Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Quick Facts | Why Buenos Aires? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing |Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | Volunteer Opportunities | FAQs

Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester, Academic Year, Summer, and February Intensive Month programs:

  • Universidad de Belgrano
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus:

Open to all Spanish levels. Semester 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)

Summer courses are in Spanish in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language. (Click here for Course Offerings)

February intensive month courses are in Spanish; students will take intensive Spanish Language. (Click here for Course Offerings)

Housing: Semester students can choose to live with a host family (includes daily breakfast and dinner) or in a shared apartment (meals not included). Summer students and those attending the February intensive month as a stand-alone program will live with host families (apartment option is not available). Internet is included with all housing. For further details about these housing options, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Tigre; Argentine Ranch in the Pampas
Sample Overnight Excursions: Costa del Este, Mar de Plata, Iguazú Falls

Why Buenos Aires?

  • Live and study in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital!
  • Friendly locals
  • Easy travel to other South American countries
  • Home of the Tango
  • Numerous museums and historical sites
  • Lower cost of living

City Description – Large City of 3 million

Located on the southern tip of the Río 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.

Buenos Aires has a number of distinctive neighborhoods that each offers visitors something unique, from the quiet streets and trendy shops in Palermo SoHo, to the hustle and bustle of the Barrio Norte, this city has something for everyone. In many ways, Buenos Aires feels equal parts New York City, Madrid, and Paris.  It offers world-class shopping and dining, unique architecture, beautiful parks and botanical gardens, inexpensive and efficient public transportation, and cultural and religious diversity. For any student looking to learn Spanish, experience life in a different culture, and live in a cosmopolitan city, Buenos Aires is a fantastic choice.

The residents of Buenos Aires, known as porteños (people of the port), come from many different 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 are represented in the population as well.

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 1920’s. Still loved by locals today, it plays a vital role in Argentine culture.

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 cooler 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.

Universidad de Belgrano

Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Belgrano, the Universidad de Belgrano 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 can take Spanish language along with a variety of electives available in both English and Spanish.

ASA encourages all students to participate in the month-long Spanish intensive course that precedes the regular semester. The 8-credit intensive course accomplishes two important goals, which will help you maximize your time in Buenos Aires. Not only will the intensive course help prepare you for your semester classes, but it will also ease your transition into Argentine culture and make communicating in your daily life a whole lot easier. We especially recommend the intensive course for students who have never taken Spanish, for those who haven’t taken Spanish since high school, and for those who haven’t taken it recently in college.

Housing

Semester students can choose to live with an Argentine host family or in a shared apartment. Summer students and those attending the February intensive month as a stand-alone program will live with Argentine host families.  Homestay accommodation includes daily breakfast and dinner. The shared apartment option does not include meals, but each apartment has a kitchen. All student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from the university. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.

Excursions

Semester programs include 2 overnight excursions and 2 day excursions.  Summer programs include 2 day excursions per session. The February intensive month, when taken as a stand-alone program, includes 2 day excursions.  Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Iguazú Falls (overnight excursion) – We’ll spend a full day at the breathtaking Iguazú National Park; walk along the rainforest trailes to see the biggest fall, “The Devil’s Throat,” as well as over 200 other waterfalls.
  • Costa del Este (overnight excursion) – Enjoy a weekend trip to the Sea Coast with plenty of time to hang out at the beach in world-famous Costa del Este. We’ll also visit the town of San Clemente and relax at its Thermal Water Park.
  • El Tigre (day excursion) – On the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, where the Parana and Uruguay Rivers flow into the Río de la Plata, sits one of the world’s largest estuaries. We’ll take a boat ride, relax, shop and eat.
  • Argentine Ranch in the Pampas (day excursion) – Spend a full day at a traditional ranch in the Argentine countryside. Enjoy the outdoors, including horseback riding, folk music and dancing, and delicious Argentine barbeque (called “asado”), prepared the old gaucho way!

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Buenos Aires Program

  • ROOM & BOARD / ROOM ONLY – SEMESTER PROGRAMS: Semester students can choose between the following 2 housing options.  Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.
    • Option A: With an Argentine host family. Daily breakfast and dinner are included.
    • Option B: Shared apartment. Meals are not included.
  • ROOM & BOARD – SUMMER PROGRAMS & FEBRUARY INTENSIVE MONTH: All summer students and those taking the February intensive month as a stand-alone program will live with Argentine host families. Daily breakfast and dinner are included.  Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.

For further details about these housing options, please click here!

  • TUITION at the Universidad de Belgrano.  Semester students may enroll in a maximum of 18 U.S. semester credits.  Students attending a Summer session or intensive month may enroll in a maximum of 8 U.S. semester credits.  Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by the Universidad de Belgrano. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: Semester programs include 2 overnight excursions and 2 day excursions.  Summer programs include 2 day excursions.  The February intensive month, when taken as a stand-alone program, includes 2 day excursions. Excursion locations to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Buenos Aires (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at the Universidad de Belgrano and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Buenos Aires (EZE) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • 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 HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM (semester programs only)

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($250), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • All meals for students who live in a shared apartment. Daily lunch for students who live with a host family
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • Student Visa / Residency Permit (if required for your program)
  • Reciprocity Fee, paid upon arrival at EZE airport (if required)
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board/housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

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