Study Abroad on the Advanced Argentine Universities Program
Located in one of the world's most exciting and cosmpolitan cities, the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) offers students the opportunity to enroll in up to four prestigious universities in Buenos Aires. Between classes, enjoy theatre, music, films, sports and museums, or simply people-watch while sipping coffee at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.
What the AUP has to offer
What is the academic structure of the AUP?
General Academic Program:
Following are two sample schedules demonstrating the academic flexibility of AUP's general academic program:
Sample schedule 1 for general academic program:
Sample schedule 2 for general academic program:
Any student accepted to the AUP is eligible to participate in one academic concentration during the semester. This is a great opportunity for you to more fully integrate into the cultural life of Buenos Aires by working and researching at prestigious civil society institutions alongside distinguished faculty and experts in these areas. Additionally, the specialized concentrations allow you to focus on a specific area of interest in order to gain in-depth knowledge of that subject from a different perspective.
Coursework for the specialized academic concentrations is a mixture of IFSA-Butler program classes, seminars and workshops, and integrated university classes of your choice. All students must take the Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course and the specially designed program course and/or seminar for the concentration. The remainder of your courses are selected from one or two of the IFSA-Butler partner universities in Buenos Aires.
All students with four semesters fo Spanish (neither more nor less) participate in the Intensive Spanish concentration. Students in this concentration take a combination of program classes and courses at the Universidad Católica Argentina and Universidad del Salvador.
See the "Concentrations" section for more detailed information and program course syllabi.
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Click here to download all program course syllabi, or click on a course title below to download an individual syllabus.
Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (mandatory for all students) The objective of this mandatory program 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.
Society and State in Contemporary Argentina 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.
The seminar on Community & Culture in Argentina proposes a collective reflection on the life experience. Its goal is to share different cultural spaces and different communities. The idea of the seminar is to develop among students and teachers a great ammount of creativity to make questions about what it means to live among different. This class is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
Fictions of the Present: Argentine Literature and Cinema after 2000 The aim of the course is to study Argentine literary fiction and cinema of the last two decades with a view to identifying the new formal, stylistic and thematic characteristics and their association with the changes in the ways of imagining and experiencing the contemporary world. This analysis will focus especially on the transformations that Argentine culture has undergone recently in connection with issues such as globalization, postmodernism, the emergence of new communication technologies, and the impact of these processes on literary traditions, the national language and collective imaginaries.
Peronist Argentina The course is directed at reflecting on the most important political movement in Argentina since the middle of the 20th century. Peronism has been analyzed from the viewpoints of sociology, political science, anthropology and history. Literature and film have also addressed the topic. This course will focus on the political, social and cultural dimensions of this phenomenon with particular emphasis on the main social and political aspects of the Peronist movement.
**Students participating on a specialized academic concentration are only permitted to enroll in the mandatory Spanish language course. See Academic Concentration section for more details about available program courses designed specifically for the concentrations.
What is the Argentine Universities Program like?
Universidad Católica Argentina
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Universidad del Salvador
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
See the "University Courses" section for more information about the wide-range of courses available to you on the AUP. Also, see "Online Course Catalogs" to find possible course listings for each of the AUP universities.
What AUP courses am I eligible to take?
Keep in mind the following:
Where can I find a list of courses that the AUP universities offer?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
How are AUP university courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
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.
I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.
Online Course Catalogs
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are permitted to directly enroll in university courses at any of the four Argentine universities offered on the AUP. 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
Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
The following UBA-CS departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
**You can also view the curricular ladder for each major by returning to the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales home page, clicking on one of the majors listed at the top of the page and then clicking on "Plan de estudios." When the page loads, you can click "Ver Plan de estudios" in order to view the curricular ladder.
Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
The following UBA-FL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
Universidad del Salvador
The following USAL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
The following departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
**Disregard the instructions for international students that appear on this page. All communication should be with IFSA-Butler, not UTDT.
Fundación Universidad del Cine (Cinema studies concentration students only)
The following Fundación Universidad del Cine departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
How will I register for courses?
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 IFSA-Butler program in Buenos Aires 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).This can be particularly challenging in the smaller institutions of UTDT and UCA.
What if I need to take a required course?
What are the registration conditions
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?
Will I have final exams after the program has officially ended?
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.
Do I need to take a placement exam at the Universidad de Buenos Aires?
Grades rank from 1 to 5. A 4 is a passing grade. If you get a 1, you cannot enroll in the facultad. Although there are no academic consequences for not reaching a 4, if you receive a 2 or 3, you must take an additional exam. At the end of the semester, Ciencias Sociales will issue you a certificate as proof of your progress in the Spanish language according to UBA (although the certificate is not worth credit).
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
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.
Areas of Study
On the Argentine Universities Program, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. Most departments at all four partner universities are open to IFSA-Butler students. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions. IFSA-Butler hopes that students will be able to take courses for their U.S. institution degree requirements in order to stay on track for graduation.
Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Buenos Aires during past semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are hundreds of courses in Buenos Aires from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalogs for each university.
Popular Subjects and Courses*
**Classes at the Fundacion Universidad del Cine are only available to IFSA-Butler students participating on the Cine Concentration.
* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Argentine Universities Program. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the universities' online course catalogs will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.
Exploring Community & Culture
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) in Buenos Aires is designed to take your study abroad experience to another level. It encourages you to get the most out of your time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local communities and cultures. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.
The C&C certificate program will be a complementary addition to your courses on the Argentine Universities Program. The C&C seminar will meet throughout the semester and will include opportunities to explore in-depth the many exciting neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.
Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know their host communities and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences.
Students who participate on the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) come from diverse academic backgrounds, many with individualized majors or areas of academic interest. For this reason, IFSA-Butler offers optional and specialized academic concentrations, designed specifically for students participating on the AUP.
Click on the following academic concentration areas for detailed information and course syllabi:
Academic concentrations provide an excellent opportunity for you to completely integrate into the cultural and academic life of Buenos Aires by working and researching at prestigious civil society institutions alongside distinguished faculty and experts in these areas. Additionally, the specialized concentrations allow you to focus on a specific area of interest in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of that subject from a different perspective.
Additionally, a written statement (in Spanish) as to why you would like to participate on a specialized academic concentration should be submitted to your IFSA-Butler program advisor (via email) before studying abroad. This statement should meet the following criteria:
Please note that the concentration program classes and fieldwork experiences are only available to participants of a specialized academic concentration. If you participate on a concentration, with the exception of Intensive Spanish, you will not be able to enroll in the optional program classes offered to students on the general academic program (i.e. Argentine and Latin American Literature, Argentine Foreign Policy or State and Society in Contemporary Argentina).
What are my housing options?
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 Argentine Universites Program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
To apply to the Argentine Universities Program use our easy online application.
Applicants to the AUP 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 Argentine Universities Program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Reciprocity Fee: Please note that in addition to the cost of the student visa, all students with a passport from the U.S., Canada or Australia are required to pay a reciprocity fee of approximately $160 prior to arrival.
Please note: As of March 24, 2016, the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended for a period of 90 days. Unless there is an extension, U.S. citizens who travel after June 24, 2016 may be subject to the $160 reciprocity fee before departure.
Meals: The Argentine Universities Program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal per day on Saturday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Buenos Aires:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
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.
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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
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.
If a semester study abroad program does not work into your academic schedule, consider study abroad during the summer in the "Paris of the Americas." IFSA-Butler offers two summer options, one for Intermediate level Spanish students and one for Advanced Spanish students. Both offer housing with a host family, courses designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler students and a great cultural experience in Buenos Aires. Students will earn 6 or 9 U.S. semester credit hours.