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Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina


This program will study the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand.

This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

Program Details

Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina
May Session (Spring semester on campus)
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year


Agricultural marketing and farming are global industries and communicators and marketers need to be able to understand how events on other continents can impact decisions made at the firm level; even in a different hemisphere. This course will study the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand. Additionally, this course will explore how Argentinian culture shapes marketing and communication efforts in Argentina.

This course will spend two weeks in Argentina meeting with international agricultural firms and farmers to learn how Argentina continues to be a global competitor in agricultural commodities. Students will also learn about the challenges limiting South American agricultural production and how this relates to US agriculture.

Agriculture has been and continues to be one of the most important financial contributors to Argentina’s economy. For hundreds of years, Gauchos (Argentine cowboys) have tended cattle and sheep across Argentina’s diverse landscapes. Today, Argentina is a global competitor in various agricultural markets including beef cattle, corn, and soybeans. To rise to this level, marketing and communications have played a vital role in expanding Argentina’s global reach with its agricultural products. The heart of this global trade and industry powerhouse is Buenos Aires. Located on the Atlantic coast of South America, the Buenos Aires metro is home to over 15 million people. Here, business, industry, and agriculture collide in this port city where Argentina and other Southern Cone countries import and export various agricultural products.

In Buenos Aires, you will learn about how culture and industry has shaped the marketing and communication efforts used by agricultural firms in Argentina. Additionally, you will immerse yourself in the Argentinian culture as you explore the city, dine on authentic Argentinian cuisine (beef), and learn about Argentina’s rich cultural heritage. Additionally, you travel to Mendoza, the heart of wine country.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 am - 119 Ruttan Hall/Zoom

Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00 pm - 135B Ruttan Hall/Zoom 

COVID-19 Modifications 

The program will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, transportation policies, and/or in-country travel restrictions. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required in order to participate in the program.

Program Model

Experiential Learning

Housing & Meals

You will be staying in a hotel throughout your time in Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Breakfasts and two group meals are included in your program fee. All other meals will be on your own.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2023

Program Dates

Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 13, 2023
Arrive in Argentina: May 14, 2023
Depart from Argentina: May 27, 2023


You will earn 3 credits for CFAN 3526. This course is approved for the Global Perspectives theme. For students in the Agricultural Communication and Marketing major, this course meets one of the core requirements under the “Business and Marketing” section of the degree sheet. Students may take this course in place of APEC 3451.

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during the Spring semester; you will travel abroad during the May term. You must register for this course and complete the study abroad application. Registration costs/financial aid are tied to the Spring semester. 

On-campus portion: TBA

Program Leader

Dr. Garrett Steede is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communication and Marketing. He holds a B.S. in Animal and Dairy Sciences and a M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education, both from Mississippi State University. He completed his Ph.D. in 2018 at Texas Tech University in Agricultural Communication and Education. Dr. Steede has been working to develop this program to Argentina since he arrived at the University of Minnesota in 2018 in hopes of offering more curriculum-specific international opportunities for students in agricultural communication and marketing, agricultural education, agricultural and food business management, and applied economics.


While in Buenos Aires you will have several field trips and local excursions in addition to guest speakers and lectures regarding agricultural marketing and communication in Argentina. Sample local field trips, activities, and excursions in Buenos Aires include:

  • A neighborhood walking tour of Buenos Aires
  • A group Tango lesson (the national dance of Argentina)
  • A tour of the Liniers Livestock Market
  • A tour of the Central Cattle Market
  • Farm tours
  • Argentine Ministry of Agriculture
  • Argentine Cereal Exchange
  • A meatpacking facility
  • National Institute of Technical Agriculture
  • Argentina Extension Research Farm Unit

The majority of your time in Argentina will be spent in and around Buenos Aires, however, there will be an excursion to the city of Mendoza. 

More Information

Contact Vanessa Walton from the CFANS Office of International Programs at [email protected] with your questions. 

Program Fee

Program Fee Forthcoming

Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program-related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fee ranges from $6,500-$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

If a student is required to isolate during the program dates, due to Covid-19, there may be an additional cost for the isolation period. Additional housing costs might also be covered by the onsite partner's insurance plan. In some cases, with agreement by students and prior approval from the university, roommates, apartment-mates or students who are in close contact with each other and who both test positive, may share a room in quarantine housing, in accordance with local regulations. This information is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.

Billing & Payments

The application fee, deposit, and program fee are charged to the student's UMN account. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences offers grants for study abroad programs; learn more here. Students can learn about financial aid and scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center here.

Cancellation Policy

All applicants are charged a $50 non-refundable application fee by the Learning Abroad Center. Students who confirm their participation in the program will have charged to their student account a $750 non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application before February 15  are responsible for the non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application on February 15 or later are responsible for the non-refundable deposit and any non-recoverable fees. 

In the event that the CFANS Office of International Programs (OIP) is forced to cancel this entire program, meaning both the on-campus portion and abroad portion, accepted and confirmed students will receive a full refund of their application fee and deposit. In the event that students have started the on-campus portion of the program, but international conditions do not allow students to travel, as per University of Minnesota policy, students will be provided with the ability to complete the course and recoverable fees will be returned to students. 

Students have the option to appeal the CFANS OIP cancellation policy when canceling from a program for extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the Learning Abroad Center's refund appeal process for details and the form to submit. The review and decision will be made by CFANS OIP, not the LAC refund appeal committee.

In the near future COVID vaccine requirements may be instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options. 

The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.

May 2022

Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina

May Session 2022 (Spring on campus course)

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $750
Tuition and educational costs $2,085
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsAll breakfasts and 4 group meals are included in the program fee. $1,190
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Round-trip airfare from Minneapolis-St.Paul to Buenos Aires and in-country transportation related to program activities. $1,200
Total Program Fee $5,275
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $5,275

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $0
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*Any potential COVID-19 testing required to enter the United States upon returning from Argentina $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $200
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $0
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeStudents are responsible for purchasing meals not included in the program fee. $300
Essential daily living expenses $100
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $400

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $5,875
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $100
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.


Complete pre-application advising.

Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.


The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • First Step session
  • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

Next Steps

  1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
  3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
  4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
    • Health Information Form
    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Online Health & Safety Orientation
  5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
  6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
  7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.