Study Abroad

IFSA Area Studies in Buenos Aires (English-speaking)

  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


Buenos Aires is a complex city that is home to wonderful attractions and is one of the most cosmopolitan societies in the world with a distinctly European air. The city and the surrounding areas are home to about 10 million people, which is nearly 40 percent of the Argentine population. This “Paris of the Americas” has almost no skyscrapers, making the city seem even larger. The bus and local train services are inexpensive and reliable, and many cultural and social sites are located in the compact city center and the nearby and easily accessible barrios. The city boasts countless cultural opportunities including theater, music, film, museums, and sporting attractions

  • Visa:

    Required upon arrival.

    Non-US citizens should consult with IFSA-Butler and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

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

There is no Spanish requirement for this program.

Direct Enrollment

Students directly enroll at Universidad del Salvador (USAL). USAL has a small student body and a commitment to personalized education, so the atmosphere is nurturing. With faculties spread across a wide area of Buenos Aires, USAL is able to maintain a sense of community among students and faculty. Connect with Argentines by checking into the range of sports teams and activities available during the semester.


Academic Credit

Students are required to take 15‐18 credit hours each semester. All students must take a 3-credit Spanish Language course of the appropriate level. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students will take courses at the Universidad del Salvador in addition to the mandatory Spanish class offered by IFSA-Butler. Courses will be taught in English by local professors and all coursework will be conducted in English alongside local students. Students on average take 4-5 courses per semester.

Course Highlights

Art History, Business, Economics, Finance, History, International Business, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Spanish Language/Studies

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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Orientation lasts 10-15 days and takes place in Buenos Aires. The orientation includes airport pickup (for those on the group flight); sessions on academics, health and safety, housing, visa/residence procedures; introduction to Argentine culture and living in Buenos Aires; discussion of academic differences, expectations, course registration; sessions on academics, life with a host family, and host-university integration, led by IFSA staff; information on safety, security, health, and wellness.

Number of Students

Universidad del Salvador enrolls approximately 15,000 students. An average of 120+ students attend the IFSA-Butler program.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestays only. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. Students receive two meals per day Sunday through Friday, and one meal on Saturday. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: February-July
  • Semester II: July-November
  • Year: July-July

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: October 5
  • Semester II: March 15

Faculty Contact

Ariana Huberman