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Study on the Argentine Universities Program

  • Location: Buenos Aires
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Spanish requirement: 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent; 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent for the Intensive Spanish concentration
  • **Application deadlines: November 1 for semester 1 (Feb-July)
    November 1 for calendar year (Feb-Dec)
    April 1 for semester 2 (July-Dec)
    April 1 for academic year (July-July)
  • Program advisor: Jennifer McKibben
    **Due to Argentine visa deadlines and requirements, IFSA-Butler recommends that non-U.S. citizens apply early to this program.

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Program Snapshot

Located in one of the world's most exciting and cosmpolitan cities, the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) offers students the opportunity to enroll in up to four prestigious universities in Buenos Aires. Between classes, enjoy theatre, music, films, sports and museums, or simply people-watch while sipping coffee at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.


What the AUP has to offer


  • 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
  • Only one IFSA-Butler student lives with a host family for maximum cultural immersion and language acquisition


  • All students take Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture, designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler participants. Section topic themes include Eva Peron, Tango, Literature, Film and more
  • Students can choose to take one of four optional IFSA-Butler program courses: Contemporary Argentine History: State and Society, Argentine Foreign Policy, Art and Politics in Contemporary Argentina and Latin American and Argentine Literature
  • University course credit varies, but students earn at least 15 to 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester
  • Academic advisors meet with students at least three times during the semester to help with course selection, language and academic questions

Academic Concentrations

  • Six optional academic concentrations available allowing students to specialize in their major area of study or interest: Human Rights: Genocide, Literature in Argentina, Cinema in Argentina, Directed Research, Human Rights: Diversity, Minority, and Gender Studies and Intensive Spanish (students with four semesters of Spanish only)
  • Combination of topic-specific program courses taught by experts in the field along with integrated university courses
  • Concentration coordinator and academic advisors assist students with course selection and academic guidance
  • Fieldwork experiences available for credit through specialized assignments
  • Invaluable access to leading organizations, experts in the field of study, and academic resources and archives of research


Academic Structure

What is the academic structure of the AUP?
IFSA-Butler offers a semester and yearlong program for the advanced Argentine Universities Program (AUP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the AUP, you can choose between two different program structures in order to meet your academic needs and interests. You can participate either in the general academic program or choose to focus your area of study in a specialized academic concentration. All students will enroll in the mandatory Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course offered only to IFSA-Butler participants. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

General Academic Program:
The general academic program combines specialized program courses designed for IFSA-Butler students with Argentine university courses taken alongside local, degree-seeking students. Along with the mandatory Spanish language course, you can choose to enroll in one additional program course. See the Program Courses section for course syllabi.

To complete the semester course schedule of 15-18 U.S. semester credit hours, you will enroll in two to four university courses. The option is available to take all your courses at one university or choose to register at several different universities. An academic advisor in Buenos Aires will assist you in selecting appropriate courses for your semester or year abroad. Be sure to click on the University Courses section to review university courses that may be available during your time abroad.

Following are two sample schedules demonstrating the academic flexibility of AUP's general academic program:

Sample schedule 1 for general academic program:

  1. Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (IFSA-Butler; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  2. Argentine Foreign Policy (IFSA-Butler; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  3. Compared Political Systems 1 (Universidad del Salvador; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  4. Spanish Literature 2 (Universidad Católica Argentina, 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  5. Tango and Culture Workshop (Universidad del Salvador; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Sample schedule 2 for general academic program:

  1. Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (IFSA-Butler; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  2. International Security (Universidad de Buenos Aires; 6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  3. History of Hispanic-American Art (Universidad Católica Argentina; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  4. Creativity 1 (Universidad del Salvador; 3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Academic Concentrations
The AUP offers six optional and specialized academic concentrations designed especially for IFSA-Butler students:

Any student accepted to the AUP is eligible to participate in one academic concentration during the semester. This is a great opportunity for you to more fully integrate into the cultural life of Buenos Aires by working and researching at prestigious civil society institutions alongside distinguished faculty and experts in these areas. Additionally, the specialized concentrations allow you to focus on a specific area of interest in order to gain in-depth knowledge of that subject from a different perspective.

