Live life to the fullest this summer in the vibrant, cosmopolitan setting of Buenos Aires. The bustling capital of Argentina has European influences, creating a unique Latin American flavor. Here, you can study Spanish in the classroom and beyond. Buenos Aires is your destination if you want to get a taste of Latin America or improve your language skills. Courses will introduce you to Latin American history, culture, and geography. Expert staff members help you transition to life in this unforgettable city, and you’ll have your pick of exciting cultural activities. Summer in Argentina allows you to study abroad when it fits your schedule.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Session 1: April 1
Session 2: May 1
Session 3: June 1
Language and Cultural Studies: May 1
- Avg Course Load
- 1-2 Courses (4-8 US credits) per session
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- An internationally focused university
- A semester's worth of Spanish-language credit
- Strong on-site support from Marina, your CISabroad Site Director!
- Fun, centrally located homestays or apartments with local Argentines
- Excursions to popular locations such as Plaza de Mayo, Caminito, and Feria de Mataderos
- Spanish-language courses for all levels
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 Summer in Argentina participants will stay in one of our homestay style housing options.
In homestays, 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. All homestays include a private room, wifi access, five 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 nearby.
- 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.
While participating on this CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in our built in day excursion as well as other cultural events throughout the program. There are also optional excursions possible, such as the trip to Iguazu Falls. Past examples of our day trips are:
Plaza de Mayo
The city centre of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as the largest popular demonstrations in the country. On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the May Revolution in 1811, the Pirámide de Mayo (English: May Pyramid) was inaugurated in the square's hub, becoming Buenos Aires' first national monument. It hosts the government house, the Buenos Aires Cathedral and the Cabildo, the site of Spain's administration back in colonial times.
The newest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero hosts a beautiful waterfront, 5 star hotels, an ecological reserve and contemporary architecture. We walk from Plaza de Mayo down to the river - a great place to enjoy a Mate picnic! The most emblematic point for a picture is the Women's Bridge, a stunning feat of engineering as well as a work of art. Its design resembles a hook or a tooth of some sort, but actually, the architect Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge to look like a couple dancing the tango. The bridge is pedestrian only, and rotates a full 90 degrees to allow ships to pass by.
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.
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.
There are two options for the Summer in Argentina program with CISabroad.
One option is to do the Intensive Spanish Language program. There are three different sessions of this language-based program, which offers intensive Spanish language study that will have you speaking “Rioplatense” (the dialect particular to Buenos Aires and surrounding areas) in no time!
The second option is a five week Language and Cultural Studies program. Students take two classes, which meet 4 times a week for a total of 60 hours during the five week program. This program option is for students with upper-intermediate or advanced Spanish only. The courses available are:
- PEAL 305 Arte Latinoamericano
- PEAL 329 Cultura y civilizacion en Latinoamerica
The following are the Spanish language courses on offer for the Intensive Spanish Language option during the summer; all intensive in nature:
Elementary – This course is intended for beginners and false beginners. The general aim of this course is to provide the student with basic language skills. Students acquire and develop a basic knowledge of language that allows them to communicate straightforward information in a familiar context. Classes emphasize production and understanding in communicative situations. Upon completing the course, students will be able to understand basic instructions, take part in factual conversations on predictable topics and express simple opinions or requirements about the present, past, and future.
Intermediate I – This course is intended for students who already have basic communication skills. The general aim of the course is to extend students ability to communicate on a wide range of topics. Classes emphasize the active acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Upon completing the course, students will be able to keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics and give short talks or write short letters and other texts on familiar subjects.
Intermediate II – This course is aimed at students who have already mastered the main grammatical features of the language and can communicate in a fairly wide range of formal and informal situations both orally and in writing. Emphasis is placed on the use of precise and appropriate vocabulary in context and distinguishing between formal and informal registers. Special attention is paid to fluency and pronunciation as well as producing well organized and grammatically correct written texts. Upon completing the course, students will have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language. They will be able to express different attitudes (e.g. possibility, probability, doubts and advice) using a good range of structures.
Advanced – The course is intended for students that have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language and can communicate with relative fluency in a wide range of formal and informal situations. At this level, students are encouraged to consolidate and perfect their communicative strategies, both oral and written. Students are required to give oral presentations in order to improve their fluency and accuracy when speaking in public. Students also gradually learn to produce expository and argumentative prose. Upon completing the course, students will be able to speak and write about complicated or sensitive issues using appropriate and complex language.
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 Vice President of Enrollment Management & Program Coordinator - Argentina, Ecuador, Peru
Site Director in Argentina
Summer 2018 Intensive Spanish: Session 1
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalMay 26OrientationMay 27Classes StartMay 28Classes EndJune 22DepartureJune 23PRICE$4,190 - $6,990
Summer 2018 Intensive Spanish: Session 2
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalJune 23OrientationJune 24Classes StartJune 25Classes EndJuly 20DepartureJuly 21PRICE$4,190 - $6,990
Summer 2018 Intensive Spanish: Session 3
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalJuly 21OrientationJuly 22Classes StartJuly 23Classes EndAugust 17DepartureAugust 18PRICE$4,190 - $6990
Summer 2018 Language and Cultural Studies
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalJune 23OrientationJune 24Classes StartJune 25Classes EndJuly 26DepartureJuly 27PRICE$5,390
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
- 5 meals per week in the homestay
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad 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 day excursion
- Universidad de Belgrano official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program