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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • Program Terms: March Break
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: March Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: UG Junior, UG Senior, UG Sophomore
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Pre-requisites: ECN 2300 or ECN 2000, See Below
Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Economics Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:

ECN 3677 Regional Economies-Prospects and Tensions in
Latin America's Southern Cone


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Joe Ricciardi, Associate Professor
Economics Division





Quick Facts


Information Session
(See below for Information Session Presentation)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00PM-6:00PM
Location: Trim 201
Application Deadline Initial Application: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:59pm EST
Rolling Application: Sunday, October 24, 2017, 11:59pm EST
Final Application: Sunday, November 26, 2017, 11:59pm EST
Course Dates  
-- Pre-Travel Session 1 - Academic Session
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Luksic 101

Session 2 - Pre-departure Orientation Session
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location: Luksic 101

Session 3 - Academic Session
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Luksic 101
-- Travel Friday, March 16, 2018 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
-- Post-Travel Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: TBA


Open to Sophomore, Junior or Senior students.  Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course. See pre-requisites below.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $1,800
Airfare (Group): $1,300
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.

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Program Overview


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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the Latin American business environment, with special focus on Uruguay and Argentina. In Uruguay, we explore the dilemmas of the country’s contrasting development opportunities, promoting tourism and sustainable enterprise built on its natural beauty, while pressured to accept environmentally threatening extractive industry investments in mining, pulp, and petroleum. Additional themes include environmental and water rights debates, regional infrastructure investment, and review of South-South trade initiatives.

In Argentina, we examine the country’s emergence from the volatile swings of agricultural commodity booms, international debt, and financial turbulence. We explore the challenges of the recently elected Macri government to promote economic development through entrepreneurial initiative directed by market fundamentals.  What happens when entreprenuers design government policy and roll back the state?

In addition we examine regional e-business competition, the “Tango” as a cultural artifact of early economic development, concluding with an appraisal of the region’s prospects in the wake of the adversity of a global financial crisis.  We will explore these Southern Cone economies through extensive country site visits and classroom sessions at host institutions, Universidad ORT (Uruguay) and Universidad San Andrès (Argentina).

Information Session - Application & Selection Process Presentation

Click this link for more details on the academic and cultural course content - Prof. Riccardi's Info Session PowerPoint Slides 
Click this link for the details on the application, selection and placement process for this course - Info Session - Application Process.pdf

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Program Details


4 credits, Advanced Liberal Arts


Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina


Open to Sophomore, Junior or Senior students.  Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course.

Course Pre-Requisites

While there are no prerequisites, preference will be given to those who have already taken SME2031 – Microeconomics, and/or are currently enrolled or have taken ECN2000 – Macroeconomics.   

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Housing & Transportation


All students will travel on group air ticket Boston, MA --> Montevideo, Uruguay/Buenos Aires, Argentina --> Boston, MA

Arrival Airport Code

MVD (arrival)
EZE (departure)

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Financial Considerations

Financial Summary

Program Fee $1,800
Airfare (Group) $1,300
Tuition Included in spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information
Billable subtotal:   $3,100
Estimated Additional Meals $575
Estimated Incidentals $150
Visa (if applicable) See notes below
Non-billable subtotal:   $725
Total:   $3,825

Program Fee and Airfare

Program fee  and group international airfare is paid to Glavin Office, program fee includes accommodations, breakfast, airport transfers US & Uruguay/Argentina, group ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. Not included: visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.  

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of 4/1/2017) and reflect corporate rate estimates.  These estimates are generally higher than student's needs, however, expenses vary with individual spending.

All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Uruguay/Argentina before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

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Faculty Information

Joe Ricciardi photo Prof. Ricciardi taught in the economics department for the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas, the Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Venezuela. His research interests include monetary economics, the history of economic thought, and Latin American economic development. He has worked as a research economist in Peru, Central America, and Venezuela, and consulted for the Central Bank of Nicaragua. He was also a William R. Dill International Faculty Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela.   
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Contact Information

Program Manager


Elise Beaudin Joseph Ricciardi
(781)239-4482 (781)239-4530

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I decided to take part in this course because I am very interested in Latin America. I had many questions about the area ranging from economics to culture that I wanted answered. Needless to say, Professor Ricciardi and the OIP created a course which provided me with a wide base of knowledge linked to this area. As part of the course, you are able to experience the culture of the country while learning how it's history and political landscape have effected its business environment. We met with many intellectuals who were able to shed light on many of the topics we were not well versed in. This provided substantial learning and an experience that was well worth my time.
     — Andrew Darling, March Break 2013

This program is currently not accepting applications.