2019 May Term Abroad: Mendoza, Argentina

Credits: 6
Dates: May 23-June 24, 2019
Estimated Cost: $6510.
Applications are now closed.
Application and deposit due February 1
Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Schug awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 1.


The Mendoza, Argentina Program is a multidisciplinary program, led by Professors Thornton and Lehman, and offering courses in Economics and History, taught in English.  Students will live with one or two other students, in private, family homes of local residents, at least one of whom will speak English.  The program is open to all students in good standing; no prior Spanish language learning is required.

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.

University-level courses will be taught by Dr. Saranna Thornton and Dr. Ken Lehman.


Students will take two courses for a total of six credit hours:
ECON 210 or HIST 420  -- AND - ECON 204 or HIST 285  

ECON 210: Economic Development A study of fact, theory, and policy in underdeveloped economies.  Problems of capital formation, population, agriculture, international trade, foreign aid, etc. Prerequisite: ECON 101. (Dr. Thornton)  

HIST 420: The History of Economic Development in Latin America A course in comparative economic history taught alongside Economics 201.  Students who take the course for history credit will be in conversation with students taking it for Economics credit as together they look for the intersections of history and economic theory.  Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Dr. Lehman)  

ECON 204: Selected Topics in Economic History: History and Evolution of the Wine Industry
Using the tools of economic analysis, this course will examine the history & evolution of the wine industry from the first production of wine 8000 years ago to today's global wine markets. Prerequisite: ECON 101. (Dr. Thornton)  

HIST 285: An Introduction to Argentine History and Culture through the Media of Literature, Film, and Public Monuments An introduction to Argentine history and culture, placed within the larger context of Latin American history and culture and viewed comparatively with United States history. Prerequisite: none. (Dr. Lehman)

2019 Itinerary (subject to change) 

  • May 23 - Flight from U.S. to Mendoza, Argentina
  • May 24 - Arrive in Mendoza
  • May 27-June 21 - M-F classes in Mendoza
  • June 23 - Depart Argentina
  • June 24 - Arrive in U.S.

Students will live with an Argentine family, one of whom will speak English.  Breakfast and dinner (Sunday-Friday) and Saturday breakfast is provided by the host family.  Lunches and Saturday dinners are not included.

Flights are not included in the estimated cost, but will be included in most students' final cost.  Once the size of the group has been determined, the Office of Global Education will organize a group flight for the program. All students are encouraged to join the group flight and must work with Dr. Widdows to make any alternative arrangements.  Faculty will accompany students on the group flight.

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 June 24, 2019.  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: http://travel.state.gov

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Argentina.html

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 or immunizations.  Students are responsible for ensuring that all routine travel and immunizations are up-to-date.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for information on recommended and require immunizations for travelers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Please see the information on our May Term Abroad page.

The estimated cost $6510. will cover two courses, medical insurance, room and partial board for Mendoza homestay, and excursions. The fee does not include lunches, Saturday dinners, metro/taxi/bus fares, textbooks, and personal expenditures. Final cost will depend on the number of students; the estimated cost is based upon a minimum number of 15 students.  February 1: $500 deposit and application due.  After the number of participants has been determined, the full program cost will be finalized, including airfare, and bills posted. 

For more information about the program, please contact: 
Dr. Daniella Widdows, Director of Global Education & Study Abroad: dwiddows@hsc.edu

For application, and for latest updates on dates and cost, please visit: http://www.hsc.edu/Global-Education/Study-Abroad/May-Term-Abroad