Coursework for the specialized academic concentrations is a mixture of IFSA-Butler program classes, seminars and workshops, and integrated university classes of your choice. All students must take the Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course and the specially designed program course and/or seminar for the concentration. The remainder of your courses are selected from one or two of the IFSA-Butler partner universities in Buenos Aires.

All students with four semesters fo Spanish (neither more nor less) participate in the Intensive Spanish concentration. Students in this concentration take a combination of program classes and courses at the Universidad Católica Argentina and Universidad del Salvador.

See the "Concentrations" section for more detailed information and program course syllabi.

Program Courses

What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the AUP. Students on the program are required to enroll in the mandatory Advanced Spanish language class. If you participate on the general academic program, you may choose to take one additional (optional) program course.** All courses are held at the IFSA-Butler program office and are taught by university faculty in Spanish. Your Spanish placement level will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival in Argentina. All courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

Click here to download all program course syllabi, or click on a course title below to download an individual syllabus.

Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (mandatory for all students) The objective of this mandatory program class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken. Both oral and written expressions are of vital importance to the student's performance in his/her university classes. This course meets intensively during the program orientation and less frequently during the course of the semester.

Society and State in Contemporary Argentina Addressing the study of the social, economic and political history of contemporary Argentina and analyzing the most outstanding events that took place from the beginning of the 20th century until present are the main objectives of this course.  It will also present a critical discussion of the main problems affecting Argentina in each period with an emphasis on experiences that are unique to the country: Peronismo, military coups, the military process and the "disappeared," the return to democracy, and the challenges faced by subsequent administrations regarding economic crises and governability. Students are expected to understand the different economic, social and political stages the country went through, and the makeup and impact of the different social players within the prevailing local and international context.

Argentine Foreign Policy The course is aimed at acquainting with the specific issues of the foreign relations of a non-central country and their relationship with the domestic economic growth and development project. The course is designed to familiarize students with foreign policy issues through a comprehensive analysis of the matter. These issues will be addressed in the context of contemporary history during the period following World War II with a particular emphasis on Argentina's relations with Brazil and Latin America and also current items on the domestic agenda.

Argentine and Latin American Literature This course aims to broaden the student's knowledge of Argentine and Latin American culture and literature of the second half of the 20th century. Students will reflect on theoretical aspects associated with the changes occurring in the fictionalizing processes, and this course will encourage students to take an enlightened view of and establish relationships and expansions between the texts and the social and cultural processes. Students will analyze the geographical, historical and cultural contexts in which tales are produced. This course will promote the critical and creative reading of the suggested texts through the practice of writing and conversation.

Art and Politics in Contemporary Argentina: From an Intercultural Perspective  The seminar on Community & Culture in Argentina proposes a collective reflection on the life experience. Its goal is to share different cultural spaces and different communities. The idea of the seminar is to develop among students and teachers a great amount of creativity to make questions about what it means to live among different. This class is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

Fictions of the Present: Argentine Literature and Cinema after 2000  The aim of the course is to study Argentine literary fiction and cinema of the last two decades with a view to identifying the new formal, stylistic and thematic characteristics and their association with the changes in the ways of imagining and experiencing the contemporary world. This analysis will focus especially on the transformations that Argentine culture has undergone recently in connection with issues such as globalization, postmodernism, the emergence of new communication technologies, and the impact of these processes on literary traditions, the national language and collective imaginaries.

Peronist Argentina  The course is directed at reflecting on the most important political movement in Argentina since the middle of the 20th century. Peronism has been analyzed from the viewpoints of sociology, political science, anthropology and history. Literature and film have also addressed the topic. This course will focus on the political, social and cultural dimensions of this phenomenon with particular emphasis on the main social and political aspects of the Peronist movement.

**Students participating on a specialized academic concentration are only permitted to enroll in the mandatory Spanish language course, with the exception of Intensive Spanish. See Academic Concentration section for more details about available program courses designed specifically for the concentrations.

