Considered a "cultural hybrid," fusing elements from Latin America and Europe (among others!), Argentina is a great study abroad destination. Study Spanish, try out the Tango, enjoy the "cafe culture," and simply soak up the sounds, smells and sights while cruising Buenos Aires' vibrant streets.
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Semester in Argentina


Take courses in English or Spanish. Live and study in beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Study abroad during the fall, spring or a full year in the city known for being a cultural hybrid, blending both European and Latin American elements. As birthplace of the tango with a pleasant climate and cafe culture, Argentina is a truly unique place in which to study abroad!

Summer in Argentina


Spend a summer in lovely Buenos Aires, Argentina! Learn Spanish, explore Latin America, and get to know a unique country and city. Buenos Aires is considered the "Paris of South America" and you can see why with its shady, tree-lined boulevards, plethera of cafes and eateries, and vibrant social and cultural scene.

Studying abroad isn’t just about studying in a classroom. It’s about bringing learning to life and using the culture surrounding you as a textbook. CISabroad’s on-site support has years of experience with Argentina and some are Porteños themselves and can’t wait to share their insider knowledge with you and other students. They will help you find the best tango lessons and will arrange several cultural activities, and day and overnight trips. Buenos Aires is always offering something new so itineraries and cultural activities can be different each term, but they will always include a variety of all Buenos Aires and the surrounding area offer.

Highlights May Include:

  • Experience living and studying in Buenos Aires at an affordable cost with CISabroad
  • Add another layer of convenience to your program with three meals
  • Monday through Friday included in your program fee 
  • Study Spanish at any level from beginner to advance and even choose an additional intensive month for more practice 
  • Take one overnight trip planned by the knowledgeable CISabroad staff to a site like: San Antonio de Areco, an Argentinian ranch; or Rosario, an exciting beach city.
  • Take part in organized day trips to sites like: Tigre, a tranquil district intermingled with canals; Feria de Mataderos, a market where you can try local food and see traditional music and art; or Colonia del Sacramento, an historic town in Uruguay that still has a wooden drawbridge
  • Take a tango lesson, cooking class, or watch a live futbol match

Buenos Aires. This city is thumping with things to do and see. Afterall, the birthplace of tango could never be boring. The locals are known as Porteños, but the city is a haven for expats from around the globe. The population sits around 3 million and the city is divided into 48 different neighborhoods or barrios, each with their own personality. Most CISabroad students live in Palermo near the school which is packed with cafes, shops, and activity. You’ll have easy access to public transportation and the rest of the city, but will also have plenty to explore right outside your door.

Life in Buenos Aires might be full of surprises, but the weather is not. The city is mild most of the year and although winter can be cold, you won’t find yourself needing to seriously bundle up. Remember you’ll be on the other side of the Equator so the seasons will be flipped. Both spring and fall semesters include bits of the best times to visit which also means when the most festivals and sporting events take place. You’ll never be left without about 1 million options of things to do, but the timing of our programs help diversify the options even more.

Culture in Buenos Aires. The people of Buenos Aires tend to dress fashionably and more formal, but are more informal in nature. They are laid back and open to last minute changes and ideas. Friends, male and female, often greet one another with kisses, and use nicknames. If you have a prominent physical feature this may help inspire a nickname for you. The people of Buenos Aires are proud and passionate about their country and city. They are prone to passionate political discussions, and adimately insisting you try their favorite empanada or coffee shop which in the end is usually great advice!

What is life like as a study abroad student in Argentina?

Classes. Your level of Spanish will determine which academic track you follow. Topical courses will be taught in English and will range from economics to literature, international relations to gender studies. and many more. Our interactive Course Selection Worksheet helps you choose several courses that fit your academic needs before you leave. Having some additional courses chosen gives you will have some flexibility in case you change your mind, or there is a last minute change in schedule. You can earn anywhere from 15 to 21 credits!

Campus Life. You’ll take classes at the Universidad de Belgrano, a private institution in Buenos Aires where you will be taught by local professors. The campus body includes about 14,000 students and is located in the center of the Belgrano district in northern Buenos Aires. The program is designed especially for international students and you will enjoy convenient accommodations less than 30 minutes from campus. CISabroad will make sure you have a smooth move into your new home where you’ll live with other students.

What Else Should I Know Before Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires?

Congratulations! You’re weighing the decision to pursue study abroad in South America’s Paris. The cost won’t nearly be as high, you’ll be in good company with plenty of other international students, and your calendar will remain full with all of the excursions, trips, restaurants to try, and activities that Evita’s hometown has to offer. Whether you want to study in Spanish or English, there are plenty of elective and general education courses to choose from with CISabroad’s programs in Argentina. However, you’ve done your research and want to know a little bit more before submitting your application. Read on...


