Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer Community Public Health

Study Program



8 weeks



10 semester hours

15 quarter hours


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If you are eager to learn more about public health in Latin America and have a flair for the Spanish language, Buenos Aires is the place for you. Whether your chosen field is biology, medicine, nursing, or a related field, you’ll gain an international perspective and study the ins and outs of public health systems in a developing country. Courses are taught in Spanish at CIEE Buenos Aires and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


and university researchers through specially designed interdisciplinary courses.


and gain an additional perspective through fieldwork.


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







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Your Destination

The streets and avenues of Buenos Aires and its 48 distinct neighborhoods offer cultural wonders, diverse gastronomy, lively nightlife, and beautiful parks and green spaces. When you study abroad in Argentina, you’ll experience the life, history, and culture of this country through its world-class museums, quaint cafés, historic architecture, and more. Buenos Aires is an incredible study abroad location for students looking to explore Latin America, learn the Spanish language, and immerse themselves in Latin culture.

Discover the diversity of Buenos Aires, a melting pot of cultures where immigrants from all over the globe converge with indigenous American heritage and Latin way of life. 

We want 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

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Excursions and activities may include:  

  • Enjoy traditional Argentinian food, and learn the tango and folk dances.
  • 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. 
  • Enjoy the city like a local by attending festivals, experiencing the passion for soccer, live music, and more. 
  • Visit 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. 
  • Get to know the different neighborhoods discovering their history, peculiarities and enjoying their food 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, enjoy a gaucho day, or visit Colonia in Uruguay.
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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


Argentinian Culture: The Kiss, Language, and Time

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Josie Stephens The Kiss One cultural behavior Argentinians take part in is the kiss (beso) on the cheek. In the US, typical greeting behaviors are a handshake or a... keep reading


Safety in Buenos Aires Argentina

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Josie Stephens Like many other major cities, pickpocketing is one of the biggest (if not, the biggest crime) in Buenos Aires. However, it is worse here than in other... keep reading


Finances in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Josie Stephens When visiting Buenos Aires, there are certain things you need to be aware of and certain steps you should take when it comes to obtaining and spending... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "Everything was very well planned and beneficial to the experience as a whole."

    Zoe H., University of Iowa



This dynamic eight-week program delves into a comprehensive exploration of community and public health issues within the Argentine context. By considering diverse social scenarios, participants gain valuable insights into the intricacies of healthcare in Argentina. The program covers topics such as healthcare management, policies, bioethics, and health promotion.

All three courses are designed to enrich students’ awareness of public health dynamics by combining classroom learning with visits to healthcare centers and cultural immersion. Students will take three courses: classes on Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues, participate in a Community Health Practicum and

Additionally, students are required to take one Advanced Spanish course along with Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues and Community Health Practicum. Advanced Spanish options are Spanish Language-Advanced I, Spanish Language Advanced II and Advanced Spanish for Healthcare Professionals. This course will increase student´s public health-related vocabulary and facilitate friendly conversations with people in the community and members of the healthcare team. Spanish courses to be delivered are contingent upon enrollment numbers and the proficiency level of the students. Please approve all Spanish courses with your advisors before arrival.

Our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. They specialize in various areas of public health, including epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, social and health public policy, bioethics, and health promotion.



Language Requirements

4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent).

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.


College-level coursework in public health and in Latin American history or politics is recommended.

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.


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

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

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

All coursework is conducted in Spanish. The Professional Healthcare Issues course includes direct instruction, field trips, course material, class discussions, and reviews of public health-related current events. For the Community Health Practicum, students visit a variety of health care facilities to better understand their daily dynamics. During the assigned field courses, students will engage in the academic and social components. Guided by faculty, students will visit public and private medical institutions and community centers, and participate in vaccination campaigns, blood drives, and other activities related to their field of interest. Both courses feature guest lecturers from professionals in the public health field. Courses are open only to CIEE students.

The pace of this intensive program is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Special focus is paid to experiential learning and outside-classroom activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation.

Class Format

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday and attendance is strictly enforced for classes and required co-curricular activities. 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 exams.  Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in the 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.


Course Information

Course Notes
Students are assigned practical fieldwork experience as part of the program.

Summer 2024

Semester Credit

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 & 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
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer 2024 8 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $8,450

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 = $5,278**

Housing = $2,675

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $8,450

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 = $196

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $25

Books & Supplies = $10

Personal expenses = $140

Other = $30

Total Costs = $1,701

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 = $400^

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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**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.

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

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 travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


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


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.

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