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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Colonia, Uruguay; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Purmamarca, Argentina; Salta, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Historical Study, GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: History Program Features: Research
Ohio State Program Contact: Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Program Description:
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Program Global Hotspots tab 1

This program is scheduled to be offered again in May 2020. 

This program will highlight one of the "Global Hotspots" of the Early Modern World, Buenos Aires. Hotspot cities such as Buenos Aires served as key centers of economic exchange, imperial expansion and culture influence that shaped the emerging modern world we live in. These "hotspots" attracted diverse populations and connected empires with broad colonial regions and served as hubs of international trading networks.

Participants will learn how indigenous groups shaped colonial society, how global forces pushed Argentina toward revolution, and how race, class, and immigration affected politics and nation-building, past and present.

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Poised at the intersection of Atlantic and Pacific trade routes, Buenos Aires served as a key port for Spain's American empire in the 18th century. Goods from Europe poured into the Americas through Buenos Aires, and silver from mines in Peru flowed out to customers in Asia and well as back to Spain. Because of this centrality, along with its indigenous populations, Buenos Aires attracted an extremely diverse immigrant stream and reflected more European, African, and Asian cultural diversity than perhaps any other city in the Spanish empires. 

Today, Buenos Aires has a with a population of 13 million and is the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. Located in the fertile plains of Argentina, next to the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is well known for its cultural diversity and dynamic atmosphere. The modern Buenos Aires seamlessly complements old world architecture and the energy of a vibrant cosmopolitan city. 

This program will also fly to Salta for a long weekend excursion which will show a different landscape filled with mountains. The region is home to the unique pre-Inca sites, museums, and other historically significant locations.


Students will stay in local shared hotel rooms.

Resident Directors

Dr. Margaret Newell

Education Abroad Specialist

Tiffany R. Pierskalla
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Courses and Credit Global Hotspots tab 2

Through the course, students will learn about the emergence and history of the centers that connected Old and New Worlds and that served as places of innovation in commerce, political structures, and ideas. Students in the class will obviously benefit from this exciting international travel experience and exposure, as well as acquire new depth of knowledge about the history of global interconnectedness. 

Participants in this program will gain knowledge about the origins of global trade, the competition amount rising nation-states, the unequal relations between centers and peripheries, and the pathway to economic development that colonial regions followed. This will build a great foundation to better understand the present day world and development economics. Students will come to understand the ways in which diverse migrations shaped cities, how European influences met with indigenous and Asian influences to create new hybrid cultures and modes of urban living. 

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of History 3798.04 for the 4 Week Session 1 term (formally "May session"). This course can be counted for the following General Education requirements: GE History, GE Education Abroad Open Option, GE Diversity.

This course will meet both on Columbus's OSU campus before and afterward the travel portion in Argentina. Please make sure you check the dates below for specific dates.



Application Requirement Global Hotspots tab 3

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply.

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs Global Hotspots tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes accommodations abroad, breakfast, some meals, local transportation, in-country excursion-related flights, excursions, entry fees and supplemental insurance. It does not cover passport, international airfare, some meals, visa (if necessary), and personal expenses.

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please refer to Summer 2018's budget sheet of this program for the full estimated cost of this program.  2019's program budget sheet will be available in the fall. 


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions

  • TBD November
  • TBD December


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/18/2018
Rolling Admission 05/09/2018 05/27/2018
NOTE: Students must attend class on Columbus campus both before and after the travel portion of this program in order to participate.
May 2 - 4, 2018 (Columbus)
May 10 - 26, 2018 (Argentina) May 9 and May 27 are estimated travel dates to travel to and from US
June 1 and June 4, 2018 (Columbus)

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.