UCLA Travel Study

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

  • Dates

    August 5 – September 7, 2023

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Eligibility Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine required for entry into Argentina

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $7,500

    UC Grad Students: $8,100

    Visiting Students: $8,100

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

*2024 Program Information Coming Soon!*

The program is an exciting opportunity for being exposed to the enriching social culture of the country. It is based on the awareness of the healing impact of caring cultures within societies, like the Argentine, which underwent severe violence and pain.  The program is set to examine how this society was able to turn that pain into an remarkable revision of the social culture of medicine, along with activisms dedicated to a impressive number of diverse social issues and concerns, the enthusiastic hope fueled by the spirit of human rights, along with the importance of humor, fun, and the joy of being part of team-working for collective models of caring. The program includes volunteering community service/community, community based learning and experiential knowledge.


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):  Rethinking the City, Urban Numbness and the Healing Medicine of Caring Cultures(5 units)

Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or 27 (or the equivalent for Non-UCLA students).

SPANISH 165SL examines how the euphoric cultures accompanying capitalism with inclusion and exclusion. Deemed unproductive, since the industrial revolution, the elderly, children, the incapacitated, the sick, subaltern cultures, women accessing the labor force were considered unproductive, not able to adapt themselves to modernity, partially incapacitated to show their full strength within Frederic Taylor’s chain of production. SPANISH 165SL will examine the way in which their positions are placed within macro-economics and positive, euphoric and success-oriented imaginaries were crucial to determine different degrees of invisibility and exclusions.

SPAN 170:   Activism and Gender in Argentina (4 units)

Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or 27, and Spanish 119 (or the equivalent for Non-UCLA students).

Using mainly cultural representations, this course will explore four movements that have challenged the very notion of citizenship and democracy in Argentina. First, the course will take on the political as well as the social dimensions of Populism, as the Peronist movement in Argentina, not only signals the inclusion of the masses into democratic life, but also broadens the notion of popular culture. It will analyze the effects of Eva Peron´s influence on Peronism, politics and women´s rights. The course will move onto Neoliberalism and study the resistance of youth organizations to dictatorship during the “dirty war,” a problematic term used to describe the forced disappearance of political opponents during the last military dictatorship. Through the figure of the scavenger and the workers occupation of factories, the course will focus on the 2001 Neoliberal crisis and analyze the implications of it for the notion of “the people”. To conclude, the course will discuss the active role of feminist movements today engaging with national and transnational fights (e.g. environmental issues, LGBTQ, sexual and reproductive rights and indigenous peoples). Can they be read as the new model for social change?

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 $7,500 $8,100 $8,100
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


Students will reside in a hotel or apartment style accommodations for the summer of 2023. Apartments will be either 2-4 person occupancy. Details will be provided at a later date

Meals: Few group meals provided. Students are responsible for most meals on the program.

Potential excursions include visits to Teatro Colon, Tango Orchestra, museums, as well as several walking tours of various neighborhoods.

Program excursions are subject to change for the summer of 2023

Student Stories

Anthony Recinos

Program Correspondent