Make Buenos Aires Your Classroom

Discover and grow in this colorful and vibrant city. Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires offers something just for you — watch Tango dancers in the streets, enhance your Spanish-language skills, and much more! Fall in love with the energy and passion of this city and let it inspire you to try new things in this part of the world.

Quick Facts:

  • Locals are called Porteños
  • The Casa Rosada is really pink
  • Legalized same-sex marriage in 2010
  • Known as the Paris of South America
  • Largest Japanese garden outside Japan
  • Immigrants from Europe and Latin America
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Preparation

Picture yourself finally mastering the Spanish language, navigating life like a local in Buenos Aires, watching Tango dancers in the colorful streets, studying alongside Porteños at Universidad Austral, and sipping mate with your host family. With a bit of preparation, this can become your reality. CAPA’s team of study abroad experts and travel enthusiasts are excited to help you on your way, making sure first that you know how to study abroad! With a checklist in hand, going from considering what your life could look like in Argentina to enjoying the contiguous energy of the “Paris of South America” will seem much more achievable.

First, there will be some admin: application forms, applying for a passport, chatting with your advisor and considering an internship, among other things. You’ll want to plan a budget to make sure you have enough pesos to last the duration of your study abroad adventure. Think about scholarships and any other finance options available. Once you’re accepted, it’s then time to think about what to pack. Then hop over and look at our blog for solid budgeting tips from our finance team, a list of helpful apps and inspirational Buenos Aires stories.

Why Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an exciting place to be. It’s one of those cities that never sleeps, alive with energy at all hours. It’s home of the Tango, (which you’ll learn how to dance), a lively sidewalk cafe culture and a strong ongoing tradition of theatre as one of the most popular modes of artistic expression. There’s an infectious passion for soccer and tickets to Boca Juniors games are cheap. It’s a city of bright colors, delicious foods, and streets rich with history. With different neighborhoods full of European-style architecture mixed with Latin influence and world-class museums, there’s so much to explore.

Porteños (the locals) are notoriously outgoing, kind and friendly – you’ll have no trouble making friends at your host university. Looking to learn more Spanish? This is the program for you! Cultural immersion with your host family, Spanish classes, and signing up for an internship will also give you a well-rounded mix of opportunities to learn or improve your language skills. To top it all off, The Economist ranked Buenos Aires as the most liveable city in Latin America by for the fourth year in a row.

Food

What’s the first food that comes to mind when you think of studying in Argentina? We’re guessing steak. And if a juicy slab of fresh meat makes your mouth water, you won’t be disappointed by the lomo or bife de chorizo in Buenos Aires. Don’t skimp on the chimichurri. For a true Buenos Aires experience, try a parrillada (mixed grill) – often served on a mini barbecue right at the table. Empanadas are a staple snack and the barbecue sausage sandwich called choripan is another favorite. For the brave, there’s Argentine blood sausage too. But enough about meat. How about cheese, barbecue-style? Try a provoleta! Pizza. In particular, faina (pizza base made of ground chickpeas topped with sautéed onions) is a popular choice too! There really are restaurants that cater to all diets. Also, don’t miss a dulce de leche for dessert and be sure to share a mate with friends for a true Argentine experience.

We’ll be happy to share our recommendations, and so will locals if you visit a puerta cerrada (supper club). Plus, your homestay family will introduce you to wonderful home cooking using all the best local ingredients.

Culture & Activities

Buenos Aires will keep you endlessly entertained. The city’s opulent French-style Teatre Colón is one of the top opera houses in the world. There are about 300 other theaters too, making it an incredible place for performing arts, including everything from ballet to musicals to comedy. And tango, of course, which has been declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, is a must-see in Argentina. The local visual art scene is also impressive. Street art is revered, and there’s even a dedicated photography museum and a power station that’s been transformed into a cultural space. You can walk through the city’s history in the famous Recoleta cemetery, explore the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan, watch a polo match, learn about gaucho culture, and go boating on the lake in Bosques de Palermo. For a rainy day, Buenos Aires has the most bookstores per person than any other city in the world, including the stunning El Ateneo (one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen). It also has the most soccer stadiums of any city in the world - a passion for many Porteños! And don’t miss the famous Casa Rosada for a taste of the city’s political history.

Scholarships & Finance

There are many different types of scholarships, grants, and finance options to explore that can help you reach your goal of studying abroad in Buenos Aires. CAPA’s pre-departure staff will be able to guide you in the right direction so you can decide which opportunities are best suited to your personal situation and find out how to apply.

We do our best make study abroad accessible to everyone and to provide funding to those who need it. Need-based options include CAPA’s own need-based scholarship, the FEA-CAPA Access Scholarship, a grant from one of the colleges or universities who are affiliated with CAPA, and third-party options such as the Gilman Scholarship. CAPA also offers a blogger/vlogger grant that select students receive in exchange for creating content for our blog about their study abroad experience, a diversity advocate grant, an accommodations fund for students with disabilities and an HBCU grant for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There are also many other study abroad scholarships available that are not direct CAPA initiatives. Research early as they usually require you to apply up to a year in advance. You may also be eligible to for financial aid.

