of Students
4 or more Pomona students; total program enrollment approximately 35 per semester.
All coursework is conducted in Spanish. All students enroll in Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence, a writing-intensive course that meets once a week. The course receives a letter grade. (0.5 Pomona credits)
Students receive the remainder of their 3.5 Pomona credits by enrolling in courses at one of three local universities, and participating in a credit-bearing internship. Credit is divided equally among the university courses and the internship.
The universities are: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad del Salvador (USAL), or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Students integrate into the university system and take their courses alongside host university students. Students enrolled at UBA take two or three university courses, while students at USAL or UTDT take three or four courses.
The internship is organized by the program, and has an academic component. Previous internships have been in, but are not limited to, the following fields: health care, neighborhood government offices, women’s issues, and political research.
Students must take courses that total the equivalent of 4.0 Pomona credits, or 4.5 Middlebury credits. A maximum of 4.0 Pomona course credits will be awarded for the semester.
There is no P/NC option on this program.
Homestays. With permission from the director, students may also choose to live in sudent apartments or residencias, but students are not permitted to share housing with other English-speaking students.