Argentine Universities and Intensive Spanish Program for Northwestern University and University of Pennsylvania Students 

  • Location: Buenos Aires
  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Spanish requirement: 4 semesters (6 quarters) of university-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for semester 1 (Feb-July)
    November 1 for calendar year (Feb-Dec)
    April 1 for semester 2 (July-Dec)
    April 1 for academic year (July-July)
  • Program advisor: Ashley Krutz
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Program Snapshot

Located in one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, the Argentine Universities and Intensive Spanish Program (AUISP) offers students the opportunity to enroll in intensive coursework in Spanish, enjoy theatre, music, films, sports and museums, or simply people-watch while sipping coffee at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes. This program is for students attending Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania.


What AUISP has to offer:

  • Top notch integrated courses available at the Universidad Católica Argentina and the Universidad del Salvador, alongside Argentine students
  • Specially designed program courses focused on the unique and fascinating culture of Argentina and Latin America
  • All classes (both integrated and program) are taught in Spanish by Argentine university professors
  • Extensive volunteer opportunities with local NGOs and social service organizations


  • Housing is with a carefully selected host family in Buenos Aires
  • Program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday
  • Only one IFSA-Butler student lives with a host family for maximum cultural immersion and language acquisition


  • All students take Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture, designed exclusively for AUISP participants.
  • Students have access to three optional IFSA-Butler program courses: Contemporary Argentine History: State and Society, Argentine Foreign Policy, and Latin American and Argentine Literature
  • AUISP participants complete their full course load with 1-4 integrated courses at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) or the Universidad del Salvador (USAL), located in the heart of the city


Academic Structure

The AUISP combines specialized program courses with Argentine university courses taken alongside local, degree-seeking students. All students will enroll in the mandatory Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture intensive course. All coursework is conducted in Spanish. Along with the required Spanish language course, students may take IFSA-Butler program courses.

To complete the semester course schedule of 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours, you may enroll in 1-4 university courses at UCA or USAL. The option is available to take all your courses at one university or choose to register at both. An academic advisor in Buenos Aires will assist you in selecting appropriate courses for your semester. Be sure to click on the Online Course Catalogs tab to review university courses that may be available during your time abroad.

The following is a sample schedule demonstrating the academic flexibility of AUISP's academic program. Please talk to your home university study abroad advisor about specific requirements for your university.

Sample schedule for NU/IFSA-Butler:

  1. Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (IFSA-Butler; 4 U.S. semester credit hours)
  2. Argentine Foreign Policy (IFSA-Butler; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  3. Compared Political Systems 1 (Universidad del Salvador; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  4. Spanish Literature (Universidad Católica Argentina, 3 U.S. semester credith hours)
  5. Tango and Culture Workshop (Universidad del Salvador; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Program Courses

Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (mandatory for all students)
The objective of this class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken. Both oral and written expressions are of vital importance to the student's performance in his/her university classes. This course meets intensively during the program orientation and less frequently during the course of the semester. (For Northwestern University students, this is equivalent to SPAN 199.)

Contemporary Argentine History: State and Society Addressing the study of the social, economic and political history of contemporary Argentina and analyzing the most outstanding events that took place from the beginning of the 20th century until present are the main objectives of this course.  It will also present a critical discussion of the main problems affecting Argentina in each period with an emphasis on experiences that are unique to the country: Peronismo, military coups, the military process and the "disappeared," the return to democracy, and the challenges faced by subsequent administrations regarding economic crises and governability. Students are expected to understand the different economic, social and political stages the country went through, and the makeup and impact of the different social players within the prevailing local and international context.

Argentine Foreign Policy
The course is aimed at acquainting with the specific issues of the foreign relations of a non-central country and their relationship with the domestic economic growth and development project. The course is designed to familiarize students with foreign policy issues through a comprehensive analysis of the matter. These issues will be addressed in the context of contemporary history during the period following World War II with a particular emphasis on Argentina's relations with Brazil and Latin America and also current items on the domestic agenda.

Argentine and Latin American Literature This course aims to broaden the student's knowledge of Argentine and Latin American culture and literature of the second half of the 20th century. Students will reflect on theoretical aspects associated with the changes occurring in the fictionalizing processes, and this course will encourage students to take an enlightened view of and establish relationships and expansions between the texts and the social and cultural processes. Students will analyze the geographical, historical and cultural contexts in which tales are produced. This course will promote the critical and creative reading of the suggested texts through the practice of writing and conversation.

University Info

Universidad Católica Argentina
Located on the Río de la Plata, Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is just a few blocks from the bustling downtown area and the convenient subte. Each modern campus building is connected by underground passage ways, which make for a quick walk to class. The small campus and class size allow students to find their own personal niche in the big city. Modern amenities and the latest technology provide many of the same comforts found on any U.S. university campus. Courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

Universidad del Salvador
The Universidad del Salvador (USAL) resembles a U.S. university in the diversity and structure of its curriculum. This private university has a small student body and a commitment to personalized education, so the atmosphere is nurturing. Despite the fact that USAL is a true urban university with faculties spread over a wide area, the university offers a sense of community. Connect with your fellow students by checking into the range of sports teams and activities available. Courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

How are university courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
The system of higher education in Argentina is more specialized than the U.S. liberal arts curriculum, which means that Argentine students enter university with some background in the subjects they wish to study. Therefore, local students take most of, if not all, their courses in one faculty and receive a degree in one field. In the U.S. system, students take a little of everything and don't specialize until a couple of years into their studies.

Additionally, you might notice that your Argentine classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.

Online Course Catalogs

As an IFSA-Butler student, you are permitted to directly enroll in university courses at either of the Argentine universities offered this program.  Following you will find detailed instructions on how to access each universities' online course catalog, along with a list of pre-approved departments (facultades)in which you may select courses.

If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, or if you are having trouble navigating a university's website, contact your program advisor for more information and assistance. Keep in mind that course availability changes every semester. A finalized list of courses will not be available until your program orientation in Buenos Aires.

Universidad Católica Argentina

  1. Click here to access UCA's online course catalog.
  2. Select a subject of interest (i.e. Ciencias Politicas). Make sure to only select subjects from the section titled "Carerras de Grado, Buenos Aires."
  3. Next, click on "Ver el detalle del Plan de estudios" to obtain a list of courses.

The following UCA departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Facultad de Ciencias Políticas: Ciencia Política and Relaciones Internacionales
  • Facultad de Filosofía y Letras: Literatura, Historia and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Psicología y Educación: Psicología, Psicopedagogía and Educación
  • Instituto de Comunicación Social, Periodismo y Publicidad: Publicidad and Periodismo

Universidad del Salvador

  1. Click here to access USAL's online course catalog.
  2. Click on a facultad that interests you (i.e. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales).
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on "Carreras de Grado."
  4. Choose a subject and click on it to see the course listings.
  5. For most subjects, only a list of courses will appear. For others, short descriptions or syllabi may be available if you click on the course title.

The following USAL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Facultad de Historia, Filosofía y Letras: Letras, Lengua Inglesa, Interpretación de Conferencias en Inglés, Traductorado Público de Inglés, Traductorado Científico Literario de Inglés, Historia, Ciencias Ambientales, Gestión de Historia de las Artes and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Ciencias Sociales: Ciencia Política, Sociología, Relaciones Internacionales and Servicio Social
  • Facultad de Ciencias de la Administración: Administración, Comercialización, Administración de Recursos Humanos, Sistemas de Información
  • Facultad de Artes de Teatro: Escenografía and Arte Dramático
  • Facultad de Psicología: Psicología and Psicopedagogía
  • Escuela de Estudios Orientales: Estudios Orientales


How will I register for courses?
Final course registration will not take place until you are in Argentina. You, along with the help of the IFSA-Butler staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation. While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Argentine educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these at orientation but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester.

Keep in mind that the educational system in Argentina is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site.

Each semester there are certain courses at the universities that are quite popular among IFSA-Butler students. Due to an increase in demand from their own students, all universities have limited admission to certain classes for non-degree and/or visiting international students. While the AUISP has many options available, and similar classes are available in more than one institution or even facultad, it is not always possible to get your first choice of classes (similar to what you may have experienced at your home university).

What if I need to take a required course?
Because of university scheduling, it is difficult to confirm course availability before you depart. If you are flexible in your course choices, you will probably be able to find a course that fits your needs. Keep in mind that if you need a specific course to fulfill your home institution's requirements, we may not be able to confirm the availability of that course or enroll you in it even if it is available. Both academic flexibility and patience are requirements for studying in Latin America.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full university course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. The number of courses you will take depends on the individual credit value of the courses you select. Please be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home university or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.


What do I need to know about exams?
Due to the difference in academic systems, your exam schedule will not be available until after you register for courses at your university. Be sure to confirm exam dates with your professor at the beginning of the semester. You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record query on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Argentina.