Interning Abroad

Set yourself apart from your peers by interning abroad for credit in the energizing city of Buenos Aires! You’ll develop new skills, learn how to effectively articulate these to grad schools and hiring managers, and positively impact your future career in a city where you can also learn the Spanish language. You’ll collaborate with and learn from porteños in this Latin American metropolis, expand your professional network overseas, gain an international perspective on your field and an appreciation for diverse working cultures and practices in a global city. 

CAPA’s internship program is well-established with a network of over 2,000 internship sites across the globe in private and nonprofit sectors and in just about every field. We work hard to place you somewhere that fits your academic major, personal interests and abilities. CAPA Buenos Aires internships are offered in English or Spanish*, and students can intern students intern in industries ranging from community engagement and development to business, or to communications and design! Internship placements are included in the cost of the CAPA Buenos Aires program, so don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity! Chat with an admissions advisor to learn more about the placement process and be sure to read about other CAPA Buenos Aires students’ internship experiences on our blog.

*Students must meet minimum language requirements.

Education Abroad

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires doesn’t mean sacrificing quality, credits or academic integrity. The CAPA Buenos Aires center is hosted at Universidad Austral, a private, AACSB accredited university. CAPA courses and faculty-led programs are rigorous; we run them in strict adherence to the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. You’ll play an active role in your own development while you’re abroad, working toward what we call our Student Learning and Development Outcomes (or SLDOs). From personal and professional development to urban environments, our five SLDOs will guide everything you do as a CAPA student. You’ll have plenty of time for fun and exploration too, and those things are also incorporated into (and a very important part of!) the CAPA Buenos Aires experience. One example is our My Global City social events and cultural activities, including watching world-renowned tango artists at the World Tango Festival. We also take your experience in Argentina from international to global, with collaborative projects that involve working directly with CAPA students in other cities around the world through our innovative globally networked technology.

See our blog to read our Thoughts on Education Abroad column and take a deep dive into specific areas of academic focus from the perspective of past CAPA Buenos Aires students and faculty.

Language

When you study abroad with CAPA in Buenos Aires, Argentina, you will live like a local and immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture. Whether you’re a fluent Spanish speaker or just learning to say ¿hola, que tal?, studying in Argentina is the perfect place to hone your Spanish-language skills. From courses and internships in Spanish to daily activities and interaction with your homestay family, studying abroad in Buenos Aires offers plethora of opportunities to use and improve your professional and conversational Spanish.

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CAPA's Buenos Aires Center

100 Callos Avenue
Buenos Aires,
Argentina

Mariela Diaz, CAPA Buenos Aires Resident Director

Mariela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations, from the University of Munich, Germany. She previously served as an Outbound Coordinator at Youth for Understanding, Argentina, providing administrative support to program participants, host organizations, and other exchange stakeholders. Most recently, she worked as a Volunteers Mentor for a German NGO called Internationaler Bund, where she provided monthly supervision and support for the volunteers from Germany. She also worked as a remote tour leader and operator, organizing holiday tours and arranging transport, accommodations, and activities for visitors from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland in Patagonia. During her international experience in Germany and South America, Mariela developed a sensitivity toward different facets and challenges in cross-cultural communication and teamwork. She speaks and writes fluent German and English in addition to her native Spanish. Her personal interests include literature, dancing tango, art, sports, and spending time with multicultural friends.
 

Course Credit

Earn 6 credits in the Summer and 12-15 credits in the Fall and Spring. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits. Credits are issued by the State University of New York at Oswego

Housing

You will live in a homestay within commuting distance to the CAPA center. 

Local Transportation

You will receive a transit pass that provides you with complimentary public transportation in Buenos Aires throughout your program.

Student Activities

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner and a farewell ceremony. Plus experience a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program.

Internships

Earn 6 credits in the Fall and Spring or 3 credits in the summer  with an optional part-time internship placement and weekly workshops for professional development. 

My Global City

This program offers a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program such as a tour of Buenos Aires’ famous street murals and a visit to the Immigration Museum.

Excursions

A full-day excursion to an estancia (Argentine cattle ranch), a Tango show and lesson, and a city bus tour of Buenos Aires.

Insurance

All students receive medical, travel, and accident insurance. The cost of this insurance is included in your program fee.

Support

Our team is available to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience. 

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I realized that I was truly a citizen of the world while living in Argentina. I felt very integrated throughout my trip. I had the chance to give back to the community and volunteer. This was the most impactful part of my experience.
Delonte Eguwatu
Morehouse College