buenos aires


If you’re ready for an urban adventure, Buenos Aires is your city. With endless city districts and neighborhoods to explore, you will get lost in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires. Tango the night away as you learn the country’s popular dance, attend one of the many soccer games, and browse the local art scene—all this and more awaits you as a study abroad student in Buenos Aires.

Open to students of all language levels, the Latin American Societies & Cultures Program allows you to improve your Spanish language skills while taking courses in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, all of which feature an academic emphasis on Latin America.

If you have beginning- or intermediate-level language skills, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught IES Abroad courses in areas such as Literature, History, Anthropology, International Business and Political Science. If you have advanced-level Spanish language skills, you have the option to choose from Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses and courses through the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. You can also take English-taught IES Abroad courses.

Buenos Aires will be your classroom. During your term, you'll enjoy more than 30 cultural events and trips with IES Abroad. Learn about visual arts in the city and then meet with local graffiti artists before seeing their work. Study the impact of globalization in Latin America, and then enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

We want you to feel at home in Buenos Aires, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Buenos Aires
  • City: Buenos Aires
  • Country: Argentina
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • July 28, 2018 - November 24, 2018 (IES Abroad courses only)
  • July 28, 2018 - November to December (Partner university courses)

Spring 2019

  • Late February - Late June (IES Abroad courses only)
  • Late February - mid to late July (Partner university courses)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 15, 2018
  • Fall 2019 - November 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Argentine Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. All students enrolled in Latin America Society & Culture are required to take at least Argentina Today, an English-taught area studies course offered only at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA). Alternate courses are available for students with advanced Spanish skills. While in Buenos Aires, you take 15–19 credit hours per semester. You customize your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4- or 6-credits)
  • Partner University Course at UCA* (required)
    • Argentina Today (1 credit)
    • Spanish-taught course (generally 3-4 credits)
  • Spanish language reading/writing workshop (3 credits)
  • English-taught IES Abroad Area Studies courses (3 credits)
  • Spanish-taught IES Abroad Area Studies courses (for students with advanced language skills, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad internship or service learning placement (3 credits)

*Students must select at least one partner university course.

Academic Symposium

Throughout the semester, you’ll work with faculty on a specific research project, and are invited to present your paper (in English or Spanish) to the entire Center community. Papers can be based on specific academic course-related projects or on students’ study abroad experiences, can be in Spanish or English, and are published at the end of the semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to hone your research, writing, and public presentation skills which will serve you well in your future endeavors, both academic and professional.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account. Language of instruction can be found in each course syllabus.


  • AN 364 - The Making of Patagonia: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • LS/CU 330 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts (Fall, Spring)

Environmental Studies

  • ES 330 - Argentine Environment and Society: Perceptions and Challenges (Fall, Spring)


  • HS 321 - Contemporary Argentine History: Politics and Culture in the Construction of a National Identity (Spring, Fall)

International Business

  • IB 311 A - The Impact of Globalization in Latin America (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 311 B - The Impact of Globalization in Latin America (Fall, Spring)
  • IB 340 - Business Strategies in Latin America (Spring, Fall)

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 - Internship seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • IR/PO 353 - Populism and Neo-populism: Latin American Politics in a Changing World (Spring, Fall)
  • PO/IR 360 - Argentine Foreign Relations in the Americas and the World (Fall, Spring)

Latin American Studies

  • LS/CU 330 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts (Fall, Spring)


  • LT 344 - 20th Century Argentine Poetry: From Written Culture to Popular Song (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 360 - Argentine Literature and the Formation of National Identity (Fall, Spring)


  • MK 220/320 - Marketing in Latin America (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • IR/PO 353 - Populism and Neo-populism: Latin American Politics in a Changing World (Spring, Fall)
  • PO/IR 360 - Argentine Foreign Relations in the Americas and the World (Fall, Spring)

Service Learning

  • SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar (Fall, Spring)


  • SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 201 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 301 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 401 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 451 - Spanish Language in Context: Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s)

The following universities release their official course offerings just before the start of each semester. For this reason, you will not be able to register for university courses until you arrive on-site. Course offerings vary by semester. Eligibility depends on language level and, in some cases, your previous academic experience in the discipline. When you enroll in a course at a partner university, you will commute to class just like the local students do.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA)

Founded in 1958, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina is a leading university that is internationally recognized. UCA enrolls approximately 22,000 students, hosting about 700 international students each year from 40 countries. You will enroll in the Argentina Today course for 1 credit, or in at least one other University course. Additional courses are available in the disciplines below:

  • Business & Economics
  • Philosophy & Humanities
  • Psychology
  • Social, Political & Communication Sciences

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Buenos Aires is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Buenos Aires, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution. A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community. Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth
  • Homelessness
  • Other social issues unique to Buenos Aires

Evaluations and Academic Credits You complete written assignments in addition to field work visits, and volunteer placements. You receive three IES Abroad credits and a grade for the seminar based on your performance at the assigned volunteer placement, participation in seminar sessions, and various assignments.

Course-Related Excursions

Course-related excursions are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Argentine culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. Past examples of short course-related excursions include:

  • La Casa de Los Conejos in La Plata
  • Graffiti walking tour
  • Museums in Buenos Aires
  • Neighborhood tours
  • Theaters in Buenos Aires


Students in The Making of Patagonia course traveled to Patagonia, a region in southern Argentina, which is famous for its picturesque beauty.


While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive job market. Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:

  • Develop the professional and personal skills you need to become a global leader
  • Learn from international professionals in a hands-on environment
  • Immerse yourself in a new environment and gain cultural understanding
  • Improve your communication skills

An internship provides an invaluable cultural experience, and helps you develop professional and personal skills. All IES Abroad internships are supervised and offered as academic options earning 3 IES Abroad credits. No prior Spanish language study is required, though placement options can vary based on your language levels. A service learning placement allows you to develop similar skills while working within social organizations in Argentina.

Placement Areas

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business/Marketing
  • Education
  • Journalism / Communications
  • Public Health


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Buenos Aires, it will feel like home.

Homestays - Live in a centrally-located homestay with local residents. This is a great option if you’d like to improve your language fluency and immerse yourself in the local culture. Twelve meals are provided per week.

Student Life


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to our Buenos Aires staff, your fellow students, and the city of Buenos Aires. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered. Language instruction and an introduction to colloquial Spanish in Argentina are additional components of the orientation. You will also receive academic advising and register for IES Abroad and partner university courses. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Buenos Aires through our cultural events and activities, such as:

  • A visit to a lively, local market in the Mataderos neighborhood
  • Guest lectures on history, politics, and contemporary issues
  • Tours of San Telmo, Recoleta and Teatro Colón
  • An exciting evening at the Madero Tango Dinner and Tango Show

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • No previous Spanish language study required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter Argentina. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required student visa/residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,880
  • Housing: $3,090
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $16,200

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $23,170
  • Housing: $6,180
  • Insurance: $550
  • Total: $29,900

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Spanish
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