Program Overview

Come experience life in the second largest country in Latin America. Study Spanish at the Universidad de Belgrano, the top-ranked university in Latin America. Choose from a variety of courses in English or Spanish including economics, history, gender studies, and literature – all of which focus specifically on Argentina and Latin America. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, dance the tango, drink mate, and become a part of the city that never sleeps. There are tree-lined streets, cafés on every corner, and fantastic shopping.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1
Avg Course Load
4-5 Courses (12-20 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
  • Strong on-site support
  • Take Spanish courses in all levels
  • Excursions to popular locations, such as Tigre and Feria de Mataderos
  • Befriend international students from all over the world
  • Five meals per week are included in homestay option
  • City tour of the most popular neighborhoods



Universidad de Belgrano, dubbed “UB,” is a top-ranked university with a long tradition of hosting international students – you’ll meet students from all over the world, so you’ll be studying with not only Argentinians, but also people from Europe, Asia, and Africa. With current enrollment of more than 14,000 students, UB is passionate about its community-based social values. You’ll have many opportunities to join cultural events throughout the semester, including orientation festivities, international culture night, latin dancing, and more.

Centrally located in Belgrano, one of Buenos Aires’ main neighborhoods, UB is a quick subway or bus ride from both housing locations and within easy reach of downtown Buenos Aires. On campus, enjoy numerous sports facilities, a theater, computer labs, and more.

The 2016 QS University Rankings ranked UB #48 among the top 300 universities in Latin America. Accredited by the Ministry of Education of Argentina as a degree-awarding institution of undergraduate and graduate education.


CISabroad students can take a variety of classes in English at UB’s PALAS – Program In Argentine and Latin American Studies, which is geared toward international students and offers a supportive learning environment. Students with strong Spanish skills (intermediate or higher) can take more challenging classes in Spanish! Classes generally meet for 90 minutes twice a week.

Once you’ve done your research on courses, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.


Make sure to talk with your home university (as soon as possible!) about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. If  you’re taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.


If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, don’t despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

The CISabroad Semester in Argentina program at the Universidad de Belgrano offers intensive Spanish language courses, as well as courses in business, art, economics, ethics, politics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations, sociology, and gender studies.

Students can select courses from both the PEAL and PALAS listings, depending on their current Spanish language level. Classes generally meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session.


15 Weeks | 12 – 20 credits
PALAS (Program in Argentine and Latin American Studies) courses are taught in English, and students can can choose from a variety of fields, including business, economics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations, and gender studies. This option is best for beginner to intermediate Spanish speakers.


15 Weeks | 12 – 20 credits
PEAL (Programa de Estudios Argentinos y Latinoamericanos) courses are taught entirely in Spanish. Students who take PEAL courses are encouraged to have intermediate to advanced levels of Spanish language, and can take courses in art, cultural studies, economics, ethics, history, literature, politics, gender studies, sociology, and ethics. This option also allows students to improve their practical language skills through specialized language courses and topics, including teaching to heritage speakers and courses that focus on writing and pronunciation.


19 Weeks | 15 – 24 credits
Add an extra month to your semester in Argentina with the intensive Spanish language option. Classes are 20 hours a week over 4 weeks, and are available for several different language levels.

Basic Spanish
Spanish Intermediate 1
Spanish Intermediate 2
Spanish Conversation Intermediate
Spanish Advanced 1
Spanish Advanced 2
Spanish Conversation Advanced

Life in Buenos Aires

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Argentina. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. During the first few days you can take the Buenos Aires Bus to check out the top twenty must-see points of the city. During orientation, we’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (empanadas, anyone?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Argentina.

Housing Options

CISabroad Semester in Argentina participants will stay in a homestay during the program.

In the homestay, students will live with a local family as well as other international students. The number of people in the house or apartment varies depending on which homestay is assigned to the student, but all homestays include a private room, wifi access, 5 meals a week and access to the kitchen. The homestays are located 20-30 minutes from the University by public transportation. This is a great way to practice Spanish and experience Argentine culture, but also have other international students around.

