- Fall: April 1
- Spring: November 1—Extended to November 15
About Business and Economics in English
The Business and Economics in English program is perfect for students of all language levels. Courses are taught in English alongside Argentine students. Students choose from elective program courses designed and taught exclusively for IFSA students and specially selected courses with local students at the Universidad del Salvador (USAL).
Business and Economics in English Benefits
- Take integrated university classes with local degree-seeking students
- No language prerequisites – our unique team of IFSA academic coordinator and advisors will guide you throughout the semester
- Live and learn in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, also called the "Paris of South America" for its blending of European charm with South American warmth
- Study Spanish language at any level to make the most of your interactions with locals
- Participate in group excursions and co-curricular activities focused on the art, culture, sports and lifestyle that make Buenos Aires one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities
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You will enroll in one Spanish class, one elective class at our partner Universidad del Salvador (USAL), and three elective courses chosen from the IFSA electives and/or the USAL electives to complete your 15 U. semester credit hours
Beginner to Advanced Level Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course work on basic common language themes with the following objectives in mind: auditory comprehension, oral production, reading comprehension, written expression
IFSA Program Course Electives
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA students on the Business and Economics in English program.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 U.S. semester credit hours) The purpose of this elective 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.
Financial Management (3 U.S semester credit hours)
International Business Law (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Internship and Methodology Seminar (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Exploring Community and Culture online course (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Please note that IFSA courses require a minimum of four students to run.
While the USAL courses are open to all USAL students, they are considered the introductory courses to a more specific topic of study. Therefore, they are general in scope and do not require extensive background knowledge in the particular subject. Courses at USAL vary by semester: past elective courses at USAL have included several business and economics courses (options may appear in multiple USAL schools). Typical offerings include the following; some courses have a syllabi available by clicking the link below (worth 3 U.S. semester credits each):
Business, Economics and Related Courses
- Consumer Behavior
- Contemporary International Agenda
- Contemporary International Politics: Latin America and China-economic relations and political approaches
- Introduction to Marketing
- Introduction to Public Relations
- Argentine History: Social and Political Predicaments
- Compared Latin American Political Systems: The Reversal of Development in the Southern Cone
- History of International Relations
- Introduction to Marketing
- Political and Social Processes in Latin America
- Public Policies and Gender
- Society, Culture and Argentine Politics
- Urban Inequalities in Latin America (service learning)
Visit USAL's website for elective information here. Check the link for more information on when courses are typically offered.
Note that if you have native or near—native Spanish reading and writing skills and would like to be considered for exemption from the Advanced level Spanish course, please speak with your Program Advisor.
Examples of places students may volunteer:
- Pecohue Organic farm for Social Inclusion: This organization's goal is the social inclusion for young people with psychological and psychiatric issues.
- Sociedad de Integracon Gay Lesbica Argintina: This organization works to promote the social integration of the GLBT community in Buenos Aires.
Students may participate in an internship that places them with a local non-profit organization and companies dedicated to one or more of the following areas:
business, hospitality and tourism, marketing, law, environmental and conservation, art and design, education, journalism, medicine. Some examples of the types of organizations or companies where students can complete an internship are:
- Organizations that facilitate development of international relationships between public and private sectors to promote exports from Argentina.
- Independent digital agencies that work on consulting projects, digital production and marketing in various industries.
- Export/import management firms that specialize in financial, logistical and consulting services for local and international clients.
- International legal services providers who focus on addressing the commercial issues and activities of Argentine and foreign companies of varying sizes.
- Startups such as community-led organization whose objective is to inspire, connect and support startups and entrepreneurship in Buenos Aires.
- Design companies that create customized design pieces using work from local artists.
- Web design companies that create websites for political parties and grassroots campaigns.
- Wine export companies that sell local products to international markets through local initiatives and online marketing campaigns.
- Technology startup companies that use innovative video software to acquire commercial data for large companies in Latin America.
- Government innovation offices that help guide and find funding for local startups.
- Small businesses that support the environment by creating portable water filtration devices for rural communities throughout Argentina.
- Design companies that creates high-end jewelry.
In addition to the Spanish class, our program organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. 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 and meet with on a monthly basis.
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