Summer Travel Study

Spanish: Taking it to the Streets – Community Service, Social Culture, Human Rights & Tango in Literature, Music and Film

  • Dates

    August 11 – September 8, 2018

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5700

    UC Grad Students: $6200

    Visiting Students: $6200

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

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, grassroots 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.


Required Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses.

  • SPAN M165SL (CHICANO M167SL) (5 units)
  • SPAN 170 (4 units)

Course Descriptions

SPAN M165SL (CHICANO M167SL):  Taking it to the Streets – Spanish in the Community (5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 25, 27, or 119 (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, 27, or 119 (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 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.


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  $5700  $6200  $6200
Textbooks  $100  $100  $100
Airfare  $1700  $1700  $1700
Meals  $800  $800  $800
Spending Money  $500  $500  $500

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

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

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

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee  $281 per unit $351 per unit  $351 per unit

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

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


To maximize the immersion experience, students will reside and share meals with Argentinian families. Host families are well acquainted with receiving foreign students in their homes and have been carefully vetted.

UCLA Summer Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location.  Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Your program fee includes breakfast and dinner Monday – Friday with your host family. If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


Potential excursions include visits to ESMA, MALBA, 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.

Student Stories

Anthony Recinos

Program Correspondent