MAY TERM ABROAD 2017: Mendoza, ARGENTINA

6 Credits (SPAN, ECON)
MAY 25-July 1, 2017

Cost: The cost (not including airfare) is currently estimated to be $6,105 and covers two courses, medical insurance, housing in a Mendoza family home with three meals a day (with the exception of Saturday dinner), a metro card (pre-loaded for 10 uses) and two excursion trips (Andes and rancho asado). The fee does not include Saturday dinners, all metro fares, and personal expenditures. The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled and will also include airfare.

Application available online December 1, 2016
Application and deposit due February 7, 2017

The Mendoza, Argentina Program is a multidisciplinary program, led by Hampden-Sydney Professors Varona, Palmer and Thornton, and offering courses in Economics (taught in English) and Spanish (intermediate and advanced). Students will live in private, family homes of local residents. The program is open to all Hampden-Sydney students in good standing.

Founded in 1563 by Pedro del Castillo, Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes mountains, in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. This historic city has a walkable downtown, filled with parks, museums, theaters and other metropolitan attractions. Students on the program will have the opportunity to meet local business professionals and attend local sporting events.

FACULTY
Dr. Alfonso Varona, Program Leader
Dr. Julia Palmer
Dr. Saranna Thornton
On-site Instructor (SPAN 201/202)

COURSES
Students take either SPAN 201/202 or two of the following: SPAN 304, SPAN 485, ECON 201, ECON 210
Students enroll in courses via TigerWeb late March/early April.

SPAN 201 & 202
Intermediate Spanish I & II: A continuation of the 101-102 sequence. Continued development of the four basic skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 101-102 or 103.  Instructor: TBD.

SPAN 304
Culture and Civilization of Latin America: An introduction to the history and culture of Latin America through visual, oral, literary, and journalistic sources. Oral and written work in Spanish only. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 201-202, or placement by the Modern Languages Department. Instructor: Dr. Varona.

SPAN 485
Advanced Conversation and Current Topics: A study on current and relevant topics in Argentina at the advanced level. This course focuses on issues dealing on politics, education, arts and entertainment and how the impact people’s daily life. PREREQUISITE: Any 300-level Spanish course.  Instructor: Dr. Palmer.

ECON 204
Selected Topics in Economic History: History and Evolution of the Wine Industry: This course explores historical events of economic significance and examines them using the tools of economic analysis. This course will examine the history and evolution of the wine industry from the first production of wine 8000 years ago to today's global wine markets. PREREQUISITE: ECON 101.  Instructor: Dr. Thornton.

ECON 210
Economic Development: A Study of South America Post-Independence: A study of fact, theory, and policy in underdeveloped economies. Problems of capital formation, population, agriculture, international trade, foreign aid, etc. Much of the class will focus on economic development in South America post-independence. PREREQUISITE: ECON 101. Instructor: Dr. Thornton

TENTATIVE ITINERARY
May 25 – Depart U.S.
May 26 – Arrive in Argentina
May 29 – Classes start
June 22-25 – Four-day free weekend
June 28 – Final exams
June 30 – Depart Argentina
July 1 – Arrive in U.S.

ELIGIBILTY
Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA, as of January 1, 2017. The Dean of Students reviews the disciplinary records of all study abroad applicants. Students may apply to study abroad while currently under disciplinary probation, as long as their sanctions will be completed before their program begins. Students with problematic disciplinary histories might not be approved to study abroad, whether they are currently on probation or not.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS
Students will live in private, family homes of local residents. Most meals are provided by the host family.

PASSPORTS, VISAS, and RECIPROCITY FEE
Students will need a valid passport to leave the U.S; the passport must also be valid for at least six months after the program return date of July 1st, 2017.  Students who do not already have a passport or need to renew theirs are advised to apply for one as soon as they are accepted into the program.  Processing times can take up to eight weeks.  For more information, please review the State Department’s website.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/argentina.html

U.S. citizens are exempt from paying Argentina’s reciprocity fee, as of August 23, 2016. The reciprocity fee still applies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.  For more information, please review the Argentinian consular website.

HEALTH & SAFETY
Students are advised to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or health provider several weeks before departure to obtain any recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations.  Students are responsible for ensuring that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date. 

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers.

Participation in Hampden-Sydney’s Health and Safety Info Session for study abroad students in March is required of all program participants.

For More Information, please contact:
Dr. Daniella Widdows, Director of the Office of Global Education & Study Abroad
Bagby Hall 202/204 (434) 223-6311