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SIT Argentina Social Movements and Human Rights

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring


Buenos Aires, Argentina




2.5 GPA. Good academic and disciplinary standing, three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, previous coursework and/or other significant preparation in social work, political economy, development studies, or Latin American studies, as assessed by SIT.

Application Due:

9/24 for spring semester and 2/24 for fall semester

Program Cost:

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The University of Iowa has affiliated itself with The School for International Training or SIT. SIT was founded on the idea that cultural exchange leads to positive social change. Because of this belief, each of their programs is centered around one of seven global issues. This program allows students to study Argentina’s social movements and the country’s past and current struggles to guarantee human rights for its diverse populations. Students learn from local experts: academics, activists, business persons, artists, community leaders, and government officials. This access to local perspectives and knowledge gives students a greater understanding of the issues and innovations within their host communities. The program combines classroom study with hands-on work in the field.

Academic Program

Key topics for the program include the international system of human rights protection, the relationship between social movements and human rights, from both theoretical and applied perspectives, and social movements and human rights organizations in Latin America and Argentina. Argentina’s political, economic and social history are also studied. Students spend roughly the first three months of the program taking four classes for twelve semester hours of credit. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Students take the following courses:

  1. Social Movements and Human Rights in Argentina
  2. History and Human rights in Argentina
  3. Spanish for Social Sciences
  4. Research Methods and Ethics
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Students must also complete one of the following:

Independent Study Progject

Conducted in Buenos Aires or in another approved location appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program's thematic parameters. . University of Iowa students who complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) must follow University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures. For more information on the Iowa IRB process please visit the Undergraduate Research Abroad webpage. An additional pre-departure orientation session, hosted by the Iowa IRB, will be offered on campus to help answer questions and ensure compliance.

Internship and Seminar

This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO. The aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience and to enhance their skills in an international work environment.

Program Dates

Late August to early December for fall semester and late February to mid-June for spring semester.

Application Deadline

February 24 for fall semester and September 24 for spring semester

For More Information

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with SIT, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353

The University

When in the classroom, students will study at the Center for the Study of the State and Society, or CEDES. CEDES was founded in 1975 and is an independent, pluralist and nonprofit organization. Its main activities are research, teaching, and technical assistance. The mission for the organization is to carry out research in applied social sciences and to train researchers, always guided by quality standards and by a commitment to contribute to social debate; to the design, implementation and assessment of public policies; to the creation of regulatory frameworks; to the reinforcement of accountability; and to inform advocacy strategies of diverse stakeholders.

The City - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires was first founded on the southern shore of the river Rio de la Plata by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536, but the settlement was abandoned by 1541. Juan de Gray sailed south on the Parana River from Asuncion and reestablished Buenos Aires in 1580. Today, the city and surrounding area has a population of approximately 13 million people. People from Buenos Aires are known as, “porteños”, and the majority of porteños are of European decent. It is estimated that 37% of the population are of Italian origins. The climate is characterized by warm summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January with an average high temperature of 87 degrees.

The Country - Argentina

With over a million square miles of land, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America and the largest Spanish-speaking country by landmass. The country is divided into 23 provinces, and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation. Each province and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina is a multicultural country with a strong European influence that can be observed in its styles in fashion, cuisine, architecture and design.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Students live with a family in Buenos Aires for six weeks. Living with a host family gives students an excellent opportunity to practice their Spanish and partake in daily life in a local neighborhood. Host families are middle class and live in apartments or small houses in the sity. All live within the Capital Federal District. Other accommodations during the program include small hotels and hostels.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking advantage of any frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. The cost of travel is not included in the program fee. Information about airport pick up will be given at orientation. Students should book airfare to correspond with the arrival and departure dates given by SIT.

Local Transportation

Buenos Aires has public transportation; both buses and a metro system. Taxis are also available in the city for a reasonable price. For excursions out of the area, transportation will be provided for students.


Students must have a 2.5 GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Furthermore, students must have three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, previous coursework and/or other significant preparation in social work, political economy, development studies, or Latin American studies, as assessed by SIT

Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad office that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will not be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred. See the ‘Withdrawal Policy’ below for more information about the related late withdrawal fees.

Program Costs

Students are charged a Program Fee on their Ubill. This charge covers tuition, all educational excursions, and room & board which includes all meals. In addition to the Program Fee, students are assessed a University of Iowa Study Abroad Administrative Fee. Also on the Ubill will be the mandatory Iowa Regents International CISI insurance. 
Other costs include but are not limited to, application fee, round trip airfare to the program site, passport fees, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options. Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

SIT has several scholarships available to University of Iowa students. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. Please visit the SIT Scholarship web site to find out more about their scholarships.

SIT automatically gives students from Big Ten institutions a $1,500 scholarship. There is no application necessary, the credit is automatically credited to your account. SIT offers additional awards that can be found on SIT's webpage.

Pell Grant Recipients will have their application fee waived by SIT, are eligible for additional SIT scholarships, and are competitive candidates for the Department of State's Gilman Scholarship. Please talk to your Study Abroad Advisor for more details.

How to Apply

Schedule and meet with Kristine Djerf, the Study Abroad Advisor for Latin America. Appointments can be set up in person in 1111 UCC or by phone at 319-335-0353. After discussing the program and its requirements, students can then complete the University of Iowa Study Abroad application . Final admissions decisions to the program are made by SIT.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester – February 24
Spring Semester – September 24


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific this program and host countries. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Before Traveling

Students must complete certain documents and activities for the University of Iowa and SIT before leaving for their study abroad experience and these include:
1. Uploading a copy of the information page of their passport to their UI study abroad application.
2. Completing and turning in a copy of their Credit Approval Form.
3. Registering in MyUI for the appropriate study abroad course.
4. Completing SIT Confirmation materials.
5. Finalizing SIT Pre-departure materials.

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