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Buenos Aires - Advanced Spanish Immersion

Why Buenos Aires

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.

What You'll Study

Specially designed for students with advanced Spanish language proficiency, our program allows you to build on your language skills as you immerse yourself in the culture of Argentina. In addition to advanced language study at our Buenos Aires Center, you choose from a variety of Spanish-taught IES Abroad area studies courses.

You can enroll in courses at local universities, including the Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Pontifica Universidad Católica Argentina, where you’ll experience the Argentine educational system first-hand and enjoy access to local student activities. Maybe you’ll make some Argentine friends while you’re at it.

Buenos Aires will be your classroom. During your semester in Buenos Aires, you’ll participate in more than 30 cultural events and trips, taking you in and around the city to experience life as a local resident does and better understand the city’s cultures. Perfect your Spanish skills and make new friends while chatting with local students in between classes. Enjoy social events at the IES Abroad Center with language partners and Argentine students. In Buenos Aires, you can add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar. You can also enroll in a service learning course that helps you understand some of Buenos Aires’ most pressing social issues, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Buenos Aires, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


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, as well as other topics, 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.

All students enrolled in Advanced Spanish Immersion are required to take at least Argentina Today, an area studies course offered only at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA). Alternate options are available for students who would like to take Spanish-taught courses.

While in Buenos Aires, you must take 15–19 credit hours per semester.

You customize your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required)
  • Partner University Course at UCA, UTDT or UBA* (required)
  • Spanish writing clinics 
  • Spanish-taught IES Abroad Area Studies courses 
  • IES Abroad internship or service learning placement 

*Students must select at least one partner university course. 

Academic Symposium

Throughout the semester, you’ll work with faculty on a specific research project, and are invited to present your paper (in English or Spanish) to the entire Center community. Papers can be based on specific academic course-related projects or on students’ study abroad experiences, can be in Spanish or English, and are published at the end of the semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to hone your research, writing, and public presentation skills which will serve you well in your future endeavors, both academic and professional.



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.

Course Name Term Language Credits
AN 364 - The Making of Patagonia: An Interdisciplinary Approach Fall, Spring Spanish 3
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES 330 - Argentine Environment and Society: Perceptions and Challenges Fall, Spring Spanish 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 344 - 20th Century Argentine Poetry: From Written Culture to Popular Song Fall, Spring Spanish 3
LT 360 - Argentine Literature and the Formation of National Identity Fall, Spring Spanish 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring Spanish 4
SP 401 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring Spanish 4
SP 451 - Spanish Language in Context: Competent Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 4

Partner Institution(s)

To further enhance your linguistic development, you are required to take at least one partner university course. Course offerings vary by semester and final course listings are not available until right before the start of the semester. For that reason, you will register for partner university courses on-site.

When you enroll in a course at a partner university, you will commute to class just like the local students do.

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)


Since 1821, UBA has played an important role in the social and political life of Argentina and has become the largest university in the country. The Universidad de Buenos Aires is one of the oldest and most prestigious public universities in Argentina.

You can enroll in select courses offered by the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales. Courses are available in the disciplines below. Final course offerings and specific course prerequisites will be given on-site. 

  • Communications
  • Labor Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Location & Commute Time

Unlike the typical university campus in the U.S., UBA does not have a main campus. The University consists of several independent academic units (Facultades) which are scattered in different neighborhoods throughout Buenos Aires. The Facultad de Ciencias Sociales is located about 20 minutes walking from the IES Abroad Center and most IES Abroad housing.

Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT)


The Universidad Torcuato di Tella is a non-profit institution founded in Buenos Aires in 1991 by the Institute and the Torcuato di Tella Foundation. It is a small private university that attracts students from throughout South America.

Because of the strong academic rigor of this university, you must have a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum of five semesters of Spanish to enroll in courses. You must also receive an appropriate placement on a Spanish language assessment, and submit additional application materials. Courses are available in the disciplines below. For a list of courses available to you as an international student at UTDT, visit their course catalog.

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Social Sciences

Location & Commute Time

The university buildings are located in the Belgrano neighborhood, in the Northern part of Buenos Aires. The commute time from UTDT to the IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is normally 45 minutes.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA)


Founded in 1958, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina is a leading university that is internationally recognized. UCA enrolls approximately 22,000 students, hosting about 700 international students each year from 40 countries. You will enroll in the Argentina Today course, or in at least one other University course. Additional courses are available in the disciplines below:

  • Business & Economics
  • Philosophy & Humanities
  • Psychology
  • Social, Political & Communication Sciences

Location & Commute Time

The university’s Buenos Aires campus is located in the trendy Puerto Madero neighborhood, which is the historic waterfront area along the Rio de la Plata. The commute time from UCA to the IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is normally 20-30 minute by public transportation.

Service Learning

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 human 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:

  • NGO specializing in Microcredit: Students worked in the communication, fundraising, and research department.
  • Human Rights Organization: Students had the opportunity to translate special materials, public outreach, coverage of public events, updating databases, and other administrative tasks.
  • Educational and Career building Organization: taught specialized English classes, and other IT support responsibilities. 

Evaluations and Academic Credits

You complete written assignments in addition to field work visits, and volunteer placements. With homeschool approval you receive 3 credits and a grade for the seminar based on your performance at the assigned volunteer placement, participation in seminar sessions, and various assignments.


