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Latin American Economies (Faculty-led)
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay
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Budget Sheets Summer I
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Hotel (double)
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Joseph Rasich
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Program Overview

* Program may be offered again in summer 2016.  Check back in fall 2015 for updates and you may also notify Dr. Susan Pozo ( of your interest in the program.

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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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, with its 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, 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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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.  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.  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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Cost & Financial Aid

The WMU program fee includes: WMU tuition, administrative fees, instructional costs, lodging, some group meals and excursions, and international health and emergency insurance.

The program fee does not include: airfare, additional meals and beverages, passport, books, local transportation, tips and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the summer I semester.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the
Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this 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, free WiFi internet access .  At the estancia/rancho students will be housed in variously sized male and female rooms and at the hotel in Punta del Diablo similarly.  Breakfast is included in all the accommodations and for an additional charge a student can elect to secure single accommodations in Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

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

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Summer 2014 

Tentative itinerary*

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.

April 27
Travel to Montevideo

April 28
Land in Montevideo around 9 am. Arrive at Hotel Punta Trouville by mid-day.

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 5
Return from Tacuarembo in late afternoon, check in at Hotel Punta Trouville in early evening.

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. Staying at Posada Nativos.

May 14
Return from Punta del Diablo, check in to the Hotel Punta Trouville.

May 16 - May 18
Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina on the Buquebus (ferry) and explore a number of important Argentinian historical/economic points.

May 18
Travel back to USA or personal travel.

*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.