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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Independent Study

Buenos Aires Macro

Program Summary:

  • Dates of Courses: January 3 - 16, 2015
  • Housing: Double- and single-occupancy studio apartments to be arranged by staff
  • Total Credits: 3 credits per course
  • Available for: Graduate Master's, Undergraduate, and Continuing Education (Social Work, Public Health, Education, Psychology). * Spanish language not required

A 3-credit independent study working on community based participatory research in Buenos Aires, Argentina is being offered in January. Students will have the opportunity to gain direct experience working in poverty impacted communities collecting and analyzing local programs and services.   No more than 8 students will be accepted.   This opportunity is available to 2nd year students.   Priority consideration will be given to students enrolled in GLO.   Students will work along side Professor Mary McKay and McSilver Research Scientist Gisselle Pardo, LCSW, MPH.

Program Faculty:

  • Program Director: Mary McKay, PhD, Professor and Director of McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
  • Instructor: Gisselle Pardo, LCSW, MPH, Senior Research Coordinator,  McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
  • Instructor: Andres Hoyos, MS, LCSW, Adjunct Professor of Social Work

Program Costs

  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition: $3,939 (estimated) for 3 graduate credits, paid to the Bursar.  Undergraduate tuition and fees: $4,190 (estimate) for 3 undergraduate credits, paid to the Bursar. Continuing Education non-credit participants pay 2/3 graduate tuition of $2,232, paid to the office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • HTH Insurance: 10.50/week abroad.  Enrollment in HTH insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course.  The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in HTH insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: Double-occupancy: $1,210 (cost based on $59/night for studio double occupancy studio apartment, includes breakfast).  All housing to be arranged by program staff.
  • Estimated Airfare to Buenos Aires: $1,500 (plus $140 entry mandatory tax, valid 10 years), subject to booking date.
  • Meals: Breakfast included in accommodation price; students responsible for paying for all their other meals on their own.
  • Excursions: Group cultural activities will be scheduled within Argentina. All activities will be an additional fee payable in Buenos Aires. Estimated cost will be available Fall 2014.
  • All personal expenses are additional.

Independent Study Application Process

All students wishing to complete a global independent study must first have his or her independent study proposal approved by the faculty member who will sponsor the study.

The form is available at

Once the faculty member signs the form, the student must complete the independent study application for the global course on this page, which requires that the student upload a copy of the signed independent study proposal form.  The student should then submit the original signed form to the NYU Silver Enrollment Office.