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  • Locations: Asuncion, Paraguay; Montevideo, Uruguay; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2023 01-APR-2023
Rolling Admission 24-AUG-2023 06-DEC-2023

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Internship, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Foreign Affairs, Global Studies, History, Independent Study, Internship, Latin American Studies, Minority Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:


SIT Study Abroad Argentina: Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.

Examine the social and economic development strategies of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.


While the countries of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) share some economic and social realities, they are more disparate than alike. Argentina and Brazil both have large economies with changing social policies within politically polarized societies. Paraguay and Uruguay are smaller economies with different socio-economic models and development and social policies. You’ll spend time in all four countries to understand their similarities, differences, and transnational processes.

Begin the program in Buenos Aires, attending lectures at IDES (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social), and interacting with politicians, economists, and grassroots community leaders. Then excursions to Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, will expand your knowledge of the region’s history, including memories of human rights violations; political and economic changes; the role of grassroots movements; and the economic, cultural, and social aspects of regional integration.

Develop Spanish language skills related to social sciences and development through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions. Finally, customize the program by choosing an internship with a nonprofit or an independent research project in Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


  • Changing Social and Political issues in four MERCOSUR countries
  • Top-Down Transnational process, including state-led integration
  • Grass roots movements and transnational process
  • Comparative theory and development practice from multiple perspectives


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.





SIT SouthConeRegionSouthern Cone: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change

Current Program Information

With the creation of MERCOSUR (Mercado CommĂșn del Sur/Southern Common Market), the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay formalized their support for regional integration in the context of global competition. Along with the challenges of economic integration, this region - renowned for political and economic policy shifts - also faces profound social consequences.

From your program base in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, you travel to the four member nations of MERCOSUR - each country serving as a distinct "lens" with which to examine its unique role and approach toward the development and social integration of the Southern Cone region. Lectures on each country's political history and economic structure are augmented with field visits that explore relevant issues such as GuaranĂ­ culture, social movements, alternative development, and participatory democracy. A visit to MERCOSUR headquarters in Uruguay further increases your understanding of the diverse and interdependent character of this influential region.

This program is currently not accepting applications.