Local Life

  • Explore the parks: Buenos Aires is full of beautiful parks. Whether you want a casual stroll or fast paced jog, they are a great place to check out.
  • Calle Defensa: This world class Sunday market has every kind of craft you can imagine. There you can enjoy the sound of local musicians, taste the delicious food and be entertained by the street performers.
  • Do the Tango: This traditional, passionate dance is what Argentina is known for! Strut your stuff alongside the locals at La Ideal or La Viruta.
  • Drink “Mate”: Mate is the Buenos Aires drink of choice. Our favorite way to enjoy it is at a cafe in the historical center with a churro or dulce de leche snack, perhaps at El Rosadal.

More About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the second largest city in Latin America with 14 million people. Visitors call it the “Paris of the South” because it resembles a European city. Here, you'll find tree-lined streets, cafes on every corner, and fantastic shopping. You'll dance the tango and drink yerba mate in this cosmopolitan metropolis that never seems to sleep.

Porteños will love showing you their lifestyle and helping you learn Spanish in their unique accented speech. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, ask a new friend to bring you to the Superclásico. This is a fútbol match between local rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. City-wide support is split between the two teams, which means fans get very passionate!  Buenos Aires’ fun, vibrant environment is full of activities. You can shop and stroll on Calle Florida or at Plaza Francia. Visit the free Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the center of Argentine art. Relax or study in the postcard-perfect Plaza de Mayo or walk the cobblestone streets of San Telmo. Finally, you can fall in love with Palermo’s parks.

As a CISabroad summer or semester student in Buenos Aires, you'll be based in Belgrano. The largely residential neighborhood offers tree-lined avenues and tranquil parks. As a result, many upper-class Argentines and expatriates call this area home. Palermo, the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, sits between Belgrano and the official downtown area. Therefore, you'll have easy access to everything from sports stadiums to a planetarium, botanical gardens, and parks. Many of the areas within Palermo are considered to be trend setters in Argentinian fashion and art, so prepare to be wowed.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Feria de Mataderos

Enjoy a bit of the Argentine “country” within the city of Buenos Aires! Get a glimpse of the country’s history and traditions with a visit to Mataderos market, which features local food, traditional music, impressive dance performances, and inexpensive art and crafts.

Buenos Aires Bus Tour

Experience the best way to get to know Buenos Aires – the Buenos Aires Bus! We’ll likely hop on this double-decker downtown for an informative tour of the most iconic places in Buenos Aires, exploring much of the city. We’re also likely to hop off at some point (it’s a hop-on, hop-off service running frequently), possibly in La Boca and/or Puerto Madero.


A welcome escape from the busier districts in Buenos Aires, Tigre is a tranquil setting surrounded by bodies of water and nature. Your visit may include a ferry ride to an island just off the coast, a tour of the fruit market, or a trek through a nature reserve.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Molly Bond
Senior Program Coordinator - Italy & South America

Travel Tip: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.

Learn more about Molly

Marina Weinstein
Site Director in Argentina

Travel Tip: Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

Learn more about Marina

Student Feedback

My time so far in Buenos Aires has been so enriching. There are an infinite amount of things to do here, from live music, to theater, dancing, museums, parks, etc. The city itself is rich with history and combines natural beauty with a cosmopolitan flair. I am excited to become further immersed in the culture!

Sara Platt, Clemson University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2019: 19 weeks
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    June 22
    November 9
    $9,990 - $14,390
  • Fall 2019: 15 weeks
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 19
    November 9
  • Spring 2020: 19 weeks
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    January 25 (Estimated)
    June 14 (Estimated)
    $10,190 - $14,290 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2020: 15 weeks
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 23 (Estimated)
    June 14 (Estimated)
    $11,990 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Optional Add-Ons

Add on a Trip to Iguazu Falls for only $200

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing in homestays
  • 5 meals per week at the homestay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • One excursion included and others optional
  • Universidad de Belgrano official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program