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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 07/10/2021 07/17/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: UCCS Short-Term Programs Areas of Study: Culture
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel
Themes & Meta Majors: Arts, Humanities, and Media, Society, Human Behavior, and Public Service, UCCS Short-Term Programs
Program Description:

UCCS Pre-First Year Global Leadership Program to Argentina

Program Leader: Dr. Mandy Hansen

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Program Information

Through this life transforming experience, Global Leadership Fellows gain and further develop essential leadership skills, learn how to communicate across cultures, and come to know their passions, strengths, and purposes. The program fosters global citizens who will return to Colorado Springs and their home communities and make a local impact.

The mission of the Global Leadership program is to create a fellowship of new UCCS students pursuing mutual knowledge and practicing building a better, more peaceful world -- making a world of difference. In pursuit of this mission, the program will:
  • Develop students' abilities to navigate cultural and personal borders with particular reference to professional goals and plans;
  • Expose students to a wide range of individuals and groups of people through direct and meaningful interactions;
  • Expose students to worldviews and experiences that are different from their own;
  • Foster students’ awareness of the skills required to be a global citizen;
  • Develop students’ understanding of their passions, strengths, and purposes as leaders; and
  • Familiarize students with local leaders and organizations in Argentina that foster international and cultural understanding and learning.
**Please note: to participate in this program, students must be at least 18 years old by July 10, 2021 and have a passport that is valid until January 10, 2022.**

Course and Credit Information

Students participating in this experience have the option to earn university credit. The available course is FCS 3890 - Field Studies in Language and Culture. This is a 3 credit course and will be earned for the Fall 2021 semester; students may learn more about FCS 3890 by visiting the UCCS Catalog. Students who choose the for-credit option will be responsible for the tuition and fees normally associated with a 3 credit course. The tuition and fees will billed to students' UCCS accounts. Students interested in the optional credit must email Dr. Mandy Hansen at no later than May 30, 2021 for permission to enroll in the course.


(via Argentina's Ministerio de Turismo y Deportes)

Coming to Buenos Aires means opening the door to know and fall in love with one of the largest and most cosmopolitan capital cities in South America – the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. With the Obelisco as one of its main icons, the city offers multiple options and spaces to visit. From modern avenues to beautiful parks and green spaces; buildings and monuments that are national historic heritage (Plaza de Mayo, the Pink House, the Cabildo, the National Congress, the Colón Theater, among others). But it is well worth going into the heart of the city to feel its most passionate tradition – tango. San Telmo, La Boca and Caminito are some of the must-see places. Or a walk along those districts that set the trend: Palermo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero.

As the main economic and social hub in the country, the city is always active. It gathers all kinds of activities (businesses, meetings, conventions) and gets crowds together as the seat of big cultural and sports events.

A few minutes away (60 km by highway), there is La Plata, capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, and also known as the “city of diagonals”, due to its singular urban design, where the Neo-Gothic Cathedral and the Museum of Natural Science stand out, among other ideal places to visit with the family. La Plata is also the place of residence for many young students who come from all over the country lured by its varied university life.

The Atlantic coast has more than 1,200 km of beaches, where thousands of Argentine people and tourists rest and spend their summer vacation. Mar del Plata is the main city of all the beaches in the country, apart from being a destination for meetings and conventions tourism. There are the most traditional beaches for families such as Necochea, Monte Hermoso, Villa Gesell, Miramar, and those of the Partido de la Costa (Coast District), as well as more modern and exclusive ones, such as Pinamar and Cariló.
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Dates and Itinerary

The dates of the trip are July 10 to July 17, 2021. Participants will depart the U.S. via a group flight from Denver International Airport on July 10, arriving in Buenos Aires the next day. Participants will depart Buenos Aires on July 17, 2021.

