Tours and Field Studies for Uruguay/Argentina Studies Program

USAC strongly encourages students to participate in the tours/field studies; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

Field Studies earn one-credit and allow you to deepen your academic experience by completing additional academic requirements, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

Punta del Diablo, Rocha

Explore the sand dunes and national park of Cabo Polonio, a village inaccessible by roads. Then have lunch in Punta del Diablo, a small fishing village of brightly-painted cabins. The town sits on a gentle rise overlooking the ocean with long stretches of sand and fresh sea air. The Fortress of Santa Teresa sits atop the hill. Started by the Portuguese to keep watch, it was later captured and built up by the Spanish.

Buenos Aires, Argentina and Colonia, Uruguay

Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is a tango between European heritage and Latin American passion. Explore the city’s rich cultural life, soaring architecture, and perfectly grilled steaks. Head on to Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site with large squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Founded by Portugal and later conquered by the Spanish, the city fuses Portuguese, Spanish, and post-colonial styles.

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia is a UNESCO World Heritage site with large squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Founded by Portugal and later conquered by the Spanish, this picturesque city fuses Portuguese, Spanish, and post-colonial styles. The surrounding areas include Rio de la Plata beaches and farms where the locals produce cheese and wine.

Iguaçu Falls

Visit one of the greatest destinations in South America - Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls sit on the border of Brazil and Argentina, with 80% of the falls on the Argentina side. We'll be exploring the falls from Argentina where you can experience the noise and mist of the rushing water.

Rio de la Plata Field Study

Explore the three major influences of the Rio de la Plata region – European, Afro-Descendients, and Guachos. Visit their sites to see how they maintain their roots and how they come together as one nation. The study will also explore the cultural aspects of the Uruguayan people including Tango, Candombe, and Mate traditions. Enrollment in the Rio de la Plata - History and Culture course is required to register for this optional field study.

Viticulture Field Study

Visit local wineries to learn about the viticulture process from how they handle the natural resources and the impact of the industry on the environment, to producing the wine and selling the product. Enrollment in an agribusiness or viticulture course is required to register for this optional field study.