Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Liberal Arts

Study Program

Dates

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20 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

TBD

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15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

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Dates

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42 weeks

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

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Dates

-

20 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Tentative Dates

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20 weeks

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

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Overview

People travel from all over the globe to dip into the cultural treasures of Argentina and barely scratch the surface. Imagine everything you'll experience during a semester abroad in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires!

From studying at world-recognized universities to living with an Argentinian host family to enjoying cultural activities and excursions, there is so much Argentine history to learn and breathtaking landscapes to explore during your time abroad.

Unique Experiences

EXPLORE ARGENTINA

and its lively culture, history and art first-hand.

GET INTO THE SWING OF ARGENTINE LIFE

by living with a host family, doing volunteer work, and joining a conversation club.

TRAVEL AROUND

and into broader Argentina – to dig into the local culture and customs.

300

PLAYS PERFORMED EVERY WEEKEND

500 K

DOGS IN BUENOS AIRES

734

BOOKSTORES

Experience
  • downtown buenos aires garden building
  • students visit library argentina

Your Destination

Have your pick of shops, vibrant neighborhoods, theaters, and cafes in “the Paris of South America”. The city earned its nickname thanks to its stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants, giving visitors glimpses of Europe through its architecture and neighborhood life. A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center with a population of 13 million and the cultural intrigue found only in cities of this size and prestige.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Buenos Aires.

The Culture

boat cruise excursion buenos aires study abraod

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Excursions and activities may include:  

  • Enjoy traditional Argentinian food and learn the tango and folk dances. 
  • Relax Buenos Aires-style at a festival, watch culture in motion with musicals, dance, and theatre performances, or experience the passion for soccer. 
  • Join a group that shares your interest – art, sports, culture, community – and connect with Argentine students. You can also join weekly café gatherings to compare school, idioms, and more with Argentine peers while you practice Spanish.
  • Take advantage of nearby sites of interest to see how Argentines live outside the cosmopolitan capital and that provide participants with a broader understanding of the country.
alpaca farm visit buenos aires

PROJECTS

Volunteering: Share your time and see another slice of Argentine life up close. Options include organizations that work in social policy, community building, and public health.

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Popular Argentina Hand Gestures

By CIEE Buenos Aires at CIEE

A large part of the Argentine population are descendants of Italian immigrants, who came to this country during the late 1800s and early 1900s. You can see the Italian influences... keep reading

From CIEE

Sobremesa: Argentinian Tradition of Sharing Long Conversations After Dinner

By CIEE Buenos Aires at CIEE

By: Sydney Weber, Liberal Arts Student There’s a chalkboard in my host mom’s kitchen that for the past few months has read, “La vida es más linda cuando la compartimos”... keep reading

From CIEE

Walking in Buenos Aires, a source of wonder and learning

By CIEE Buenos Aires at CIEE

By: Hernán Guastalegnanne, Program Assistant and Spanish Teacher When people asked me, what profession would I like to have if I wasn´t a Spanish teacher, I used to say Tour... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "Studying abroad increased by level of independency, comfortability with my own identity, and gave me a completely new perspective on the world. If someone is able to go financially I would 100000% recommend it."

    Michaela D., Clark University

  • "I felt so supported when I was away and from the very beginning process from home. The on site staff and online staff for the preparation were very willing to help with anything. I loved the structure of the home stay, field trips and classes at the local universities."

    Maeve D., Oberlin College

  • "The classes were unstructured and difficult to choose, but overall I really enjoyed my experience and the freedom it allowed to really integrate into Argentine life. I also love the new building!!"

    Elizabeth M., Georgetown University

Housing
Academics

Academics

Established in 1993, this program is for motivated students with high-proficiency Spanish language skills who desire a complete cultural and academic experience. It includes specialized CIEE courses and local university courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) -ranked #1 University in Latin America by Qs in 2022, Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and Universidad Nacional de Arte (UNA). All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified and field expert instructors.  

