IFSA-Butler Area Studies in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Area Studies in Buenos Aires

Program available for Spring 2018 only. Did you ever think you could take classes in English alongside Argentine students? Immerse yourself in this charming city full of life and warmth while learning about Argentine culture! Whether you're studying Southern Cone economics, Latin American political systems, or the history of Latin American art, this "London of the South" will embrace you like a tango partner.

Area Studies in Buenos Aires Benefits

  • Immersion into Argentine culture through academics, program activities and volunteer opportunities
  • Coursework is conducted in English
  • Group excursions and activities focused on the art, culture, sports and lifestyle that make Buenos Aires one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities
  • Integrated university classes with local degree-seeking students
  • Volunteer experiences available
  • Students enroll in a mandatory Spanish course (3 U.S. semester credit hours) in addition to four elective courses at USAL
  • All area studies coursework is conducted in English and taught by university faculty members
  • USAL subjects may include geography, politics, accounting, consumer behavior, public relations, business and more
  • Academic tutors available during the semester


Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Area Studies in Buenos Aires

The best of both worlds for a beginning language-learner: classes alongside local students with options in English and Spanish. Through our exclusive partnership with the Universidad del Salvador, the following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the Area Studies in Buenos Aires program.
  • Beginner to Advanced Level Spanish (3 U.S. semester credits) This course will work on basic common language themes with the following objectives in mind: auditory comprehension, oral production, reading comprehension, and written expression
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 U.S. semester credits): The purpose of this mandatory course is to help students gain facility with industrial-organizational psychology (I-O) theory and to learn to apply principles of psychology to various workplaces, business and consumer issues.
*Students are required to enroll in the Business Psychology core course and a mandatory Spanish class based on their language level.

In addition to the mandatory IFSA-Butler program courses, you may register for up to 4 courses offered at Universidad del Salvador (USAL) alongside local students, in English. While these courses are open to all USAL students, they are considered introductory level to a more specific topic of study. Just like at your home institution, in order to register for a course, you must meet any prerequisites and space must be available. Please see below for a list of courses that may be offered during your study abroad semester. 

Here are some examples of courses IFSA-Butler students may have to choose from (worth 3 U.S. semester credtis each):
  • Accounting: This course is aimed at understanding basic accounting systems. Student will study assets structure and registration by examining cash, banks, investments, credits, inventories and fixed assets. It will also examine the implement intangible assets and deferred charges as well as debts, contingencies and how they relate to balance sheets and results.
  • Argentine and Latin America History of Art: In this course students will understand the complexity of artistic and cultural productions in Argentina and Latin America. It provides insight into different cultures and artistic expressions through the analysis of paintings, sculptures and architecture. This will serve to contextualize and analyze diversity in the search of a Hispanic identity.
  • Business: Classes vary per semester and often center around introductory and intermediate-level business, addressing topics such as international business, policy, economy and Argentina's place in the global market.
  • Comparative Politics: This course will provide a general introduction to Comparative Politics. Students will analyze different topics that will be divided into six parts: Democracy and Democratization; Presidential and Parliamentary Systems; Legislatures; Political Parties and Party System; Latin American Political Parties, Party Systems and Institutional Change. Course meetings will combine lectures with discussions of assigned articles.
  • Consumer Behavior: This course has been designed to train students to interconnect consumer behavior with other subjects by applying concepts related to psychology, market research, sociology and communications. It allows students to recognize the role of advertising inside the process of consumer behavior research and to motivate students to behave ethically as they move forward with this knowledge.
  • Coaching: The objective of this course is to introduce students to organizational coaching, thus allowing them to develop skills for a quality human resources management. The course will examine the origins of coaching and the process of organizational coaching as well as other forms of interaction. It will teach integrity and authenticity of coaching as well as action strategies.
  • Geography III (Socio-Economic Geography): This course will demonstrate the relevant contributions of adventure and ecotourism to the environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of destinations and local communities. It will provide students with the tools to examine the existing relationship between the ecologic systems and the socio-economic configurations. It will compare the local/regional lifestyles to tourist development in order to develop a scale of values to conserve and enhance the Argentinean natural and cultural heritage.
  • History of American and Argentine Culture: Students taking this course will understand the hallmarks of Argentine cultural identity through the analysis of various historical periods. It will analyze the positioning of Argentina in a changing world during the 20th Century. It will also focus on the historical idea that the founding milestones of Argentine culture were instrumental and an original contributor to what was considered to be the universal culture.
  • Introduction to Journalism: This course is an introduction to the ever-changing world of journalism. It provides a historical and social overview of journalism with special emphasis on print media as a key aspect to a successful democracy. Through readings, videos and class assignments, students will gain a greater understanding of issues involving journalism and society.
  • Introduction to Public Relations: This course will provide a solid vision and scope of the professional skills and tasks required to work in the public relations field. It will introduce students to the general problems of this discipline, by defining the occupational field of public relations, stating the terms of professional practice and its stages as well as define the role of identity. Students will examine corporate reputation and image as intangible assets of any organization and how this provides a comprehensive and integrated view of strategic links with stakeholders as a management and institutional function.
  • Latin American Political Systems: The context of this course is framed from 1980 to 2009 and starts by analyzing the state building process in Latin America and the differences between the American and European models. A considerable amount of time is devoted to other crucial questions such as the direction and pace of regime change in Latin America, as well as the relationship between democracy and development. The coursework also explores some of the most urgent challenges facing Latin American countries such as neo-populism, market reforms, and democratic consolidation. The course concludes with a discussion on the future of the state, democracy and development in the region.
Experiential Learning
Community-based Learning
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture online course (C&C) 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. Through this program, you will be encouraged to engage with your community and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities. 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. 
Academic Tutors
A particularly strong feature of the Buenos Aires programs is our onsite academic advisors-- or, in Spanish, tutores. These are Argentine graduate students or university graduates who represent a variety of disciplines, including literature, politics, history, economics and sociology. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you'll be assigned an academic advisor to help 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; and, 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. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Area Studies in Buenos Aires
Accounting Advertising American History Archaeology Art Education Art History Arts Management/Administration Asian Studies Business Business Psychology Cultural Studies English English Literature European History Geography History International Business Journalism Latin American Studies Linguistics Management Marketing Political Science Public Relations Spanish

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The Area Studies in Buenos Aires program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Mario Cantarini

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 28, 2018
Program End Date
June 30, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Residence Permits
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs