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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Academic Term Early Fall, 2018
August 17 – September 14, 2018; Students will be abroad August 26-September 7, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3,650
Credits 6 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Joan Bleecker; Anaid Yerena
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions January 18, 2018 5:00-6:00pm in TPS 110
January 19, 2018 3:30-4:30pm in TPS 110
Also available by appointment. Contact or to make an appointment. 
General Check out the Buenos Aires program video to learn more about the program, or read about a past participant's experiences here
Visas Travel visa to Argentina is not required for US citizens. If you are an international student, contact ASAP. 

Program Description

The program will immerse participants in the urban landscape of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Using site visits, guest lectures, and group activities, students will be exposed to the city’s current political, economic and cultural reality. During this hybrid program, students will be on campus for two weeks and in Argentina for two weeks acquiring a broad knowledge base of the evolving environmental, economic, political, cultural, and social forces that reverberate through the city in current global and neoliberal times.

This urban field course is based in a metropolitan area. Examines urban problems, issues, and developments through site visits, presentations by local experts, and student research and reports. Includes visits to U.S. and foreign cities. Topics vary, depending on city visited. The specific content of this course includes two weeks of intensive field study and data gathering in Buenos Aires and one week of data gathering in Tacoma. Additionally, students will complete relevant readings and conduct an independent comparative analysis project.

As co-directors Dr. Joan Bleecker and Dr. Anaid Yerena organized and designed this course. Both have been to Buenos Aires on two previous occasions to coordinate the program and connect with local partners. During the program both Dr. Bleecker and Dr. Yerena will teach introductory research design methods. Both instructors will also advise, supervise, and grade students’ research projects. Since both instructors speak Spanish and have experience in Buenos Aires, they will serve equally as cultural guides and academic leads. Dr. Bleecker & Dr. Yerena’s expertise in research design in different fields (the former in Chemistry and the latter in Architecture and Urban Studies) offer students the possibility of engaging in a broad range of environmental, political, cultural and social research projects.

Highlights include: Independent data collection through observations and mapping. Living in a walkable, interconnected, new urbanist neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Cultural exchange with local non-profit and advocacy leaders. Site visits to major urban nodes within the city.



Buenos Aires, Argentina


Buenos Aires, an urban area also referred to as the “Paris of South America,” is the ideal setting for students to learn about and experience fieldwork. Buenos Aires, which sprawls over 78 square miles (202 square kilometers) and has a population of about three million, is a combination of distinct, fascinating communities. Furthermore, Buenos Aires is a port city that went through a boom, then an economic downturn, and now is experiencing a resurgence along with massive cultural, political and environmental changes. This context serves as the ideal case study for students to learn lessons from, providing ample research topics that would be relevant to someone from our region. For example, previous students interested in environmental topics studied the remediation of El Riachuelo River (near La Boca), students interested in LGBT concerns, studied how gender and sexual minority (GSM) women experienced marginalization in GSM-spaces (in San Telmo), while students interested in architecture and art explored public art and the juxtaposition of newer and older buildings (Recoleta and Palermo). Given the city’s affordable and accessible public transportation system, students are able to independently navigate and explore the city’s contrasting neighborhoods to complete their data collection.


Centrally located shared accommodations will be contracted for students. There will be no more than 4 students per room.

Field Trips

Furthermore, during the organized site visits, all students will walk through and learn about the city’s oldest neighborhoods such as La Boca (old port) and San Telmo (downtown) and the newer Recoleta, Palermo and Puerto Madero (new port). Adapted from: National Geographic.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



6 UW Credits


TURB 379: Field Experience in Buenos Aires - 6 credits

Through site visits, guest lectures, and group activities students will be exposed to the urban context of Buenos Aires. Students will explore the environmental, political, social, economic, and cultural facets of the city.

The overarching substantive goal is to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of and think more critically about urban contexts in Latin America, specifically, Buenos Aires. In doing so, students will also:
1. Understand the environmental, economic, political, cultural and social forces that affect the urban landscape of
Buenos Aires; 2. Reflect on the similarities and differences between the American and U.S. urban contexts; 3. Design and implement a research project; 4. Conduct data gathering site visits; and 5. Present their findings in a group setting.



Anaid Yerena 

Anaid Yerena holds degrees from the Universidad de Monterrey (B.Arch.) and University of California, Irvine (M.U.R.P. & Ph.D.). As an architect, planner, and researcher she is interested in the public participation processes and activities related to housing and community development. Her research has a strong community-based component that provides knowledge to advocate for and empower disefranchised groups. As an undergraduate at the Universidad de Monterrey,  Mexico, she coordinated the development of the first Master Plan for the City of Montemorelos. She worked on the technical aspects of the Plan and set up a forum and interviews with local residents, these activities were crucial to building support for the Plan’s approval and implementation. While completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Irvine, she conducted research for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation assessing potential housing sites for extremely low-income households in Long Beach, California. Her current and future research interests fall within the domain of affordable housing policy in the U.S. and Latin America. These interests branch into two major topics, the development of housing (process and stakeholders, emerging models, and design) and locational choice of housing (both the specific siting of projects and individuals’ choices). As a secondary area of research, she is interested in the emerging field of e-government. Her academic background, professional experience, and cross-cultural and bilingual sensitivities, all inspire her teaching approach. Her aim is to provide opportunities to students in the classroom and communities to learn about collective action and community development in cities around the world. By promoting reflection on culture and context, Dr. Yerena hopes to encourage students to remember how their backgrounds enrich their own and others’ learning experiences and professional careers. She teaches: Introduction to Urban Planning, Statistics for Urban Analysis, Housing Policy, and Research Design.

Joan Bleecker

Joan Bleecker holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington Seattle campus. She is thrilled to continue her relationship with the University of Washington as a chemistry lecturer at UW Tacoma’s School of Disciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Before starting graduate school, Dr. Bleecker taught English in rural China, which helped her develop creativity, flexibility, and open-mindedness. As an instructor at UW Tacoma, she was part of the 2016 Buenos Aires study abroad program.  

Dr. Bleecker’s teaching goals include students 1) using intuition to understand chemical concepts, 2) observing how chemistry relates to the natural world, 3) working collaboratively and asking for help, and 4) using assessment to improve performance.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,650

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,800)
  • Food (about $27/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 12, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the the Office of Financial Aid
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities. 

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.