University Info

What is the Argentine Universities Program like?
Participating on the AUP will provide you with a glance into the diverse Argentine university system and the opportunity to immerse yourself into Argentine culture and daily life. The unique structure of the program allows you to enroll in select departments (facultades) in up to four different universities. (Students on the Intensive Spanish concentration can enroll at two universities.) This allows you the opportunity to truly experience the Argentine educational system from a variety of perspectives. The following universities offer classes in which IFSA-Butler students may directly enroll alongside Argentine students:

Universidad Católica Argentina
Located on the Río de la Plata, Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is just a few blocks from the bustling downtown area and the convenient subte. Each modern campus building is connected by underground passage ways, which make for a quick walk to class. The small campus and class size allow students to find their own personal niche in the big city. Modern amenities and the latest technology provide many of the same comforts found on any U.S. university campus. Courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

Universidad de Buenos Aires
An enormous state university, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) has nearly 300,000 students attending classes at facilities scattered throughout Buenos Aires. As the oldest public university in Argentina, UBA is also one of the most challenging and requires a great deal of independence. The diverse student body and faculty at UBA create a memorable experience for dedicated IFSA-Butler students who welcome the academic challenge UBA offers. Courses are worth 6 U.S. semester credit hours. This university is not open to students in the Intensive Spanish concentration.

Universidad del Salvador
The Universidad del Salvador (USAL) resembles a U.S. university in the diversity and structure of its curriculum. This private university has a small student body and a commitment to personalized education, so the atmosphere is nurturing. Despite the fact that USAL is a true urban university with faculties spread over a wide area, the university offers a sense of community. Connect with your fellow students by checking into the range of sports teams and activities available. Courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
The Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) is one of the top private universities in Argentina. All faculty members are full-time, and they have studied at universities in either the United States or European Union. This allows students to learn course material through a unique perspective. Thanks to its reputation as a small and highly selective school, UTDT draws students from throughout South America. Courses are worth 5 U.S. semester credit hours. This university is not open to students in the Intensive Spanish concentration.

See the "University Courses" section for more information about the wide-range of courses available to you on the AUP. Also, see "Online Course Catalogs" to find possible course listings for each of the AUP universities.

University Courses

What AUP courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you may enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. Additionally, you may enroll in open courses as long as you meet any prerequisites and have the adequate level of Spanish. Please see the directions below for a list of universities and departments that are open to IFSA-Butler students. While many course descriptions may be found online, course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Yearlong courses (anual) are open only to students who plan on taking both semesters of the course.
  • 1 semestre (S1) or cuatrimestre is equal to U.S. spring semester.
  • 2 semestre (S2) or cuatrimestre is equal to U.S. fall semester.

Where can I find a list of courses that the AUP universities offer?
Click on the "Online Course Catalogs" section for detailed instructions on how to find courses that may be available during your study abroad semseter or year.

Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
Students on the AUP are only allowed to register for courses in the open departments listed in the "Online Course Catalogs" section. Students in the Intensive Spanish concentration cannot enroll in courses at Universidad de Buenos Aires or Universidad Torcuato di Tella.

How are AUP university courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
The system of higher education in Argentina is more specialized than the U.S. liberal arts curriculum, which means that Argentine students enter university with some background in the subjects they wish to study. Therefore, local students take most of, if not all, their courses in one faculty and receive a degree in one field. In the U.S. system, students take a little of everything and don't specialize until a couple of years into their studies.

Additionally, you might notice that your Argentine classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.

I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
If course descriptions or syllabi are not available online, contact your program advisor for assistance. Please provide the following information in your request:

  • University name
  • Department/facultad/subject
  • Course title
  • Course number (if available)

Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.

Online Course Catalogs

As an IFSA-Butler student, you are permitted to directly enroll in university courses at any of the four Argentine universities offered on the AUP.  Following you will find detailed instructions on how to access each universities' online course catalog, along with a list of pre-approved departments (facultades)in which you may select courses.

If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, or if you are having trouble navigating a university's website, contact your program advisor for more information and assistance. Keep in mind that course availability changes every semester. A finalized list of courses will not be available until your program orientation in Buenos Aires.

