Students must have completed Advanced Spanish II and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. The language of instruction for all courses is Spanish.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in October for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
Students must also apply online to CIEE. In order to open a CIEE application, students must first create a MyCIEE account. Students need to create their MyCIEE account and open a CIEE application by the OGE deadline below.
Georgetown students on the CIEE-administered program in Buenos Aires take regular classes at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universad Católica (UCA), and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). At UBA, Argentina's preeminent national university, CIEE students may enroll in courses offered through the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Faculty of Economics. UCA, one of Argentina's top higher education private institutions, serves its 3,400 students at its modern campus in Puerto Madero. IUNA, conformed by the most prestigious national art institutes, offers rigorous academic programs in the arts. FLACSO, which sponsors one of the most prestigious teaching and research programs in the social sciences in Latin America, was founded in 1957 through a UNESCO initiative and is presently active in many Latin American countries. Situated on a vast estuary known as the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires, with a population of 12.5 million, is the sprawling capital of Argentina. The city, with its 46 distinct barrios, has been virtually rebuilt since the turn of the century and is known for its European countenance.
Accommodation and Meals
The CIEE resident staff places students in private homes with local Argentine families or residence halls. Living in a homestay is considered the best of the housing possibilities in Buenos Aires because of its practicality and because it provides you with a better understanding of Argentine culture and social customs. Breakfast and one additional meal are provided in the homestays.
Level of Program Support:
The CIEE resident staff provides non-academic support, organizes field trips, and acts as liaison to the university.
The academic calendar in Argentina follows a southern hemispheric model, in which the year begins in February and ends in December. Year-long students may consider attending the program for the Argentine academic calendar in order to enhance their social and academic integration. Students may also attend for the U.S. academic year, arriving in Argentina in July and completing their studies there the following July. Students who choose to attend the Argentina program for the GU fall semester will arrive in Buenos Aires in mid-July and depart in mid-December. GU spring semester participants arrive in mid-February and complete their studies in mid-July.
For GU students, a full courseload is a minimum of four courses and 15 Argentine credits. During the first semester in Buenos Aires, students who place below the Spanish Post-Advanced II in CIEE’s diagnostic test must take a certain number of language credits as assigned by CIEE. GU will award Spanish or free elective credit for the language courses. The language course is NOT mandatory for students who place at the Post-Advanced II level or above. If students choose to take it, they will do so for no credit.
• Students choose courses from the following institutes:
o FLACSO/CIEE center. Maximum one course, which does not include the mandatory language course. Students may take the Community Based Learning (CBL) class through FLACSO that should count as a free elective and as their one FLACSO course limit.
o UCA. (If a course is taken in the department of PEL, Programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos, no FLASCO course accepted in this case)
o UBA. Students take courses in the faculties of Social Science, Economics, and Philosophy & Letters
o National Institute of Arts IUNA.
o Courses at Instituto Cultural Ricardo Rojas carry no credit.
Students who satisfactorily complete this courseload obtain at Georgetown a total of 15 credits and 5 courses per semester.
Argentine grades range from 1-10, and 4 is the minimum passing grade to receive credit.