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Latin American Studies

Students at NYU in Buenos Aires take courses that explore the culture, politics, media, and economics of Latin America, all of which focus on Argentina’s influential role in the history of this fascinating region.  Students have the incomparable opportunity to experience the culture of Argentina firsthand with access to some of the country's most influential politicians, top journalists, distinguished musicians, and accomplished scholars. The curriculum offers Spanish language courses and Latin American content courses. Most language courses are taught intensively and are the equivalent of one year of elementary or intermediate Spanish.  

Media in Buenos Aires

Media and communications students at NYU Buenos Aires can take a global media seminar in which they study the many forms of Latin American media along with the journalism course Reporting Buenos Aires, where they analyze media reports on human rights issues in the aftermath of the country's dictatorship regime. Course work is supplemented by co-curricular activities and class field trips to the editorial offices of Argentina's major newspapers.



  • Global Media Seminar: Latin America
  • Reporting Buenos Aires


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Featured Courses

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Tango and Mass Culture

This course explores Tango as an aesthetic, social and cultural formation that is articulated in interesting and complex ways with the traditions of culture and politics in Argentina and “modern primitive” art form that quickly came to occupy a central space in national(ist) discourse. The course explores the way that perceptions of “primitive” and “modern” converge in this unique and exciting art. In addition, the course will consider tango as a global metaphor with deeply embedded connections to urban poverty, social marginalization, and masculine authority. Conducted in Spanish

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Music of Latin America

This course is a journey through the different styles of Latin American Folk and Popular Music (LAFM), particularly those coming from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Their roots, influences and characteristics. Their social and historical context. Their uniqueness and similarities. Emphasis in the rhythmic aspect of folk music as a foundation for dance and as a resource of cultural identity. The irruption of Latin American rhythms in the music market through the “World Music” phenomenon. Even though there is no musical prerequisite, the course is recommended for students with any kind and/or level of musical experience. Conducted in English.