Welcome to Buenos Aires, home to tree-lined streets, fantastic shopping, and cafés on every corner. On Semester in Argentina you will explore this cosmopolitan city, dance the tango, drink maté, and become a part of a city that never sleeps. Buenos Aires is famed for being a European-like city that comes at a fraction of the cost, and there’s no compromising here. You will study in Spanish or English at the University of Belgrano, a top-ranked university in Latin America. Spanish language courses are offered at all levels and there are plenty of electives taught in English and Spanish as well, many focused on Latin American and Argentine topics.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
- Avg Course Load
- 4-6 Courses (12-20 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- Enjoy life at a fun, supportive university in Buenos Aires
- Take Spanish courses in all levels
- One overnight and two day trips with CISabroad staff are included
- Befriend international students from all over the world
- Five meals per week are included in homestay option
- One of the most affordable study abroad programs in Buenos Aires
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Buenos Aires
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad 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.
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.
- 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.
- Visit Korea or Chinatown: That's right, Buenos Aires has its own flavors of Asia. They are quite interesting neighborhoods and it's a fun day to walk around and see what Korea/Argentine and China/Argentine options are out there!
- 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.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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
Your tour begins at May Square for an introduction into the city's most iconic buildings and historical sites. From there, a bus takes you to Mataderos market, which features local food, tradtional music, impressive dance performances, and inexpensive art and crafts.
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.
Overnight at an Estancia
We take a break from the city to enjoy a relaxing overnight excursion in the countryside. You can ride horses, glimpse native animals, explore large green areas and sport fields, and try typical Argentine food.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not 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.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are 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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
CISabroad Semester in Argentina offers a combination of both elective courses taught in Spanish or English as well as Intensive Spanish language courses.
CISabroad Semester in Argentina participants have two distinct academic options to choose courses from, depending on their Spanish language levels:
1. PALAS (Program in Argentine and Latin American Studies), which is a 15 week semester with classes in English for beginner to intermediate Spanish language students
2. PEAL (Programa de Estudios Argentinos y Latinoamericanos), which are classes in Spanish, but for foreigners with intermediate to advanced levels of Spanish language
*It is possible to take classes in both PALAS and PEAL, you don’t need to pick only one option.
Students in this option can choose from a variety of classes in English, in topics such as business, economics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations, and gender studies.
Students in this option choose from a wide range of courses, all taught in Spanish, including 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.
INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE option
Spanish courses are offered during the 15 week semester, but are also available as an add on, before the program. To add an entire semester of Spanish before the program starts, you’d arrive a month early and take nothing but Spanish courses, 20 hours per week for 4 weeks. Below are the language levels available:
Spanish Intermediate 1
Spanish Intermediate 2
Spanish Conversation Intermediate
Spanish Advanced 1
Spanish Advanced 2
Spanish Conversation Advanced
With the exception of the Intensive Spanish Language option, each course lasts 15 weeks with each class meeting twice per week for 90 minutes each session.
The Universidad de Belgrano, dubbed the "UB," is a top-ranked university with a long tradition of hosting international students. With current enrollment over 14,000 students, UB is passionate about its community-based social values.
The University is centrally located in Belgrano, one of Buenos Aires' main neighborhoods. Nearby, you'll find many cafes, restaurants, and city parks. The University is a quick subway or bus ride from both housing locations and within easy reach of downtown Buenos Aires. On campus you'll enjoy numerous sports facilities, a theater, computer labs, and more.
A special "program for foreigners" at UB gives CISabroad students a more quaint learning environment. You may take classes taught by local professors, in either Spanish or English. Students with strong Spanish skills (intermediate or higher) may choose courses in Latin American and Argentine topics. And, if you're just developing your Spanish language skills, there are also plenty of courses in English.
You'll have many opportunities to join cultural events throughout the semester, including orientation festivities, international culture night, latin dancing, and more. 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.
Founded in 1964, the UB is accredited by the Ministry of Education in Argentina. 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.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Assistant Director of Programs & Program Coordinator - Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Germany
Site Director in Argentina
Fall 2017: 15 weeks
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJuly 22OrientationJuly 23Classes StartJuly 31Classes EndNovember 10DepartureNovember 11PRICE$10,990
Fall 2017: 19 weeks
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJune 24OrientationJune 25Classes StartJune 26Classes EndNovember 10DepartureNovember 11PRICE$13,690
Spring 2018: 15 weeks
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 24 (Estimated)OrientationFebruary 25 to March 2 (Estimated)Classes StartMarch 5 (Estimated)Classes EndJune 15 (Estimated)DepartureJune 16 (Estimated)PRICE$10,990 (Estimated)
Spring 2018: 19 weeks
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalJanuary 27 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 28 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 29 (Estimated)Classes EndJune 15 (Estimated)DepartureJune 16 (Estimated)PRICE$13,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- Two day and one overnight excursion optional
- Universidad de Belgrano official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program