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Argentina | University of Belgrano |
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Colorful buildings in La Boca, Argentina.

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  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the charismatic, sophisticated city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the University of Belgrano, located in one of the smartest and most cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital among wide tree-lined avenues, museums and mansions. 

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 22 semester credits depending on program selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English or Spanish

  • Housing

    Homestay or shared apartment

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast and dinner from Monday through Friday in homestays only

  • Excursions

    Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.

  • On-Site Resident Director

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Iguazú Falls (3 days)

    Fiesta Gaucha (day trip)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Buenos Aires Certificate in Latin American Studies

Program is closed

Dates

February 25, 2023June 15, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadline

October 3, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$13,495

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

U.S. students must have a valid passport and may need to obtain specific documents to comply with Argentina’s visa regulations before departing the U.S. The AIFS Admissions Officer will advise on acceptance to the program. Non U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as required.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Independent Study
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese Language
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

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. 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 university is equipped with modern facilities including computer labs, library and bookstore, WiFi Internet access and more. The campus is located in one of the smartest and most cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital amongst wide tree-lined avenues, museums and mansions, with easy access to downtown Buenos Aires.

Optional Early Start Program: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation (4 weeks, 6 credits)

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.

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.

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 their 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. 

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.

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.

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 their 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.

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.

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Living Abroad

AIFS provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help students learn about and integrate into their host community.

Homestay

The homestay experience can be the most rewarding aspect of your time abroad. Living with a carefully selected host family is the best way to learn Spanish and gain a unique insight into the local community and culture.

  • Single rooms
  • Shared bathroom
  • Located within the best areas of Buenos Aires
  • Easy commute by public transport
  • Daily breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday

Shared Apartment

Apartments are a great choice for students who prefer to live more independently.

  • Single or double rooms
  • Shared bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities
  • Located in same areas as homestays

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Buenos Aires

Economy

Buenos Aires is home to the largest port in South America!

Climate

South of the equator, its summer months run December to February and Winter months June to August.

Geography

Very similar to Washington D.C., Buenos Aires is its own federal district where the president of the country lives alongside a population of 3 million. Buenos Aires is also home to 9 professional football clubs.

AIFS in Buenos Aires Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Bárbara Franconi headshot.

Bárbara Franconi

Hola! My name is Bárbara Franconi and I am so pleased to be the AIFS Resident Director of the program at the University of Belgrano in my beloved Buenos Aires in Argentina. I oversee the AIFS Buenos Aires program and my team and I have been working with international students from all over the world for many years now.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Argentina. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Guided tour of Buenos Aires including Florida Street, Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada
  • Welcome party
  • Intercultural workshop
  • Recoleta cemetery where Eva Perón is buried
  • Barrio San Telmo known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe and pretty streets and squares
  • La Boca—famous for the vibrant and brightly colored street known as El Caminito
  • Tango night at a milonga
  • Colón Theater
  • Palacio Barolo
  • Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore
  • LGBTQI+, Immigration, and human rights events such as the ‘Ni una menos’ feminist group campaigning against gender-based violence and Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo who march to seek truth and justice for their disappeared children and all the victims of the military dictatorship
  • ‘Mate’ get-together to experience the social way to enjoy this traditional Argentine tea
  • Soccer stadium

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

AIFS students can also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities offered by the University of Belgrano and join clubs and societies which bring further opportunity for friendship and cultural exchange with Argentine students. Sports clubs at Belgrano include basketball, volleyball, running and soccer.

Give back to the community and add a new perspective to your study abroad experience by undertaking volunteer work in Buenos Aires. You could be helping disadvantaged children in an orphanage or participating in an ecology or social project.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Buenos Aires and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Argentina. Previous excursions have included:

Colonial del Sacramento.

Colonia del Sacramento

Visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a guided tour of the barrio histórico and free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • Uruguay
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Iguazú Falls.

Iguazú Falls

Free time to enjoy a boat ride, walking trails, Iguazú Falls’ eco-train, or to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, breakfast, and accommodations near the Falls. 

  • On the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay 
  • 3 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
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Fiesta Gaucha (Traditional Gaucho Party)

Tour of ranch with demonstrations of traditional gaucho skills and an opportunity to go horseback riding. Includes round-trip transportation and a parillada (Argentine barbecue) lunch.

  • Argentina
  • Day Trip
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 3, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 27, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    February 24, 2023
  • Program Begins
    February 25, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 15, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 16, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $2,520.00
  • Boston
    $1,940.00
  • Buffalo
    $2,180.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,380.00
  • Chicago
    $2,480.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,600.00
  • Columbus
    $2,140.00
  • Dallas
    $2,400.00
  • Denver
    $2,500.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,520.00
  • Detroit
    $2,580.00
  • Houston
    $2,380.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,940.00
  • Miami
    $1,680.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,620.00
  • New York
    $1,740.00
  • Newark
    $1,740.00
  • Orlando
    $1,680.00
  • Philadelphia
    $2,280.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,460.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $2,200.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,580.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,940.00
  • Seattle
    $2,720.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,360.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $2,240.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com