Buenos Aires Summer - Language & Argentine Studies


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Program Description

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Starting Summer 2019, courses previously taught in our Buenos Aires Summer - Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Program will now be offered on our Summer - Language & Argentine Studies Program.

Why Buenos Aires?

With its influential history, beautiful European-style architecture, and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires offers you a welcoming atmosphere for living and learning abroad. Rich in culture—think theater, tango dancing, museums, sports…and the food!—Buenos Aires will be a feast for your senses and an unforgettable educational adventure.

What You'll Study

Accommodating to students of all Spanish skill levels, this program gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Argentine culture by taking a Spanish language course as well as a course in a variety of current topics. Students interested in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences can take a course at Universidad de Buenos Aires. You’ll also enjoy cultural events and course-related trips to round out your academic experience and bring your studies to life.

Daily Life

While in Buenos Aires, you also have the option to participate in cultural events that take you to places off the beaten path. Past activities have included tours of San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, and Plaza de Mayo; and an exciting evening at the Madero Dinner and Tango Show.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

You enroll in two courses for a total of 7 credits: one required 4-credit language course, and one 3-credit, English-taught course at the IES Abroad Center or the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

You can choose to take one of the elective options listed below or a Partner University course in Agricultural or Environmental Sciences at the University de Buenos Aires (UBA).


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

  • Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts
  • Marketing in Latin America
  • Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad

Partner Institution(s)

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

Facultad de Agronomía

Since 1821, UBA has played an important role in the social and political life of Argentina and has become the largest university in the country. The Universidad de Buenos Aires is one of the oldest and most prestigious public universities in Argentina.

The UBA Facultad de Agronomía is one of the oldest agricultural institutions in South America with over 100 years of experience in academics and research. Courses utilize the local environment by including field study in and around Buenos Aires.

Location & Commute Time

Unlike the typical university campus in the U.S., UBA does not have the main campus. The University consists of several independent academic units (Facultades) which are scattered in different neighborhoods throughout Buenos Aires.

Daily commuting is a reality for everyone who lives in Buenos Aires. Like local students, you commute to classes. Your commute to the UBA Agro school will likely be 50-60 minutes. IES Abroad will subsidize student costs for public transportation to and from UBA.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Buenos Aires, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. (Some of these trips may require an additional cost.) IES Abroad also organizes more than 30 cultural events and trips each term.

Possible destinations may include:


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Travel across the River Plate to Uruguay to visit the 300-year-old town of Colonia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic quarter of Colonia reflects the old Spanish and Portuguese colonial styles, with its narrow cobblestone streets and remnants of its original fort, and dotted with quaint cafes, some overlooking the river toward Buenos Aires in the far distance.

Luján & Local Estancia

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit the city of Luján, with its famous cathedral where pilgrims come from all over the country. Enjoy the open fields of the greater Buenos Aires province, then spend the following day at an estancia (cattle ranch).

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips 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 trips include:

  • Urban graffiti walking tour
  • Key museums in Buenos Aires
  • Historic neighborhood tours
  • Theaters in Buenos Aires, including the Colón Opera House
  • A visit to Palacia Paz

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Buenos Aires is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


After your arrival, you participate in a 3-day orientation program that introduces you to the program, IES Abroad staff and students, and the city.

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.


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.

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


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.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2020 $4,265 $1,100 $135 $5,500

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.

  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus

Our Center

The IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is located in downtown Buenos Aires within walking distance of Plaza San Martin and Recoleta Cemetery.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Library and group study room
  • Kitchenette
  • Staff offices
  • High-speed Internet and printer access
Last updated November 2019

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