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Buenos Aires - Latin American Societies & Cultures

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

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 Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, all of which feature an academic emphasis on Latin America.

If you have beginning- or intermediate-level language skills, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught IES Abroad courses in areas such as Literature, History, Anthropology, International Business 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 the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. You can also take English-taught IES Abroad courses.

Buenos Aires will be your classroom. During your term, you'll enjoy more than 30 cultural events and trips with IES Abroad. 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 enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

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 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 Latin America Society & Culture are required to take at least Argentina Today, an English-taught area studies course offered only at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA). Alternate courses are available for students with advanced Spanish skills.

While in Buenos Aires, you 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* (required for students not taking other partner university courses )
    • Students may take Argentina Today  or any course from UCA's Latin American Studies program (english/spanish)
  • Spanish-taught Partner University Courses at UCA, UBA or UTDT (for students with advanced language skills, additional prerequisites may apply)
  • Spanish language reading/writing workshop 
  • English-taught IES Abroad Area Studies courses 
  • Spanish-taught IES Abroad Area Studies courses (for students with advanced language skills)
  • 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.

Language of instruction can be found in each course syllabus.

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
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LS/CU 330 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts Fall, Spring English 3
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES 330 - Argentine Environment and Society: Perceptions and Challenges Fall, Spring Spanish 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 321 - Contemporary Argentine History: Politics and Culture in the Construction of a National Identity Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB 340 - Business Strategies in Latin America Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IM/IB 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Spring English 3
Industrial Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG/IM/IB 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship seminar Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/PO 353 - Populism and Neo-populism: Latin American Politics in a Changing World Fall, Spring English 3
Latin American Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LS/CU 330 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts 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
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG/IM/IB 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
MK 220/320 - Marketing in Latin America Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/PO 353 - Populism and Neo-populism: Latin American Politics in a Changing World Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
PS 360 - Cross Cultural Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 101I - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring Spanish 6
SP 201I - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Fall, Spring Spanish 6
SP 301I - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring Spanish 6
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)

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.

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

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

Participating in a service learning experience in Buenos Aires is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Buenos Aires, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth
  • Homelessness
  • Other social issues unique to Buenos Aires

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.


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:

  • Develop the professional and personal skills you need to become a global leader
  • Learn from international professionals in a hands-on environment
  • Immerse yourself in a new environment and gain cultural understanding
  • Improve your communication skills 

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.

Placement Areas

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business/Marketing
  • Education
  • Journalism / Communications
  • 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 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.


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.

Apartments – Live with another IES student in a centrally-located, furnished apartment that is within walking distance of the Center. No meals are included.

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). 

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship
Ranges up to $3,000

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

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.

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.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$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