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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Boarding houses
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biological Science Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term College: College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Click here for a definition of this term CSUF Faculty: Ramirez, M.
Program Description:

BIOL 490:  Advances in Clinical Microbiology/ Research Experience in Clinical Microbiology, Winter Session 2019

Argentina 2017
This course will give the students the tools and knowledge to understand the epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases and prepare them to understand and analyzed primary literature. Moreover, clinical cases will be discussed creating critical thinking skills.

Under the direction of Dr. Maria Soledad Ramirez, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and , this program includes lectures and practical research opportunities at the the Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martin, UBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Over the duration of this program, students will gain experience in the following:

- Organizations involved in Infectious Diseases Control
- Public Health Terminology
- Collection, preservation and processing of clinical samples
- Epidemiological studies- Outbreak studies
- Microbial Flora and Pathogens- Host-parasite relationships, microbial pathogenesis and host defense mechanisms
- Microorganisms involved in causing human disease
- New technologies and the use molecular methods for direct detection and/or rapid identification of pathogens
- Emerging and re-emerging pathogen
- Antimicrobial therapy, vaccine development and emergence of multidrug resistant microbes.

Laboratory experience
- Correct manipulation, transport and preservation of the samples
- Correct identification of bacterial species (phenotypic assays, MALDI-TOFF MS)
- Use of molecular techniques to detect and identify clinical pathogens
- Use of epidemiological techniques characterize the outbreak and/or relationship among studied isolates

Program Dates: Subject to change

  • Wintersession 2019 - Session B:  January 2, 2019 through January 18, 2019
  • Travel to Argentina: January 7-January 17, 2019

This course will take place during Winter Session: January 7-17, 2019.  Tentative Schedule below - subject to change

Week 1                  CSUF Campus:  
  • Course Introduction and review of general concepts
    Lab rules and requirements 
  • Microbial Flora and Pathogens
    Processing of clinical samples
    Bacterial identification
  • Case discussion
    Introduction of Molecular Epidemiological tools- Outbreak studies
  • Relevant recent microbiology topics and introduction of emerging multidrug resistance pathogens
Week 2 & 3 Arrive at your departure airport (LAX/SNA) at least 3 h before our flight time. Join the rest of the class to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Research Experience and lectures in Clinical Microbiology
    • a) Case study (complete characterization and correct identification of bacterial isolates)-
    • b) Study of a CRE outbreak (Molecular techniques- Epidemiological studies)
  • The last day every student will present a talk of 10 min explain the research conducted, results and conclusion, due to your instructor for grading. 
Week 3  U.S. Arrival
Students Final presentation (9 am- 12.05 pm)

Program Highlights

  • Earn 3 units of upper division BIOL credit (1 unit lecture; 2 units laboratory
  • Gain new perspectives  in a hands-on research environment.
  • The required course is instructed by a CSUF faculty member and will count towards your degree
  • Learn about and practice a variety of research techniques
  • Opportunity to present research results and conclusions
  • Open to graduate students!

Course and Faculty

You must enroll in BIOL 490 - Research Experience in Clinical to participate in the this program. 
GRADING: To pass the course, students must earn a passing grade (C or higher).
BIOL 490 - WS2018.

Students are expected to attend all of their class meetings (abroad and on the CSUF campus), unless there is a medical reason which prevents them from doing so, and to adhere to all behavioral norms established on their respective campuses. Additionally, they are required to follow the laws and regulations, and respect the cultural mores, national traditions and customs of the host country.

Core course and permission of instructor


CSUF Instructor Assistant Instructor (Abroad)
Dr. Barberis
Dr. Maria Soledad Ramirez
Biological Sciences
College of Natural Sciences
and Education, CSUF
Dr. Claudia M. Barberis
Farmacia y Bioquimica Hospital de Clinicas, UBA


Students will stay in one of the suggested accommodations for the travel abroad portion of this program:

Livin Residence
Viamonte 1815, C1056ABA
Buenos Aires Argentina

Residencia Proyecta Alfa
Viamonte 2931
Buenos Aires Argentina

*Professor will help students make arrangements for accommodations with this or a similar vendor.  Also Students can check different option in: Airbnb, booking, etc


Costs & Financial Aid

Program Fee: $2,820.00 Tentative and subject to change.  The following arrangements are included in the program fee for the travel portion of this course:

  • Lodging ($320 estimated - To be paid directly to vendor)
  • Round-trip airfare on group flight or individual flight, TBD - ($1,600 estimated - To be paid directly to vendor)
  • Program coordination expenses ($900 - To be paid directly to BIOL department)
    • CSUF program coordination
    • Lab & course materials
    • Lectures abroad and programming support from local host

Additional Costs To Consider

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.


Passport & Visa

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do no require a tourist visa to enter the country of Argentina for up to 90 days.  Find visa and entry information here:

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Argentine Embassy/Consulate about visa requirements for their country of origin.  Please use the following link for embassy/consulate contact information:

Application & Deadlines


  • Good academic standing
  • Valid passport and visa (if applicable); see above section
  • Completed online program application

Deadlines and Important Dates

May 30, 2018 Early Bird Application Due
June 4, 2018 Early Bird Application Notification
Sept. 28th, 2018
Regular Decision Online Application Due
TBD Application Status Notification
TBD Student Commitment Deadline
Early November First Program payment due to BIOL department: $500.00
Late November Final Program payment due to BIOL department: $400.00
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation


Contact Us
Programming-related Questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.): Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -

Course-related Questions: Professor Maria Ramirez
Office: DBH 117A
Phone: (657)-278- 4562
Campus extension: 4562

Online Application Questions: Study Abroad Office -

BIOL 490 in Argentina

This program is currently not accepting applications.