Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art, business, cultural studies, economics, film, history, international relations, literature, political science, research, sociology, Spanish language

Program Options

The Latin American Studies with Spanish program is designed for students wishing to advance their Spanish skills and gain a solid understanding and knowledge of Argentine and Latin American history, business, politics and culture by taking electives in either Spanish or English. Courses are primarily aimed at international students. Students wishing to take courses with local students should consider the Immersion Program (below).

You can take up to 5 courses and earn up to 16 recommended semester credits depending on your course selection. Spanish is available from Intermediate to Advanced for a recommended 2 or 4 credits depending on the level. Then choose 3 or 4 elective courses taught in English or Spanish. Electives are generally worth 3 semester credits each.

The appropriate Spanish level is determined by an online test taken prior to arrival in Buenos Aires. Beginner level Spanish students can take the Early Start Program and progress to Intermediate level for the semester.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA
Early Start Fall or Spring Semester 6 2.5 GPA

The Certificate in Latin American Studies is available for students taking five semester courses plus a 490 course.

The Certificate aims to distinguish those students who are willing to transform the semester abroad into an academic experience of excellence.

Students are required to submit a 10-15 page research paper in English (PALAS) or Spanish (PEAL) to receive the certificate and must register in week 4 or 5 of the program in either PALAS 490 Directed Research or PEAL 490 Asesoramiento de Tesinas.

The 490 modules guide students through the research and writing-up process and include five tutorials (45-minute session) with a tutor-professor. This paper can be completed up to six months after the semester has ended, and students can renew their time extension for another six months if necessary.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA
Early Start Fall or Spring Semester 6 2.5 GPA

Students who have an Advanced level of Spanish can take courses at the University of Belgrano with local students. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses from many different departments including communications, economics, finance, international relations, marketing, sociology and more.

All students are required to take a Spanish placement test before arrival to determine their level. Students who test into an Advanced level will be able to select from the enhanced list of courses taught in Spanish with local students. Students are advised to take a Spanish language course plus 2 to 4 elective courses in Spanish for a maximum course load of 16 credits. Most courses carry a recommended 3 semester credits. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Students can also opt to take just two courses with local students and the rest from the Latin American Studies with Spanish Program taught in English and Spanish. The Immersion Program is longer than the Latin American Studies Program and the dates are subject to change depending on the schedule at the University of Belgrano. Students may need to pay a small housing extension supplement once final course dates are announced.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA
Early Start Fall or Spring Semester 6 2.5 GPA

You can opt to take a 4-week Intensive Spanish Language course prior to the start of the semester to help you get a head start in adjusting to the new language and culture and to prepare for the placement exam for the semester. The Intensive Spanish Language course is recommended for an additional 6 credits and is available from Beginner to Advanced level. The fee includes housing in a homestay or apartment.


Except for the Directed Research course in the Certificate program, no AIFS participants is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

University of Belgrano

Porto, the University of Belgrano is one of the oldest and largest private universities in Argentina. International students play a vital role in the community life of the university which hosts over 2,500 students from over 40 different countries every year. In the last ten years Belgrano has received international students from 90 of the top 100 U.S. universities.

The mission of the International Department is to prepare students for professional life as a global citizen. Alongside professional skills, students gain a deep and interdisciplinary understanding of Argentina and Latin America. The semester programs have been tailor-made for the needs of international students without diminishing the opportunity for students to meet and interact with Argentine students.

The university is equipped with modern facilities including computer labs, library and bookstore, WiFi Internet access and more. A rich variety of cultural activities is offered by the International Department and the wider university making a welcoming, supportive and varied learning environment.

The campus is located in one of the smartest and most cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital amongst wide tree-lined avenues, museums and mansions. Although within a short journey time of downtown Buenos Aires, the area of Belgrano feels like a separate town, somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of the city center, making it the ideal location to live and study.

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