Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer Community Public Health

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Information for term Summer Community Public Health

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jul 11, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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If you’re eager to learn more about the challenges of public health in Latin America and have a flair for Spanish language, Buenos Aires is the place for you. Whether your chosen field is biology, medicine, nursing, education, or political science, you’ll gain international perspective and hands-on experience, and come home with noticeably stronger Spanish skills. Courses are taught in Spanish at CIEE Global Institute – Buenos Aires and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn from Latin American public health experts

    and university researchers, with specially designed interdisciplinary courses.

  • Get immersed in local public health

    and additional perspective with field work beyond Buenos Aires or in Uruguay.

  • Benefit from a unique, collaborative approach

    that brings public health specialists and Spanish language instructors together to prepare for and teach classes.

  • plays performed every weekend

  • time each year, museums have free admission during La Noche de los Museos

  • bookstores


Location & Culture

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Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants earned Buenos Aires the nickname, the Paris of South America. Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable metropolis reveals influence of Europe and the Middle East in architecture and café 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


  • See how Argentines live in rural areas with daylong excursions
  • Experience culture with personalized guided tours to iconic sites
  • Enjoy dance, theater performances and festivals
  • Meet new people in group activities


Volunteering. Share your time, and see another slice of Argentine life up close as you help promote social policy, human rights, community building, and health.

Daily Life

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    Homestays:  Students live with host families for maximum immersion in Argentine culture, both in Buenos Aires and during field placements.


    Housing includes two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Students are responsible for the other meals. Host families and students will decide meals together.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute

    Buenos Aires

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    Getting Around

    Students walk and use the public transportation system to get around the city.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This intensive eight-week program focuses on community healthcare, public policies, and the challenges and successes of Latin American public health. All students are required to take: Advanced Spanish Conversation and GrammarCommunity Health Practicum, and Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues.

Students are assigned to one of three locations for a fieldwork component:

  • Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza Province (15 hours from Buenos Aires on the Chilean border). Focus: Inter-governmental department cooperation and healthcare delivery.
  • Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios, Entre Rios Province (2 hours from Buenos Aires). Focus: Healthcare delivery in rural regions.
  • Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad y Desarrollo Inclusivo, Montevideo, Uruguay (30-minute flight, 3-hour boat ride). Focus: Youth health and inclusive approaches for people with disabilities.


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. Instructors have teaching and/or research experience in different areas of public health and bring extensive practical experience in epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, pediatric health, gender, social and health public policy, rights and health, bioethics, and health promotion.


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    Courses are taught in Spanish by CIEE faculty at the CIEE Global Institute during the first 4 weeks of the program and are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday. 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. During the assigned field courses, students will engage in the academic and social components with a special focus on practical work.


    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.


    The pace of this intensive program 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. Special focus is paid on experiential learning and outside-classroom activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. During field work, a tutor trained to monitor and advise students in academic and fieldwork will accompany the students.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent). College-level coursework in public health and in Latin American history or politics is recommended.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE Spanish Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours

Language of Instruction

All students take three courses including one Spanish language course and two CIEE courses taught in Spanish.

Course Notes
Students are assigned to one of three locations for a fieldwork component.

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
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Argentine culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jul 11, 2020
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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 = $5,823 **

Housing = $2,060 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,350

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 = $560

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $40

Visa Fees = $100

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $3,250

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 per day

10 per day high quality meal

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

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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