The Public Policy and Community Development program at the National University of Lanús in Argentina is designed for Australian University students with a background or interest in social work, community and international development, policy and governance, politics, NGO’s, and social entrepreneurship.

This engaging and intensive program is designed to give you a detailed understanding of the relationship between public policy and community development in an international context. You will get the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in policy analysis, ethics, politics and negotiation in Argentina. Additionally, you will also look into the roles of the NGO organisations in this space including the UN, WHO, the World Bank, the Council of Europe as well as smaller private organisations.

The National University of Lanús has a strong community presence and has an established UNICEF supported volunteer program, which provides numerous sporting and educational activities to the local disadvantaged children. As part of this program, you will take part in a number of activities within this volunteering initiative.

** Details to the program are still subject to final change ** 

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Module I:  Development models in context: historical introduction to Argentina

Introduction to Argentina’s current history from a development and public policy approach:

  • The Oligarchic State (visit to Cementerio de Recoleta and Palermo)
  • Peronism
  • State terrorism and neoliberal policies
  • 2001 crisis and Kirchnerism

Module II: Public policy at a local scale: community development

  • Policy design and the public policy cycle
  • National development and social justice policies at a local level (actors, programs, approaches in the city of Lanús). Activity: interview with a local public officer
  • Case study: Environmental pollution and social justice: the case of Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo (possible guests Julieta Rossi CDH-UNLa and Urban Environment Management School UNLa)


Module III: RBA and Gender approach to community development

  • International development policy at a national scale: how are the new United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) going to be implemented locally.
  • Right-based approach to development
  • Gender and development


Module IV: Children’s rights and community development

  • Popular education and community development (guest professor from Education School at UNLa)
  • Public health and community development (guest professor from community health School at UNLa)
  • Children’s direct participation in development: the right to be heard


Universidad Nacional de Lanús

The National University of Lanús is a public institution, which has been providing higher education since 1995.

The University is located 30 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus of the National University of Lanús is one of the largest green areas in the region and it allows students to experience a much wider contrast of the country where mixed European and Latin American meet in order to study different courses.

This environment enables students to combine activities in downtown Buenos Aires with the quietness and safety of the University.

The university is part of an ambitious national education project aimed at promoting quality academic offer. The project seeks to foster higher education in the suburbs of Buenos Aires allowing more people to get involved with the University’s community. Thus, its foundation enabled to improve the local area where the campus was recently set.  As a result, the University currently has 14.000 students and is still increasing in numbers.

It combines academic excellence with individual assistance all in a green-friendly environment so students can make the most of their experience in Buenos Aires.

Instructor Information

Emilia Rossi has an Advanced degree in Statistics and Economics and a Masters in Development and International Cooperation from University of Bologna with research experience at Free University in Amsterdam. She is currently writing a thesis on Peruvian Domestic Workers in Buenos Aires in order to complete a Master in Social and Political Anthropology at FLACSO Argentina (Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sociales).

Emilia has extensive international experience as an aid worker and consultant for INGOs and international organisations, specialising in gender and development, and social participation. She has worked in a number of countries, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Africa and Asia.

She has experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes and policies, and training undergraduate students and CSOs staff. 


You will be staying at a hostel called La Casa de Pichincha, located in the downtown of Buenos Aires. Pichincha has been working with the University and providing accommodation for overseas university students.

You will be either sharing a double or a quadruple room with other AIM Overseas program participant/s. A double room has a bunk bed and a work desk. A quadruple room has 4 single beds and work desks.

The hostel has barbecue facilities located on the rooftop and a well-equipped shared kitchen. WiFi is available in all areas.



Map of South America

Argentina is a vast natural wonderland, with the Iguazu falls in the north to the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south. It is full of stunning sights and adventures just waiting to be experienced.

Tango and Futbol (soccer) are things that the Argentines are passionately devoted about. Food is also a culinary journey within Buenos Aires especially; there is a variety of ethnic cuisine from Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern to Scandinavian. Juicy and perfectly grilled steaks are big on the menu, with Parillas (Steak Houses) everywhere.

The city of Buenos Aires, which is located on the banks of the famous River Plate, is undoubtedly the big cosmopolitan entrance to South America. It is a metropolis with boundless energy combining tradition and innovation in its architecture, fashion and art. Like Europe with a melancholic twist, Buenos Aires is unforgettable.

Rounded by its legendary pampas, Buenos Aires gives room to a third of the 40 million Argentineans. Those who decide to study in Buenos Aires will also be able to experience the city: tour its elegant streets and avenues with Parisian 19th century-architectural style, get to know its neighbourhoods and suburbs where all the identities are linked with some national passion such as tango, soccer and politics.



All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this after you have been accepted on the program, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.



Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

The steps to apply, and be accepted, for this program are as follows:

  1. Apply online
  2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
  3. We’ll review your results and application and, if we believe you are likely to be accepted for the program, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
  4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
  5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
  6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
  7. You'll receive your course syllabus, information on steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.