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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Cost Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description




Thunderbird’s Global Field Seminars are faculty-led one-week seminars designed to give students the opportunity to network with fellow students and local alumni while they learn the challenges and opportunities of doing business in that city, country, and region. This is a busy week full of cultural visits, business visits, and alumni presentations.

Quick Facts

  • Two Cities! - March 8-15, 2020
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 8-12)
    • Montevideo, Uruguay (March 12-15)
  • Guest Lectures from Thunderbird Alumni and Business Leaders
  • Visits to Companies like IBM, SAP, YPF, Panino, Ford, Compañía Aeronáutica Uruguaya, Cucowin Technologies
  • Cultural excursions to Plaza de Mayo, Presidential Palace, San Telmo, La Boca, Colonia, Real de San Carlos
  • Earn 2-3 credits


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information.




Location Details

Buenos Aires
The capital and largest city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is located on the western shore of the Río de La Plata, with its name meaning “fair winds.”  The Greater Buenos Aires area, which includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas.  The city was established after Our Lady of Bonaria (Patroness Saint of Sardinia) on February 2, 1536 by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza.  Buenos Aires depended primarily on trade, and after being menaced by pirates, developed a complex system where ships with military protection were dispatched to Central America in a convoy from Seville.  In 1806, there was a brief British rule, however in 1810 the May Revolution started the Argentine War of Independence.  Formal independence from Spain was declared in 1816.  The city was federalized and created as an autonomous district in 1880.  The Argentine government consists of the Executive (Chief of Government) who presides over the city legislature, and includes a Supreme Court of Justice.  It is a top tourist destination, known for its preserved Eclectic European architecture. Its history is rich and complex, and its culture thrives in the arts, including literature, music, and dance, among many other expressions

The capital and largest city of Uruguay, Montevideo is the southernmost capital in the Americas, located on the southern coast of the country on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.  It was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amongst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region, which also briefly existed under British rule in 1807.  Montevideo is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs.  Its vibrant and rich cultural life exists amongst what is considered a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture.  The city has maintained several years of economic growth, and consistently rated as the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Thunderbird graduate student in good standing.
  • Pre-requisite course:  TGM 505 or TAM 505

Non Thunderbird students may be considered after a conversation with the Director of Academic Programs, Josh Allen. Please contact him with any queries if interested in this program. 


Students will register for the below course during the Spring registration period.

TGM 594 – Global Management in Latin America (2 Credits).  Fulfills two credits of the Thunderbird Applied Learning requirement for the MGM degree.
TAM 589 – Global Field Seminar (3 credits). Fulfills three credits of the Thunderbird Applied Learning requirement for the MALM degree.

Course Format 

These courses are online courses being taught over Spring 2020 Session C with a required in person residency over Spring Break (March 8-15, 2020). Students in TAM 589 will have several weeks of work prior to the residency, including quizzes, assignments, and/or discussion forums. Students in TGM 594 will have pre-reads prior to residency. Both courses will have final deliverables due a few weeks after the end of the residential week.




Faculty Director

Roy Nelson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of the Bachelors of Global Business
Associate Professor
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Mail code: 1221
Office: AZCTR 826

Nicole Brown
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Mail code: 1221
Office: AZCTR 833


Dr. Roy Nelson

Nicole Brown




Program Housing

Students will stay in single-occupancy rooms at a hotels in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, which will include daily breakfast.  Opening and closing group meals are also included. Students will travel around each city as a group; transportation to company and cultural visits and the intercity transport between Buenos Aires and Montevideo will be included in the program fee.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Argentina, the facilities for individuals with disabilities are often lacking compared to the US. Infrastructure for individuals with visual, hearing, and physical disabilities is rare. For example, wheelchair users will have a hard time finding ramps and lowered curbs; and sidewalks tend to be broken and uneven. Most hotels are not adapted for wheelchair use.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Argentina, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,995.00.

Program Fee includes: Single occupancy housing, site visits and cultural events, some meals, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the two-credit/3-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty-Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Please note that Scholarships are available for this program based on need and merit.

ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program. The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee. 

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 09/15/2019
Rolling Admission 03/08/2020 03/15/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.