Office of International Programs

LOS in Argentina

Leadership Study Abroad: An Argentinian Perspective of Women in Leadership

LOS 470/670 (6 undergraduate or 3 graduate credits)

A Spring Semester Course that travels May 25-June 5, 2013

Buenos Aires

Learn about the life experiences, philosophy, beliefs and cultural factors that have influenced, informed and shaped Argentinian women leaders. The goal of this course is to familiarize you with key issues of intercultural leadership and to provide you with an understanding of the best practices for effective leadership in a global environment. We will meet once a month during the spring semester to learn interviewing techniques and have the opportunity to practice and hone our interviewing skills with leaders here in Maine. Then in Argentina, we'll complete in-depth interviews of women leaders in both the public and private sectors of Argentina and learn about the challenges they face in achieving their life’s work. After we return to Maine, we will compare the leaders we met in both Maine and Argentina and together discover distinguishing themes. 

While in Argentina we’ll explore primarily the heart of Buenos Aires -- the splendid and eclectic architecture, cultural landmarks, restaurants, old-time cafes, museums, the bustling streets, the theaters -- and learn about the people who live there. We will interview Argentinian-born female leaders from such organizations as the Voces Vitales (Vital Voices working women’s foundation), Ashoka Argentina and Techo para mi pais (NGO), Dori Media Central Studios. 

This course meets once a month in the spring and extends into the first summer session. You will be registered for the spring semester and receive an incomplete grade until you give your team presentation and write your final paper at the end of June. 

Tentative Itinerary & Class Meeting Schedule

This course begins during the spring semester at Lewiston-Auburn College and extends through the end of June. In addition to the four class meetings during the spring, students are expected to be on Blackboard regularly to discuss readings, topics related to leadership in Argentina, and our travels.There will be three additional class meetings after we travel to Argentina to debrief and complete group presentations. Full details on each class meeting are included in the syllabus.

Meeting One: Thursday, February 7, 5:30-8:00 PM

Optional Meeting to view the film Evita: Date and time TBD

Meeting Two: Thursday, March 7, 5:30-8 PM 

Meeting Three: Thursday, April 11, 5:30-8 PM

Meeting Four: Thursday, May 9, 5:30-8 PM

Travel to Buenos Aires: Saturday, May 25 to Wednesday, June 5th

Optional Trip Extension: Students can opt to stay in Argentina until June 7th to explore Mendoza.

Meeting Six: June TBD, 5:30-7:30pm

Meeting Seven: June TBD, 5:30-7:30pm

Meeting Eight: June TBD, 6-8pm


Dr. Liz Fisher Turesky, Leadership Studies Professor. Prior to coming to the University of Southern Maine, Professor Turesky held faculty positions at The University of New Hampshire and Colby College. She has complemented twenty-five years of graduate and undergraduate teaching with twenty years in private practice as an Organizational Development consultant working primarily with the public and non-profit sectors, including five years as Director of Training and Development for the City of Portland, Maine. She teaches courses in Organizational Change and Development, Interpersonal Behavior, Group Dynamics, Conflict Management, Training and Development, and Ethics. Dr. Turesky earned her BA in Psychology from Wheaton College, an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado, and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Her research concentrates on the development of leadership capacity for women, emergent learning, and integrating theory and practice.


The original application deadline has passed but we are still accepting applications for this program. A complete application includes:

* Signed, completed application form*
* $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
* Typed 200-word essay
* A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
* Official copies of all academic transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

* If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The program fee is $4100. The cost of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee. The program fee includes accommodation, roundtrip airfare, scheduled in-country travel, site visits, field trips, meals as noted on the itinerary, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance through iNext. The optional trip extension to Mendoza is an additional $800 and is made payable directly to ISP.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, or other personal expenses. Six credits of undergraduate tuition is $1518 plus $168 for the university unified fee. Three credits of graduate tuition is $1140 plus $84 for for the university unified fee. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. Since this course is offered during the spring semester, students may use spring semester aid towards this course.  If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the spring semester payment schedule.If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.

USM's Office of International Programs offers small scholarships for students enrolled in summer travel courses. Scholarships are competitive and awards are up to $500. The application deadline is February 8, 2013. Students applying to this course can also consider the Dorothy Padula Memorial Scholarship to Latin America. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have taken or be currently enrolled in a college-level Spanish course. Applications for this scholarship are reviewed twice in the spring: March 1st and April 5th.