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  1. Add international work experience to your resume
  2. Gain real work experience and skills
  3. Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Available Fields

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business/Marketing
  • Education
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Public Health

Field Trips & Events

Although your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, our 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.

Possible destinations may include:

San Antonio De Areco 
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend the day in an estancia with a traditional asado and learn about gaucho skills.

Luján & Local Estancia 
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit the city of Luján, with its famous cathedral where pilgrims come from all over the country. Spend the day at an estancia and enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

San Isidro
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Tour San Isidro, one of Buenos Aires' most beautiful suburbs known for its wealth and tradition. Take a guided walking tour through the main town square with its Neo-Gothic cathedral and handicraft fair. Then tour the Museo Villa Ocampo, and finish the day by the Río de la Plata with its amazing views of the city.

4 Days | Fall & Spring
Experience the Jujuy Province, near the Bolivian border, and engage in activities like trekking in the Andean foothills and the salt flats of Salinas Grandes. While there, enjoy the unique local cuisine and culture, including the local folklore music and dance typical of this region.

Colonia del Sacramento
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Travel across the River Plate to Uruguay to visit the 300-year-old town of Colonia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic quarter of Colonia reflects the old Spanish and Portuguese colonial styles, with its narrow cobblestone streets and remnants of its original fort, and dotted with quaint cafes, some overlooking the river toward Buenos Aires in the far distance.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Argentine culture and society. Participation is based on course registration.

Past examples of short course-related trips include:

  • La Casa Lo Conejos in La Plata
  • Graffiti walking tour
  • Museums in Buenos Aires
  • Neighborhood tours
  • Theaters in Buenos Aires


Students in The Making of Patagonia course traveled to Patagonia, a region in southern Argentina, which is famous for its picturesque beauty.


Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Buenos Aires is doing our best to help 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 to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. That 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 will 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.


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 - Live in a centrally-located homestay with local residents. This is a great option if you’d like to improve your language fluency and immerse yourself in the local culture. Twelve meals are provided per week.


Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Buenos Aires through our cultural events and activities, such as:

  • A visit to a lively, local market in the Mataderos neighborhood
  • Guest lectures on history, politics, and contemporary issues
  • Tours of San Telmo, Recoleta and Teatro Colón 
  • An exciting evening at the Madero Tango Dinner and Tango Show

Get to Know Your New City

Feast at a Traditional Argentine Asado

Try local dishes, such as steak with chimichurri sauce, empanadas, and more.

Get Your Tango On

Attend a tango show at one of Buenos Aires’ many venues, and immerse yourself in the rhythms of this historic dance.

¡Vamos Argentina!

Experience the thrill of cheering on Argentina's national soccer team in their home stadium.

Explore the Local Neighborhoods

Stroll the chic neighborhood of Palermo, and explore the Botanical Gardens there.

Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts

Walk through more than 24 exhibit halls of international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2019
Academic Year
Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $13,080 $3,090 $230 $16,400

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

John Gearen Need-Based Dublin or Developing Regions Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,000

John Gearen, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for many years and past chair of the Board for six years, is a leading real estate attorney and Rhodes Scholar who is involved in numerous philanthropic causes. Mr. Gearen has generously established this scholarship to support students who have an interest in studying on an IES Abroad Center in a developing region of the world (Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Morocco, or South Africa). 

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,875

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Adelyn Dougherty Leander Need-Based Urban Issues Scholarship
Ranges up to $3,000

Open to students who have an interest in urban studies (a major in urban studies is not required).

William E. & Mary M. Dwyer Need-Based Spanish Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,000

This scholarship was established by the IES Abroad Board of Directors to honor the memory of William E. Dwyer, Jr., the father of the current IES Abroad president, Dr. Mary Dwyer. Trained in transportation law, Mr. Dwyer was a senior corporate executive overseeing transportation functions world-wide for a multi-national steel manufacturing company. He was an innovator in the transportation field and a pioneer in support of the equal employment of African Americans and women in the management ranks of the steel industry.

Kathleen Kervin Diamond Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000

Kathleen Diamond is a consultant, entrepreneur, and business leader in the language services industry. In 1979, she founded Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE®), a full-service language company based in Washington, D.C. She is recognized as an early pioneer in Telephone Interpreting, launching LLE-LINK in the early 1990s. Over the next 20 years, under her leadership, the company grew into a dynamic, multimillion dollar corporation, serving a wide range of clients, in both the private and public sectors, across the United States, and worldwide. In 2009, Ms.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Buenos Aires Center is located in downtown Buenos Aires within walking distance of Plaza San Martin and Recoleta Cemetery.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Library and group study room
  • Kitchenette
  • Staff offices
  • High-speed Internet and printer access

Our Staff

Juan Hudson

Center Director

Born and raised in Argentina, Juan (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. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Juan held senior academic and managerial roles in the study abroad field in Latin America. Juan has also 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's Graduate School of Business in Buenos Aires. In Argentina, he has held numerous teaching appointments in the fields of international business and marketing, and he has served as a Visiting International Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Agustín Eisele
Director of Academics

Florencia Magnasco
Student Affairs Manager

Ileana Ayos
Partner Programs Coordinator

Rosario Tobias
Administrative Manager and Intercultural Competence (ICC) Coordinator

Ana Príncipi
Spanish Coordinator

Tomás Fernández Abrevaya
Moodle and Administrative Assistant