|Program Sponsor:||Loyola Marymount University|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Program Type:||Marquette Program||College of Business Students ONLY:||No|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Credit Type:||Transfer Credit|
|Number of Credits:||12+||Courses Available:||College of Arts and Sciences|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|Language Prerequisite:||2 semesters Spanish||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Program Coordinator:||Jessica Lothman|
LMU's signature program in Latin America is located in Córdoba, Argentina. The first LMU study abroad program directly reflecting the Jesuit values and our institutional mission, "Casa Argentina" engages the Ignatian ideal of "well-educated solidarity" on all levels from the types of courses offered to the ways in which students are housed and engage with one another and with host country citizens. In LMU's "Casa Argentina" program, you will spend a semester immersing yourself in the complex social, political, historical reality of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, and challenging yourself to grow and develop as a person for others.
Casa Program Structure
Originally designed by Santa Clara University, "Casa" programs are rooted in four “pillars”: Accompaniment, Academics, Community and Spirituality. Currently there are three programs that have been established in this model and constitute the Casa Network, the original Casa de la Solidaridad program in El Salvador through Santa Clara University as well as Casa Bayanihan through the University of San Francisco. LMU's Casa program offers a rare and transformative opportunity for students to experience praxis, community living, critical analysis and reflection, and spiritual formation in the dynamic city of Córdoba, Argentina.
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How do I know if the LMU Casa Argentina is right for me?
By taking a moment and reading the four pillars of any Casa study abroad opportunity, a student can see the deep intellectual and spiritual commitment needed for this particular type of program.
If you are interested in experiencing a spiritual and intellectual journey, while earning credits overseas in the unique context of Argentina, then LMU's Casa program is right for you!
Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina and the main urban development in the central region of the country. It is surrounded by breathtaking towns, mountains, rivers and lakes only a few kilometers away. This beautiful city has a large student population and is also a major tourist destination because of its fascinating history, impressive landscapes, eye-catching sites and rich culture.
LMU's "Casa Argentina" collaborates with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, which is the oldest private university in Argentina. Founded in 1956 by the Jesuit Order, the traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all UCC programs. As a critical partner with LMU Casa Argentina, students will take coursework from both LMU and UCC faculty. Additionally, UCC has over 9,000 students with whom Casa Argentina students can engage and learn. For a video introduction of the UCC campus, click here.
Argentina is a beautiful and geographically diverse country that offers many opportunities for exploring its breathtaking nature and cosmopolitan cities. The country combines Latin American and European traditions into a distinctive, edgy and captivating culture. With so much to explore throughout Argentina and its neighboring countries, you won’t want to leave!
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include field placement or what we refer to as "praxis site". In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Argentine people. Through this immersive learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices while working to promote human dignity. You will become part of this Argentine community not as a volunteer, but as a learner. Your praxis site will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience. Students typically spend two days a week throughout the semester in their assigned praxis site.
Housing & Meals
Another key element of this program is communal, simple living. Students will be housed in safe, but simple communal situations with one another. This means that students will share bedrooms, have group meals and are likely to conduct many of the daily functions of life (laundry, cleaning, etc.) in simple ways. Each house will also have a "CC" or community coordinator along with other local staff to aid in navigating daily life in Córdoba.
Students will typically take a total of 13 - 17 units (17 units expected for most students), which includes the credit-bearing praxis experience. Some courses will be required and others will be elective in nature. Below is a sample list of the courses that will be offered the initial semester (Fall 2013). Firm course details will be approved and posted by the application deadline in Spring 2013.
THST 398/PSYC 398 (3-4 units)
Contemplatives in Action: Psychology, Sprituality and Liberation
Instructors: Douglas Christie, Ph.D. (LMU, Theological Studies) and Jennifer Abe, Ph.D. (LMU, Psychology)
Praxis Seminar (1 unit)
This course accompanies the time spent at the praxis sites and will help students in processing this unique and impactful experience.
Instructor: Santiago Bunce, M.P.I.A.
Spanish Language* (3-4 units)
POLS 398/ECON 398 (3-4 units)
Poverty in Comparative Perspective
Instructor: Martin Maldonado, Ph. D. (UCC, Political Science)
PHIL 398 (3-4 units)
Philosophy from the Periphery
Instructor: Diego Fonti, Ph. D. (UCC, Philosophy)
For a full list of the course descriptions, please reference: Casa Argentina Course Descriptions for Spring 2014
* While there is no minimum language requirement for this program and the language of instruction is English, participating students will need to have a basic level of conversational Spanish in order to participate in praxis community life. Spanish language abilities will greatly aid in the immersion aspects of this program and as part of the required course load students will take Spanish language courses at the appropriate level. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses at LMU prior to departure or to enroll in online courses. Additionally, there is the option to take intensive courses in July in Córdoba before the start of the program, for an additional fee. Students who possess fluency in Spanish will have the option to replace the language course with another course option (please contact the Faculty Program Directors for more details.)
- LMU tuition
- Program Fee: $5,500 (estimate, subject to change)
Tuition and Program Fee Includes:
- 12 - 18 Semester hours
- Partial meals (two meals per day typically)
- Some transportation
- Program-related retreat (location to be decided)
Estimated Additional Expenses:
- Airfare: $1,700*
- Books: $500
- Misc: $1,200
- Food: $1,000
- Passport/Visa: $300
* LMU will be able to provide travel assistance funds for some LMU students. Further details on this to come throughout Spring 2013.