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.
These dates are preliminary and are subject to change. Students should not book flights according to these dates.
*Students enrolled in IUNA Movimiento, UMSA, and/or UCES courses are required to depart IES Abroad housing 24 hours after their last final exam. Final exam schedules cannot be determined until final course registration takes place on-site in Buenos Aires. It is recommended that you purchase airline tickets with open-ended, flexible return date policies or be prepared to pay airline change fees.
For students taking IES Abroad courses only.
For students taking partner university courses:
Students taking IUNA Movimiento courses
Final Exams Period - July 1 to July 5
Latest Possible Departure - July 6
Students taking USAL courses
Final Exams Period - June 24 to July 6
Latest Possible Departure - July 7
Students taking IUNA Musica courses
Final Exams Period - June 28 to July 12
Latest Possible Departure - July 13
Students taking UCES courses only
Final Exams Period - July 8 to July 28
Latest Possible Departure - July 29
Students taking UMSA courses only
Final Exams Period - July 1 to August 3
Latest Possible Departure - August 4
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.
Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA)www.iuna.edu.ar
The Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte was created in 1996 when several universities specializing in art merged to form one prestigious institute. IUNA is recognized especially for its courses in Art and Dance.
Courses are available in the disciplines below to students with an academic background--preferably a major or minor--in the area.
Location & Commute Time
IUNA consists of a number of independent academic units whose buildings are located in different neighborhoods of the city of Buenos Aires. IUNA Artes del Movimiento is located in Almagro (SW), IUNA Artes Musicales is in Balvanera, almost downtown and IUNA Artes Visuales is in La Boca (S).
Daily commuting is a reality for everyone who lives in Buenos Aires. Like local students, you will commute to your classes. The commute time from IUNA to the IES Abroad Buenos Aires center and to most IES abroad housing is 45 minutes by public transportation.
University Clubs & Events
IUNA Artes Musicales has a music library of about 40,000 items within its facilities (Biblioteca Maestro Ernesto de la Guardia), and is also associated with the music library of the Centro Cultural Recoleta, which focuses on contemporary and electroacoustic music. If you choose to enroll in a course at IUNA, you will have access to both of these libraries when attending IUNA Artes Musicales. You may also attend performances arranged by IUNA.
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).
Course disciplines are listed below. Studio Art courses are available to students pursuing a major or minor in Fine Arts.
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 resume is impressive enough, adding an international internship experience is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive job market.
In addition, an IES Abroad internship provides an invaluable cultural experience and helps you develop professional and personal skills. No prior Spanish language study is required, though placement options can vary based on your language levels. You enroll in an accompanying seminar to earn credit.
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:
Our job is to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding what 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 field trips take you to other great destinations in Argentina and beyond to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Buenos Aires. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Multi-day trips are partially subsidized. Past destinations are listed below.
Colonia and Montevideo, Uruguay
4 Days | Spring
Enjoy city tours and visit the tranquil Martín García.
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit a craft market and cruise through the picturesque Tigre Delta.
1 Day | fall & spring
Learn about gaucho traditions at a local estancia.
Lu ján, San Pedro, and San Antonio De Areco
2 Days | FALL & SPRING
Visit a traditional Argentine ranch and explore additional towns in Argentina.
The IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is located in downtown Buenos Aires within walking distance of Plaza San Martin and Recoleta Cemetery.
John HudsonIES Abroad Director
Born and raised in Argentina, John 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.
John 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, John also supported CEA’s operations in other parts of Latin America, including Chile, Costa Rica, and Brazil.
John 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 John has served as a Visiting International Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University.
IES Abroad Staff
Adriana De NapoliStudent Affairs Coordinator
Mercedes EiseleAcademic Coordinator
Agustín EiseleIntership and Service Learning Coordinator
Laura GattoAcademic Tutor
Ezequiel LudueñaAcademic Tutor
Lucía PazIntercultural Competence (ICC) Assistant
Ana PríncipiSpanish Coordinator
Kate RichStudent Affairs Advisor
Ana SuteraAdministrative Manager Assistant
Rosario TobiasIntercultural Competence (ICC) Coordinator
Pablo Comelatto, Economics
Ph.D., Demography, University of California - Berkeley
María Sonia Cristoff, Literature
Writer - Spanish Literature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Diego Finchelstein, Political Sciences
Ph.D., Economic Policy, Northwestern University
Hebe Gazzotti, Foreign Relations
Historian, Instituto Superior del Profesorado Joaquín V. Gonzáles; Sociologist, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Verónica Hollman, Geography
Ph.D., Social Sciences, FLACSO
Paula Hrycyk, History
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Laura Isola, Literature
Ph.D. Candidate, Literature, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Laura Lenci, History
Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Maryland
Andrés Levinson, Film Studies
M.A., History, Universidad de San Andrés; Ph.D. Candidate, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Mariano López Seoane, Sociology - History|
Ph.D. Latin American Literature, New York University
Gabriel Molteni, Economics
Ph.D. Economic History, University of London
Jorge Monteleone, Literature
Spanish Literature Degree, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Maria Pazo, International Relations
International Relations Degree, Universidad del Salvador
Mercedes Pico, Anthropology
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Isabel Plante, Art History
Ph.D., Art History, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Lucas Agustín Rentero, History
Historian, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Mariela Eva Rodríguez, Anthropology - Literature
Ph.D., Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University
Maria Florencia Sosa D'Este, Teaching English Internship
B.A., English, Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”
Martín Ernesto Tessi, Business
Advertisement Degree, Universidad del Salvador
Lautaro Vilo, Theatre
Playwright, Actor, B.A. in Theatre, Universidad Nacional del Centro, Tandil, Argentina
Gastón Wright, Political Science
M.A., Political Science, University of Toronto