Participants experience university life in Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of America for its beautiful architecture and vibrant urban dynamic, enrolling with free direct enrollment of courses in the field of study of their interest. To foster participants' Spanish language proficiency, enhance their understanding of Argentina’s culture and society, and support of their academic success, they sign CIEE’s community language commitment and agree to only speak Spanish while in Buenos Aires.

GPA

2.5

Language Requirements

At least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish language, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

Every student is required to take a Spanish language course based on placement test results. The remaining courses are selected from a range of CIEE elective courses and host institution courses at the local universities.

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Spanish language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • CIEE Elective courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • Host Institution courses: 2-6 U.S. semester/3-9 quarter credits

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

As Argentina is in the south of the equator in the southern hemisphere, the Fall semester roughly coincides with the U.S. academic year, from August to December and Spring runs from late February/early March to July.  The U.S. and Argentine educational systems have significant differences.  Argentine students follow specialized paths of study to gain expertise in one field.  Courses focus on more in-depth analysis of a given field study; hence students are expected to take great initiative and responsibility for learning and completing assignments.  Students must take all exams (mid-terms and finals) within the official dates of the program.

Class Format

While CIEE classes are mainly organized like those at most U.S. institutions, host university classes follow local academic customs and practices. Students should notice that in Argentina, each university has a particular class size, campus look and feel, and attracts students of different socio-demographic backgrounds. UBA classes meet for four to six hours a week, with class time divided between lectures and smaller discussion workshops; UCA classes range from four to six hours per week; and UNA classes size varies per department from small workshops to large seminar setting classes.

Grading

CIEE courses use the U.S. A-F grading scale. Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. 

Courses at UBA, UCA, and UNA are graded numerically on a scale of 1-10, which CIEE converts to recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents. Most classes have written exams and occasionally a final oral exam, based on an extensive reading list and formal class lectures.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Academic Projects

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES (UBA) COURSES 

The following is a representative sampling of recommended courses. Not all courses are available every semester. Course listings and availability are not finalized until immediately prior to the start of university classes in each semester. Students may not register for courses that are not affiliated with a specific academic department. CIEE students may participate in all courses for which they meet UBA prerequisites.  Some UBA academic departments may require a Spanish-level exam for international students. 

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales 
Analysis of Argentine Society, Argentine Foreign Policy, Argentine Social History, The City in Theory, Colonial American History, Communication Policy and Planning, Comparative Politics, Economics, Gender and Politics, History of the Means and Systems of Communications, International Economics, International Relations Theory, International Security, The Islamic Factor in Contemporary World Politics, Latin American History, Latin American Politics, Latin American Social History, Mass Communications, Political Economy, Political Psychology, Political Sociology, Psychology and Communication Information Rights, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social and Urban Processes, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the Middle East, Sociology of Organizations, Sociology of Religion, and Urban Sociology. 

Facultad de Filosofia y Letras 
20th Century Literature, American and Argentine Prehistory, Argentine Literature, Biological Anthropology, Cataloguing and Organization of Informational Materials, Contemporary Anthropological Theories, Contemporary Philosophy, The Dilemma of Gender, Female Writers and Writing, General Folklore, History of Anthropological Theory, History of Science, Introduction to Information Sciences, Latin American Spanish, Library Administration, Linguistics, French, English, American, Italian, and Slavic Literature, Logic, Medieval and Modern Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Systematic Anthropology, and Theology. 

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA ARGENTINA (UCA) COURSES 

The following is a representative list of courses available at UCA.  Students may only enroll in courses offered in the academic departments listed below, and for which they meet the pre-requisites.  Students may not register for courses that are not affiliated with a specific academic department.  Please note that not all courses are available every semester, and many departments offer yearlong courses.  UCA course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in each semester. 

