Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Panama City, Panama; Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • Program Terms: March Break
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: March Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
March Break 2019 11/25/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/15/2019 03/24/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
#i18n(14)#
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Pre-requisites: ECN 2300 or ECN 2000, See Below
Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Economics Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

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

UG Uruguay Argentina

Joseph Ricciardi, Associate Professor
Economics Division

March Break 2019

Uruguay & Argentina

Important Dates

Information Session


Information Session Dates

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Trim 201

 

Application Deadlines


Application Opens

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 12:00 PM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday, September, 23, 2018, 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Thursday, September, 27, 2018, 9:00 AM ET 

Rolling Application Deadline

Sunday, November, 25, 2018, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: October - November)


Mandatory Course Dates


No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.

 

Pre-Travel

Pre-Departure Class #1

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Location: TBD

Pre-Departure Orientation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM ET
Location: TBD
 

Pre-Departure Class #2

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Location: TBD

Travel

Course Travel: Friday, March, 15, 2019 (morning) - Sunday, March, 24, 2019 (afternoon)
Class Dates: Saturday, March, 16, 2019 - Saturday, March, 23, 2019

Post-Travel

Post-Travel Class & Presentations
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Location: TBD

Academic Overview

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).

Faculty Video


[Course Video / Brainshark]
 

Course Information


Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts
 

Credits

 4 credits
 

Eligibility

Sophomore, junior, or senior.

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.

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.   


Course Documents


Course Syllabus  |  Sample Itinerary  |  Information Session: Faculty Slides  |  Information Session: Glavin Office & SFS Slides
 

Academic Accommodations


Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics

Location


  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Layover: Panama City, Panama
 

Housing


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.
 

Transportation


International Flight (Included in Program Fee)

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

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: 
  • Babson Campus: Bus To/From Airport
  • Montevideo, Uruguay: Bus from Airport and Bus to BuqueBus Ferry
  • Montevideo, Uruguay -- Buenos Aires, Argentina: BuqueBus Ferry
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Bus from BuqueBus Ferry and Bus to Airport

Considerations

Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.
 

Meals


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, some program lunches, and farewell dinner.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost: $3,300 + Tuition (4 credits) 

Program Fee: $2,800


  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, airport transport, group round-trip flight from Boston to Uruguay/Argentina , ferry transportation from Uruguay to Argentina, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
 

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits


  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall/spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
 

Travel & Meals: $500


  • Estimated Additional Meals: $350
  • Estimated Incidentals: $150
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from the previous year's course.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
  • Visa (if applicable)
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Uruguay and Argentina (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
 

Grants & Scholarships


Contact Information

Lead Faculty


ricciardi  

Professor Joseph Ricciardi

ricciardi@babson.edu
781-239-4530


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.   

 

Program Manager


Alex Nesbeda  

Alex Nesbeda 

anesbeda@babson.edu 
781-239-5244

Alex Nesbeda manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, the United Kingdom, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; graduate Electives Abroad in Italy and Japan; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania.

 

Course Administrator


Larinda Cole  

Larinda Cole

lcole3@babson.edu
781-239-4227 

Larinda Cole is a caring career coach to undergraduate students seeking to make an impact in society with meaningful business careers in retail, marketing, consumer products, and technology. Prior to joining the Center for Career Development team, she served as the director of Experiential Education and Career Services at Newbury College, supporting students and alumni in their career pursuits, and managing the academic internship program and study abroad programs. In addition to supporting students in their career development, she has eight years of experience in several areas of higher education, including teaching as an associate professor in fashion merchandising at Newbury College and as an assistant professor of fashion merchandising at Virginia State University.