Argentina

Agribusiness & Marketing

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Application Due October 1, 2019
Academic Date Jan. 2 – 17, 2020
Credit Hours 3
Requirements 2.5 MU GPA at time of application, good academic standing, open to all MU students.
Estimated cost $5,633* (doesn't include airfare)
Contact Shanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad

Argentina has a large global footprint in agriculture. Soybean, corn and wheat industries are cornerstones of its economy.  This study abroad program provides a great platform to learn about international agribusiness and marketing.

Beautiful landscapes, rich history, and magnificent culture make Argentina a leading travel destination in Latin America. Cultural endeavors also come naturally with each part of this study abroad program and allow students to indulge in new foods, open their minds to new ideas, and experience the Argentine way of life.

Students will learn through agribusiness visits, discussions, and rural field trips in Argentina. Argentine agricultural experts will provide information on crop production, processing, and trade policy and key issues facing agriculture. Visits will include the Buenos Aires futures and options exchange, the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, processing plants, farms/agribusinesses, trade associations and government agencies.

Take in the beautiful sites as you go on a guided walking tour of Buenos Aires and enjoy a night of tango lessons/dancing. The group will also experience weekend travels to Iguazu Falls (tropical area with waterfalls and rain forests) and Mendoza (area with a world-renowned wine industry and a host of adventures in exploring the Andes Mountains).  Opportunities to explore and embrace Argentine culture, food and scenery will come naturally with the rural and urban visits.

Location

The majority of this program will be located in Buenos Aires, the capitol of Argentina. Weekend excursions to the Mendoza and Iguazu Falls, as well as a rural field trip, will allow students to experience much of everything Argentina has to offer. Although Spanish is the official language of Argentina, several languages, including English, are spoken. No prior Spanish language knowledge is required to participate in and enjoy this program.

In January, the temperature in Argentina is similar to that of June in Missouri, but will vary regionally. Iguazu Falls will be more tropical conditions.  Mendoza will be influenced by the Andes mountain range.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in hotels, and rooms will be shared. Breakfast is generally provided by the hotel and some lunches/dinners are included in the program fee. Individual transportation and meal costs may also be accrued by students during their free time.

Program Travel

International round-trip airfare will be arranged for the students to Buenos Aires from St. Louis and in-country airfare will also be arranged for regional trips to Mendoza and Iguazu Falls. Transportation to Lambert International Airport will be the responsibility of the student. The faculty program leaders, Drs. Ray Massey and Linda Sowers, travel with the group flight to facilitate airport check-in and transfers. The airfare estimate is included in the program fee below; however, this estimate may fluctuate as group reservations are made and the flight is finalized. All in-country program travel is organized by CAFNR and is included in the program fee.

Academics

Students will be enrolled in three credits of AFNR 2191: International Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (humanities credit; graded A-F) for the spring semester. Students should work with their advisors to determine how to best allocate these credits toward their individual graduation plans. There are three mandatory classes during the fall semester to prepare students for the study abroad. Required meetings will cover the following topics:

  1. Study abroad orientation information;
  2. Overview of U.S. grain and oilseed industry;
  3. Overview of Argentine language, history and culture.

After returning from Argentina, students will write a report of lessons learned from the study abroad. Additionally, each student will make a post-trip presentation on a selected topic of the study abroad.

Program Sponsors

The study abroad program has strong backing from industry partners. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) provide travel scholarships to each participant. Additionally, these Missouri farmer-driven organizations provide educational leadership to the students with each organization sending a representative to travel with the group to Argentina.

Estimated Cost

Non-refundable deposit: $350
Missouri resident tuition (3 credits):
*Non-resident students will also be billed non-resident fees.
$897*
CAFNR supplemental course fees: $163
IT fees: $42
Intl center fees: $245
Program fees (including airfare): $3,936
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation, cultural experiences and some meals) $5,633
Airfare estimate (does not include baggage fees): $1,200
Provided travel scholarship from MSMC and MCMC (-): -$500 to -$1,000
Additional meals & miscellaneous cost estimate (+): $200 to $400