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Program Overview

Program Overview

There are endless treasures to explore in Buenos Aires and our Summer Business and Culture program is about helping you find them. To us, the real treasures are the experiences you’ll have in this vibrant city. Take business courses in English, live with a local family, meet with local investment, business, and government professionals, and go on excursions to Uruguay and the Argentinian countryside. You’ll leave with a better understanding of business in this economic hub and improved Spanish language skills!

Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you’ll:

  • Become part of the local university community
  • Take CIEE courses about Latin American and Argentine business and culture
  • Build basic language skills in Spanish with the optional Communicative Spanish course
  • Get involved with local community organizations and development
  • Learn outside the classroom at museums, festivals, soccer matches, and more
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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Well-known social science researchers and experts in Latin American business are your teachers in Buenos Aires. Depending on which courses you choose, you could meet important representatives in finance, government, and international investment, hear firsthand from private businesses about challenges they face, or study consumer purchasing patterns and design your own business proposal. Plus you can take Communicative Spanish Language to learn language skills for everyday life in Argentina.

Excursions

You’ll also get out and see many areas of Argentina during numerous excursions. Experience life on an Argentinian cattle ranch, take a trip to Uruguay, eat traditional foods, and learn folk dances. You’ll attend cultural and musical events, and learn about the linguistic particularities of the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata region.

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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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take one content area course per session. CIEE content courses include 45 contact hours for 3 semester credits / 4.5 quarter hours. Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Spanish Language courses during any one session.

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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 it 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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Andrea A. Rizzotti

Study Center Director

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 "Equal Marriage", the "Assisted Reproduction and Fertilization Law," and "Gender Identity."

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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

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Carolina Alba Merlo

Associate Resident Director

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. Since spring 2008, Carolina facilitates the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course that takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to intercultural development. Carolina is trained in intercultural competence and personal leadership and is considered an expert in those fields.

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Vera Cerqueiras

Spanish Department Academic Coordinator

Vera Cerqueiras has a degree in Literature and Linguistics from University of Buenos Aires and a MA from University of Barcelona, in Spanish Teaching as a Second Language. She was previously the academic coordinator of the Department of Spanish as a Foreign Language of the University of Buenos Aires from 1999 to 2008. Currently, she is the Academic Coordinator of Spanish of the CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center, at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Also she teaches Spanish at NYU Buenos Aires since 2008. She trains teachers in Spanish as a second language in Argentina at workshops, lectures, and courses and she took part as an expert in many international projects of cooperation for academic and technical assistance. Her work focuses on the relationship between language and culture, and in the development of didactic material in order to improve the proficiency of non-native speakers in the Spanish language. She is in charge of PROELE -Programa de Español como Lengua Extranjera- at FLACSO Argentina.

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Leandro Gomez

Student and Cultural Activities Coordinator

Leandro Gomez joined CIEE in January 2008 as a student and cultural activities coordinator of the Buenos Aires Study Center. He earned a master degree in public administration at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). During 2014 he spent a semester doing a research at the Kettering Foundation, in Dayton OH. Before Leandro joined the Study Center, he was a student researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UBA.

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Favio Rizzotti

Student Services Coordinator

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.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires has offered programs since 1993 and attracts one of the largest number of students each year among CIEE Study Centers in the region. 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.

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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.

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Orientations

Orientations

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, all optimized for the Spanish-level of the students.

During orientation activities, CIEE student coordinators create direct relationships with individual students, which help to enhance the support and guidance provided throughout the term. At the end of the orientation, students sign a commitment form by which they acknowledge and accept all the program’s policies.

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Internet

Internet

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 program uses an intranet that students can access from any computer to facilitate the course registration process and encourage communication between participants and staff members.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of cultural interest such as a daytrip 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. Students will travel to Uruguay by boat for a two-night stay in the cities of Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. In both cities, you'll visit the historic waterfronts, attend cultural and musical events, and learn about the linguistic particularities of the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata region.

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Academics

Academics

This program is designed for students who want to combine a cultural immersion experience with a range of area studies courses focusing on business, economics, policy, and trade. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the optional Communicative Spanish Language course to learn basic Spanish communication skills to enhance opportunities for intercultural experiences.

Academic Culture

Classes are typically scheduled during the mornings or afternoons, Monday through Thursday. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. Most courses combine 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. Courses are designed to offer opportunities for students to draw connections between their theoretical and practical classroom-based learning, and their cultural experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Each course will conduct several out-of-class activities in which students will be able to observe and interact with individuals and organizations representing the main topics covered by each course. Learning outcomes will be assessed through personal reflections, evaluation feedback and self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

Nature of Classes

Students may choose from a variety of business and culture courses taught in English. The program also offers an optional one-credit Communicative Spanish Language course.

Grading System

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 to U.S. letter grades.

Language of Instruction

Academic content courses are offered in English. The one-credit Communicative Spanish Language courses is offered in Spanish.

Faculty

All CIEE FLACSO courses are taught by professors with extensive academic and practical experience and expertise in the field. The academic content of the program is designed, managed, and delivered by CIEE and FLACSO. Classes are for CIEE students only. The CIEE professors will function as facilitators throughout the academic and co-curricular components of the program and will accompany 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.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Session I

BUSI 3002 AFLA / FINC 3001 AFLA
Business, International Finance, and Public Policy in Latin America

The course aims to analyze international finance (public and private bank investments) by studying their impact on the business world and local public policies. The class will focus on the design and implementation of public policies in Argentina that encourage or discourage the flow of international funding and investment. Students will consider the importance of international financial and regulatory institutions in this process such as Bretton Woods, the IMF, and the World Bank. Co-curricular activities include meeting important representatives of the financial and governmental sectors, including international investment companies.

SPAN 0001 AFLA
Communicative Spanish

This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. (Note: Students may only take this course for credit during one session.)

Session II

BUSI 3005 AFLA
Green Business and Policy in the Global Context

This class seeks to provide students with an overarching vision on the most recent international debates surrounding the complex relationship between unprecedented levels of global growth in production and consumption, and the imperative of environmental protection. Students will address and debate the wide array of theoretical notions for the understanding of this complex interplay (such as sustainable development, green economy, green growth, and sustainable growth), emerging from international organizations, academia, and the corporate sector. Students will critically analyze the opportunities and shortcomings of different technologically innovative strategies promoted by governments and private stakeholders in the search for achieving economic development while reducing environmental risks. Several national and international guest speakers will contribute to the discussion on sustainable production and consumption, payments for ecosystem services, and energy efficiency among other policies.

SPAN 0001 AFLA
Communicative Spanish

This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. (Note: Students may only take this course for credit during one session.)

Session III

BUSI 3003 AFLA
Business, Regional Trade, and Economic Integration in Latin America

The course aims at analyzing the new trends of economic integration and regional trade in Latin America, where external investment flows have been a key issue for governments to create a regional market. Students will compare and contrast the different processes of economic cooperation and business development over time in the region, focusing on internal and external factors. U.S.-Latin American relations will also be highlighted. Special guest lecturers will be invited from the government, private sector, Mercosur and UNASUR. Students will visit private companies engaging in regional trade to understand the opportunities and challenges of the region.

SPAN 0001 AFLA
Communicative Spanish

This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. (Note: Students may only take this course for credit during one session.)

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