Communication Sciences, Journalism, and Marketing Institute 
Audiovisual Production, Cinema and Video, Communication Theory I, Communication Theory II, History of Journalism, Introduction to Audiovisual Communication, Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Publicity and Institutional Communication, Philosophy I: History of Ideas, Politics of Communication, Public Opinion, Radio Workshop, and Text Production. 

Department of Political Science and International Relations 
Analysis of the Political Universe, Argentine Foreign Policy, Argentine History, Constitutional Theory and Law, Empirical Political Science, History of International Relations, Introduction to Constitutional Law, Introduction to Political Economy, Introduction to Political Science, and Public International Law. 

Department of Psychology and Education 
Adolescent and Adult Psychopedagogic Clinic, Adolescent Psychology, Adult Psychopathology, Child Psychopathology, Comparative Education, Contemporary Pedagogy, Education and Diversity, General Didactics, Gerontology and Family, History of Education, Neurophysiology, Neuroscience, Personality Psychology, Philosophy of Education, Psychology of Family and Community, and Psychopedagogic Clinic. 

Department of Social and Economic Sciences 
Department of Social and Economic Sciences Accounting Techniques I, Accounting Techniques II, Comparative Economic Systems, Econometrics, Economic Principles, Economy of Argentina, Growth and Development Economics, History of Argentina’s Economy, Information Systems, International Economy, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Management, Labor Relations and Social Security, Macroeconomics, Mathematics for Economists, Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Microeconomics, Statistics, and World Economic History II. 

PROGRAMA DE ESTUDIOS LATINOAMERICANOS (PEL) AT UCA COURSES 

This special UCA department for international students offers a wide range of courses.  Students may enroll in one Spanish-instructed course based on their qualifications, course scheduling, and Spanish profile.  Please note that not all courses are available every semester.  PEL course listings and availability are not finalized until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester and are available upon arrival in Buenos Aires.  Courses may include: 

Argentina in Words, Art, Art and Architecture in Latin America, Church and the State in Latin America and Historic, Politic, and Legal Perspective, Contemporary Art of Argentina and Latin America, Literature of Century XIX and XX, Peronism, Science and Religion, and Science and Technology in Latin America. 

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LAS ARTES (UNA) COURSES 

The following is a list of departments in which CIEE students may take courses at UNA.  Students may enroll in semester courses offered at UNA based on their qualifications and course schedule.  Please note that not all courses are available every semester, and many departments have yearlong courses.  Students may not register for courses that are not affiliated with a specific academic department.  UNA course listings and availability are not finalized until immediately prior to the start of university classes in each semester and are available upon arrival in Buenos Aires. 

Folklore 
Aboriginal Linguistics, Argentine Folk Dance, Argentine Zapateo in Folk Dance, Art and Regional Folklore, Creole Instrumentation, Literature and Folklore, Native Argentine Populations, Pre-Hispanic American and Argentine Art, and Regional Argentine History. 

Music 
Composition, Instrumental Performance, Orchestral and Choral Directing, and Voice. 

Performing Arts and Drama 
Choreography, Dance, Direction, Lighting Design, Stage Design, and Theater. 

Visual Arts 
Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 20 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $16,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Start Date * End Date TBD*
Program Calendar year 2024 42 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date
Program Spring 2024 20 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $16,950
Program Spring 2025 20 weeks Start Date * End Date *

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $10,956**

Housing = $5,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $16,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $490

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $150

Personal expenses = $200†††

Other = $37††††

Total Costs = $2,177

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500^^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $292 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

††††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $10,956**

Housing = $5,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $16,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $490

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $150

Personal expenses = $200†††

Total Costs = $2,140

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500^^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $292 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Carolina Zumaglini

Center Director

Originally from Buenos Aires, Carolina is an experienced bilingual education consultant, historian, and professor with a vast background in developing and delivering international education programs, remote and face-to-face courses, collaborative...

Mariano Sañudo

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Mariano holds a B.A. on Philology and a Master in Cultural Management. He has vast experience developing cultural programs and working with international students.

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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