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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Major: Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
Program Description:

IFSA Buenos Aires: Argentine Universities Program

Buenos Aires, Argentina

About the Program | Buenos Aires,Argentina | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 at Butler University. IFSA has teamed up with partner institutions (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas at Austin) that have extensive experience in Latin America to create what is known as the Cooperating Programs in the Americas, or as is more commonly referred to by its students as COPA. COPA provides study abroad opportunities for those students interested in pursuing academic excellence and cultural immersion experiences while living in Latin America.
The Argentine University program at IFSA in Buenos Aires facilitates enrollment at one of four local universities, Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad del Salvador and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Study Abroad students meet with IFSA advisors to review university profiles and select the one or two universities that match the students’ academic and personal interests. Courses at the local universities are supplemented by an Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture, designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler participants, and additional, optional IFSA courses. These courses are taken with other American study abroad students, while university courses are taken alongside local, degree-seeking students.
Students with advanced Spanish skills and an interest in working in an Argentine institution (human rights office, community center, film institute) in addition to taking university courses should consider this program.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, known locally as "The Land of the Six Continents" for its geographic and climatic diversity, has a long and fascinating history and is a major economic and political power in South America. The capital, Buenos Aires, famous for its 47 historically and culturally distinctive neighborhoods such as La Boca and La Recoleta, is, at the same time the most cosmopolitan city on the continent, largely as a result of a wave of European immigration in the early 20th century.

Almost half of the population of 36 million Argentines are said to live in Greater Buenos Aires and its province. Even so, the city is renowned for its parks and squares, which give it a sense of spaciousness. A major economic and political center, it is also a lively and cultured city with a European feel. Tango was, of course, invented here and is today a virtual obsession; that and a wide variety of other musical styles are at the very core of the local, "porteño" culture along with the "gaucho" heritage of freedom and independence.

Yet, Buenos Aires is also home to innumerable art galleries, some 100 museums, countless historical and architectural monuments (including art deco), a cemetery that rivals Paris' Père Lachaise, over 90 theaters, 100 movie theaters, classical music groups and orchestras, ballet, and opera (the Colón Theater is ranked among the top three in the world), while the ubiquitous sidewalk cafés offer unparalleled opportunities for people-watching.
More European than South American in flavor, Buenos Aires' heart boasts bustling streets, grand avenues, old-time cafes and stylish restaurants. It's a city of tragedy and elation; a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital where locals are renowned for their flair and cockiness, even in times of adversity. Founded in 1536, Argentina’s capital is often referred to as the Paris of Latin America. Within this immense, yet surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis, elegant 19th-century buildings and café life offer glimpses of Europe and the Middle East.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of at least Spanish 3040
  • Students are expected to enroll in a course in Spanish the semester prior to the term abroad
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre

Academic Culture
In addition to taking the Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course designed exclusively for IFSA students, students directly enroll at one or two of four local universities. For students who are interested in a more curated semester, they may select one of six academic tracks:

Directed Research Concentration:
  • Students may replace one to two integrated university courses in the Traditional Concentration with a 6-credit Directed Research Project focusing on social problem analysis
  • The Fundación Simón Rodriguez appoints an Academic Director and a committee of field experts to oversee each student’s academic progress and research paper
Human Rights Concentration:
  • Students enroll in both university and IFSA-Butler program courses while completing a field experience and research component
  • Concentration coursework includes: Human Rights in Argentina and Latin America, one to two university courses, and Methodology of Research Seminar and NGO field experience
Gender, Diversity and Minority Studies Concentration:
  • Students participate in both integrated and specialized program courses along with their research and field experience
  • Concentration coursework includes: Diversity, Minorities, and Gender Studies, one to two university courses, and Methodology of Research Seminar and NGO field experience
Literature Concentration:
  • Hosted at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • Involves four fields of study: creative writing, journalism, literary translation and publishing• Will include a seminar on Literary Studies Methodology, as well as a writing workshop or an internship
  • Students who enroll in this concentration must have a major or minor in literary studies, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American studies, journalism or a special interest in these subjects. A background in literary studies is not necessary.
  • Students will have a specialized tutor, a main program class (Literary Theory and Analysis), a Spanish class and integrated classes at any of the four AUP universities
  • Students have a field work option and a writing workshop with local authors
Theatre Concentration:
  • Internship with one of two theater production groups
  • Students will be involved in all aspects of putting on a production, including casting, rehearsals, illumination, props, costumes, directing, scene construction, etc.
  • Program course titled “El Teatro Hoy” (Theater Today) based at USAL and will have a strong theory base.
  • Concentration includes a selection of integrated courses at USAL
  • Concentration available during semester 2 (fall) only, beginning in 2010
Cinema Concentration:
  • A highly specialized concentration designed for students with six or more semesters of university-level Spanish who are pursuing a major/minor in the visual arts
  • Concentration offered in cooperation with the renowned Fundación Universidad del Cine
  • Students explore the booming Argentine film industry and its cultural impact in Argentina and beyond
  • Concentration coursework includes: Introduction to the Practice and Analysis of Argentine Film, two university courses at the Fundación Universidad del Cine and one university course at one of the AUP universities
Students should work closely with the advising staff in Buenos Aires to select the appropriate university.

Tulane awards 5000-level credit for coursework completed on this program; students earn 15-19 credits per semester for this schedule.

All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.

Student Life
IFSA encourages students to fully immerse themselves in Porteno life by taking full advantage of cultural exchange opportunities. While studying will be an important part of the semester, equally as important is the investment that students make in engaging with their host communities. The experience of living with a host family can provide invaluable insight into Argentine society while also helping students develop language skills. At the university, students are considered fully fledged university students, with access to all of the same resources and social experiences as degree-seeking students.
Because IFSA facilitates enrollment at four different universities, students should pay close attention to the personality of each university to fully understand the different academic and social opportunities available at each. 

Students will be housed in carefully selected Argentinean homes in Buenos Aires, which will give them the opportunity to improve their Spanish daily and to integrate with Argentina's culture. The program coordinator makes all housing arrangements. The host family provides two meals per day (Monday through Saturday) and one meal per day on Sunday.

Helpful Links  
IFSA Argentine Universities Program
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.