While the typical U.S. semesters begin end of August, early September and late January, Argentina is a bit different. Their fall semesters begin late June and end early November, while spring semesters begin early February and end mid June. It’s worth noting the difference for planning purposes as the deadline to apply for CISabroad’s Argentina program is November 1 (to prepare you for an early February in-country arrival). Spring semester tends to be more popular for students because:

  1. The weather is nicer, you’ll be in Argentina’s summer-fall months

  2. It fits in easily with your regular semester schedule

  3. You can still take a January term class before heading out on your study abroad to Buenos Aires

  4. You’ll be back in time to enjoy summer in the U.S.!


Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite the United States. October through April are the mildest, and November through February are the warmest. Summer begins during the United States’ winter, and our spring is their winter.  It tends to be humid because of its location near the Atlantic and the Río de la Plata. On a typical day in Buenos Aires, you can get a smorgasbord of weather...rain, bright sunshine, a light snowfall, or even a brief storm. Bringing a variety of clothing will help keep you comfortable and happy during your study abroad experience.

While Buenos Aires is known for its mild climate, it’s important to pack layered clothing.  Because it has a longer warm season, most of the buildings are built to accommodate the heat and humidity. As a result, it’s crucial to pack layers upon layers to stay warm inside during the colder months. Central heating systems aren’t the norm, and there’s usually only one radiator per floor (but this varies, so use it as a rule of thumb, not a generalization). Don’t be afraid to wear the same sweater a few days in a row! Ladies, pack pashmina scarves to vary your style, and gentleman, scarves are common in men and women alike in Argentina! Gortex layers underneath your t-shirts, sweaters, and zip-ups will keep you toasty in the classroom, and don’t hesitate to bring gloves (especially if you want to go skiing or snowboarding in the mountains!).  


Argentina is known for its distinct accent, pronunciation style, and verb tenses, called Rioplatense due to the Río de la Plata. Compared to the Italian of Spanish speaking countries, it has a rhythmic pace and seemingly romantic pronunciation. From beginners to advanced Spanish speakers, knowing what tenses and words to use is important as you navigate around Buenos Aires.  

The first thing you’ll notice is that Argentineans use vos instead of , and do not use the Spain vosotros and instead use ustedes. Words with double ll are pronounced as if they were ys (for example, ¿Cómo se llama?, amarillo, or lluvia), which emphasize the Italian influence on the Spanish language in Argentina. At first you may be thinking you’re learning a completely different language, but knowing the basics of the dialect will help as you adjust to the accent and words.

To get you started, here’s a basic chart of the some distinct verb tenses, helpful words, and useful phrases:


Textbook Spanish

Rioplatense Spanish

You are

Tú eres

Vos sos

You have

Tú tienes

Vos tenés

You run

Tú corres

Vos corrés

You love

Tú amas

Vos amás

You lose

Tú pierdes

Vos perdés

You leave

Tú partes

Vos partís

You sing

Tú cantas

Vos cantás

You say

Tú dices

Vos decís

Whatever you want.

Lo que tú quieras.

Lo que vos querás.










How are you?

¿Cómo estás?

¿Cómo andas?

What a mess!

¡Qué desorden!

¡Qué quilombo!




With this list to begin, you’ll catch on quickly to other nuances in Rioplatense Spanish (there are many!). Adding che + cómo andas (roughly hey man, how are ya?) together will make you look like an old pro at Rioplatense Spanish. If you’re unsure about a word or a tense, ask your host family, language partner, or Spanish professors! It’s a great way to break the ice and build relationships.

Among the education system, weather/climate, and distinct dialect, Argentina is wonderful and affordable option to study Spanish. Beyond tango, Evita, and the widest avenue in the world, Buenos Aires is a progressive player in the global economy that will surely pique any interviewer’s interest seeing it on your resume. Keeping these three areas in mind while you prepare for your study abroad in Argentina will help you be happier and more successful in your study abroad experience.

Spanish at Every Level.
CISabroad lets you take the next step from wherever you are. You can take Spanish at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels, or take it up another notch with an intensive month long course prior to your semester in Argentina.

Unique Accent. Argentians speak with a beautiful and unique accent known as Rioplatense that uses the words of Spanish, but some of the sounds and fluctuations of Italian.

Experienced Staff. Our in-country staff are predominantly local Argentinians whose main goal is make you love Argentina as much as they do. They will be able to show you the secrets of their city and help you experience the real Argentina.

Europe on a Budget. Argentina offers some European culture, architecture, food, and climate, but at a fraction of the cost.

Small Program, Big Presence. You will study at Universidad de Belgrano which has about 14,000 students. The neighborhood is large, yet feels quaint. It provides a great setting for getting to know the locals and explore.

Penguins and Cowboys. Who knew these two things could ever be together, but in Argentina the gauchos still ride through the fields and penguins live on the southern shores.

The Full Package. Your program with CISabroad includes overnight excursions, a tour of Buenos Aires, three meals per day, housing with other students, and classes in English and/or Spanish. In short, you’ll be set from start to finish.

