Area Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Area Studies in Buenos Aires program is perfect for students of all language level. Area Studies courses are taught in English alongside Argentine students. Students chose from specially selected courses with international students at the Universidad del Salvador.
What the Area Studies in Buenos Aires program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Area Studies in Buenos Aires program?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Beginner to Advanced Level Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course will work on the basic common themes about language use with the following objectives in mind:
Universidad del Salvador
USAL has a small student body and a commitment to personalize education, so the atmosphere is nurturing. With faculties spread across a wide area of Buenos Aires, USAL is able to maintain a sense of community among students and faculty. Connect with Argentines by checking into the range of sports teams and activities available during the semester.
What USAL courses am I eligible to take?
To register for a course, you must meet any prerequisites, have the required Spanish language level, and space must be available. Please see below for a list of courses that may be offered during your study abroad semester.
How are USAL 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.
Course availability changes every semester, and it can also change at the last minute. For this reason, USAL course information must be regarded as provisional. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a specific course will be offered during your semester in Argentina.
USAL Course Offerings
Argentine and Latin America History of Art
Geography III (Socio-Economic Geography)
History of American and Argentine Culture
Introduction to Journalism
Introduction to Public Relations
Latin American Political Systems
How will I register for courses?
Before leaving for Argentina, it is a good idea to start thinking about the courses you want to take while you are abroad. A course preference form is part of the student portal and designed to help you with this process. While this form is not a final registration document, it is a great tool to help you decide which courses you may want to enroll in for the semester. Be sure to discuss your courses with your U.S. university academic advisor.
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. Registration can be a confusing and frustrating process; remember that IFSA-Butler staff will help you during orientation.
What if I need to take a required course?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
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?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
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 Buenos Aires Intermediate 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
Dates & Fees
Buenos Aires Intermediate Dates
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*All students must arrive in Buenos Aires no later than 11 a.m. on the program start date.
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.
Buenos Aires Intermediate Fees
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Semester 1 Payment 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 BAI 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 Argentina 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. Opportunities to volunteer are available for Area Studies students primarily in English teaching positions. Other opportunities may be available, and our staff on site will help you explore those options after your arrival.
Students who participate on the Area Studies in Buenos Aires program 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 this program.
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.
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).