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

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: May 15 – Jul 8, 2023 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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If you are eager to learn more about the challenges of 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 hands-on experience in Public Health Systems in a developing country. Courses are taught in Spanish at CIEE Buenos Aires and complemented by co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding. 

Unique Experiences

  • Learn from Latin American public health experts

    and university researchers through specially designed interdisciplinary courses.

  • Get immersed in local public health

    and gain an additional perspective through fieldwork.

  • 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 (The Largest Per Capita In The World)


Location & Culture

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Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable metropolis reveals the influence of Europe and the Middle East in architecture and the steady influx of European immigrants earned Buenos Aires the nickname of the Paris of South America.  A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center. With a population of 13 million, it offers the cultural intrigue found only in cities of this size and prestige.  

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 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. 



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. 

Daily Life

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    Homestay: experience real, day-to-day life in Buenos Aires by living with a typical Argentine host,  such as families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, and older couples whose children visit but do not live at home. The typical commute between homestays and CIEE Buenos Aires can range from a 20-minute walk to a 30- to 40-minute public transportation ride.  Homestays include a weekly laundry service. 


    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 it at home or eating in one of the many restaurants and cafés throughout the city.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where You'll Study

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    Buenos Aires

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    Getting Around

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

What People are Saying

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

    Zoe H., University of Iowa


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

Students are assigned field work in coordination with CIEE Staff based upon their primary public health area of interest and availability. 

CIEE Buenos Aires is in one of the most vibrant and student-and offers easy access to some of the city’s loveliest parks, restaurants, cafés, and shops. Instructors have teaching and 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. 



Language Prerequisites

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


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.

Program Requirements

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

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 presentational lectures and discussions on theoretical and practical concepts with co-curricular excursions and activities.  Special focus is paid to experiential learning and outside-classroom activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. CLASS FORMAT 


Class Format

Courses are taught in Spanish by CIEE's highly qualified and trained faculty at CIEE Buenos Aires for CIEE students only.  Classes are scheduled Monday-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.   

During the assigned field courses, students will engage in the academic and social components with a special focus on practical work. 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.  


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.


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Course Information

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

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


Application Due

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Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 8 weeks Deadline Passed May 15, 2023 Jul 8, 2023
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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 = $5,893 **

Housing = $2,060 ***

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 = $450

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $40

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $210

Other = $30

Total Estimated Costs = $2,050

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 per day

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
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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