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Latin American Economies (Faculty-led)
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer I||2014||02/15/2014 **||Rolling Admission||04/27/2014||05/19/2014|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Housing Options:||Hotel (double)||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Class Standing:||Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate||Number of Credits:||3|
|Program Specialist:||Ann Ganz||Language experience required:||No|
|Areas of Study:||Economics||Program Length:||Short-Term|
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. We will observe how Latin American nations deal with resource price volatility, inequality and globalization during our three week journey. Areas of focus 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. We will also cross the Rio de la Plata, spending three days in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Students 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. Instruction will take place in English.
Your instructor has had extensive experience researching, living and working in Uruguay and in several other Latin American countries including Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for the Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.
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In this course, we will visit all three areas of Uruguay, plus the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires. We'll start out in Montevideo, Uruguay with class meetings at the Universidad de Montevideo. During week two we 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 we 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 we will visit the Brazilian border town, Chuy. Before returning home, we will take the ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We’ll 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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Good academic standing and minimum 2.0 GPA.
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. Instruction will take place in English.
WMU credit will be awarded for ECON 3890 (ECON 5980 grad): Latin American Economies (3 credits) upon successful completion of the program. Students are urged to work closely with the appropriate academic advisor(s) to determine how these credits will be counted towards their degree.
This course is also approved for Gen Ed Area IV credit.
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The WMU program fee includes: tuition, fees, instructional costs, lodging, some group meals and excursions, and health and emergency insurance.
Not included are: airfare, meals and beverages not specified, passport fee, books, local transportation, tips and any personal expenses.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she 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.
Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
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Punta Trouville Apart Hotel
Francisco Vidal 726
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Two 1.5 hour pre-departure sessions on WMU campus:
Dr. Pozo will review the syllabus and spell out course expectations. Geographic and demographic information about Uruguay and Argentina will be reviewed along with an introduction to South American customs and traditions and how these vary across Latin American nations. A review of the itinerary will motivate a discussion of logistical considerations including what and how to pack, passport, health and wellness while traveling. A few brief pre-departure assignments will be outlined that include preliminary readings and the collection of materials necessary for the course.
Travel to Montevideo
April 28 – May 4
Class sessions at Universidad de Montevideo, excursions in Montevideo, meetings with Uruguayan economic experts, the Central Bank and cultural activities.
May 5– May 7
Travel to Tacuarembo to stay at the Panagea Ranch. We work with the sheep and cows and learn how gauchos interact with the world economy and how they manage their commodity exporting businesses.
May 8-May 10
Classroom sessions, partido de futbol, typical meal at home of Uruguayan.
May 11-May 13
Travel to Punta del Diablo (beach town), Chuy (border town with Brazil), with excursion to the Santa Teresa National Park.
May 16 - May 18
Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina on the Buquebus (ferry) and explore a number of important Argentinian historical/economic points.
Travel back to USA
*Tentative itinerary subject to change
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Dr. Susan Pozo, Faculty Director
Department of Economics
5315 Friedmann Hall
Telephone: (269) 387-5553
Ann Ganz, Study Abroad Specialist, Sr.
WMU Study Abroad
2424 Ellsworth Hall
Telephone: (269) 387-5890
Host Institution Information (external links)
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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