In Buenos Aires, you have the opportunity to significantly enhance your advanced Spanish language skills, while exploring regional politics, social issues, and economic development in contemporary Argentina.
Through intensive language study, enrolment options at multiple local universities, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Buenos Aires offers you a dynamic academic and cultural experience.
Study abroad in Argentina and you will:
Become part of the local university community through unique CIEE courses about Latin American and Argentine issues
Enroll in challenging courses alongside Argentine students at the most prestigious Argentine universities while using CIEE Spanish classes and language tutorials to support you in your language learning
Get involved in local community organizations and development through CIEE’s community service seminar
Learn outside the classroom on CIEE educational and cultural field trips in and around Buenos Aires, including visits to museums, festivals, and soccer matches
The CIEE Difference
Develop your Spanish through various advanced language workshops, and your knowledge of Argentina through a variety of specialized area studies electives.
You’ll also enroll directly in courses within a wide array of academic departments at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA). This arrangement allows you to combine the more personalized “think tank” atmosphere offered by CIEE, with the vibrant and challenging Argentine university life of UBA, UCA, and IUNA.
Enjoy a four-day academic field trip to the Argentine province of Jujuy, to learn about the indigenous history of the country. Students attend lectures by archaeologists and explore indigenous ruins and historical sites, all of which are located in the Quebrada de Humahuaca region.
A shorter day field trip is also offered outside of Buenos Aires. During this excursion, you have the opportunity to explore a more rural landscape and experience a distinct way of life as lived in the outskirts of the cosmopolitan capital.
Study abroad in Buenos Aires offers a number of programs and activities to help integrate you into the local and university communities, including special interest groups, student clubs, intramural sports and volunteering opportunities.
Students are required to take 15–23 semester/22.5–34.5 quarter hours per semester; total recommended credit for the year is 30–46 semester/45–69 quarter hours.
CIEE courses at FLACSO: 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
CIEE Spanish language courses: 32–64 contact hours and recommended credit is 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
UBA courses in the Social Science department: 68–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 4–6 semester/6–9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
UBA courses in the Economics department: 45–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3–6 semester/4.5–9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
UBA courses in the Philosophy and Letters department: 96 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
UCA courses: 45–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3–6 semester/4.5–9 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
IUNA courses:34–90 contact hours and recommended credit is 2–6 semester/3–9 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
A minimum of 15 credits and 4 courses is required for every study abroad student. Upon arrival, all students take a Spanish language placement exam and, based on the results, are required to enroll in a certain amount of credits in Spanish language and a certain number of direct enrollment courses.
Advanced Spanish I: Minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 8 credits in Spanish Language, direct enrollment not recommended
Advanced Spanish II: Minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 7 credits in Spanish Language, one direct enrollment course required
Post-Advanced Spanish I: Minimum of 3 credits and maximum of 6 credits in Spanish Language, one direct enrollment course required, two direct enrollment courses highly recommended
Post-Advanced Spanish II: Optional to maximum of 3 credits in Spanish Language, two direct enrollment courses required
About Buenos Aires
Founded in 1536, Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is often referred to as “the Paris of Latin America”. Within this immense, yet surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis, elegant 19th Century buildings and café life offer glimpses of Europe and the Middle East. 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.
Where You’ll Study
The CIEE study center and offices are located within the urban campus of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international, inter-governmental organization devoted to research, development and education in the social sciences fields. The CIEE-FLACSO partnership provides a dynamic, academic base for CIEE study abroad students, and serves as your home campus in Buenos Aires as well as the place where many of your classes and program events are held.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enroll in some of the top universities of Argentina(UBA, UCA and IUNA) and take classes alongside local Argentine students.
Housing & Meals
Housing, breakfast, and one additional meal per day are included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in private homes or in a student residencia. The student residencia is double occupancy with CIEE students living with a native Spanish speaker. Home stay hosts come from various lifestyles, and students are matched with local home stays based on the student preferred living environment. Other meals may be taken in the wide variety of restaurants and/or typical cafés throughout the city, or even prepared at home.
The Liberal Arts study abroad program has a strong cultural agenda throughout the semester. CIEE organizes activities such as visits to museums and festivals, trips to local soccer games, and theater and dance performances. Through local universities, you'll have the chance to participate in a rich diversity of campus and off-campus activities, and to practice a wide variety of sports.
