Explore the culture, politics, and history of Argentina in Buenos Aires – the Paris of Latin America. In CIEE’s January Language and Culture program, you’ll take a course in English about Latin American film. You’ll also interact with Argentines, participate in student clubs and interest groups, volunteer in libraries or community centers, and travel throughout Argentina. Join us!
Study abroad in Argentina and you’ll:
- Live with an Argentine host family
- Take a course about the country’s culture and history
- Practice your Spanish as you explore Argentina
- Go to museums, music events, festivals, and soccer matches
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You’ll experience Buenos Aires and surrounding areas during numerous daylong and one extended excursion. You’ll visit an estancia (cattle ranch) and learn about dressage, gaucho skills, folk dances, and traditional foods in the historic town of San Antonio de Areco.
Student to Student
Practice your Spanish with your Argentine peers, and enjoy a taste of local culture during weekly activities. You’ll talk about everything from school and the United States to Argentine idioms and cultural icons – all while relaxing and exploring different aspects of Buenos Aires each week. Plus, take part in cultural groups to pursue your interest and make friends in the process.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local government registration/entrance fees
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
Students take the course New Argentine Cinema in the Latin American Context.
About the City
About The City
Being in one of the 20th-largest cities in the world has its benefits. Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops, and different neighborhoods. Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants have earned Buenos Aires the nickname, “the Paris of South America.” Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis shows glimpses 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, Buenos Aires offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Andrea Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 1994, and supervises the administrative and academic aspects of the Study Center. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and earned a master’s degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in social sciences and public health. Andrea’s academic interests include public health, gender and women, adolescents, and children and family. She is currently earning her Ph.D. and doing research on non-punished abortion and its situation in the public health system in Argentina. Since 2008 Andrea has worked as a National Senate counselor in the National Congress working on several projects recently approved, such as “Equalitarian married,” “Assisted Reproduction and Fertilization Law,” and “Gender Identity.”
Qué decir cuando hablamos de Buenos Aires? Seguramente muchas cosas, y aun nos quedaríamos cortos de palabras. Para comenzar, Buenos Aires es la capital de la Argentina. Es una ciudad portuaria vibrante, reconocida por sus numerosas bibliotecas, librerías, y variada vida cultural. ;Mucha gente la llama la “París de Sudamérica” debido a su mezcla de arquitectura clásica, moderna y colonial. La ciudad es también un referente del fútbol (soccer) en América Latina, reconocida por la pasión de sus aficionados y sus talentosos jugadores. Buenos Aires es renombrada también por la excelencia académica de sus universidades y su extensa tradición intelectual, siendo la ciudad natal de cinco premios Nobel. Todo esto (¡y mucho más!) existe en una metrópoli que es bulliciosa de día, y tiene una vida nocturna vibrante. Cuenta con una población diversa, políticamente activa y de alta conciencia social. Buenos Aires es, sin duda, una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas, encantadoras e intrigantes del hemisferio. ¿Te esperamos para que conozcas todo lo que la ciudad y el país tienen para ofrecerte!
-- Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director
Carolina Alba Merlo
Carolina Alba Merlo has worked with CIEE since 1996. She works alongside the resident director in designing, developing, and managing the CIEE Study Center. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and social psychology at the Pichón Riviere Institute and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and education, with research interests focused on international education and adaptation processes. Carolina is trained in intercultural competence and personal leadership and is considered an expert in those fields.
Vera Cerqueiras received her master's degree in Spanish as a second language from the University of Barcelona. She is the academic Spanish coordinator of CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires. She is certified by the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to evaluate language proficiency and to administrate the COPI exam in Buenos Aires.
She also serves as adjunct professor of Spanish at New York University in Buenos Aires since 2008. She was the academic coordinator of the Spanish as a Foreign Language section of the Universidad de Buenos Aires’s Laboratorio de Idiomas from 1999 to 2008. She also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and for the Latin Union in a special program for emigrants from East Europe, developing teaching materials and learning methods.