Universidad Católica Argentina

  1. Click here to access UCA's online course catalog.
  2. Select a subject of interest (i.e. Ciencias Politicas). Make sure to only select subjects from the section titled "Carerras de Grado, Buenos Aires."
  3. Next, click on "Ver el detalle del Plan de estudios" to obtain a list of courses.

The following UCA departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Facultad de Ciencias Políticas: Ciencia Política and Relaciones Internacionales
  • Facultad de Filosofía y Letras: Literatura, Historia and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Psicología y Educación: Psicología, Psicopedagogía and Educación
  • Instituto de Comunicación Social, Periodismo y Publicidad: Publicidad and Periodismo

Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

  1. Click here to access UBA-CS's online course catalog.
  2. Departments are listed in the header at the top of the page. Double click on the department where you would like to take classes (i.e. Ciencias Politicas).**
  3. Next, select "Académicas."
  4. Click on "Programas" to view a list of courses.
  5. If available, you can obtain syllabus by clicking on the document icon corresponding to the correct academic year.

The following UBA-CS departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Sociología
  • Ciencia política
  • Ciencias de la comunicación
  • Relaciones del trabajo
  • Trabajo social

**You can also view the curricular ladder for each major by returning to the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales home page, clicking on one of the majors listed at the top of the page and then clicking on "Plan de estudios." When the page loads, you can click "Ver Plan de estudios" in order to view the curricular ladder.

Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

  1. Click here to access UBA-FL's online course catalog.
  2. Choose an area of study that interests you and click on it.
  3. To see course offerings, click on "Plan de estudios."
  4. To see syllabi (when available), click on “Programas y horarios,” “Programación,” or “Asignaturas,” depending on the options given for that major.

The following UBA-FL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Letras
  • Geografía
  • Artes
  • Filosofía
  • Antropología
  • Ciencias de la Educación
  • Historia

Universidad del Salvador

  1. Click here to access USAL's online course catalog.
  2. Click on a facultad that interests you (i.e. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales).
  3. Choose a subject and click on it to see the course listings.
  4. For most subjects, only a list of courses will appear. For others, short descriptions or syllabi may be available if you click on the course title.

The following USAL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Facultad de Historia, Filosofía y Letras: Letras, Lengua Inglesa, Interpretación de Conferencias en Inglés, Traductorado Público de Inglés, Traductorado Científico Literario de Inglés, Historia, Ciencias Ambientales, Gestión de Historia de las Artes and Filosofía
  • Facultad de Ciencias Sociales: Ciencia Política, Sociología, Relaciones Internacionales and Servicio Social
  • Facultad de Ciencias de la Administración: Administración, Comercialización, Administración de Recursos Humanos, Sistemas de Información
  • Facultad de Artes de Teatro: Escenografía and Arte Dramático
  • Facultad de Psicología: Psicología and Psicopedagogía
  • Escuela de Diseño: Diseño Gráfico
  • Escuela de Estudios Orientales: Estudios Orientales

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

  1. Click here to access UTDT's online course catalog.
  2. Scroll down and select the major you are interested in. This will download a PDF of the courses offered. You should pay close attention to which semester the courses are offered during.**

The following departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Departamento de Economía
  • Escuela de Negocios
  • Departamento de Ciencia Política
  • Departamento de Estudios Internacionales
  • Escuela de Historia
  • Departamento de Derecho

**Disregard the instructions for international students that appear on this page. All communication should be with IFSA-Butler, not UTDT.

Fundación Universidad del Cine (Cinema studies concentration students only)

  1. Click here to access the university's online course catalog.
  2. A subject list appears on the lefthand side of the screen. Click on a subject that interests you (i.e. Artes Visuales).
  3. Click on "Plan de Estudios" under the box "Titulo Comunicador..." or "Titulo Licenciado..." for a list of courses and descriptions (if available).

