IFSA Butler’s Advanced Argentine Universities Program in Buenos Aires

  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


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

  • Visa:

    Required upon arrival.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford is responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Applicants are expected to have the ability to participate in a Spanish language classroom. Students must have completed the equivalent of 5 semesters of college level Spanish courses (through Intermediate Spanish II) and at least one course in literature or culture. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester before they are planning to study abroad. The application requirements can be found on the IFSA-Butler website.

    Academic Credit

    Students are required to take 15-16 credit hours each semester. Of those credits, all students must take a 3 credit language/culture course called “Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture” that starts during orientation. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    A full university curriculum taught in Spanish is available. Some of the strongest departments available at the four Buenos Aires universities are history, political science, economics, international studies, international business, philosophy, social science, and literature. (See Academic Credit for mandatory course information.) Academic advisors meet with students at least three times during the semester to help with course selection, language and academic questions. Students will participate in fieldwork experiences available for credit through specialized assignments. Students will also have invaluable access to leading organizations, experts in their field of study, and academic resources and archives of research.

    Course Highlights

    Accounting, Art History, Classics, Communications, Creative Writing, Education, European Studies, Finance, Geography, Globalization, Graphic Design, Human Resources, Human Rights, International Business, International Relations, Linguistics, Management, Media Studies, Public Relations, Religious Studies / Theology, Statistics, Telecommunications

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Orientation last about a week and a half, split between on-site and another city.

    Number of Students: Universidad Católica Argentina: approx. 15,000 students; Universidad de Buenos Aires: approx. 22,000; Universidad del Salvador: approx. 15,000; Universidad Torcuato Di Tella: approx. 1,600.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestays only. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. Butler only places one student with each host family for maximum cultural immersion and language acquisition.

    Students receive two meals per day Sunday through Friday, and one meal on Saturday.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Volunteering: Students report that volunteering enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that Argentines face on a daily basis. Opportunities to volunteer are available in many fields. Past placements in Buenos Aires have included work with the Buenos Aires Herald (English language daily newspaper), the commercial section of the United States Embassy, and NGOs such as Puna Huasi. IFSA Butler arranges several trips for students throughout the semester, including several day-long excursions to museums, theaters, etc., and one weekend-long excursion outside the city (all are included in the program fee).


Directed Research: Each semester, a small number of highly qualified IFSA Butler students conduct in depth research on a contemporary issue of their choosing. Some students participate in part-time fieldwork experiences while others conduct interviews and collect data during visits to research sites. The directed research concentration is designed individually for each participant on the basis of past academic work, research skills and the area of personal research interest.

All IFSA Butler programs include comprehensive accident and illness insurance. The insurance is included in the program fees and is mandatory.

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Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Mid‐February to mid‐July
  • Semester II: Mid-July to mid-December
  • Year: Mid‐February to mid-December
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: October 1
  • Semester II: March 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Graciela Michelotti