IFSA AUP - Human Rights: Genocide

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
What does this mean?

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About AUP - Human Rights: Genocide

Argentina is recognized worldwide for their policies in defense of human rights. Study with Professor Daniel Feierstein, advisor to the U.N. and Director of the Center for Genocide Studies while you intern in organizations of critical importance to the search for truth and justice. Be part of history as it is being made.

AUP - Human Rights: Genocide Benefits

  • Gain valuable experience working at an internship with a non-governmental organization (NGO) such as Madres Plaza de Mayo or Amnesty International that is dedicated to fight for human rights
  • Participate in a study visit to historical locations such as the Ex ESMA and the Olimpo, Parque de la Memoria, as well as to the Bachillerato Popular Mocha Celis, the first public high school designed for transsexual and transgendered students
  • Take specially designed program courses taught by world-renowned experts who will guide you on a journey to examine the Argentine genocide experience
  • Enroll in integrated university classes with local degree-seeking students
  • Convenient access to a dynamic city with unlimited things to see and do
  • Take the opportunity to improve your Spanish in a vibrant location
  • Explore areas such as Colonia and Uruguay during an organized excursion with other program participants

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at AUP – Human Rights: Genocide

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the AUP - Human Rights: Genocide Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

These required courses comprise the main curriculum for the Human Rights: Genocide program (3 U.S. semester credits each): 
  • Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture: The objective of this mandatory program class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken.
  • Human Rights in Argentina: The course is divided into three units and comprises theoretical contents of genocide studies. The first unit covers racist thought and its modern articulation, historization of genocidal social practices, analysis of juridical and sociological human rights and genocide definitions. The second unit is focused on the historical experience of Argentina and the genealogy of the Argentine genocide experience, the 1976 military coup, the transition to democracy, the military junta trials, impunity laws, amnesty and the fight against impunity. Finally, the current human rights situation in Argentina is analyzed by examining the heritage of the fight against impunity, economic and social rights, police violence, the penal system, and the anti-discriminatory fight.
  • Human Rights Research Methodology Seminar: The course is a workshop with students' active participation. Human Rights Methodology Seminar (Fieldwork Component): The course is part of the fieldwork component and includes a workshop with a final paper. The first 8 classes will be theoretical-practical seminars to consider the main steps and basic tools used to undertake empirical research. Each session will link to a particular moment in the research process, so that students may clarify any doubts arising at each juncture and write their dissertation gradually. The two remaining meetings provide students with personalized assistance in preparing their fieldwork and writing their final dissertation (structuring, wording, data analysis and conclusions).
The Human Rights: Genocide program combines those specialized IFSA courses with Argentine university courses taken alongside local, degree-seeking students. Please see the information below for a list of departments that are open to you. While course descriptions may be found online, actual course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester. If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, or you are having trouble navigating a university's website, contact your program advisor for assistance.

Also, keep in mind:

  • Yearlong courses (anual) are open only to students who plan on taking both semesters of the course.
  • 1 semestre (S1) or cuatrimestre is equal to U.S. spring semester.
  • 2 semestre (S2) or cuatrimestre is equal to U.S. fall semester.

Universidad Católica Argentina

  1. Click here to access UCA's online course catalog.
  2. Select a subject of interest (i.e. Ciencias Politicas). Make sure to only select subjects from the section titled "Carerras de Grado, Buenos Aires."
  3. Next, click on "Ver el detalle del Plan de estudios" to obtain a list of courses.

The following UCA departments are open to IFSA students:

  • Facultad de Ciencias Políticas: Ciencia Política and Relaciones Internacionales
  • Facultad de Filosofía y Letras: Literatura, Historia and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Psicología y Educación: Psicología, Psicopedagogía and Educación
  • Instituto de Comunicación Social, Periodismo y Publicidad: Publicidad and Periodismo

Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

  1. Click here to access UBA-CS's online course catalog.
  2. Departments are listed in the header at the top of the page. Double click on the department where you would like to take classes (i.e. Ciencias Politicas).**
  3. Next, select "Académicas."
  4. Click on "Programas" to view a list of courses.
  5. If available, you can obtain syllabus by clicking on the document icon corresponding to the correct academic year.

The following UBA-CS departments are open to IFSA students: Sociología, Ciencia política, Ciencias de la Comunicación, Relaciones del Trabajo, Trabajo Social

**You can also view the curricular ladder for each major by returning to the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales home page, click on one of the majors listed at the top of the page, and then click on "Plan de estudios." When the page loads, you can click "Ver Plan de estudios" to view.

Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

  1. Click here to access UBA-FL's online course catalog.
  2. Choose an area of study that interests you and click on it.
  3. To see course offerings, click on "Plan de estudios."
  4. To see syllabi (when available), click on “Programas y horarios,” “Programación,” or “Asignaturas,” depending on the options given for that major.