July 10: Group flight departs for Buenos Aires via Denver International Airport

July 11: Arrival & Acclimation in Buenos Aires
  • Meet ISA Program Coordinator at the Buenos Aires airport, transfer to the hotel office via private coach
  • Lunch on own
  • Walking tour of Buenos Aires with ISA Program Coordinator
  • Welcome Group Dinner
July 12: Orientation, National Women's Institute & Cultural Visits
  • Health & Safety Orientation
  • National Women's Institute
  • Lunch on own
  • Murals Tour
  • Group Dinner
July 13: US Embassy & Academic Visit
  • US Embassy visit in the morning
  • Lunch on own
  • Academic Visit with TECHO in the afternoon
  • Dinner on own
  • Tango Class
July 14: Jovens Lideres & ESMA
  • Jovens Lideres - The International Young Leaders Foundation
  • Lunch on own
  • ESMA - Escuela Superior de Mecánica de la Armada
  • Group Dinner
July 15: Volunteering & Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
  • Half-day volunteering project in the morning
  • Lunch on own
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
  • Free evening and dinner on own
July 16: El Tigre & Rio de la Plata
  • El Tigre
  • Lunch on own
  • Free evening and dinner on own
July 17: Farewell Lunch & Departure
  • Farewell Lunch
  • Check out and depart for airport
  • Depart Buenos Aires on a group flight to Denver

Cost and Payment Information

UCCS International Affairs Non-Refundable Registration Fee & Deposit: $100 (due March 22, 2021)
WorldStrides/ISA Program Deposit: $522 (due March 29, 2021)
WorldStrides/ISA Program Fee Payment #1: $1,488 (due by April 11, 2021; non-refundable)
WorldStrides/ISA Program Fee Payment #2: $1,487 (due by May 26, 2021; non-refundable)
Total Program Cost: $3,597

Participants will pay the program deposit and fee to WorldStrides directly; enter the Trip ID, 183049, and click the Register button to start your payment process with WorldStrides/ISA.

Included in the program cost are the following items:
  • Round trip international airfare from Denver to Buenos Aires
  • 6 nights' accommodation at a hotel, with breakfast provided daily
  • Some lunches & dinners (as listed on itinerary above)
  • Ground transportation & guides
  • 7-day public transportation pass
  • Activity fees
  • Country guidebook and pre-travel docs
  • Embedded medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support
NOT included in the program cost are additional meals, tipping and personal spending money, and UCCS tuition and fees for the credit option. For students seeking single-occupancy, there is a single-occupancy room supplement fee of $506.

Participants pay the program deposit and fee to WorldStrides directly; enter the Trip ID, 183049, and click the Register button to start your payment process with WorldStrides/ISA.

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Application Process & Deadlines

To participate in this program, students must be at least 18 years old by July 10, 2021 and have a passport that is valid until January 10, 2022.

Students participating in this program will need to complete the following items with the UCCS International Affairs office by the listed deadlines:
  • UCCS International Affairs Application (due March 22, 2021) - to begin your application, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page
  • UCCS International Affairs $100 Non-Refundable Registration Fee & Deposit (due March 22, 2021) - to submit it, download the cash receipt from the $100 IA Registration Fee & Pre-First Year to Argentina Deposit (Non-Refundable) questionnaire, fill it out, and mail it with a check to:
International Affairs
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Copper House 9202
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Students participating in this program will also need to complete the following items with the program provider, WorldStrides/ISA, by the listed deadlines:
  • WorldStrides/ISA Registration (due March 29, 2021)
  • WorldStrides/ISA $522 Program Deposit (due March 29, 2021)
  • WorldStrides/ISA $1,488 Program Fee Payment #1 (due April 11, 2021; non-refundable)
  • WorldStrides/ISA $1,487 Program Fee Payment #2 (due May 26, 2021; non-refundable)
See the WorldStrides Registration Details and Welcome Message section below for further details, including information on how to register and submit payment to WorldStrides/ISA.

NOTE: Students who choose the for-credit option will also be responsible for the tuition and fees normally associated with a 3 credit course. The tuition and fees will billed to students' UCCS accounts. Students interested in the optional credit must email Dr. Mandy Hansen at no later than May 30, 2021 for permission to enroll in the course.

WorldStrides Registration Details and Welcome Message

Dear Traveler: 
We hope that you are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming International Program to Argentina. We are working hard to arrange a rewarding and memorable international experience. Please take a few moments to review program details and complete the online registration for your program. Please be aware that the online registration site is not accessible from a mobile or tablet device.  
Please note that this comprehensive website has valuable information regarding your program. Please be sure to read through the site carefully for this information, which includes:   
  • Key dates 
  • General Program Information 
  • Hotel Details & Tour Inclusions  
  • International Air Details
  • Itinerary
  • Optional Carbon Offset
  • Embedded Insurance Policy Information

1. Visit the WorldStrides/ISA Custom Programs main registration page 
2. You will then be prompted to enter the University’s Trip Identification Number: 183049
3. Once you enter the Trip ID, click on the ‘Register Now’ box below and you will be taken directly to your program's registration portal. 
4. Review the summary page and additional tabs and click ‘Register’ in the top right corner. 
5. Enter in your registration details in the next 4 steps. 
6. You are required to accept WorldStrides/ISA Custom Programs’ Terms & Conditions and click “check-out” before your registration is complete. 

