Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer in Buenos Aires

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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 abundant educational and cultural opportunities.  Take one or two sessions and engage in courses offered in a variety of disciplines, all while developing your Spanish language skills.  Content courses are generally taught in English at CIEE Buenos Aires and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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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 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.

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

Excursions & Activities

All programs feature frequent cultural activities uniquely designed to complement your academics. Students in Buenos Aires can...

  • Enjoy the city like a local by attending festivals, experience the passion for soccer, 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 de Arte Decorativo, 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: Experience real, day-to-day life in Buenos Aires by living with an Argentine host family.  Host options may be traditional or non-traditional, including 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. Each homestay has at least one person that can speak English.  The typical commute between homestays and CIEE Buenos Aires can range from a 15-minute walk to a 30-minute public transportation ride. Homestays include a weekly laundry service.

  • Meals

    Local homestays 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.
    *As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, students will stay in Homestays following new CIEE Health Guidelines. In case students cannot stay in Homestays as usually done, Apartments will be arranged for students. Apartments are located in a safe residential area, close to markets, shops, restaurants, and public transportation. These are furnished for single or double occupancy and are located within walking distance from the CIEE Buenos Aires. Meals are not included in Apartment stays.

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

What People are Saying

  • "It was a wonderful experience to get to know a new world with a different view."

    Alexis G., California State University - Fresno


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In each session, students are required to take one 3-credit course.  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 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.

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

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


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

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

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 Center 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, midterm, and final examinations.  Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

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

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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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:

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

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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