Will I have final exams after the program has officially ended?
Each semester, our resident staff set the official program end date based on the established semester-end dates of the universities along with the date when the majority of IFSA-Butler students should be finished with finals. However, every semester a handful of students select classes with final exams scheduled past the official program end date. As the final exam schedule will not be available until you register for classes (after you arrive in Buenos Aires), we cannot guarantee that you will be finished by the program end date.

It is very important that you check your syllabi and with your professors for your final exam schedule. At the beginning of the semester, you will have a four-week shopping period to test out more classes than you plan to take. In most cases, you will know when your final exams are scheduled before you finalize your schedule. If you cannot be flexible with your end date, you should take into consideration the exam schedule as you make your course selections. All coursework must be submitted before you leave Argentina, and exams cannot be rescheduled. Should you need to remain in Buenos Aires after the program end date to take a final exam, IFSA-Butler housing and services are guaranteed until that time. It will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for any changes in your return flight once final exams are complete.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned on AUISP during your study abroad semester or year. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.

Academic Advisors

What if I need academic help during the semester?
A particularly strong feature of IFSA-Butler’s programming in Buenos Aires is the availability of academic advisors. These are Argentine final-year students (the equivalent of graduate students) or university graduates who represent a variety of disciplines, including literature, politics, history, economics and sociology. You are assigned an academic advisor who helps you select an appropriate load of classes during the program orientation.

Thereafter, you are required to meet with your academic advisor at least once a month. They are available on a rotating schedule each evening of the week; you have access to all the academic advisors (not just the one to whom you are assigned) who can assist you if you encounter any difficulties with the content of your classes.

The availability of academic advisors on this program is an especially important feature given the difficulties of studying in a different academic system in a foreign language. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program. One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.

In addition to the program application, be sure to click on the "Forms" tab to download and complete your Family Placement Form. Once finished, submit your Family Placement Form to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.


The AUISP includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation with your host family while classes are in session and during short university breaks. If you are studying abroad for an entire year, you will need to find alternate housing during the semester breaks. You will be responsible for the any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Argentina for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is ready.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
The AUISP does not require a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate on the AUISP must live with a program approved host family for the duration of the program.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
Population: 10 million
Location: Eastern Argentina, near the border of Uruguay

City features

  • Home to countless cultural and sporting attractions
  • One of the most cosmopolitan societies in the world, with a distinctly European air
  • Known as the "Paris of the Americas" for its sophistication and culture
  • Unparalleled opportunities to enjoy theatre, music, films and museums
  • Home to nearly 40 percent of the Argentine population
  • Reliable, inexpensive bus and local trains make getting around a breeze
  • Music and tango permeate the city and add to its colorful flavor

Do more!

  • Head out of the city and visit the Delta Tigre
  • Enjoy a weekend in Colonia or Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Take a day trip to the Isla Martín García



To apply to the AUISP, use our easy online application.

Applicants to this program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.

If you have already started an application to the program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.

Dates & Fees

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Your IFSA Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Buenos Aires:

ashley argentinaProgram Advisor Ashley Krutz assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Ashley studied abroad on the IFSA-Butler Peru program in 2009, and has studied abroad in Europe and Asia. After her experiences abroad as an undergraduate, Ashley earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Evansville. She also has taken graduate courses at Butler University. Ashley joined IFSA-Butler in order to help students experience the joys of studying abroad. Contact Ashley at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4264.

martiStudent Accounts Coordinator Marty Weinbrecht assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Marty can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4218.


Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Senior Resident Director Mario Cantarini.

saraUpon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Sara Bell processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Sara can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4261.


Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Student Network

Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students



Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis.

If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization.

IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.

Examples of places where students may volunteer:

  • Democracia Representativa seeks to strengthen representative democracy in Argentina.
  • ADEPRA works to rescue stray animals.
  • LIFE Argentina strives to improve the quality of life for children in marginalized neighborhoods, through nutrition assistance, recreation, literacy and education programs.
  • Pilotos Solidarios: provides general and medical assistance to isolated rural communities.
  • Dando A Luz is an organization that promotes reproductive rights.
  • Cicerones promotes beauty and cultural diversity of Buenos Aires.
  • AMARTYA is dedicated to promoting social responsibility.
  • Riesgo Cero was created to provide sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention information.
  • Sociedad de Integración Gay Lésbica Argentina works to promote the social integration of the GLBT community in Buenos Aires.
  • CARE promotes equal access to communication and information technology.
  • Proyectarte seeks to promote and spread art created by young Argentine artists.
  • Campus Travel is a travel agency for student travelers.

This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.

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