The following Fundación Universidad del Cine departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:

  • Comunicacion: Artes Visuales, Diseño Gráfico and Procesos Educativos
  • Facultad de Cinematografía: Dirección Cinematográfica, Guión Cinematográfico, Iluminación y Cámara Cinematográficas, Escenografía y Vestuario Cinematográficos/as, Compaginación Cinematográfica, Producción Cinematográfica, Historia, Teoría y Crítica Cinematográfica and Cine de Animación y Multimedia


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. While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Argentine educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these at orientation but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester.

Keep in mind that the educational system in Argentina is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site.

Each semester there are certain courses at the universities that are quite popular among IFSA-Butler students. Due to an increase in demand from their own students, all universities have limited admission to certain classes for non-degree and/or visiting international students. While the IFSA-Butler program in Buenos Aires has many options available, and similar classes are available in more than one institution or even facultad, it is not always possible to get your first choice of classes (similar to what you may have experienced at your home university).This can be particularly challenging in the smaller institutions of UTDT and UCA.

What if I need to take a required course?
Because of university scheduling, it is difficult to confirm course availability before you depart. If you are flexible in your course choices, you will probably be able to find a course that fits your needs. Keep in mind that if you need a specific course to fulfill your home institution's requirements, we may not be able to confirm the availability of that course or enroll you in it even if it is available. Both academic flexibility and patience are requirements for studying in Latin America.

What are the registration conditions
You must take a full university course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. The number of courses you will take depends on the individual credit value of the courses you select. Please be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home university or host university to take or process additional credits. 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?
Due to the difference in academic systems, your exam schedule will not be available until after you register for courses at your university. Be sure to confirm exam dates with your professor at the beginning of the semester. 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.

Will I have final exams after the program has officially ended?
Each semester, our resident staff set the official program end date based on the established semester-end dates of the universities along with the date when the majority of IFSA-Butler students should be finished with finals. However, every semester a handful of students select classes with final exams scheduled past the official program end date. As the final exam schedule will not be available until you register for classes (after you arrive in Buenos Aires), we cannot guarantee that you will be finished by the program end date.

It is very important that you check your syllabi and with your professors for your final exam schedule. At the beginning of the semester, you will have a four-week shopping period to test out more classes than you plan to take. In most cases, you will know when your final exams are scheduled before you finalize your schedule. If you cannot be flexible with your end date, you should take into consideration the exam schedule as you make your course selections. All coursework must be submitted before you leave Argentina, and exams cannot be rescheduled.

Should you need to remain in Buenos Aires after the program end date to take a final exam, IFSA-Butler housing and services are guaranteed until that time. It will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for any changes in your return flight once final exams are complete.

Do I need to take a placement exam at the Universidad de Buenos Aires?
The Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at UBA requires that all international students take a Spanish language placement test prior to enrollment. The test is a requirement for enrollment in the facultad.

Grades rank from 1 to 5. A 4 is a passing grade. If you get a 1, you cannot enroll in the facultad. Although there are no academic consequences for not reaching a 4, if you receive a 2 or 3, you must take an additional exam. At the end of the semester, Ciencias Sociales will issue you a certificate as proof of your progress in the Spanish language according to UBA (although the certificate is not worth credit).


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 AUP during your study abroad semester or year. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.

Academic Advisors

What if I need academic help during the semester?
A particularly strong feature of the AUP program is the availability of academic advisors. These are Argentine final-year students (the equivalent of graduate students) or university graduates who represent a variety of disciplines, including literature, politics, history, economics and sociology. You are assigned an academic advisor who helps you select an appropriate load of classes during the program orientation.

Thereafter, you are required to meet with your academic advisor at least once a month. They are available on a rotating schedule each evening of the week; you have access to all the academic advisors (not just the one to whom you are assigned) who can assist you if you encounter any difficulties with the content of your classes.

The availability of academic advisors on this program is an especially important feature given the difficulties of studying in a different academic system in a foreign language. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.

Areas of Study

On the Argentine Universities Program, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. Most departments at all four partner universities are open to IFSA-Butler students. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions. IFSA-Butler hopes that students will be able to take courses for their U.S. institution degree requirements in order to stay on track for graduation.

Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Buenos Aires during past semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are hundreds of courses in Buenos Aires from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalogs for each university.

Popular Subjects and Courses*

Art History/Architecture:

  • Art and Architecture in Latin America (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Contemporary Argentine Art (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Hispanic American Art (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: American Bodies: The Plastic Representation of the Space and American Inhabitants Since the Conquest (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Prehistory and General Anthropology (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • General Folklore (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: Political and Legal Anthropology: Ethnography of State Crimes (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Introduction to the Practice and Analysis of Argentine Film (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • New Latin American Cinema (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Radio Workshop (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Stories, Recipes and Advice: Popular Women in the Kitchen of Culture (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Communication, Culture and Identity (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Alternative Television: Approaches and Practices (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Economy and the Public Sector (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Argentine Economic History (5 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Environmental Economics (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Education and Diversity (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Argentine Education (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Film Studies**

  • Sound Design and Musicalization (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • Seminar I: Buenos Aires: It's Space, It's Art (fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • Soundtrack Recording (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • History of Film II (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • Seminar II: Literature and Film Script: The Adaptation (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • Cinematographic Aesthetics (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)
  • Digital Animation 2D (Fundacion Universidad del Cine)

**Classes at the Fundacion Universidad del Cine are only available to IFSA-Butler students participating on the Cine Concentration.

Fine Arts:

  • Representations of Buenos Aires (4 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Plastic and Vision I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Advertising Photography Workshop (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: Reflections on Stage Dancing in Argentina in the 20th Century (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Corporate Finance (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Geography/Geology/Environmental Studies:

  • Argentine Political and Economic Geography (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Human and Geopolitical Geography (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Sustainable Development (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Climatology (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Thematic Seminar: Power Networks: Dominance and Resistance in Mesoamerica and the Pre-Hispanic Andes (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Roman Law (5 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Argentine History I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of American and Argentine Art and Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of America I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Comparative American Revolutions (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Egyptian Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Oriental Art and Culture I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Church and State in Latin America (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Football, Sports Crowd Reason, Communication and Cultural Mediation (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Leadership and Management in NGOs (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Classic Hebrew Literature (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Introduction to Latin American Law (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Formulation and Evaluation of Projects and Cultural Events (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

International Studies:

  • Transition, Crisis and Reform: The New Stage in Latin America (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Analysis of International News (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Journalism and the Internet (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Media Arts:

  • Radiophonic Workshop (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Graphic Production and Editing (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Music History:

  • History of Medieval Music (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Tactical and Operational Marketing (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Brands, Tastes and Preferences (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Philosophy I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Philosophy of Nature (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Political Science:

  • Peronism (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • History of Argentine Ideas and Political Processes (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Origins and Evolution of the Peronist Movement in Argentina (5 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Comparative Latin American Political Systems (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • International Migrations in Latin America (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Latin America in the International System (5 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Governance and Development (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Introduction to International Relations (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Psychology of the Masses and Totalitarianism (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • International Criminal Organizations, Globalization and Political Systems (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • International Security: Theoretical Aspects, Processes and Policies (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • International Negotiation (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Urban Politics (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Civil Society, Enterprises and Non-Governmental Organizations (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Peasantry in Argentina: Development and Territorialization (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Psychology of Religion (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Psycho-sociology of Social Interaction and Small Groups (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Political Psychology (6 U.S. semester credit hours)

Religious Studies:

  • Thought and Religious Manifestations of Mesopotamia (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Buddhism and its Asian Expansion (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Theology (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Globalization and Crisis: Social Changes in the Globalization Process (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Modernization and Cultural Change in Argentine Society from the Decade of the 60s (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Social and Urban Processes: The City in Theory (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Sociology of Health I (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: Analysis of Genocidal Social Practices (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Work and Human Rights Relations in Argentina (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • AIDS: Social Aspects, Politics of Professional Intervention (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Forms of Drug Dependency Intervention (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Mental Health Problems in Argentina (6 U.S. semester credit hours)

Spanish Language:

  • Argentine Literature (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Ibero American Literature (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Argentina in Words: Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Contemporary Latin American Story (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: Argentine Narrative of the Post-Dictatorship Generations: A Political Reading (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Seminar: Prisons: Jail, School and Slavery in American Ethnic Literature (6 U.S. semester credit hours)


  • Seminar: Theatre in Buenos Aires Today (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Clown II (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Corporal Training and Dance III (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Juggling Skills II (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Argentine Universities Program. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the universities' online course catalogs will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.


