If you’re ready for an urban adventure, Buenos Aires is your city. With endless city districts and neighborhoods to explore, you will get lost in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires. Tango the night away as you learn the country’s popular dance, attend one of the many soccer games, and browse the local art scene—all this and more awaits you as a study abroad student in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires will also be your classroom. Learn about visual arts in the city and then meet with local graffiti artists before seeing their work. Study the impact of globalization in Latin America and then get an internship with one of the country’s top businesses. Welcome to study abroad!
Open to students of all language levels, the Latin American Societies & Cultures Program allows you to improve your Spanish language skills while taking courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, all of which feature an academic emphasis on Latin America.
If you have beginning- and intermediate-level language skills, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught IES Abroad courses in areas such as the Arts, Literature, Film, Anthropology, and Political Science. If you have advanced-level Spanish language skills, you have the option to choose from Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses and courses through our prestigious university partners. You also have the option to take up to two English-taught IES Abroad courses.
Finally, we want you to feel at home in Buenos Aires, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Buenos Aires. From internships to cultural activities, you will have numerous opportunities to get to know Argentina.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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for students taking IES Abroad courses and partner university courses
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore Argentine Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
While in Buenos Aires, you take 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in Spanish. Advanced level Spanish students with four or more semesters of Spanish or the equivalent can take a maximum of two English-taught courses.
You customize your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
The following universities release their official course offerings just before the start of each semester. For this reason, you will not be able to register for university courses until you arrive on-site. Course offerings vary by semester. Eligibility depends on language level and, in some cases, your previous academic experience in the discipline.
Universidad Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES)www.uces.edu.ar
The Universidad Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES) is a private university in Buenos Aires. UCES was founded in 1988 with the purpose of creating a more unified connection between the business and academic worlds.
Courses are available in the disciplines below to students who meet language requirements.
Location & Commute Time
The UCES campus is approximately six to seven blocks away from the IES Abroad Center.
Universidad del Museo Social Argentino (UMSA )www.umsa.edu.ar
The Universidad del Museo Social Argentino (UMSA) is a private university that was founded in 1961. Students of all language levels with the relevant academic background can enroll in courses at UMSA (up to four courses in addition to the required IES Abroad Spanish course). Available course disciplines are listed below.
Location & Commute Time
UMSA has modern facilities and is conveniently located a few blocks from the IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center.
Universidad del Salvador (USAL)www.salvador.edu.ar
The Universidad del Salvador is one of the most prestigious private higher education institutions in the country. Courses are available in the disciplines below.
Location & Commute Time
Unlike the typical university campus in the U.S., USAL does not have a main campus. The University consists of several independent academic units (Facultades) which are scattered in different areas throughout Buenos Aires. Most facultades are centrally located in the city.
Daily commuting is a reality for everyone who lives in Buenos Aires. Like local students, you will commute to classes. Most USAL facultades are located around the city center, within walking distance to the IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center. The International Exchange Office at USAL is about a 15-20 minute walk from the IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center.
While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive job market.
Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:
An internship provides an invaluable cultural experience, and helps you develop professional and personal skills. All IES Abroad internships are supervised and offered as academic options earning 3 IES Abroad credits. No prior Spanish language study is required, though placement options can vary based on your language levels.
A service learning placement allows you to develop similar skills while working within social organizations in Argentina.
In addition to internship opportunities, IES Abroad Buenos Aires also offers a unique service learning seminar opportunity for IES Abroad credit, with homeschool approval.
The English-taught service learning seminar focuses on social, cultural, and economic factors with particular emphasis on the role that fuman rights plays in Argentine history and society. You are placed according to your interests as a volunteer with one of Argentina's many active civic organizations. Additional exciting class field work visits further enrich the seminar and volunteer placement components. You fulfill a minimum of eight hours per week or a total of 112 hours throughout the semester at the Service Learning placement.
Examples of the types of Service Learning placements students have had in the past include:
Evaluations and Academic Credits
You complete written assignments in addition to field work visits, and volunteer placements. You receive three IES Abroad credits and a grade for the seminar based on your performance at the assigned volunteer placement, participation in seminar sessions, and various assignments.
IES Abroad Buenos Aires organizes field study trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Argentine culture and society. Past field study excursions include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Buenos Aires, it will feel like home.
Homestays – You will live with a family or señora in a private homestay. These residences are centrally located throughout Buenos Aires. Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays.
Residence Hall– The residence hall is located in the historic San Telmo neighborhood, close to one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, El Obelisco. You will live in a residence hall with local and international students. Breakfast plus one additional meal voucher will be provided on weekdays. A limited number of rooms are available.
Part of making you feel at home in Buenos Aires is making sure you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to our Buenos Aires staff, your fellow students, and the city of Buenos Aires. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered.
Language instruction and an introduction to colloquial Spanish in Argentina are additional components of the orientation. You will also receive academic advising and register for IES Abroad and partner university courses.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Buenos Aires through our cultural events and activities, such as:
Although your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, our one-day field trips take you to other great destinations in Argentina and provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Buenos Aires. Most trips are covered by IES Abroad; you share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad for some trips. Past destinations are listed below.
Visit a craft market and cruise through the picturesque Tigre Delta.
La Candelaria Estancia, Lobos
Experience this magical and unique estancia, home to a French-style castle of the nineteenth century, inspired by a royal château in Normandy.
San Antonio De Areco
Visit the most traditional of gaucho towns, and spend the day in an Estancia with a traditional asado, learning and watching the gauchos’ horseback skills.
Luján and Rodizio Modern Estancia
Visit the beautiful cathedral of Luján, and enjoy a relaxing day on an estancia, complete with refreshing Argentine beverages including Maté.
Take a guided tour through this beautiful suburb known for its wealth and tradition, and explore its Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Feria de Artesanos, and Museo Villa Ocampo.
The IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is located in downtown Buenos Aires within walking distance of Plaza San Martin and Recoleta Cemetery.
Juan HudsonIES Abroad Director
Born and raised in Argentina, Juan Hudson has extensive experience living and learning abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Juan served as Director for the Buenos Aires Global Campus and Assistant Academic Dean for CEA. He was in charge of setting up the new Center in 2010, and since then has directed center operations, including daily management of the center campus, the recruitment and oversight of center faculty, and the supervision of center academic standards. Further duties include those as center liaison to U.S. colleges and universities, the maintenance of local university partnerships, and customized programs development. In addition to his responsibilities at their Buenos Aires center, Juan also supported CEA’s operations in other parts of Latin America, including Chile, Costa Rica, and Brazil.
Juan has served as the Director for the Graduate Marketing Program at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, as well as Director of the MBA Program at the Universidad de Palermo, Graduate School of Business in Buenos Aires. In Argentina, he has held numerous teaching appointments in the fields of international business and marketing, and Juan has served as a Visiting International Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University.
IES Abroad Staff
Leo RowlandAcademic Director
Mercedes EiseleAcademic Coordinator
Agustín EiseleInternship and Service Learning Coordinator
Laura GattoAcademic Tutor
Ezequiel LudueñaPartner University Advisor
Ana PríncipiSpanish Coordinator
Adriana De NapoliStudent Affairs Coordinator
Florencia MagnascoStudent Affairs Advisor
Stella MarkovAdministrative Manager
Tomás Fernández AbrevayaMoodle Assistant
Rosario TobiasIntercultural Competence (ICC) Coordinator
FacultyPablo Comelatto, EconomicsPh.D., Demography, University of California - Berkeley
María Sonia Cristoff, LiteratureWriter - Spanish Literature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Lovisa Ericson, Social SciencePh.D. Candidate, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales
Diego Finchelstein, Political SciencePh.D., Economic Policy, Northwestern University
Hebe Gazzotti, Foreign RelationsHistory Degree, Instituto Superior del Profesorado Joaquín V. Gonzáles; Sociology Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Verónica Hollman, GeographyPh.D., Social Sciences, FLACSO
Paula Hrycyk, HistoryPh.D. Candidate, History, Universidad de Buenos Aires
John Hudson, International BusinessM.B.A., Duke University
Laura Isola, LiteraturePh.D. Candidate, Literature, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Andrés Levinson, Film StudiesPh.D. Candidate, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Mariano López Seoane, Sociology - HistoryPh.D. Latin American Literature, New York University
Jorge Monteleone, LiteratureSpanish Literature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Mercedes Pico, AnthropologyPh.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Lucas Agustín Rentero, HistoryHistory Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Maria Florencia Sosa D'Este, ESLEnglish Degree, Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”
Martín Ernesto Tessi, BusinessAdvertisement Degree, Universidad del Salvador
Gastón Wright, Political ScienceM.A., Political Science, University of Toronto
Spanish FacultyDiego AlonsoLiterature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Mariana CastroLiterature Degree, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Vicente CostantiniLiterature Degrees, Universidad de Buenos Aires
María de los Ángeles ContrerasLiterature Degree and postgraduate diploma in Spanish as a Second and Foreign Language, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Mercedes HenjesSpanish as a Second Language Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Natacha LlorenteSpanish as a Second Language Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Sandra MetaLiterature and Public Translator Degrees Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Ana Sofía PrincipiPhD Candidate, Universidad de La Plata
Paola YaconisLiterature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires