Buenos Aires, Argentina

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 21 – Jul 12, 2022 (20 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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People travel from all over the globe to dip into the cultural treasures of Argentina and barely scratch the surface. Imagine all you'll experience during a semester abroad in Argentina! Study at a world-recognized university, live with an Argentine host family, and go on excursions to explore the country's culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. Plus, you'll get a firsthand look at the social and economic challenges facing this Latin American country.

Unique Experiences


    with specialized CIEE courses, and choose from a vast selection at four top local universities where all courses are taught in Spanish.


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


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

  • plays performed every weekend

  • dogs in Buenos Aires

  • bookstores


Location & Culture

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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 and the Middle East alike through 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, it has the cultural intrigue found only in cities of this size and prestige.

The Culture


  • Enjoy traditional Argentinian food.
  • Learn folk dances.
  • Relax Buenos Aires-style at a festival or soccer game.
  • Watch culture in motion with musical, dance, and theatre performances.
  • Get involved by joining a student club or a sports team.
  • Take advantage of nearby sites of interest that provide participants with a broader understanding of the country.
  • See how Argentines live outside the cosmopolitan capital with a day trip.
  • Undertake a multi-day excursion to broaden your perspective on Argentina’s history and culture.



  • Volunteering. Share your time, and see another slice of Argentine life up close. Options include a range of organizations that work for social policy, human rights, community building, and public health.
  • Community Service Seminar. Give back with 20 hours of coursework and 75 hours of volunteer service.  (not available all terms).
  • Peer support. Connect with Argentine students by joining a cultural immersion group that shares your interest from a diverse range of topics from soccer to conversation.


Daily Life

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    Homestay: Experience real, day-to-day life in Buenos Aires by living with an Argentine host family. Host options may be traditional and nontraditional, including nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, and older couples whose children visit but do not live at home. We match as much as possible family hosts to student preferences. The typical commute between homestays and CIEE Buenos Aires is 30-40 minutes on average by public transportation. 


    Local home family stays include two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules. Students are responsible for the remaining meal, either preparing them at home or eating in one of many restaurants and cafés throughout the city.

    Academic-year students have a three-month break from December to February between semesters, during which they are responsible for housing and meals.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute Buenos Aires

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    Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), Universidad Nacional de Arte (UNA).

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation to get from campus to their homestays, about a 30 to 40-minute ride.


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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), Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and/or Universidad Nacional de Arte (UNA). All courses are taught in Spanish and CIEE faculty is associated with the most well-respected local universities.

The program gives students the opportunity to experience university life at UBA, UCA, and/or UNA, and the freedom to enroll in a vast selection of courses. All students sign CIEE’s Community Language Commitment and agree to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and understanding of Argentina’s culture and society.



Language Prerequisites

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

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.

Program Requirements

Every student is required to take a Spanish language course based upon 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: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 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

The U.S. and Argentine educational systems have significant differences. Argentine students follow specialized paths of study to gain expertise in one field. Courses tend to be more difficult, and students are expected to take greater initiative and responsibility for learning and completing assignments. Students must take exams within the official dates of the program. The academic year program roughly coincides with the U.S. academic year, from July to July; students have a three-month break (December – February) between semesters. The calendar year program runs from mid-February to mid-December; students have a one-week break between the first and second semester in July.

Class Format

CIEE classes are only for CIEE students and are organized similar to most U.S. institutions. Local university classes are open to Argentines and other international students. Each university has 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 to large seminars.


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, and 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


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.


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Course Information


Host Institution Courses

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The following is a representative sampling of recommended courses. Not all courses are available every semester. Course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given 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 pre-requisites. Some UBA academic departments may require a Spanish 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.


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 a given 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.


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 determined 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.


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 determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester and are available upon arrival in Buenos Aires.

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.

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 Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.


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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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2022 20 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Feb 21, 2022* Jul 12, 2022*
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,083 **

Housing = $4,900 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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 = $1,176

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $504

Books & Supplies = $168

Visa Fees = $100

Personal expenses = $2,016

Other = $37 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,201

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.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals daily

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

†† Covid test fees for entry to the US

*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.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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