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IFSA-Argentine Universities Program in Buenos Aires

Program Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34001
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 03/02/20 to 07/06/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 07/29/19 to 12/02/19

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IFSA-Argentine Universities Program 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 on 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.

The approximate dates of this program are Feb.-July and July-Dec.

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


IFSA-Argentine Universities Program in Buenos Aires

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

Some of the special program concentrations require more than five semesters of Spanish. See the IFSA website for details.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, & SLHS (HHS)

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

Students can take courses from just one or from all four of the associated Buenos Aires universities: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad del Salvador, or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. All of university classes are integrated with regular degree-seeking students, and all classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Concentrations Students may opt to focus their academic program by participating in one of the specialized concentrations (tracks):

Directed Research Concentration:  Replace one to two university courses with a 6-credit Directed Research Project focusing on social problem analysis.

Human Rights Concentration:  Enroll in both university and IFSA-Butler program courses while completing a field experience and research component. Coursework includes: Human Rights in Argentina and Latin America class, one to two university courses, Methodology of Research Seminar, and NGO field experience.

Gender, Diversity and Minority Studies Concentration:  Participate in both integrated and specialized program courses along with research and field experience. Coursework includes: Diversity, Minorities, and Gender Studies class, one to two university courses, Methodology of Research Seminar, and NGO field experience.

Cinema Concentration: Offered in cooperation with the renowned Fundación Universidad del Cine and designed for students with six or more semesters of Spanish and a strong interest in film and media, students explore the booming Argentine film industry and its cultural impact in Argentina. Coursework includes: Introduction to the Practice & Analysis of Argentine Film, two university courses at the FUC, and one university course at one of the AUP universities.

Literature Concentration: Focus on: creative writing, journalism, literary translation, and publishing. Coursework includes: Literary Theory and Analysis class, Spanish class, Literary Studies Methodology Seminar, and a writing workshop or an internship.


This program typically includes the following: 

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers
  • 10-day on-site orientation for semester/year students: Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Welcome meal

Cultural events

  • Music and theatre
  • Fuerza Bruta
  • El choque urbano (percussion show)
  • Football matches
  • Urban biking and canoe excursion
  • Tango: crash course for beginners
  • Polo and horse riding demonstration class at an Estancia


  • 3-day excursion to a destination such as San Martín de los Andes or Bariloche
  • 1-day trip to Colonia, Uruguay

Activities organized by program classes or concentration

  • Tour of Teatro Colón (operal maintenance class)
  • Visit to Museo Eva Perón (Eva Perón, mito y representaciones maintenance class)
  • Visit to national Congreso and CGT (research track)
  • Art exhibition at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (human rights track)
  • Trip to Rosario for the Latin American Cinema Festival (cinema track)

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

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.

"Program fee" includes tuition, 13 meals per week, orientation, academic advising services, optional excursions, student union fees at the overseas university, & International Student Identity Card.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2020

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,450.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,600.00
Local Transportation$320.00
Books and Supplies$130.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,130.00
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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
IFSA-Argentine Universities Program 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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