Argentine Andino Seminar: Past and Present
This four-day academic field trip brings you to the Argentine province of Jujuy in the far north of the country, to learn about the indigenous history of Argentina. You'll attend lectures by archaeologists and explore indigenous ruins and historical sites, all of which are located in the Quebrada de Humahuaca region, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region features spectacular mountain scenery and a visit to the vast salt flats at the foot of the Andean range.
A shorter day field trip is also offered outside of Buenos Aires. During this excursion, you'll have the opportunity to explore a more rural landscape and experience a distinct way of life as lived in the outskirts of the cosmopolitan capital.
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Cultural Immersion Groups
Cultural Immersion Groups provide you an optional, but recommended, opportunity to meet other young Argentines and participate in cultural activities organized around a common interest. Current special interest groups include the Futbol and the Conversation Clubs.
You can volunteer with a diverse group of local nonprofit and non-governmental organizations involved in social policy, human rights, community service, and health issues, among others. Students interested in this option enroll in the Community Service Seminar, which includes 20 hours of theoretical coursework and 45 hours of volunteer service.
Established in 1993, the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires includes specialized courses in a variety of disciplines taught exclusively to CIEE study abroad students by experts in various academic fields. In addition, students are required to take direct enrollment courses within a wide array of academic departments at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA). This arrangement allows CIEE students to combine the specialized, more personalized “think tank” atmosphere of FLACSO with the vibrant and challenging Argentine university life of UBA, UCA, and IUNA. Given the recognized excellence of the faculty and the wide range of course offerings, the CIEE program is designed for motivated students with very strong language skills and a desire to immerse themselves in a dynamic cultural and academic experience. All courses are taught in Spanish.
Students will experience and learn from the significant differences between the U.S. and Argentine educational systems. Local students follow specialized paths of studies which lead to advance expertise in their field and thus, a higher level of difficulty in typical U.S. undergraduate courses. Students are generally expected to take greater initiative and responsibility for their own learning, and to pursue their completion of assignments and research with less specific guidance from syllabi and instructors.
CIEE courses offered at FLACSO, however, are organized and evaluated according to a system that is very similar to those of most U.S. institutions. At UBA, classes normally meet for four to six hours per week, with class time divided between lectures attended by many students and smaller discussion workshops. At UCA, students matriculate in smaller courses ranging from four to six contact hours. At IUNA, class size varies in each department from smaller seminar-style classes to larger survey courses. The atmosphere of each university is quite distinct in terms of the socio-demographic backgrounds of the student bodies, their political leanings, size of classes, and the look and feel of the campus and facilities. The opportunity to enroll in more than one Argentine university is unique and provides insight into the diversity of the Argentine educational system, as well as access to a huge selection of classes.
The academic year program roughly coincides with the U.S. academic year, and runs from July to July; the calendar year program coincides with the Argentinean academic year and runs from mid-February to mid-December. Academic year students have a three-month break between semesters (December – February) and are responsible for housing and meals during that time. Calendar year students have a one-week break between the first and second semester in July.
Nature of Classes
Participants enroll in Spanish language courses designed especially for CIEE study abroad students. Other CIEE courses offered at FLACSO are taught in Spanish to CIEE students only. Students also enroll directly in host university classes with Argentine students and other international students. Students may not register for courses that are not affiliated with a specific academic department at one of CIEE’s local host universities.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Argentine society.
Students enrolled in FLACSO courses are evaluated on any combination of the following: mid-term and final exams, class participation, oral presentations, quizzes, and/or a final paper, much as in the U.S.
The evaluation process for students at UBA, UCA, and IUNA is the same as for Argentine students, with grades issued numerically on a scale of one to 10, with four as the minimum passing grade. Most classes have written examinations and sometimes a final oral examination. Unless otherwise noted, exams are based on an extensive reading list and formal class lectures. CIEE uses a grading scale to convert local grades into letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, D and F. Please note that CIEE students must take exams within the official dates of the program.
Grades for the U.S. spring semester should arrive at U.S. schools by late November, while grades for the fall semester should arrive by late May. Graduating seniors or others concerned about the timing of receiving grades must take this into consideration.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by faculty members of FLACSO, UBA, UCA, and/or IUNA.