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Immigration and Identity: Asia in South America

Study Abroad Program Overview

What could be more interesting than a study of Asian contributions to Latin America? This program in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires begins with an exploration of Argentine national identity through its history of immigration from Europe, then explores the comings and goings of Asian populations and the ways in which this has complicated and enriched this identity. 

A week long excursion to Lima, Peru contributes a contrast to further highlight the social and political situation of people of Asian heritage in Argentina. 

Wider study of Asian contributions to societies across the region opens a door to unexplored cultural riches. Works of local artists and authors deepen the understanding of immigration and globalization.​

The program is offered by the University of Buenos Aires, one of the premier institutions of the continent with a specialization in Asian Studies. Excursions to and activities in the city's Chinese and Korean neighborhoods offer an exciting complement to the coursework.

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

 - A course on Spanish language fundamentals is required.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
Mid-August through late November









​In this program all students live in pre-arranged housing with an Argentine host. This homestay includes half-board, breakfast and dinner. Most hosts share the typical late-evening Buenos Aires dinner with students so that Spanish can be spoken in the home on a daily basis. Students can expect to have their own room but shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Wifi is included. 

Your host may be a family, a single mother, an elderly couple, or a young professional. Your host may not be the "typical" family with children living in the home. InSitu organizes the housing choices and screens all hosts. You have a choice between housing with or without a meal plan.

During your trip to Lima, you will spend 5 nights in a 3-star hotel with students in double rooms, including breakfast.


Extracurricular Activities

​The InSitu calendar is filled with all sorts of activities that will help you experience the cultural riches of the capital, many of which are free or at minimal cost. Among the many program opportunities to explore the wider Argentine panorama through excursions are a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay by ferry.
The excitement begins during Orientation week, and as you become more familiar with your new surroundings, you may take advantage of cooking or tango lessons that InSitu offers, participate in a Japanese Ceramic Art class, attend a Chocotorta & Mate workshop, and more. Opportunities to volunteer can also be arranged by InSitu -- these range from "volunteer days" for those that may only want to commit for a few hours at a time, to placements with an organization that would require a regular time commitment over the course of the semester.

Of course visits to the Chinese and Korean neighborhoods will also offer opportunities for interactions at cultural centers, embassies, chambers of commerce, and museum tours. Outings to local markets and restaurants will spice up the program as well.
The International Programs Office at the University of Buenos Aires also sponsors several cultural and social activities to promote the interaction between domestic and international students. Students are encouraged to attend the art exhibits, seminars, and social activities offered by the different academic units and student center. Volunteer opportunities also exist through the student group Acción Social.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. On this program UCEAP students have a range of support providers. The staff at InSitU is available to help you integrate into the culture of Buenos Aires and provide assistance with course registration, housing, safety, and other issues. Academic support is provided by both the UBA and the UC Faculty Director in Chile who will visit periodically and be available via e-mail.

​See the UCEAP Progr​am Guide (coming soon) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.

Course Opportunities

The University of Buenos Aires Facultad de Ciencias Sociales hosts a number of Asian specialists, and UCEAP has worked with these professors to create this amazing program.

After you arrive, there will be a week of Orientation activities and Spanish language instruction provided by InSitu. Next you will be introduced to the four content courses that will be offered by the UBA. All of the courses include related activities outside of the classroom. 

All students take four upper division content courses in addition to the lower division Spanish instruction:


All content courses are cross-listed as Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Sociology and are worth 4.5 quarter/3.0 semester units of UC credit. The Spanish course is worth 3.0 quarter/2.0 semester units of UC credit.

Use the following resources to learn about UCEAP courses:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog provides descriptions for each of the courses listed above
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester units of UC credit; five courses.​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Opportunities for internships and independent research for academic credit are not available on this program.

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Homestay lodging with 2 meals per day
  • Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Guided trips to museums, an estancia, a tango show and other cultural sites
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • On-site orientation
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: