Know what to expect from your classes in Buenos Aires! In this week's post, Sarah gives us an overview of the courses she's taking this semester and how it ties in to Buenos Aires and the overall world. She also shows us sights around Buenos Aires from a class called "Exploring and Analyzing Buenos Aires", where you, yes, actually get to step out of the classroom and explore the city!
Life in Buenos Aires is exciting, with new and different things to do every day, which makes it hard to concentrate on the classes we still have to go to! However, class can be fun too! While I’m here, I’m taking two classes, International Economics, Exploring and Analyzing Buenos Aires, and my internship which includes a class component.
My International Economics class is taught by a professor from an American university that partners with CAPA. Through this class, I’ve learned so much about the international market, while also learning much about Argentina’s economy specifically. I like how the class ties in what we are experiencing day to day in Buenos Aires and relates that to concepts we learn in class.
Analyzing and Exploring Buenos Aires
This class has been my “fun class!” The class is taught by two local Argentinians—one gives us lectures, and the other takes us on walks throughout the city. Having people from Buenos Aires show us around has been so helpful and informative. Through my classes, I’ve learned so much about Argentina and Buenos Aires, and have been able to see parts of the city that I would not have known existed had I not taken this class, like:
A bank with Brutalist Architecture.
The stadium of the famous La Boca team.
This lovely Santa-Alien street art.
Boats coming in from the Tigre River.
The University of Belgrano (a barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires).
A street performer on the street Florida.
And many, many buildings like this one that show the clash between old and new architecture.
...And here’s a bird from the Ecopark…
Global Internship Workshop
For my final three credits, I am taking a class that meets once a week in addition to my internship hours. This class helps us adjust to the new work environments and challenges we may face working in a different culture in our internships.
Even though classes can sometimes be hard to pack into six weeks and to concentrate on with such a cool city outside to explore, I can definitely say that I’ve learned so much from the classes here and am thankful for the opportunity to study in Buenos Aires!
Sarah Williamson is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2019, sharing her story on CAPA World. An International Relations major at Samford University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this summer.
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