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Human Rights and Cultural Memory, Buenos Aires & Santiago

Study Abroad Program Overview

Divide your fall semester between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile with a week in between to explore any place at all in South America! The program offers ​​fascinating instruction that is very specific to these locations in addition to many opportunities to interact with these exciting cities.
Fast-track your knowledge of South America in this unique comparative program that provides two contrasting perspectives on human rights and recent social developments. Of course you will learn about the dictatorships that led both Argentina and Chile during the 1970 and 80s, but more interesting is the contrast in the ways that these governments were replaced, and the philosophies and politics of these nations around human rights, truth, and justice. ​
Enjoy other contrasts as well. In Buenos Aires your classes will be in at the elite Torcuato Di Tella University in this very European-feeling city. In Santiago, you will find the Alberto Hurtado University in a more working-class neighborhood, and the local population will be more diverse in many ways. The settings are different but both cities are amazing!​​​​​

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

​Spanish language instruction will be available to students at each location.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
Fall :  
​late August to mid-December









​​​In both Argentina and Chile, housing will be prearranged for you. In Buenos Aires all the hosts are in great neighborhoods and are carefully selected by InSitu and UCEAP. Most students have enjoyed their placements and given them high ratings!  In Chile, homestay placements are done by the longstanding UCEAP Study Center in a range of families around the capital who have experience with UC students. More information on housing.

Extracurricular Activities

​The cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago offer countless opportunities for social and cultural activities during the evenings and weekends. In addition, a variety of excursions around each city make up part of the coursework for the program.

On-site Support

​​​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UCEAP Faculty Director and experienced on-site staff help students integrate into each location’s culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.  
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about the host institution, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

This multi-site program in Argentina and Chile invites you to explore topics of human rights and cultural memory by weaving ​interdisciplinary courses into cultural activities. Classes and excursions are designed to provide you with historical context for the transition of two very different societies while also enhancing your understanding of present-day socio-political conditions and their impact on memory, culture, and the reestablishment of justice.
The program begins in Buenos Aires at the Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) and then moves to Santiago to the Alberto Hurtado University (UAH). All students take an intensive short course in Argentina on Spanish language grammar and vocabulary specific to topics covered on the program. Each site then offers two unique core courses as noted below. 
Five courses are required for the program:
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Five courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units are required on this program.​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Internships for academic credit are not possible on this program.

Buenos Aires / Santiago Multi-City Program

Buenos Aires - Santiago Multi-City Program

Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires

Founded in 1991, the Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) is a young, research-based institution that has rapidly become one of the most prestigious private universities in Argentina. The university is located in the neighborhood of Belgrano, an attractive urban area surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods, close to the commercial center. Students easily commute to school by subway, commuter train, or bus. The new campus is equipped with modern classrooms, library, computer lab, study rooms, student lounge, gym/sports fields, a cafeteria, and a café.

The Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago

An institution founded by the Jesuit Order, the Alberto Hurtado University (UAH), specializes in producing knowledge towards the elimination of poverty and inequality. The university is well known and well respected within the Chilean academic community for its commitment to social justice and its programs in the social sciences and the humanities. The UAH's particular academic focus on combining scientific investigation with concepts of public service brings a unique perspective to the understanding of human rights and cultural memory, examining the connections between the rights violations and their connection to social politics, as well as the cultural practices particular to Chile.
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. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • 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: