MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. Programs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Psychology in English in Buenos Aires

  • Minimum GPA: 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Spanish requirement: None
  • Length of program: 6 weeks, end of May to mid-July
  • Application deadline: April 1
  • Program advisor: Jennifer McKibben

Program Snapshot

intermediate spanish buenos aires

The Summer Psychology in English program is perfect for students of all language level. The psychology courses are taught in English alongside Argentine students. Students chose from elective program courses designed and taught exclusively for IFSA-Butler students.

What the Summer Psychology in English program has to offer

  • Immersion into Argentine culture through academics, program activities and volunteer opportunities
  • Psychology coursework is conducted in English
  • Group excursions and co-curricular activities focused on the art, culture, sports and lifestyle that make Buenos Aires one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities
  • Volunteer experiences available


  • Students enroll in a mandatory Spanish course (3 U.S. semester credit hours) in addition to one to two elective courses specifically designed and taught exclusively for IFSA-Butler students
  • All psychology coursework is conducted in English and taught by university faculty members
  • Past electives included Social Psychology, and Clinical Psychology (subject to change)
  • Students earn 6-9 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Academic tutors available during the semester


  • Housing is with a carefully selected host family in Buenos Aires
  • Program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday
  • IFSA-Butler houses only one student per family for maximum cultural and language integration

We look forward to working with you!


Academic Structure

What is the academic structure of the Summer Psychology in English program?
IFSA-Butler offers the Summer Psychology in English program located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program allows you to enroll in one to two elective program classes designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants as well as one mandatory Spanish class. These classes, taught in English by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Argentina what it is today.

Program Courses

What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the Summer Psychology in English program. Students are required to enroll in a mandatory Spanish class based on their language level and one elective.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
The purpose of this elective course is to help students gain facility with industrial-organizational psychology (I-O) theory and to learn to apply principles of psychology to various workplaces, business and consumer issues.

IFSA-Butler program course electives (course availability subject to change):

Social Psychology

Multicultural Psychology

Beginner to Advanced Level Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This mandatory course will work on basic common language themes with the following objectives in mind:

  • Auditory comprehension
  • Oral production
  • Reading comprehension
  • Written expression

Beginning Spanish 1
Beginning Spanish 2
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2

Exploring Community and Culture online course


How will I register for courses?
Course registration will not take place until you are in Argentina. You, along with the help of the IFSA-Butler staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 6-9 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. summer course load. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the “Academics” and “Program Fees and Financial Aid” sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.


What do I need to know about exams?
You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record appeal on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Argentina.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned on the Summer Psychology in English program during your study abroad summer. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.

Academic Tutors

What if I need academic help during the semester?
In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA-Butler organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Spanish professors are also available to conduct tutoring sessions especially for the Spanish language. Additionally, all students are required to meet with an academic advisor once a month to discuss their academic progress on the Summer Psychology in English program. Please speak with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.

Exploring Community & Culture

IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) in Buenos Aires is designed to take your study abroad experience to another level. It encourages you to get the most out of your time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local communities and cultures. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection.

Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know their host communities and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program. One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.


The homestays include two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation with your host family while classes are in session and during short university breaks. If you are studying abroad for an entire year, you will need to find alternate housing during the semester breaks. You will be responsible for the any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Argentina for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is ready.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate on this program must live with a program approved host family for the duration of the program.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
Population: 10 million
Location: Eastern Argentina, near the border of Uruguay

City features

  • Home to countless cultural and sporting attractions
  • One of the most cosmopolitan societies in the world, with a distinctly European air
  • Known as the "Paris of the Americas" for its sophistication and culture
  • Unparalleled opportunities to enjoy theatre, music, films and museums
  • Home to nearly 40 percent of the Argentine population
  • Reliable, inexpensive bus and local trains make getting around a breeze
  • Music and tango permeate the city and add to its colorful flavor

Do more!

  • Head out of the city and visit the Delta Tigre
  • Enjoy a weekend in Colonia or Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Take a day trip to the Isla Martín García

Buenos Aires Tourism
Argentina Tourism
An Introduction to Buenos Aires
Lonely Planet Guide to Buenos Aires
Tourist Guide To Buenos Aires
Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Summer 2018 dates coming soon!

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Program Fees

Summer Psychology in English

Summer 2018 fees coming soon!

What's included in our Argentina program fees
Expense calculator

Semester 1 Payment Due: December 15
Semester 2 Payment Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services, housing and some meals.

Each student lives with a carefully selected host family. The program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday, and one meal on Saturday.

Personal Cost Estimates

  • Summer 2018
  • Travel to Buenos Aires: $1,700
  • Student Visa: $175
  • Commuting:$115
  • Books:$15
  • Meals: $530
  • Personal Misc.: $220

Expense calculator

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Meals: The BAI program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal per day on Saturday.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help prepare students for their program in Buenos Aires:

jenniferProgram Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and to pursue a master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students


Institute for Study Abroad, Alliance For Global Education and MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. are registered marks of the Institute for Study Abroad, Inc.