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BSBA South America Multi-Country Semester, Emerging Economies (Argentina & Chile)
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cusco, Peru; Montevideo, Uruguay; Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
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Spring 2019 05/31/2018
Rolling Admission 02/11/2019 05/17/2019

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Liz Shabani
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BSBA South America Multi-Country Semester Abroad
Buenos Aires, Argentina & Santiago, Chile
  This multi-location interdisciplinary program offers a unique comparative perspective of two of the most notable emerging economies in South America: Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program begins with orientation in Buenos Aires, where the first half of the program is held, followed by an Academic Study Tour to Montevideo, Uruguay. Upon completion of the first half of the program students will participate on a week-long, course-related trip to Peru, followed by the second half of the program in Santiago. Learn about the accelerated pace of globalization and economic growth in these markets while experiencing two very different cultures, complete with their own distinct institutions, laws, and business practices and cultures. Both serve as models for both the pitfalls and opportunities surrounding economies in transition within the global marketplace.  
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. Sophomores may be considered for this program. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. Spanish 201 preferred but not required. Students who do not have Spanish 201 prior to departure will be required to take Spanish on-site. Students who do have Spanish 201 prior to departure are not required to take a Spanish language class in country.

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Spring February 11-May 17, 2019

The academic programming on this course is blended between existing course offerings through our academic partner, IES, with students through other universities in the US as well as courses designed and offered to Olin students only. There are three required courses: During the semester you will take three required courses in addition to choosing content courses from IES. The required courses are Emerging Economies: Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of the Causes, Consequences, and Challenges in Argentina & Chile, runs the entire semester across both locations. The course not only provides the overall framework of the program, but also includes a mock consulting project to help you put to practical use what you are learning in and outside the classroom. During the semester you will also take the South American Study Tour Course and MEC292 Macro/Global Economy.

Required courses:
  • Emerging Economies Core Course, B99 301, General Business Elective (4 credits, taught across locations)
  • Global Economy, MEC 292 (3 credits, taught in Chile)
  • B99 South America Study Tour (1.5 credits, taught across locations with Study Tour in Montevideo, Uruguay)
Additional units (2019), choose one class in Argentina and one class in Chile:
  • Economic Development in Argentina & Latin America, L99 301, General Upper Level 300 credit (3 credits, taught across both locations)
  • Contemporary Argentine History: Politics and Culture in the Construction of a National Identity, L99 301B , Behavioral Analysis (3 credits, Argentina)
  • Business Strategies in Latin America, B99 301, General Business Elective (4 credits, Argentina)
  • Economics Transformation in Chile from the late 20th into the 21st Century, L99 301, General Upper Level 300 credit (3 credits, Chile)
  • Chile: Sustainability and Business, L99 301 S, Science Distribution and Elective toward Social Impact Minor (3 credits, Chile)
  • Chile, History and Culture: A Comprehensive Understanding of the Chilean Idiosyncrasy, L99 301 I, International Studies (4 credits, Chile) 
South American Study Tour
All students on this program participate on the South American Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The SAST serves as a introduction to doing business in South American markets as well as local business environments. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. While studying in Buenos Aires, students will participate in a three day trip to neighboring Montevideo, Uruguay where you will participate in company visits and cultural activities. While on the program in Peru you will also have the opportunity to meet with local business professionals.  These will be supplemented with company visits both in BA and Santiago.  There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program.
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Spreading nearly 3,000 miles down the backbone of South America, Argentina is a vast country with many ecosystems—lush subtropical jungle, vast grasslands, and stony, sub-Antarctic Patagonia—that draw Eco tourists from all over the world. Not to mention that as an ideal location for study abroad, Argentina offers world-class cities, a multitude of cultures, and immersive learning opportunities.

Santiago, Chile
With a population of more than 5 million people, Santiago is both the capital of Chile and its largest city. The city will be your classroom and you won’t just observe the Chilean people but live like one when you explore the vibrant craft markets; enjoy Chilean cuisine like asado Chileno, paila marina, and almejas a la Parmesana; and visit local photography, sculpture, and paintings at Galería AFA and other nearby museos.
  Housing:  Students will live in homestays with a señora or family in both Buenos Aires and Santiago. In both cities your homestay hosts provides 2 meals a day.

Student Life:  Even though your adventure starts in Buenos Aires and Santiago, the course-related trip to Peru, Uruguay, and in-country trips are designed to help you discover culture and traditions of your host countries and beyond.  This program includes the opportunity to participate in day excursions outside the city, cultural activities such as cooking and language exchanges, and more!  

On-Site Support: IES, Olin's Academic Partner, works with students from the inquiry phase to post-program. They are able to provide 24/7 on-site emergency support as well as offer helpful tips on how to spend your weekends.

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses. 

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, 1 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. An on-site orientation in each city will also be on offer once students arrive. The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to the structure of the program and what to expect. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, and explore the city. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. You will delve into local culture through activities to help you make the most of your new surroundings. Upon your arrival in the second city, your two-day orientation after arrival will include topics such as academic courses, housing, transportation, and health and safety, as well as a city tour.
Visas & Immigration: In the past, neither Argentine nor Chile required U.S. citizens to obtain a visa as you will be in each location for less than 90 days. However, a valid passport is required and immigration law is always changing; students must research the most current immigration requirements. If you are not a U.S. national, you may need a visa.  

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change. 

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