IFSA Business and Economics in English

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Language of Instruction

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1—Extended to November 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

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

The IFSA Difference

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 Business and Economics in English


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

Beginning Spanish 1
Beginning Spanish 2
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2

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.
USAL Electives
 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

  • Accounting
  • Coaching
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Contemporary International Agenda
  • Contemporary International Politics: Latin America and China-economic relations and political approaches
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Public Relations
 Other Courses          
  •  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.
Experiential Learning
IFSA offers volunteer opportunities for students on this program. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript. Volunteer opportunities mostly surround group activities or events on set days (two or three "jornadas") throughout the program. Opportunities vary, but may include work at an organic farm, helping at a bilingual school, or working with the LGBTQ+ community in Buenos Aires.
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.
We also offer specific opportunities to all students, requiring different levels of Spanish for one or two day activities: events and campaigns, photographers, weekend helping trips (with Caminantes or Habitat for Humanity)

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.
Academic Advisors
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.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA 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

Housing & Meals

Most meals included
The program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday, and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Mario Cantarini

Senior Resident Director, Argentina

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Late July 2018
Program End Date
Early December 2018

Program Fees

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

Estimated Costs

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

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
March 4, 2019
Program End Date
July 6, 2019

Program Fees

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

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)