Vera trains teachers in Spanish as a second language, leading workshops, lectures, and courses for postgraduate education in Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and the Anglophone Caribbean. She has served as an expert in many international projects intended to share academic and technical assistance. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and culture and language representations in teaching methods.
Currently, she leads two research teams at the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires: one to explore the relations between the local and U.S. academic culture and another to promote evaluation and certification studies.
Leandro Gomez joined CIEE in January 2008 as a student and cultural activities coordinator of the Buenos Aires program. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Before he joined the program, he was a student researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UBA. Currently he is working toward his master’s degree in public administration from UBA.
Favio Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 2002. He is an accomplished actor, as well as theater and staging director, and has a post-graduate degree from the Metropolitan School of Dramatic Art of Buenos Aires. Favio has had an extensive experience in the arts field not only as an actor but also in directing different plays and as a performing arts professor. He has experience in the coordination of different workshops and courses related to dramatic arts.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires has offered programs since 1993. It is located on the urban campus of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) de Argentina. Founded in 1957 by UNESCO, the United Nations agency dedicated to education, culture, and science, FLACSO sponsors Latin America’s largest and most prestigious postgraduate teaching and research program in the social sciences. FLACSO-Argentina was established in 1974, and its faculty is associated with the most well-respected local universities.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
This program offers study abroad students the opportunity to live with an Argentine host family. Host options may be traditional and nontraditional, including nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, and older couples whose children visit but do not live at home. Housing includes two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules.
A three-day orientation session at the beginning of the program introduces students to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentine culture, and the program. Orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities. During orientation activities, CIEE student coordinators create direct relationships with individual students, which help to enhance the support and guidance provided throughout the term. Coordinators attempt to group students by language level whenever possible. At the end of the orientation, students sign a commitment form by which they acknowledge and accept all the program’s policies.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop or tablet. While not guaranteed, most host families have Internet access in their homes. You will also have wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center and Internet cafés throughout the city. While local connection speeds vary, Wi-Fi is relatively reliable throughout the city. The CIEE Study Center also has a computer lab with Internet access and printers for your use.
The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of cultural interest such as a day trip to an estancia, or cattle ranch, and the historic town of San Antonio de Areco, where you'll share traditional foods, and learn about dressage, gaucho skills, and folk dances./p>
Nature of Classes
Classes are scheduled during the mornings or afternoons, Monday through Thursday. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. The course combines lectures with local field trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture and use their language skills with local residents. The course is designed to offer opportunities for students to draw connections between their classroom-based learning and their cultural experiences outside of the classroom
Final grades in courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam. Professors report Argentine numerical grades (1-10 scale) and CIEE converts those grades into U.S. letter grade equivalents. Attendance is mandatory and incompletes are not accepted.
Language of Instruction
The academic content of the program is designed, managed, and delivered by CIEE and FLACSO. Classes are for CIEE students only. The CIEE professors function as facilitators throughout the academic and co-curricular components of the program, accompanying students on various cultural activities. Spanish professors may participate as part of a teaching team in content classes to ensure that students achieve their linguistic objectives as well as their content objectives.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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CINE 3002 AFLA ENG
New Argentine Cinema in the Latin American Context
(Taught in English)
This course focuses on the analysis of films and thus provides students with an understanding of cinematographic language and analysis. The main components of the New Argentine Cinema – recognized abroad as one of the most prestigious national film movements of our time, and awarded several prizes in the leading film festivals – will be analyzed in the light of critical reflections and the institutional context as well as its affiliation with poetry and directors of film history. From the theoretical-practical approach, we highlight the socio-historical and cultural processes in Latin America that are represented in the films, with special emphasis on the Argentine experience. Major topics will include the consequences of neoliberalism in Latin America (realism as a way to represent the social crisis), new visions of the past (the documentaries made by the children of the “Desaparecidos”), and an original bridge between cinema and literature. The course will also allow students to understand the position of Latin American Cinema in the global context of the film industry.