Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer in Buenos Aires

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This program has been suspended for summer 2021.

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As one of the twenty largest cities in the world, Buenos Aires has plenty to offer, including a vibrant theater district, countless shops, dynamic neighborhoods, and plenty of educational and cultural opportunities. Spend your summer exploring Latin America’s socio-historical and cultural processes represented in films, or gender and sexuality in artistic productions, while developing your Spanish language skills. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Global Institute – Buenos Aires and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Become a “porteño”

    and experience the city like a local – you’ll find live music and tango dancing always on offer.

  • Explore

    neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, such as Palermo with endless shops and restaurants, Recoleta with its classical European feel, and the old city of San Telmo and La Boca - the birthplace of tango.

  • Experience

    life on a cattle ranch and discover traditional Argentinian food.

  • bookstores, the largest per capita in the world

  • average temperatures from May to July

  • districts, or “barrios,” each with a distinct character and feel


Location & Culture

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Founded in 1536, this bustling metropolis reveals its European and Middle Eastern influence everywhere you look. Buenos Aires is a vibrant port city and the world’s leading Spanish language publishing hub. Travelers enjoy world-class museums and restaurants, exceptional architecture, and a rousing nightlife. With weather that is pleasantly mild, year-round, Buenos Aires is always ready for exploration by bike, public transportation, or on foot - one of the many reasons it was voted “the number-one city to visit” in Latin America.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

All programs feature frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement your academics. Students in Buenos Aires can …

  • Enjoy the city like a local by attending festivals, soccer games, live tango dances and more.
  • Join a student club or sports team and share culture, ideas, and down time with fellow students.
  • Visit free museums, art galleries, and cultural centers such as Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo Fernandez Blanco, Museo de Arte Moderno, Centro Cultural Recoleta, and others.
  • Experience live theater and concerts at nearby venues like Teatro Nacional Cervantes, Teatro General San Martín, Teatro Avenida, Teatro Broadway, Teatro Gran Rex or the magnificent Teatro Colón (ranked the world’s third best by National Geographic).
  • Explore the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur and see more than 250 bird species and a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.
  • Take a day-trip to explore the city surroundings.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay: To complete your Argentine cultural experience, live with a local family. Students are placed with carefully screened homestay families. Each family has at least one member that can speak English. Hosts may be families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, or older couples.

  • Meals

    Meals: Homestays include two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Students are responsible for the other meal. Host families and students decide meals together.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where You'll Study

  • A

    Plaza de Mayo

    With Casa Rosada, Cabildo, and Cathedral a City square named after 1810 revolution that took place here, leading to Argentina's independence.

  • B

    Green parks of Palermo and Jardín Botánico

    Guided tours are given at a 17-acre botanical garden with a greenhouse & rare continental plants.

  • C

    Old town

    La Boca, San Telmo, Sunday Fair, and Modern Art Museum


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In Session I, students take the required course New Argentine Cinema in the Latin America Context. In Session II, students take the required course Gender and Sexuality. Students can also take an optional Communicative Spanish Language course (1 credit). In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Global Institute – Buenos Aires is located in one of the most vibrant and student populated neighborhoods of the city and offers easy access to some of the city’s nicest parks, restaurants, cafés, and shops.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

All students enroll in the one 3-credit CIEE course per session

Program Requirements

All students enroll in the one 3-credit CIEE course per session

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Academic Culture

Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Buenos Aires when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

CIEE faculty at the CIEE Global Institute and are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either three, four, or five times per week. Attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our Canvas e-learning platform.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 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.

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Course Information

Students studying in Buenos Aires for more than one session may only take Communicative Spanish once.

“(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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.

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
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance

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