Iguazu Falls. This UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site cannot be missed. There can be upward of 300 falls depending on waterflow. Many call it the most impressive falls in the world and even the walk there through the forest is gorgeous.

Patagonia. Southern Argentina is filled with this sprawling and wild landscape. It includes jagged mountains, clear rivers, and endless horizons. It is a mountaineer’s dream and a great place to see the rural side of the country including the famous gauchos.

Buenos Aires. Walking the streets of Argentina’s capital is where you will really feel the European influence. The city offers markets, incredible food, and as the birthplace of tango, don’t be surprised to see spontaneous dances pop up at any time.

You may want to go to Argentina tomorrow, but unfortunately that doesn’t work for many people. CISabroad offers fall, spring, and summer programs in Buenos Aires so you can choose when works for you and for how long.

We offer scholarships and affordable rates to help you do as much as possible during your stay. It’s easy to get started too. You can start the online application or call a CIS Advisor if you have questions. They have studied and lived abroad themselves so let their experience help you plan yours!

The programs focus primarily on enhancing your Spanish language abilities.Our Summer in Argentina offers an Intensive Spanish Language program that will take you from stumbling beginner to chatting with the locals in no time. The other option is for more advanced Spanish speakers. The Language and Cultural Studies program includes upper level Spanish and electives taught in Spanish. Your CISabroad Advisor will help you match your ability to your program so you can be challenged, but not overwhelmed.

Deadlines are subject to change so always look at the Prices and Dates information.

Fall Programs in Argentina: Applications due in April
Spring Programs in Argentina: Applications due in November
Summer Programs in Argentina:

  • Spanish Intensive Language 1: Applications due in March
  • Intensive Spanish Language 2: Applications due in March 
  • Spanish Intensive Language 3: Applications due in March 
  • Language and Cultural Studies: Applications due in May

At CISabroad we realize that choosing to study abroad is a big deal. We want to make sure you find the right program. We help you from before you go all the way till you return home so you feel supported the whole time. This lets you focus on studying abroad and experiencing Argentina rather than worrying about logistics. Our in-country support has years of experience in and includes locals from Buenos Aires. You will arrive to your new South American home with an instant network to help you get to know Argentina! They will plan excursions and cultural activities to help you get started, but you’ll have plenty of independent time to explore on your own. Activities are always changing as our local connections find new exciting things, but here is a sample of what your program will include:

  • Study with students from around the world on a fun and supportive campus 
  • Enjoy three meals a day Monday through Friday leaving the weekends for you to explore the tastes of Buenos Aires on your own 
  • Choose the level of Spanish that is right for you 
  • Take an overnight trip to a site such as: San Antonio de Areco, a traditional ranch; or Rosario, a lovely beach city 
  • Experience the excitement of a live soccer match 
  • Enjoy cultural activities such as cooking or tango lessons 
  • Escape the bustling of the city for day trips to sites such as: Tigre, one of Buenos Aires quieter districts fill with waterways; Feria de Mataderos, a massive fair on the outskirts of the city; or Colonia del Sacramento, a quaint historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site just across the border of Uruguay 
  • On-site support of the CISabroad experience staff before, during, and after your trip 
  • Get even better at Spanish with our intensive Spanish month offered before the spring semester

Get to Know Argentina
Want a semester abroad that includes the Paris of South America, stunning waterfalls, mouth watering steak, and Argentinian cowboys on horseback? You maybe didn’t know you did until you read that sentence, but now that you know it’s a possibility, how could you settle for anything less? CISabroad offers Semester and Summer Programs in Argentina both in the capital of Buenos Aires, one of the world’s most exciting cities!

Population: About 41.5 million
Languages: Spanish
Capital: Buenos Aires

Famous Sites

Iguazu Falls. Other waterfalls don’t stand chance. How could they? This UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site can feature 300 different waterfalls depending on the time of year and they’re often accompanied by rising mist and faded rainbows.

San Antonio de Areco. This colonial city dates back to the 1700s and is a popular getaway for travelers and locals. Just over 70 miles from Bueno Aires, it can provide a relaxing weekend filled with gaucho traditions and the chance to experience criollo culture, the population of people of pure Spanish descent, but born in South America.

Patagonia. The sheer scale of this area is enough to send you reeling. The mountains look like long fingers reaching for the sky, and the fields seem to go on forever. If you’re a nature lover or want a glimpse into the more traditional lifestyle of Argentina, this is the getaway for you.

Bariloche. You already know Argentina has a bit of France, what about a bit of Switzerland as well? This gorgeous city sits at the base of the Andes and doesn’t just look like a town in the Swiss Alps, it tastes like one too. Be sure to visit a chocolate shop after a day of skiing.

Tango. This may not be an actual site, but you will most definitely see it … everywhere! Buenos Aires is where the popular and sensual dance was born and the style is alive and well in the city. Try it yourself with a tango lesson and see it spring to life on the street corners.