Summer Travel Study

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

  • Dates

    Summer 2018 Dates TBA

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visiting Students: TBA

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

Experience the 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 and fieldwork. This program will be based at the Universidad de Belgrano. View photos of the university facilities.



Prerequisite: Spanish 25, 27, or Spanish 119

Spanish 165SL: Spanish in the Community: “Taking it to the Streets” (5 units)

This interdisciplinary community-based SERVICE LEARNING seminar 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 social activism of Human Rights.  The studies of the city see urban spaces as organizers of the symbolic as well as of models of social interactions. Selected iconic landmarks, neighborhoods and cultural sites will be visited as well as analyzed in novel, short stories, films, architectural pieces, journalistic articles, popular music, etc.

Please click here for a list of institutions and NGOs where you can volunteer (subject to change)

Spanish 170:  “Social Movements in Argentina and Latin America” (4 units)

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.

Required Courses

Glbl St 110A (5 units): Globalization in Context

Glbl St 110B (5 units): Globalization In Context Research Seminar

These courses explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization and the social, political and economic faces of developments. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different countries around the world. The courses will combine required readings with classroom discussion, experiential learning, and primary research.

Optional Course

Spanish 199: Directed Research (4 units)

You can take ONE  Spanish 199: Directed Research course.

The requirements for Directed Independent Research courses should be discussed in advance with Prof. Adriana J. Bergero.The Instructor encourages research projects on urban Graffiti, on popular theater, on popular music such as  rock, tango, folklore, on writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Arlt or Luisa Valenzuela, on gender studies, gender inequality and violence, on immigrant rights, on human rights movements, on the personal history of recuperated HIJOS, on Indigenous associations and cultures, on architecture, Argentine history, Argentine cinema, photography, performance and Fine Arts or on 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 fifth week of the Program. Video shooting, personal photographs, personal diary, interviews and notes could be used for this project. There is an additional fee for this independent study course.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. 

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  TBA  TBA  TBA
Textbooks  TBA  TBA  TBA
Airfare  TBA  TBA  TBA
Meals  TBA  TBA  TBA
Spending Money  TBA  TBA  TBA

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  TBA TBA  TBA

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 Sessions reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Your program fee includes breakfast and dinner daily 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.

Registration opens November 15, 2017 at midnight! If you’d like to receive more information via email, sign-up to add your name to the interest list.