Study Argentina’s social movements and the country’s past and current struggles to guarantee human rights for its diverse populations.
- Visit grassroots organizations fighting for human rights and social welfare.
- Hone your Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills through homestays and classroom and field instruction.
- Participate in community service work.
- Get a firsthand look at Argentina’s prolific and dynamic social movements from your base in the vibrant capital city of Buenos Aires.
- Talk with workers taking on factory bosses, peasants fighting to maintain their livelihood, and indigenous communities organizing to retain their land, identity, and natural resources.
- Study at one of the top think tanks in Latin America, the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES).
- Travel for three weeks throughout Argentina, including trips to Patagonia, the northwestern region, and the vibrant city of Rosario in the province of Santa Fe.
- Choose to intern with a local organization, social movement, university, research organization or NGO or conduct independent research.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.
The ISP is conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location. You will integrate different components of the program as you conduct an in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization. The ISP is an opportunity to build a solid foundation for further research for a senior thesis, Fulbright fellowship, or graduate school.
- Labor rights
- Environmental rights and neo-extractivism
- Memory and memorialization
- Indigenous rights and community
- Art as a tool for social transformation
- Issues of identity
- Women’s rights
- LGBTQI and human rights in Argentina
SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.
The organizations that partner with the program are well known in the fields of human rights, politics and social work. They have agreed to host interns because they know that SIT students, who bring an external point of view, can contribute to a better understanding of the internal and social issues that affect the organization.
Sample Internship Sites:
- Collaborating with NGO Human Rights projects
- Participating in local Human Rights campaigns
- Assisting in public institutions or NGO related to gender, environmental problems, indigenous communities, migration, discrimination, racism, education, social economy, etc.
Key Topics of Study
- The international system of human rights protection
- The relationship between social movements and human rights, from theoretical and applied perspectives
- Social movements and human rights organizations in Latin America and Argentina
- Argentina’s political, economic, and social history
- Neoextractivism and neodevelopmentalism, including territory and environmental rights, and anti-mining movements.
- Urban, peasant, and indigenous social movements in northern Argentina, and the differences between and similarities with other Argentine and Latin American social movements.
- Environmental and anti-mining movements, social movements and social economy, political participation, demonstrations and youth organizations, popular education, identity, and diversity in social movements
- Human rights through the lenses of gender, discrimination and racism, migration, state violence, education, right to communication, the right to urbanization, and reproductive health
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
Social Movements and Human Rights
Current Program Information
From its diverse immigrant organization of the late nineteenth century through the populist Peronismo decades to the late twentieth-century military regime in which tens of thousands lost their lives, Argentine history is replete with heroic struggles against impunity, economic disenfranchisement and social exclusion. The twenty-first century continues this pattern; since the country's recent economic crisis, a variety of social movements have worked toward creating new means of achieving economic advancement along with social justice.
The vibrant city of Buenos Aires, home to many Argentine activist groups and human rights organizations, will be the program headquarters. From the capital, you will travel the length and breadth of the nation, visiting with social activists, local scholars, indigenous leaders, environmental advocates, rural organizers, and others who will share their struggles, hopes, and dreams for their community, nation, and world.