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. Add our Jewish Immersion Program, which offers support, cultural activities, and connections with the local Jewish community – the sixth-largest in the world.
EXTENDED! New Date: December 1
Spring 2020 Semester in Argentina + Spanish Intensive Add-On: November 1
EXTENDED! New Date: December 1
Spring 2020 Semester in Argentina Immersion Program: November 1
EXTENDED! New Date: December 1
Fall 2020 Semester in Argentina : May 1
Fall 2020 Semester in Argentina + Spanish Intensive: April 15
Fall 2020 Semester in Argentina Immersion Program: May 1
Spring 2021 Semester in Argentina : November 1
Spring 2021 Semester in Argentina + Spanish Intensive Add-On: November 1
Spring 2021 Semester in Argentina Immersion Program: November 1
- 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
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Why This University?
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.
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.
How To Choose Your CourseNow the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. 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 (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.
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Life In Buenos Aires
Welcome and Orientation
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.
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.
Housing in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires – Homestay
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.
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
Buenos Aires – Residence Hall
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.
You will have access to the kitchen for preparing your meals.
Inclusions and Amenities
Meet Your Site Director
Welcome & 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 & Re-Entry
Returning to your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially as you transition away from the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires! In fact, “reverse culture shock” is oftentimes even more pronounced than the initial culture shock you may have experienced, as you will have expanded your horizons and altered your worldview. We’ve been through it, so we’ll walk you through some of the things to expect and help you process your experience in Argentina over a tasty meal.
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.
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 at 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 Dark – but she calls him Pepino (cucumber).
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
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.
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!
Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.
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!