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Quick Facts

Host Institution: Universidad de Belgrano - Semester programs
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus: Courses are available in Spanish and English.  Subject areas include Spanish language, Art History, Economics, International Business, Politics, International Relations, Latin American History and Culture, Film and Literature. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Students can choose to live with a host family (includes daily breakfast and dinner) or in a shared student apartment (no meals included). Laundry is not included.
Sample Day Excursions: Tigre; full day at a ranch in the countryside, including traditional Argentine barbeque, horseback riding and folk dancing
Sample Overnight Excursions: Mar del Plata; Uruguay trip including Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento

Why Buenos Aires?

  • Capital of Argentina
  • Multicultural, international city
  • Diverse shopping and dining
  • Numerous museums and historical sites
  • Easy access to other South American countries
  • Low cost of living

City Description - Large city of 3 million

Located on the southern tip of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the cultural and economic center of Argentina. With around 3 million people living in the city and over 12 million in the greater metropolitan area, its influence over the country cannot be underestimated.

The residents of Buenos Aires, known as porteños (people of the port), come from a large number of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. While most porteños are of Spanish or Italian descent and are Roman Catholic, other European countries such as Portugal, Germany and France have imparted waves of immigration.

Porteños are certainly not limited to European ancestry or Roman Catholicism, as Syrian, Lebanese, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities also play an important role in the city, as do the Jewish and Muslim communities. With a Jewish community of over 250,000 in Buenos Aires, it is the largest in South America.

The city of Buenos Aires is divided into distinct areas, such as Belgrano, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, and many others. While there are no clear borders between each district, the vibe of each area is very different.

In the Las Cañitas district, for example, you will find wealthy socialites gathering at night, while in Palermo Hollywood and Palermo SoHo there are ethnic restaurants and funky boutiques. In Belgrano, you have quiet residential areas alongside busy commercial avenues, while in Recoleta you will find its famous and hauntingly beautiful cemetery, right in the center of the district.

Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in North America. The hot summer months of December, January and February can see temperatures climb to over 100°F, while the colder winter months of June, July and August tend to be in the high 40s to lower 50s. Snow is very rare in Buenos Aires during the winter, but rain and hail are not.

Porteños have a love of music and dance, and of course, Buenos Aires is the city where Tango was born. Originally found in the poorer suburbs of Buenos Aires, Tango wasn't truly respected until it became popular in Paris in the 1920s. Still loved by porteños today, it plays a vital role in Argentine culture.

One of the biggest advantages for North Americans living in Buenos Aires is the exchange rate. A taxi ride across the city will run you about $5, while a subway ride is about $0.20. Want to go out for a nice dinner with friends? Plan on about $10 per person.

Universidad de Belgrano

Located in the quiet residential area of Belgrano, the university was established in 1964 and now enrolls over 13,500 students, including 2,000 international students. The university is divided into 13 different schools that offer 33 different undergraduate and 20 graduate majors.

ASA students at the Universidad de Belgrano have multiple course options to supplement their Spanish studies, from simply taking electives taught in English or Spanish, to combining electives in both languages.

ASA encourages all students to participate in the one-month intensive Spanish language program that is offered before the regular semester courses begin. This intensive program accomplishes two very important goals that will help any student maximize his or her time in Buenos Aires. It will not only earn students 6 semester credits, but it will also help prepare you for life in a Spanish-speaking city, making for a smoother transition into Argentine culture and improved Spanish communication skills.

There are wireless Internet zones throughout the Universidad de Belgrano, so students may wish to bring their laptops. The library is divided into multiple sections based on subject area and contains both general study areas as well as study rooms where no talking is allowed. Students will find books on almost all subjects related to their courses and may take full advantage of the library?s services as an enrolled student at the Univeresidad de Belgrano.

ASA offers multiple options for students who wish to study in Buenos Aires. While we encourage all students to participate on programs that begin with an intensive month of Spanish, it is not required. We also allow students to take their electives in English, Spanish or a combination of both. Students who feel they are fluent enough in Spanish to take courses with Argentine students may do so and should contact ASA for more information on program dates and course availability.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates. 

What's Included - Buenos Aires

  • ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose to live with an Argentine host family (includes daily breakfast & dinner) or in a shared student apartment (no meals included).  Rooms are double or single occupancy.
  • 2 DAY EXCURSIONS & 2 OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONS
  • TUITION at the Universidad de Belgrano.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of semester credits: 12-18.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at the Universidad de Belgrano, as well as at their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at Buenos Aires (EZE) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM, PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Damage deposit ($250), paid to ASA at least one month prior to departure; refundable upon return
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Reciprocity Fee (airport arrival fee), paid upon arrival at EZE airport
  • Residency Permit (student visa)
  • Laundry
  • Some or all meals. Homestay provides daily breakfast and dinner; shared student apartment does not include meals.
  • Meals on excursions 

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com. 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

Volunteer Opportunities

Each semester, ASA organizes a Volunteering Day in which all students are asked to participate, through a local organization in Buenos Aires called "De Todos, Para Todos."  One Saturday during the semester, ASA students volunteer at an elementary school that opens on Saturdays as a soup kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch.  Beforehand, everyone is asked to collect canned goods or non-perishable food items to bring with them and donate.  ASA students will have the opportunity to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to over 150 needy children between the ages of 7-12.  In addition, students get to spend some time with the children, helping them with their homework and playing games and sports with them.  It is a fun and rewarding day for both the children and the ASA students!  Afterwards, the canned goods provided by the students and any remaining food from breakfast and lunch are donated to 20 needy families in the area.

Volunteering Day has proven to be a highlight of the semester for many students, as this act of volunteering results in a rewarding cultural exchange between the children, families and the students.  Most of the children and families have not met people from the U.S. before, and the children especially are very curious and fascinated to meet the students!  "De Todos, Para Todos" had not had foreign volunteers before and were delighted for ASA students to join in.  ASA is so pleased to be able to contribute to their organization, as well as provide an enriching cultural experience for our students!

FAQs

If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info