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IFSA-Advanced Language & Culture in Buenos Aires

Program Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34013
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/24/19 to 07/02/19

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IFSA-Advanced Language & Culture in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is in many respects a truly European City, which is why many refer to it as the "Paris of the Americas." Palatial mansions, townhouses, and wide boulevards are a reminder of that turn-of-the-century time when the transformation of the vast Argentine pampas into a major producer of cattle and sheep made it one of the worlds great cities. The city population of greater Buenos Aries is 12 million people.

Today Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city where the cultural flavors, styles, and attitudes of its European roots are still evident. The city's music, theater, and dance are unsurpassed in Latin America. Portenos, or "people of the port" as the residents are known, rival Parisians, Londoners, and New Yorkers in the cultural activities available to them.

Buenos Aires is a city of many dimensions. On one hand, it is the home of the portenos, mainly descendents of European immigrants who are literate, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan. They sit in cafes, browse through bookstores, eat late at night in one of the many parillas (steak houses), and shop in the boutiques that sell the leather and silver goods for which the country is famous. On the other hand, Buenos Aires is a microcosm of Latin American social and political turmoil - a society challenged by its economic and social problems as it eagerly embraces a democratic system.

Sports enthusiasts greatly enjoy Buenos Aires. The Argentine national soccer team is a two-time world champion, and both young and old play in intramural matches. Polo and pato, the Argentine national sport, are popular with portenos. Some of the best skiing in the world is less than a two-hour flight away. Experienced mountain climbers come to test themselves against Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.

The approximate dates for this program are early June-mid-July.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-Advanced Language & Culture in Buenos Aires

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

This program offers students the ability to take 6 or 9 credits. All students will take a required Advanced Spanish Language and Argentine Culture class, and then can take either one or both of the following classes: Latin American and Argentine Literature and/or Argentine History.



  • One day in Buenos Aires and two days outside of Buenos Aires
  • All meals
  • Transportation to host family at the end of orientation

Excursions & Activities (locations and duration may vary year to year)

  • Two days (one night) in Colonia, Uruguay, that typically includes a group meal, walking tour of historic quarter and free time to explore
  • One day in Tigre Delta, which typically includes a bike tour and cultural events such as museum tours, theatre, and musical events
  • City tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tango and salsa classes
  • Soccer game with Argentines
  • Rugby match
  • Film screenings
  • Farewell meal/party

Housing is with a carefully selected host families, and the program fee includes two meals per day during the week and one meal on Saturdays.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes tuition, emergency medical insurance, on-site orientation and airport pick-up, two weekend excursions, and activities.

The Housing Fee includes housing with a host family, two meals per day Sunday thru Friday, and one meal on Saturday.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2018

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$3,975.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,800.00
Local Transportation$200.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
IFSA-Advanced Language & Culture in Buenos Aires

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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