UCLA Travel Study

Spanish: Taking it to the Streets – Community Service, Human Rights & Tango

  • Dates


  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Eligibility Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine required for entry into Argentina

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visiting Students: TBA

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents: View full fee disclaimer

*Program cancelled for summer 2022*

Experience full immersion in the rich cultural resources, vibrant social life and political activities of Buenos Aires. You will visit historical sites, museums, tango milongas, popular theaters, and observe political demonstrations. An important component of this program is Community-Based Learning, an irreplaceable opportunity to be exposed to experiential learning aimed at enhancing students’ language proficiency, social interaction with locals, and cultural awareness and understanding through the truly meaningful experience of volunteer fieldwork. This program will be based at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. View photos of university facilities.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program:

  • SPAN M165XP (Formerly numbered M165SL & CHICANO 167SL) (5 units)
  • SPAN 170 (4 units)

Course Descriptions

SPAN M165XP (CHICANO M167XP):  Taking it to the Streets – Spanish in the Community (5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 25, or 27, or placement exam (or equivalent for Non-UCLA students)

This interdisciplinary community-based service learning seminar (including a minimum 3-4 hours/week at a local NGO institution) is focused on the city of Buenos Aires as it evolved following the typology of the modern city, the massive/populist city, the city as public space reshaped by dictatorships, the neoliberal/global city and as the space of resistance for human rights social activism. Studies of the city will look at urban spaces as organizers of the symbolic as well as models of social interactions, such as the case of the imposing materialization (architectural, legal, literary, film) of the Buenos Aires elite’s iconic self-representations and the way a heterogeneous society can emerge, disrupt, contest and completely transform the social praxis of the city.  For that purpose, selected iconic landmarks, neighborhoods and cultural sites will be visited as well as analyzed in novels, short stories, films, architectural pieces, journalistic articles, popular music, etc.

SPAN 170:  Tango and the Argentine Identity (4 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 25, or 27, or placement exam (or equivalent for Non-UCLA students)

Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies and the consumption of culture in a global era. The course combines lectures with seminar-style classes encouraging discussion and participation. Students will visit different places in Buenos Aires that are linked to the history of tango.

Optional Course

SPAN 199: Directed Research (4 units)

If desired, students may choose to enroll in one SPAN 199 course in addition to the two required courses.

The requirements for Directed Independent Research courses should be discussed in advance with Prof. Adriana J. Bergero.  The instructor encourages research projects on topics such as urban graffiti; popular theater; popular music such as rock, tango, and folklore; writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Arlt, or Luisa Valenzuela; gender studies, inequality, and violence; immigrant rights; human rights movements; the personal history of recuperated HIJOS; Indigenous associations and cultures; architecture; Argentine history; or Argentine cinema, photography, performance, and Fine Arts – or any other specific aspect the student would like to examine more deeply.  The requirement will consist of four brief/ substantial reports which will be due on the Friday of the last week of the Travel Study program. Videography, personal photographs, personal diaries, interviews, and notes could be used for this project. There is an additional fee for this independent study course.

Students can enroll in optional courses by submitting the Optional Course Registration Form, as well as proof of instructor consent, to info@ieo.ucla.edu. You can enroll up until the Friday of the second week of your program.


TBA.  Syllabus and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Travel Study courses must be taken for a letter grade.



Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee TBA TBA TBA
Textbooks (estimate)  $150  $150  $150
Airfare (estimate)  $1700  $1700  $1700
Meals (estimate)  $700  $700  $700
Spending Money (estimate)  $800  $800  $800

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, and program excursions.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals, optional excursions, and any COVID-19 testing required for travel are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee $279 per unit $349 per unit TBA per unit

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this Web site.

On Location


Update for 2022: students will reside in a hotel for the summer of 2022 instead of homestays to abide by COVID-19 rules.


Update for 2022: students will reside in a hotel for the summer of 2022 with fewer meals included. 


Potential excursions include visits to Teatro Colon, a live tango performance, Museo Quinquella Martin, Museo Evita, a day trip to San Antonio de Areco as well as several walking tours of various neighborhoods.

Program excursions are subject to change for the summer of 2022.

Student Stories

Anthony Recinos

Program Correspondent