Students who participate on the Argentine Universities Program (AUP) come from diverse academic backgrounds, many with individualized majors or areas of academic interest. For this reason, IFSA-Butler offers optional and specialized academic concentrations, designed specifically for students participating on the AUP.

Click on the following academic concentration areas for detailed information and course syllabi:

Academic concentrations provide an excellent opportunity for you to completely integrate into the cultural and academic life of Buenos Aires by working and researching at prestigious civil society institutions alongside distinguished faculty and experts in these areas. Additionally, the specialized concentrations allow you to focus on a specific area of interest in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of that subject from a different perspective.

Academic Structure
Coursework for the specialized academic concentrations is a mixture of IFSA-Butler program classes, seminars, workshops, fieldwork experiences and integrated university classes of your choice. All students are required to take the Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture program course, along with the specially designed program course(s) for the concentration. The remainder of your courses are selected from one or two of the IFSA-Butler partner universities (UBA, UCA, UTDT or USAL), and course credit varies by university. Additionally, a specialized academic advising system is available to you throughout the semester.

Acceptance to the AUP automatically makes you eligible to participate in one specialized academic concentration for your semester abroad. You must demonstrate a solid understanding of the Spanish language, have successfully completed at least five semesters of university-level Spanish (or the equivalent), and have a deep interest in the subject area you plan to study. Previous academic or hands-on experience in the field is not required but some background knowledge is preferred.

Please note that the concentration program classes and fieldwork experiences are only available to participants of a specialized academic concentration. If you participate on a concentration, with the exception of Intensive Spanish, you will not be able to enroll in the optional program classes offered to students on the general academic program (i.e. Argentine and Latin American Literature, Argentine Foreign Policy or State and Society in Contemporary Argentina).


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 Argentine Universites Program includes 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.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
The AUP program does not require a housing deposit.

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


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

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

Dates & Fees

AUP Dates

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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. Most students are able to find classes that coincide with the program’s end date. You can find specific dates for each university here. Students do not officially enroll in classes until orientation and they will be given the exam date of the specific course after it begins.

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.


AUP Fees

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What's included in our Argentina program fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments 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

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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 Argentine Universities 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 students prepare 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.



Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.


Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Senior Resident Director Mario Cantarini.

rhondaUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.


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


Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis.

If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization.

IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.

Examples of places where students may volunteer

  • Democracia Representativa seeks to strengthen representative democracy in Argentina.
  • ADEPRA works to rescue stray animals.
  • Pilotos Solidarios: provides general and medical assistance to isolated rural communities.
  • Maguen Avot tutors school children.
  • Dando A Luz is an organization that promotes reproductive rights.
  • Cicerones promotes beauty and cultural diversity of Buenos Aires.
  • AMARTYA is dedicated to promoting social responsibility.
  • PANAACEA is a program for austistic children and their families.
  • Riesgo Cero was created to provide sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention information.
  • Sociedad de Integración Gay Lésbica Argentina works to promote the social integration of the GLBT community in Buenos Aires.
  • Donar Sangre da Vida provides information and support to children with cancer and their families.
  • CARE promotes equal access to communication and information technology.
  • Proyectarte seeks to promote and spread art created by young Argentine artists.
  • Campus Travel is a travel agency for student travelers.

This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.


If a semester study abroad program does not work into your academic schedule, consider study abroad during the summer in the "Paris of the Americas." IFSA-Butler offers two summer options, one for Intermediate level Spanish students and one for Advanced Spanish students. Both offer housing with a host family, courses designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler students and a great cultural experience in Buenos Aires. Students will earn 6 or 9 U.S. semester credit hours.

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