Tandon Short-Term Programs | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Tandon Short-Term Programs

January, Spring Break, Summer 2020

Tandon offers upperclassmen the opportunity to study away for 1-3 weeks during the January term, spring break, or summer term. These courses immerse students in a focused academic topic taught by NYU Tandon faculty entirely abroad or with an abroad component.

There will be no Tandon J-term abroad courses in 2020.


NYU undergraduates must have completed at least two (2) semesters of undergraduate work at the time of their application. Course will be open to students of all NYU schools (Tandon, Gallatin, CAS, Tisch, Stern, Global Liberal Studies, Wagner, etc.). Students should consult their academic advisers during this process to find out what the course(s) will count as. Non-NYU students are not eligible to apply for these short-term study away programs.

For students interested in our Spring Break 2020 course, please apply using our STS-UY 3904|STS Global Experience: Buenos Aires short-term application.

Buenos Aires Course

Buenos Aires: Argentina and the Scientific Imagination

Dates: Saturday, March 14th 2020 - Saturday, March 21st 2020
Department: Technology, Culture and Society

Drawing upon science, theory, sociology, urbanism, and development, this course explores how identity has been invented, claimed, and contested in Argentina. More broadly, we will investigate how societies construct identities for nation building, expansion, and citizenship.

This course will examine a wide variety of social structures, including religion, class, gender, imperialism, and colonialism. Throughout the semester, we will discuss how cultural ideas about nationalism influence knowledge and knowledge production. We will also consider the ways in which scientific claims and technological developments influence cultural understandings of national identity.

This course will require a trip to Buenos Aires during NYU's spring break of 2020, during which students will be expected to complete a rigorous program of site visits, discussion, and research.

Application Deadline

Application: Buenos Aires short-term abroad application
Deadline: October 1st 2019 & October 15th 2019


Students register for the Spring 2020 course listed below. This full semester course with an abroad component grants four (4) STS humanities credits to students:

  • STS-UY 3904 STS Global Experience

The course will explore the following topics:

  • Immigration and agricultural science as advancement and identity (with comparisons to the U.S.)
  • Land ownership and cattle management; cowboys/gauchos; national imagery and literature
  • Sex work and "hygiene;" tango and nightlife
  • Transitions from agricultural focus to city life; the capital vs. "interior"
  • The use of DNA identification for the remains of the deceased; the "disappeared," state terrorism, and nationalism
  • Looking to the future; explicit and implicit national science movement

Sample itinerary

Tuition and Fees

This course is a full spring 2020 semester course with a spring break abroad component. Students are also responsible for paying tuition and registration/service fees to the university as they normally would during the spring. All financial aid is transferrable.

Other Costs
2020 Housing Fee: $500
2020 Activity Fee: $700
Flight: Booked on your own ~$1000


Students will be housed in a hotel near the NYU Buenos Aires site.

Flight, Travel and Visa Information

Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates and arrival as mandated by the TCS department. It is recommended that students travel together on the same flight(s) but as flights are booked separately, students must just arrive by the required date/time.

All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid six months beyond the program end date.

US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Argentina of less than three months in duration. If you are not a US citizen, contact ogs@nyu.edu for assistance with visa information.