About Study Abroad in Buenos Aires
The elegance of Europe and the spirit of South America live side by side in Buenos Aires. Founded by immigrants along the shores of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires built its identity on Spanish, Italian, and French influences, which appear in the grand boulevards, expansive parks, and magnificent architecture. While exploring the city's neighborhoods, visit the small colored houses of La Boca and experience the popular tango that lives in San Telmo streets. Nearly 40 percent of the Argentine population lives in the capital, making this "Paris of the Americas" a city of more than 13 million.
The program is offered jointly by the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset and the Learning Abroad Center. Located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, the Fundación is located in one of Argentina's most elegant and prestigious buildings, where you will learn and experience Spanish language and culture. A diverse faculty brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Extracurricular activities—sampling food, reading literature, experiencing music and dance—increase your understanding of Argentine culture.
For help deciding between Spanish language options, consult the Spanish Language Programs Comparison Chart (PDF).
Housing & Meals
All students on both the semester and summer programs will live with a local host family. Many students cite this as one of the highlights of their experience, since it offers you a unique opportunity to connect with the culture, practice your Spanish and observe daily life in Argentina.
Most families have hosted students in the past and are committed to helping ease your transition into city life.
As in the US, families in Argentina are diverse, and vary greatly in terms of the composition and ages of family members. You will have an opportunity to express some basic preferences about the type of family you would like to be placed with as part of the application process. About half of families are able to accommodate two or more students, so you may be placed with another student from the program.
Host family homes are scattered throughout the city, and typical commute times range from 30 - 60 minutes, including some combination of public transportation (bus, subway) and walking.
Host families will provide you with breakfast and dinner each day as part of the program. You will be responsible for providing your own lunch. There are several inexpensive places to eat near the classroom building.
Several planned excursions are included in the cost of the program. These tours and day trips show the city and country's historical and cultural highlights. Excursions are subject to change each term. Previous destinations have included:
Buenos Aires city tour: 3-hour guided tour of Buenos Aires
Tigre: Half-day tour to Tigre, a town just 17 miles north of Buenos Aires on the Tigre River delta. Take a boat ride, visit the artisan market, and have free time to explore the city.
Lujan: Full-day excursion to this city of pilgrimage within the province of Buenos Aires. Visit the Bascilica of Lujan, home to the Virgin of Lujan, the patroness of Argentina, as well as the central square. Visit the estancia that was home to famous Argentine writer Esteban Echeverría when he was fleeing the dictatorship of Juan Manuael de Rosas.
Areco: Full-day excursion to this traditional Argentine town just a few hours outside of Buenos Aires. Tour an estancia (ranch), enjoy asado (Argentine barbeque), and watch traditional dancing as well as gauchos on horseback performing traditional competitions and games. Visit San Antonia de Areco and tour the site of the Día de la Tradición festivities, which take place each November.
Colonia, Uruguay: Overnight excursion. Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry and explore this historic, picturesque town. The excursion includes a city tour, breakfast, lunch, a cultural scavenger hunt and accommodation at a local hotel.
- Strengthen Spanish language skills
- Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local communities, host families, and in classes
- Gain a new perspective on Argentina and Latin America through academic disciplines
- Increase independence and self-reliance through learning to navigate a new environment
Faculty & Staff
Enjoy individual attention from native Argentine faculty chosen by the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset. All faculty are specialists in their academic fields and in the field of teaching foreign students. Many are also instructors at local universities.
About the Learning Abroad Center
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
- Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
- Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
- Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.