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Buenos Aires Summer - Language & Argentine Studies

Starting Summer 2019, courses previously taught on our Buenos Aires Summer - Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Program will now be offered on our Summer - Language & Argentine Studies Program.

Why Buenos Aires?

With its influential history, beautiful European-style architecture, and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires offers you a welcoming atmosphere for living and learning abroad. Rich in culture—think theater, tango dancing, museums, sports…and the food!—Buenos Aires will be a feast for your senses and an unforgettable educational adventure.

What You'll Study

Accommodating to students of all Spanish skill levels, this program gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Argentine culture by taking a Spanish language course as well as a course in a variety of current topics. Students interested in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences can take a course at Universidad de Buenos Aires. You’ll also enjoy cultural events and course-related trips to round out your academic experience and bring your studies to life.

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.

$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.

You enroll in two courses for a total of 7 credits:

  1. One required Spanish language course at the IES Abroad Center (4 credits)
  2. And ONE of the following elective options (3 credits):
  • English-taught course at the IES Abroad Center in one of the following areas:
    • Cultural Studies
    • International Marketing
    • Latin American Studies
  • English-taught course at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)* in one of the following areas:
    • Agricultural Economics
    • Agronomy
    • Environmental Studies

*Please note: Availability may vary based on student interest 


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.

Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LS/CU 331 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts Summer English 3
Latin American Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LS/CU 331 - Drugs & Violence in Latin American Literature and Arts Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
MK 320 - Marketing in Latin America Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Summer Spanish 4
SP 201 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Summer Spanish 4
SP 301 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Summer Spanish 4
SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Summer Spanish 4

Partner Institution(s)

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
Facultad de Agronomía

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.

The UBA Facultad de Agronomía is one of the oldest agricultural institutions in South America with over 100 years of experience in academics and research. Courses utilize the local environment by including field study in and around Buenos Aires.

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. 

Daily commuting is a reality for everyone who lives in Buenos Aires. Like local students, you commute to classes. Your commute to the UBA Agro school will likley be 50-60 minutes. IES Abroad will subsidize student costs for public transportation to and from UBA.


    Field Trips & Events

    Although your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, our field trips take you to other great cities in Argentina to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Buenos Aires.

    Possible destinations include:

    Luján and Rodizio Modern Estancia
    1 Day | Summer
    Visit the city of Luján, with its famous cathedral where pilgrims come from all over the country. Spend the day at this modern estancia and enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

    Colonia del Sacramento
    1 Day | Summer
    Explore one of Uruguay's iconic and historic city: Colonia del Sacramento. Just a ferry ride away from Buenos Aires, a visit to the historical quarter of town known as Barrio Histórico will take you to through cobbled streets, the old city gate, and a lighthouse with a stunning view across the River Plate.

    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


    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. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


    After your arrival, you participate in a 3-day orientation program which introduces you to the program, IES Abroad staff and students, and the city.

    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: Summer 2019
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Summer 2019 $4,265 $1,100 $135 $5,500

    Scholarships & Aid

    Program-Specific Scholarships

    Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
    Up to $1,000

    Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

    Criteria reviewed to determine award:

    • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
    • IES Abroad program location.
    • IES Abroad membership status of home campus

    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