Semester in Argentina
Universidad de Belgrano

Best Value

Explore the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires while you perfect your Spanish!

Experience life in the second largest country in Latin America. At Universidad de Belgrano, the top-ranked university in Latin America, choose from a variety of courses in English or Spanish, like 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. Add our Jewish Immersion Program, which offers support, cultural activities, and connections with the local Jewish community – the sixth-largest in the world.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 4-5 courses (12-20 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75

Highlights:

  • Strong on-site support
  • Take Spanish courses in all levels
  • Excursions to popular locations, such as Tigre and Feria de Mataderos
  • Five meals per week are included in homestay option
  • City tour of the most popular neighborhoods

Program Details

Universidad de Belgrano

ACADEMICS + COMMUNITY
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. Look for many opportunities to join cultural events throughout the semester, including orientation festivities, international culture night, latin dancing, and more.

ABOUT CAMPUS
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 2019 QS University Rankings ranked UB #78 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.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Humanities
  • Spanish

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

The CIS Abroad 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.

PALAS

15 Weeks | 12 – 20 credits
PALAS (Program in Argentine and Latin American Studies) courses are taught in English and are intended for international students studying at Belgrano to easily transfer back to their home institution. Students can can choose from a variety of fields, including business, economics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations, and gender studies.

PALAS Course Selections and Descriptions

PEAL

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.

PEAL Course Selections and Descriptions

IMMERSION PROGRAM

19 Weeks | 14 – 24 credits
Students can enroll in content classes with locals, taught in Spanish, while also taking courses in the PALAS and PEAL tracks. Departure dates and prices differ, contact your coordinator for more details.


BUSINESS CERTIFICATE OPTION

Students in this track choose four courses in international business plus an elective to develop a comprehensive overview of business in the region.

CERTIFICATE IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION

Students in this program take five classes from the PALAS/PEAL offerings for foreign students plus a Directed Research course.


*ADD ON*
4-WEEK INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE

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

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Homestay in Buenos Aires

Location

In homestays, participants 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.

All homestays include a private room and Wi-Fi. The homestays are located 10-30 minutes by public transportation from Universidad de Belgrano. This is a great way to practice Spanish and experience Argentine culture, but also have other international students nearby.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: The Jewish Immersion program add-on includes a homestay accommodation with Jewish families, matching each student with a family with a similar level of observance and customs as well as other identity-based support for Jewish students.

Photo: Argentina Site Director Marina introducing new students to their host family.

Meals

Your homestay family will cook you 10 meals a week (breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday). Depending on your host family’s preference, you may also have access to the kitchen to take care of the rest of your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • MealsHomestay
  • Private Room
  • Wi-Fi

Residence Hall in Buenos Aires

Location

The residence is a big, beautiful house located in the heart of Palermo Hollywood (a very trendy area!) where a lot of locals and students from abroad live. Most in the residence are from other cities in Argentina and nearby countries, a lot of them studying at the University of Buenos Aires.

You will be accommodated in a double room with private bathroom. There are study rooms, Wi-Fi, and laundry is provided at an extra cost.

Meals

You will have access to the kitchen for preparing your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

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

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. 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, take the Buenos Aires Bus to check out the Top 20 must-see points of the city. During orientation, learn all out the favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). And join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (empanadas, anyone?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell & 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, help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. And, of course, enjoy another amazing meal as part of our farewell to Argentina.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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

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.

Tigre

Tigre

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Marina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.​ She is passionate for traveling, animal and specially dogs lover and defines herself as an aspirational veggie. Over the last ​ten years she has been working on a small business of her own, dedicated to build travel programs for groups that want to experience Buenos Aires in an alternative way. ​She ​studied Social Communications ​a​t the University of Buenos Aires​ and specialized in Digital Strategies and Content. She is very happy to be part of the growing CIS Abroad, offering her expertise​ as a traveler and as a pure “Porteña” ​ to excited students. In her free time she practices yoga, ​paints, cooks healthy food​ and enjoys meeting with friends. She is married and has a dog named Dar​k – but she calls him Pepino (cucumber).

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Add-Ons

Price

$500

Jewish Immersion Program

We aim to give Jewish students who respect kosher and Shabbat the opportunity of participating in an international program, assuring that they will be able to maintain their religious traditions. Plus, Argentina is home to around 250,000 Jews, making it the sixth-largest Jewish community in the world, and the biggest in Latin America.

For a $500 add-on to any of our Argentina programs, we will provide:

  • Homestay accommodation with Jewish families, matching each student with a family with a similar level of observance and customs
  • Jewish advisor who will come to the orientation and deliver a storytelling about the local community, Jewish tips and a Jewish map
  • Plus a weekly newsletter with activities within the community
  • 2 placements for Shabbat or holiday dinners
  • Optional services: Jewish city tour; Kosher lunch boxes

PROCESS FOR APPLYING:

  1. Apply for your program of interest in Argentina
  2. Tell your CIS Abroad program coordinator that you want the Jewish Program Add-On
  3. Fill in the Jewish Program Form they give to you
  4. Wait for confirmations!

Read more about the program here.

Price

$550

Latin American Studies Certificate

Students in this program take five classes from the PALAS/PEAL offerings for foreign students plus a Directed Research course.

Business Certificate

For no additional cost, you can choose to take classes in the international business track. Students in this track choose four courses in international business plus an elective. In addition to a comprehensive overview of business in the region, you’ll also receive a certificate demonstrating your learning!

Spanish Language Intensive

Want to learn the unique dialect of Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires, called Rioplatense? Add an extra month to the beginning of your semester in Argentina with the “+ Spanish Intensive” option in the Program Dates & Prices section.

Classes are 20 hours a week over 4 weeks, and are available at five different levels plus two conversation-specific classes.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: July 24
  • Departure: November 7
  • Price: $11,890 - $12,990
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: June 19
  • Departure: November 7
  • Price: $13,890 - $15,290
  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: July 24
  • Departure: December 5
  • Price: $9,490 - $12,690
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,690 - $12,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,690 - $14,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,290 - $11,290 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Fall 2020: Residence: $11,890, Homestay: $12,990
Fall 2020 + Spanish Intensive: Residence: $13,890, Homestay: $15,290
Fall 2020 Immersion: Residence + all direct enroll classes=$9,490, Homestay + all direct enroll classes=$10,590, Residence + 2 immersion/2 study abroad courses=$11,590 , Homestay + 2 immersion/2 study abroad courses=$12,690
Spring 2021: $9,290 all direct enroll classes, $11,290 2 direct enroll + 2 PALAS or PEAL

 

 

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

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