September 30, 2011
Last summer, under the direction of Alina
Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., St. John’s University brought
its successful Study Abroad Program to Argentina.
The program included an intense study of the language, literature,
and culture of this expansive South American country. Among its
main attractions were visits to Buenos Aires, Corrientes,
Montevideo, Iguaçu Falls and the Argentine Pampas.
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Buenos Aires is known
for its elegant architecture, trendy fashion and vibrant blend of
European and Latin American culture. Students explored picturesque
neighborhoods and modern wonders, strengthening their Spanish
language skills as they soaked up the history and culture of this
In addition to their studies, students viewed exhibits at
several local museums, and discussed renowned Argentinean cultural
figures such as Jorge Luis Borges. They attended a
performance in the famous Teatro
Colón, saw plays, and enjoyed the wonderful cuisine
offered by this diverse country.
While visiting Corrientes, a province in the north of Argentina,
students toured the city and surrounding areas, took a ride on the
Paraná River, visited local theatres, museums and the beautiful
Iguaçu Falls. At both locations, the students heard lectures from
prominent Argentinean scholars, including Dr. Noé
Jitrik, of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Dr.
Angel Rodríguez, President of the Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata.
"Student Wendy Urena called the program an “extraordinary
experience.” She added, “I highly recommend this program to any
student interested in immersing themselves in the culture and
heritage of a foreign country. It was the experience of a
“Argentina offers spectacular natural landscapes such as Iguazu
Falls, the expansive beauty of Las Pampas, and its winding rivers.
The diverse cultures of Buenos Aires are reflected in its majestic
architecture, grandiose theaters (such as Teatro Colon), numerous
museums and exquisite cuisine. Argentina was an unforgettable
"Argentina is a diverse country with which it is easy to fall in
love. Buenos Aires is a growing cosmopolitan center that maintains
its historic roots. One can visit museums, see plays, operas,
traditional dances, while simultaneously exploring the vibrant
night life. There are excellent restaurants all over the city to
choose from. During my time there, I sampled Argentine, Italian,
Middle Eastern, Uruguayan and Spanish cuisine."
"I possess a deep appreciation for Spanish language, culture,
literature and dance, and was grateful to be a part of the
Argentina study abroad program. We enjoyed meaningful conversations
during class and interacted with locals and travelers from
different cultures and backgrounds. I learned a great deal from Dr.
Camacho and Dr. Noé Jitrik at the University of Buenos Aires, and
Rector Angel Rodríguez at the Universidad de la Plata in
Corrientes. Some of the many highlights of the program were the
trips to Café Tortoni for a Tango show, a visit to the Borges
Exhibition, Iguazú Falls and the Santa Ana Mission in Missiones. I
left Argentina with a pair of Tango shoes, a craving for empanadas,
malbec, alfajores, and the passion to read more amazing
Iberoamerican literature. I am ready to eat and dance my way back
"Studying abroad in Argentina was the best decision I ever
made. I spent the most amazing three weeks with a group of
great people in a country with much to offer. It’s amazing to study
an author while in his home country, visit his home, and see
firsthand the sights he describes. It was such an enriching
experience — one that gave me a better understanding of the world
we live in."