IFSA-Study in Buenos Aires Plus

Program Details

Program Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34016
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 07/28/24 to 11/30/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 02/25/24 to 06/29/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Buenos Aires offers the best of big-city living with fascinating social and economic dynamics. Enjoy world-class theater, music, film, sports, and museums, or simply people-watch while sipping coffee at a sidewalk cafe.

Take your studies in business, economics, psychology, neuroscience, or Spanish to Argentina’s multicultural capital. Choose your own combination of IFSA electives and Spanish language classes (all levels), plus choose a class at Universidad del Salvador or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, where you can get to know Argentine students. The option for an internship also gives you an insider’s pass to Argentine work culture.

Participants take classes IFSA's study center and have the option to take to one class at a local Argentine university. This program has two options:

  1. Study in Buenos Aires Plus
  2. Study in Buenos Aires Plus: Psychology and Neuroscience Explore psychology, neuroscience, health, or human and family development with English-taught classes in Argentina, where there are more psychologists per capita than in any other country.

Program activities are designed to enhance intercultural competence by developing  understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in the total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • City-as-Text: This guided walking tour will introduce students to Porteño society and culture through the varied artistic expressions that can be found throughout Buenos Aires including street art, dance, theater, and music.
  • La Boca Neighborhood Tour: The oldest site of Italian migration to Buenos Aires, the famous and colorful La Boca neighborhood is home to one of the city’s most popular soccer teams, Club Atlético Boca Juniors. The tour will include a visit to La Bombonera stadium to appreciate the importance of soccer as popular expression in Argentina.
  • Colón Theatre Performance: Attend a performance at Colón Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in the world, to learn about the influence and experience the importance of art in Argentina.
  • Pandemic and Politics: This event will engage you in a discussion about how the pandemic was handled and the effects it has had on Argentina. A guest lecturer will address specific issues around how the population lived through this worldwide event.
This program runs from late July to early December in the fall, and from late February to early July in the the spring.
For more program information, please visit the program sponsor's website (IFSA-Butler).


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (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

Study in Buenos Aries Plus offerings are designed for students with zero to advanced Spanish language experience. Build your own curriculum from IFSA electives and language classes along with one direct-enroll class taught in English at Universidad del Salvador (USAL) or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) to meet your academic needs and goals for a total of 14-16 U.S. semester credit hours. A second USAL or UTDT class may be taken for a supplemental fee.

All IFSA elective classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credits and are open to all students without prerequisites. Classes may vary by semester based on faculty availability and student interest.

All students will take either a Spanish language course, or a 1-credit Essential Spanish seminar during the first weeks of the program.

This program also has an option to participate in a part-time, credit-bearing internship.

Please see the IFSA website for more details on classes.


IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
  • Tigre Delta del Parana Trip: This overnight excursion to the Tigre Delta includes a boat ride and offers a glimpse into the contrasts between wetlands and island living and the big-city life in Buenos Aires.
  • Eco-Village Trip: This day-long trip to an eco-village explores the traditional agricultural mode of production and delves into issues such as organic and self-sustainable farming, local consumption, and the dynamics of multinational farming and feedlot production. 


Buenos Aires students can opt for a homestay with a local family or—for an additional fee—live in city apartments. Homestays provide opportunity for additional support and connection as you get to know your hosts.

If you are adventurous or independent, living in a shared apartment allows you to soak up local culture, practice Spanish language skills, and connect with porteños (city residents). Both options allow you to experience the lifestyle of this amazing city.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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, excursions, and activities.

The Housing Fee includes housing with a host family and two meals per day. Students electing to live in self-catered apartments (i.e. no meals included) will be charged a supplemental housing fee by IFSA ranging from $2,800 to $3,900 depending on option selected by student and should budget extra for meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $11,850.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,400.00
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 $64.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $12.00
Meals $1,061.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $357.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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

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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.