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CIEE Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/24/2017 10/10/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, General Business, History, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:

Overview

In Buenos Aires, you have the opportunity to significantly enhance your advanced Spanish language skills, while exploring regional politics, social issues, and economic development in contemporary Argentina.

Through intensive language study, enrolment options at multiple local universities, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Buenos Aires offers you a dynamic academic and cultural experience.

Study abroad in Argentina and you will:

 

  • Become part of the local university community through unique CIEE courses about Latin American and Argentine issues
  • Enroll in challenging courses alongside Argentine students at the most prestigious Argentine universities while using CIEE Spanish classes and language tutorials to support you in your language learning
  • Get involved in local community organizations and development through CIEE’s community service seminar
  • Learn outside the classroom on CIEE educational and cultural field trips in and around Buenos Aires,  including visits to museums, festivals, and soccer matches
     

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Develop your Spanish through various advanced language workshops, and your knowledge of Argentina through a variety of specialized area studies electives.
You’ll also enroll directly in courses within a wide array of academic departments at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA). This arrangement allows you to combine the more personalized “think tank” atmosphere offered by CIEE, with the vibrant and challenging Argentine university life of UBA, UCA, and IUNA.

Excursions

Enjoy a four-day academic field trip to the Argentine province of Jujuy, to learn about the indigenous history of the country. Students attend lectures by archaeologists and explore indigenous ruins and historical sites, all of which are located in the Quebrada de Humahuaca region.

A shorter day field trip is also offered outside of Buenos Aires. During this excursion, you have the opportunity to explore a more rural landscape and experience a distinct way of life as lived in the outskirts of the cosmopolitan capital.

Immersion

Study abroad in Buenos Aires offers a number of programs and activities to help integrate you into the local and university communities, including special interest groups, student clubs, intramural sports and volunteering opportunities.

Credit

Students are required to take 15–23 semester/22.5–34.5 quarter hours per semester; total recommended credit for the year is 30–46 semester/45–69 quarter hours.

CIEE courses at FLACSO: 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

CIEE Spanish language courses: 32–64 contact hours and recommended credit is 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

UBA courses in the Social Science department: 68–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 4–6 semester/6–9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

UBA courses in the Economics department: 45–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3–6 semester/4.5–9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

UBA courses in the Philosophy and Letters department: 96 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

UCA courses: 45–96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3–6 semester/4.5–9 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

IUNA courses:34–90 contact hours and recommended credit is 2–6 semester/3–9 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.


Program Requirements

A minimum of 15 credits and 4 courses is required for every study abroad student. Upon arrival, all students take a Spanish language placement exam and, based on the results, are required to enroll in a certain amount of credits in Spanish language and a certain number of direct enrollment courses.

Advanced Spanish I: Minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 8 credits in Spanish Language, direct enrollment not recommended

Advanced Spanish II: Minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 7 credits in Spanish Language, one direct enrollment course required

Post-Advanced Spanish I: Minimum of 3 credits and maximum of 6 credits in Spanish Language, one direct enrollment course required, two direct enrollment courses highly recommended

Post-Advanced Spanish II: Optional to maximum of 3 credits in Spanish Language, two direct enrollment courses required

About Buenos Aires

Founded in 1536, Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is often referred to as “the Paris of Latin America”. Within this immense, yet surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis, elegant 19th Century buildings and café life offer glimpses of Europe and the Middle East. A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center. With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.

Where You’ll Study

The CIEE study center and offices are located within the urban campus of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international, inter-governmental organization devoted to research, development and education in the social sciences fields. The CIEE-FLACSO partnership provides a dynamic, academic base for CIEE study abroad students, and serves as your home campus in Buenos Aires as well as the place where many of your classes and program events are held.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enroll in some of the top universities of Argentina(UBA, UCA and IUNA) and take classes alongside local Argentine students.

Housing & Meals

Housing, breakfast, and one additional meal per day are included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in private homes or in a student residencia. The student residencia is double occupancy with CIEE students living with a native Spanish speaker. Home stay hosts come from various lifestyles, and students are matched with local home stays based on the student preferred living environment. Other meals may be taken in the wide variety of restaurants and/or typical cafés throughout the city, or even prepared at home.

Academic Program

Established in 1993, the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires includes specialized courses in a variety of disciplines taught exclusively to CIEE study abroad students by experts in various academic fields. In addition, students are required to take direct enrollment courses within a wide array of academic departments at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA). This arrangement allows CIEE students to combine the specialized, more personalized “think tank” atmosphere of FLACSO with the vibrant and challenging Argentine university life of UBA, UCA, and IUNA. Given the recognized excellence of the faculty and the wide range of course offerings, the CIEE program is designed for motivated students with very strong language skills and a desire to immerse themselves in a dynamic cultural and academic experience. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Academic Culture

Students will experience and learn from the significant differences between the U.S. and Argentine educational systems. Local students follow specialized paths of studies which lead to advance expertise in their field and thus, a higher level of difficulty in typical U.S. undergraduate courses. Students are generally expected to take greater initiative and responsibility for their own learning, and to pursue their completion of assignments and research with less specific guidance from syllabi and instructors.

CIEE courses offered at FLACSO, however, are organized and evaluated according to  a system that is very similar to  those of most U.S. institutions. At UBA, classes normally meet for four to six hours per week, with class time divided between lectures attended by many students and smaller discussion workshops. At UCA, students matriculate in smaller courses ranging from four to six contact hours. At IUNA, class size varies in each department from smaller seminar-style classes to larger survey courses. The atmosphere of each university is quite distinct in terms of the socio-demographic backgrounds of the student bodies, their political leanings, size of classes, and the look and feel of the campus and facilities. The opportunity to enroll in more than one Argentine university is unique and provides insight into the diversity of the Argentine educational system, as well as access to a huge selection of classes.


The academic year program roughly coincides with the U.S. academic year, and runs from July to July; the calendar year program coincides with the Argentinean academic year and runs from mid-February to mid-December. Academic year students have a three-month break between semesters (December – February) and are responsible for housing and meals during that time. Calendar year students have a one-week break between the first and second semester in July.