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Study Abroad-WISE-Argentina

Culture and Politics in Argentina


World-famous as the home of the tango, Argentina is a country of diverse peoples, and cultures. It was colonized by the Spaniards, gained its independence in the 1800s, and experienced a turbulent political scene since. Today, it is a democracy with the same three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial) as the Unites States. Spanish is the main language but many other immigrant and indigenous languages are found throughout the country.

This Study Abroad Program is conducted in cooperation with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba in Cordoba, Argentina. Founded in 1956, it was the first private university in the country. It now has a student population of nearly 10,000 students. The city of Cordoba has many historical monuments and sites from Spanish and colonial times, leading UNESCO to name part of the city a World Heritage site.

Course Information:

Credit offered: 6 hours total--3 POLS (taught by WIU faculty) and 3 SPAN (taught by the local university). Placement in the Spanish language course is dependent on courses previously taken and is determined by Foreign Languages. You are also required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Study Abroad Office.

Class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course. Questions about Course content should be directed to Dr. Julia Albarracin or Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons.


Contact Information:

Academic Information Study Abroad

Dr. Julia Albarracin                    Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons                    Kim McDaniel

428 Morgan Hall                        332 F Morgan Hall                                   344 Memorial Hall

(309) 836-5202                         (309) 298-1615                                       (309) 298-2504                          

Sponsored by the Department of International Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.