The following UBA-FL departments are open to IFSA students: Letras, Geografía, Artes, Filosofía, Antropología, Ciencias de la Educación, Historia

Universidad del Salvador

  1. Click here to access USAL's online course catalog.
  2. Click on a facultad that interests you (i.e. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales).
  3. Choose a subject and click on it to see the course listings.
  4. For most subjects, only a list of courses will appear. For others, short descriptions or syllabi may be available if you click on the course title.

The following USAL departments are open to IFSA students:

  • Facultad de Historia, Filosofía y Letras: Letras, Lengua Inglesa, Interpretación de Conferencias en Inglés, Traductorado Público de Inglés, Traductorado Científico Literario de Inglés, Historia, Ciencias Ambientales, Gestión de Historia de las Artes and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Ciencias Sociales: Ciencia Política, Sociología, Relaciones Internacionales and Servicio Social
  • Facultad de Ciencias de la Administración: Administración, Comercialización, Administración de Recursos Humanos, Sistemas de Información
  • Facultad de Artes de Teatro: Escenografía and Arte Dramático
  • Facultad de Psicología: Psicología and Psicopedagogía
  • Escuela de Diseño: Diseño Gráfico
  • Escuela de Estudios Orientales: Estudios Orientales

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

  1. Click here to access UTDT's online course catalog.
  2. Scroll down and select the major you are interested in. This will download a PDF of the courses offered. You should pay close attention to which semester the courses are offered during.**

The following departments are open to IFSA students: Departamento de Economía, Escuela de Negocios, Departamento de Ciencia Política, Departamento de Estudios Internacionales, Escuela de Historia, Departamento de Derecho.

**Disregard the instructions for international students that appear on this page. All communication should be with IFSA, not UTDT.

Special Curriculum Options
As part of the research component, the Human Rights: Genocide program provides internships at local NGOs dedicated to issues of human rights.
Examples of Partnership NGOs:
  • Madres Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of Plaza de Mayo)
  • Asociaciónporlos Derechos Civiles (Civil Rights Association)
  • AmnistíaInternacional Argentina (Amnesty International)
  • Bachillerato Popular (Trans) Mocha Celis (Adult School for transgender people)
  • Grupo de ApoyoJurídicopor el Acceso a la Tierra (Legal support for land property access) (GAJAT)
  • Centro Comunitario La Alameda (Community center La Alameda)
  • Cascos Verdes (green helmets)
  • Fundación Huésped
Experiential Learning

Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis. If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization. IFSA has prepared a list of places where you can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript. Examples of places where students may volunteer:

  • Natan Gesang Primary School: teaches students English
  • Pecohue Organic farm for Social Inclusion: promotes the social inclusion of young people with psychological and psychiatric issues.
  • Creaidea: works towards positive development and social inclusion of children with a high IQ.
  • Sociedad de Integracón Gay Lésbica Argentina: works to promote the social integration of the GLBT community in Buenos Aires.
  • Maguen Avot: tutors school children.
  • Donor Sangre Da Vida: provides information and support to children with cancer and their families. They hold events, campaigns, dancing workshops for children, and magazines.
  • Caminantes: helps the homeless recover in any area they might need: to get a job, to have psychological support, legal support, to overcome addictions, etc.
  • Fundación Leer: (literacy) encourages children to read and not to abandon primary school.
  • Arte y Esperanza: Fair trade.
  • Fundación Discar: holds workshops for people with Down Syndrome.
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.
Daniel Feierstein
The Human Rights: Genocide concentration takes a critical review of the genocidal experiences of the 20th century, with particular emphasis on Latin America and Argentina. Learn firsthand about genocide in Argentina from Professor Daniel Feierstein, the Director of the Center for Genocide Studies and Master Program on Cultural Diversity at the Universidad Tres de Febrero. He incorporates his experiences as an advisor for the United Nations on the Argentine National Human Rights Plan, allowing students the opportunity to examine how far Argentina has come since 1983 and far it still has to go. 

Academic Advisors
A particularly strong feature of the AUP program is our onsite academic advisors-- or, in Spanish, tutores. These are Argentine graduate students or university graduates who represent a variety of disciplines, including literature, politics, history, economics and sociology. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you'll be assigned an academic advisor to help you select an appropriate load of classes during the program orientation and meet with on a monthly basis.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at AUP – Human Rights: Genocide
Animation/Illustration Anthropology Art History Business Communications Creative Writing Dance Economics Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Film Production Finance French Geography Graphic Design Hebrew History Human Resources Human Rights Indigenous Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Journalism Latin American Studies Marketing Mathematics Media/Multimedia Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Policy Public Relations Religious Studies Social Work Sociology Spanish Statistics Telecommunications Theater/Drama Translation Women and Gender Studies World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services, Advisor for Latin America

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Mario Cantarini

Senior Resident Director, Argentina

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 29, 2019
Program End Date
December 2, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA's control. After enrolling in classes, be sure to verify your exam schedule as you may have exams after the published AUP program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes. Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date let the IFSA staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family at no cost. Most students are able to find classes that coincide with the program’s end date. Students do not officially enroll in classes until orientation and they will be given the exam date of the specific course after it begins. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs