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Drexel Winter Break in Argentina: Forensic Psychology
La Plata, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Intensive Course Abroad
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The ProgramArgentina

This study tour is designed to offer students an enriching cultural, linguistic, and academic experience in a specialized area of study within their psychology major. Students will complete a one-week intensive course that will provide an in depth look at mental health issues in Argentina’s criminal justice system. The course offers students the opportunity to develop or build on previous forensic psychology experience (classroom and/or research) by learning about mental health issues in forensic psychology in Argentina.

Upon completion of this course, students will:
• Be able to identify common mental health needs in Argentina’s criminal justice system
• Understand the process of identifying and treating mental health needs in Argentina’s criminal justice system.
• Understand the role of forensic psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, lawyers, and judges in addressing mental health issues in Argentina’s criminal justice system.
• Be familiar with mental health issues in Argentina’s state mental hospitals and prisons.
• Be familiar with juvenile and adult court proceedings in Argentina.
• Appreciate Argentina’s rich culture.

The Academics

The course will involve a combination of classroom learning; facilitated discussions with attorneys, judges, and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists; and visits to a state mental hospital, prison, juvenile court, and/or adult court. Argentinean forensic psychology students and young professionals will attend the first day of the course with Drexel students, with the goal of broadening students’ cultural experiences and enriching classroom discussions. All classes involving institutional tours and observations will be taught solely for Drexel students. Students will tour Buenos Aires, viewing historic sites and key landmarks and learning about Argentina’s national and provincial governments and legal systems. In addition to course time, Dr. Goldstein and her Argentine colleagues will organize tours and social events to enrich students’ travel experiences.
La Plata cathedral
Credit: Students will be registered for PSY 480: Forensic Mental Health, 4 credits as part of their winter term course load. Students must leave space for this 4 credits in their winter term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 4 credits for this program are not optional.Review the Syllabus for PSY 480 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Argentina.

Requirements: Basic Spanish language is not required but will enhance students' experience in Argentina. Students will also benefit from having completed a forensic psychology course or forensic research/lab/applied experience, though it is not required. 

Faculty Leader: Naomi E. Goldstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of Drexel’s JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology.

Program Calendar

Arrival: Dec. 4;     Return: Dec. 11
**Students may independently arrange to extend their travel before/after the official program.

Payment Fee Schedule: Program Fee $750 

- Due Oct 15th: $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
- Due Oct 30th: $250
Final Payment
*All program fee payments are non-refundable unless student is not granted admission into the program or program is cancelled for unforseen reasons.

Program fee includes:
- Housing
- Round trip airport transfer from Buenos Aires to La Plata (only on official program dates)
- Transfer for field trips to and from the psychiatric prison and state mental hospital
- Group tour of Buenos Aires (including transportation to and from La Plata and lunch)
- Two additional group meals
- Course-related materials and special speakers
- Coffee and snacks while in class at the National University of La Plata
- On Call Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Not included in program fee: (estimated $2,000)La Plata
- Airfare approx $1450
- Reciprocity Fee (to enter Argentina) $160
- Transportation within La Plata: approx $100 for taxis
- Most meals
- Spending money


Housing: Drexel students will be staying in furnished, long-term stay apartments that include fully equipped kitchens with oven, microwave, refrigerator, coffee pots, plates, silverware, pots, pans, etc.  The apartments are cleaned 3 times weekly (and towels and linens are changed at that time). The apartment is located in the City Center and within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, and shopping. There is a supermarket within 3 blocks, and there is a gourmet deli on the first floor of the building.

Travel Details: Students will be provided with the recommended flight itinerary and responsible to book this flight independently. Airport pick up and drop off in Argentina will be provided for students on the recommended flight. Should a student travel on a different flight(s), it will be his/her responsibility to arrange ground transportation to La Plata. Ground transportation to the airport will not be provided for students who wish to travel in Argentina after the program has ended, and supervision will only be provided during the program dates.

Visa: US citizens are not required to apply for a visa. Students of other nationalities should check on the Argentina Embassy website for requirements.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 10/15/2015 10/22/2015 12/04/2015 12/11/2015
NOTE: Dates listed are for arrival and departure. Students must arrange early final exams with their fall term professors in order to participate.
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