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Latin American Economies (Faculty-led)
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer I
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 Housing Options:
Hotel (double)
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Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
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 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
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Short-Term, Summer
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Program Overview

This program is not currently being offered. Please check back at a later date to see if it will be offered again in the future.

Uruguay and Argentina serve as points of departure for understanding the complexities of the Latin American economies. The region faces many economic challenges but can also boast of economic opportunities and successes.  In this course students will observe how Latin American nations deal with resource price volatility, inequality, and globalization over the course of three weeks.  Topics of study will include include the delivery of healthcare, inflation, exchange rate systems, property rights and the many ways that Latin American nations are impacted by the world economy.   Course delivery will take place at the Universidad de Montevideo, on field trips within the capital city of Uruguay, and on two multi-night excursions into the interior of the country.  Toward the end of the course, students will cross the Rio de la Plata and spend three days furthering their studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Please note that this course is available for Area IV general education credit as participants will interact with local students, business people, and professional government economists with the intent of gaining a deeper understanding of common economic characteristics throughout Latin America.

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Nestled between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is one of South America's smallest and most peaceful countries, with a long history of progressive and stable government.  Uruguay can be broadly divided into three areas: the capital, the countryside (el campo), and the coast.  About half of its three million citizens live in Montevideo, which is home to the Old City, carnival, soccer, and waterfront boulevards. The countryside is the traditional source of Uruguay's wealth, where cattle and sheep far outnumber the gauchos. The beaches of the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic coast draw vast numbers of Uruguayans, Argentineans and Brazilians for their annual summer holidays; during the rest of the year, the fishermen enjoy solitude.

In this course,  students will visit all three areas of Uruguay, plus the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires.  The course begins in Montevideo, Uruguay with class meetings at the Universidad de Montevideo.  During week two the group will travel to Tacuarembo and spend three nights in the “campo” as guests at a working “estancia,” observing the rural towns along the way.  During week three the group will travel up the coast of Rocha and spend three nights at Punta del Diablo, a beach town bordering the Santa Teresa National Park. While in Rocha students will visit the Brazilian border town, Chuy.  Finally, before returning home, the group will take a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The group will spend three days exploring the bustling Argentinian capital city with its impressive architecture and discuss the complex economic relationships that exist between Uruguay and its much larger neighbor, Argentina.

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing and minimum 2.0 GPA.

Academic Program
This course will consist of some traditional classroom instruction at the Universidad de Montevideo along with field trips within the capital city, two overnight excursions into the interior of the country, and three days in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Students will interact with Uruguayan students and with business entities with the intent of gaining a deeper understanding of common economic characteristics throughout Latin America.  All instruction will take place in English.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for ECON 3890 (ECON 5980 grad): Latin American Economies (3 credits) upon successful completion of the program. This course is also approved for General Education Area IV credit. Students are urged to work closely with the appropriate academic advisor(s) to determine how these credits will be counted towards their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship and the College of Arts and Sciences' International Study Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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While in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, students will be housed in double or triplet rooms (2 or 3 single beds). Rooms include a private bathroom, kitchenette, direct dial phone, cable TV, hairdryer, individually controlled hot and cold air-conditioning, and free WiFi internet access .  At the estancia/rancho and in Punta del Diablo students will be housed in variously sized male and female rooms. Breakfast is included in all of the accommodations within Uruguay.

Punta Trouville Apart Hotel
Francisco Vidal 726
Montevideo, Uruguay
(598-2) 712-0903

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Prior to departure Dr. Pozo will host 1 or 2 pre-departure sessions on campus. During these sessions she will review the syllabus, prepare students for life in Uruguay and Argentina, discuss the itinerary and logisical considerations (such as packing and maintaining wellness), and outline any pre-departure assignments students will be asked to prepare prior to the course's official start date.

Summer I 2016

Monday, May 2: Depart from the United States
Tuesday, May 3: Arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay
Monday, May 23: Return to USA or personal travel

2016 Program Excursions Inlcude:

Visit to Tacuarembo:
Students will stay at the Panagea Ranch where they will work with the sheep and cows to learn how gauchos interact with the world economy and how they manage their commodity exporting businesses.
Visit to Punta del Diablo: A beach town boardering Santa Theresa National Park.
Visit to Chuy: Small town located on the Uruguayan-Brazilian border.
Visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina: Students will spend the last 3 days of their study abroad course in Buenos Aires, Argentina learning more about the economic relationship between Uruguay and its much larger neighbor.

Additional Course Activities: Dr. Pozo will also arrange other cultural activities such as visiting Uruguay's Central Bank, attending a soccer match, experiencing a Tango show, and eating authentic Uruguayan cuisine.

*Tentative itinerary subject to change

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Additional Resources


Faculty Director:
Dr. Susan Pozo
Department of Economics
5315 Friedmann Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5553

WMU Study Abroad
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2510B Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
Hotel Information

Country Information (external links)
Uruguay - Lonely Planet
A Year in Uruguay - Blog
Additional Country Information
Country Specific Information - Uruguay
Culturegram - Uruguay

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This program is currently not accepting applications.