IFSA Butler’s Intermediate Argentine Universities Program in Buenos Aires

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

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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 participate in a Spanish language classroom. Students must have 2-3 semesters of Spanish (minimum of one year of elementary) prior to applying. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester before they expect 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. All students must take the 3- credit Intensive Intermediate Spanish and 3 credit Contemporary Latin American Language and Culture classes. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Students are required to take two courses designed to introduce them to basic common themes of the Spanish language and Latin American cultural topics (see Academic Credit). Students will also take 3 courses from the Universidad del Salvador’s Cultural Immersion Program. These introductory courses are general in scope and do not require extensive background knowledge in the particular subject.

    Course Highlights

    Art History, Classics, Communications, Dance, Drama / Theater, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, 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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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: IFSA Butler’s orientation lasts about a week and a half each semester.

    Number of Students: Universidad del Salvador: approx. 15,000 students. IFSA Butler program: average of 120+ students each.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestays only. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. IFSA Butler places only 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).


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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  • 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

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