A few things to keep in mind: 
  • The registration process requires your passport information. When you are ready to register, please be sure to have your passport on hand. If you do not have your passport when registering, or will be renewing your passport before travel, you can still complete the process and return to the registration site at another time to enter your passport details. 
    • You are required to upload a copy of your passport here. When you do, be sure to enter in the Trip ID, 183049.
    • A passport-style photo must also be submitted. 
    • This must be done by the registration deadline.  
  • Travel to Argentina does not require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa for entry.  
    • All U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens with an established U.S. residence* will receive a customized toolkit with full details on your specific visa needs. Please read through this toolkit as it contains valuable information on the visa process and how to apply.  
    • All participants who do not meet these requirements will be contacted separately for further instructions regarding assistance for your visa needs.  
    • *If you are a non-U.S. citizen but can provide proof of U.S. residency (utility bill, lease agreement, or driver’s license) please select your State of Residence from the drop down menu. 
  • Airport Transfers are included for participants on the main group flight only.
  • Accommodations: All rooms are based on shared twin occupancy (2 persons per room). 
    • Single Supplement:  If you wish to purchase a single supplement, you can do so on our website once you get to the Trip Options page. You can also go back into your account at a later date and add this option. The cost of a single supplement for the duration of the 6 night program is $506.   
  • Optional Carbon Offset: We have a new program offering option for all WorldStrides/ISA Custom Programs. As part of our GREEN initiative so that we can do our part for the environment, we would like to give you the option to donate a predetermined amount of money to offset your carbon dioxide emissions based on your travel to Argentina. Please note that ALL proceeds will be donated and there has been no management fee added based on the amount. 
  • All optional items are non-refundable and payment is due upon selection.  
Please note: all information that you voluntarily provide during registration will also be shared with your university for health and safety reasons.  

The registration deadline is March 29, 2021.

Please contact WorldStrides at 1-800-422-2368 or with any questions or concerns about the above payment details and registration process with WorldStrides. Thank you. 
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All housing accommodations are in a 3-star hotel with breakfast provided. The hotel offers internet access, double occupancy rooms (single occupancy for university officers, director, employee, agents, and representatives), and dining facilities.

Passports and Immigration

All participants need to have a valid passport to participate in this program. The passport needs to be valid at least 6 months after the anticipated departure from Argentina. Participants holding a U.S. Passport do not need a visa or additional permission to enter Argentina for this program. Those who do not hold a U.S. Passport should check with the closest Argentine embassy or consulate for the country they hold their passport from for entry requirements.

Information on how to obtain a U.S. Passport can be found on our website.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination they will be traveling to. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide up-to-date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit their websites to find more information.

Meet the Faculty

Dr Mandy Hansen

Dr. Mandy Hansen
Director, International Affairs

Dr. Mandy Hansen has worked in international education in a professional capacity for over 16 years. Dr. Hansen’s institutional knowledge and experience involves strategic international enrollment management efforts at a community college, a small private university, and large public institutions. She has directed international admissions and recruitment, development strategic enrollment plans, coordinated orientations, created partnership programs, conducted grant writing/proposal writing, and advised international students and scholars. Dr. Hansen is an alumnus of the Fulbright Program for International Administrators in Germany and served in leadership positions with professional organizations such as NAFSA: Association of International Education, the American International Recruitment Council, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from international student mobility, women and leadership, strategic international enrollment management, and international student engagement. She’s been interviewed by University Business, International Educator and The Chronicle for insights and feedback on international recruiting, international student mobility and enrollment. Her doctoral degree is in educational leadership and higher education administration and her research involved a narrative inquiry into the lived experiences and professional journeys of women senior international officers. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Relations and Latin American studies at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit management at Alfred University, and a doctorate degree from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Hansen spends much of her free time hiking throughout the West and has a strong affinity for the Southwest, pottery, and painting. Her favorite book is Claiming Ground by Laura Bell and she enjoys trail running and kayaking.