The Emory Summer Program in Buenos Aires provides students with an understanding of Latin America and its cities using Buenos Aires as a model. By creating the opportunity to live in Buenos Aires, the program immerses students in the culture of one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan, and diverse urban centers in South America. Students gain a vivid understanding of the specifics of Spanish American societies as they enter into a learning experience in which the academic aspect of the program dovetails with the student’s day-to-day life in the city.
The format of the program follows a two-pronged approach in which theory and practice intersect, thereby refining the quality of learning outcomes that cultural immersion experiences often afford to its participants. In the mornings, students typically attend their classes. In the afternoons, Emory faculty lead a wide array of guided activities throughout the city.
In this way, students first learn from program faculty in every classroom session, and then participate in cultural excursions outside of the classroom designed to complement in-class content by directly coming into contact with what is happening every day in the city. This philosophy of taking the class to the real world gives students invaluable hands-on experience, its goal being allowing students to reflect on the interaction between the course content and what they see in Buenos Aires.
By interacting with Emory faculty and Argentina-based scholars, students experience multiple registers across the Spanish language in its academic variant. This student-centered pedagogical approach is further supplemented by the students’ daily contact with their Argentine host families and friends, who help students improve their fluency in the informal Spanish normally spoken in Buenos Aires.