Latin American Studies and Courses with Locals
Universidad de Belgrano
The UB's urban campus is situated in the lovely residential neighborhood of Belgrano, surrounded by parks, homes, and embassy buildings. It is just a short walk from the ISA office and a quick subway or bus-ride from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus boasts computer labs, a large library, sports facilities, a theater, a cafeteria, and a number of study spaces and areas for students to relax between classes.
The UB was ranked 59th in the QS Latin American University Rankings in 2017 and is among the highest quality universities in Argentina. It has a strong tradition of internationalization, and is among the most popular universities for U.S. study abroad students. Over 900 study abroad students attend the UB each year from all corners of the globe. The UB's goals are to provide high-quality education, to promote research in all disciplines, and to foster the social and cultural development of the community.
Fall 2A 2020
Jun 19, 2020 - Dec 05, 2020
Apr 01, 2020
186 - 297 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Designed for students at the high advanced level of the Spanish language (5 or more semesters of college-level Spanish), this program is an ideal option for those hoping to have an immersive experience in Buenos Aires.
You will have the opportunity to enroll in any classes from the regular course listing at the Universidad de Belgrano, where you will learn alongside Argentinian students and be taught by Argentinian faculty. You will also be able to enroll in courses offered in the stand-alone Latin American Studies program, where you will take classes with fellow international students. The Latin American Studies program is specifically designed for foreign students, and courses are instructed in both Spanish and English. It is important to note that, if enrolled in this program, you must complete at least one course with local students throughout the semester. Students who do not wish to enroll in at least one course with local students must switch to the Latin American Studies program.
You may add an intensive month session as a preface to the semester programs at the Universidad de Belgrano.
You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA Argentina Site Specialist.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level Spanish
To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.
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Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
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186 - 297
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 19
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 29
Course Availability and Scheduling:
- You will be participating in an intensive Spanish Language month-long program before the beginning of your semester program.
- All students participating in the Courses with Locals program must enroll in and complete at least one course with Argentine students. You have the option of taking up to five classes from the regular course listing at the Universidad de Belgrano. You can also select courses with international students from the Latin American Studies course listing.
- The courses listed under "International Students" are with international students from the Latin American Studies program.
- The courses listed under "Primarily Local Students" are with local Argentine students. Students must compete at least one course with Argentine students.
You can request syllabi from the Argentina Site Specialist.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the University of Belgrano course code system.
- Each code starts with four letters that denote the program to which the course pertains:
- PEAL (Programa de Estudios Argentinos y Latinoamericanos)
- PALAS (Program in Argentine and Latin American Studies).
- The remainder of the course code is made up of three numbers. Courses coded 100-200 were designed as lower division undergraduate courses, and courses coded 300-400 were designed as upper division undergraduate courses. These ISA course level recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
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Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
ISA Housing in Buenos Aires allows you to enjoy a memorable experience by living in an Argentine home with a local family, a residencia with other international students, or in an apartment with other ISA students. With an open mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture will be both educational and highly rewarding. This will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place and live as a local would, so take advantage and let yourself become a Porteño!
If you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad, living with a host family is your ideal housing option. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and ensure a comfortable living situation. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily, and laundry service once a week. All of the ISA host families are located in some of the most vibrant and affluent neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including Belgrano, Palermo, and Recoleta. Living with a host family will offer you glimpses of everyday life in the capital city with easy access to the Universidad de Belgrano. It is important to note that due to the dynamic and culture of Buenos Aires, most homestays consist of a single, older woman or an older couple. Although a few nuclear families are available, ISA cannot guarantee any specific type of homestay for students.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished and centrally located. Meals and laundry service are not included.
Certain programs allow you to live in a residencia for an extra cost. If you choose to live in the residencia, you will be placed in a double room, and you may be placed with other international roommates that are not part of the ISA program. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the residencias, and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
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Día de Campo (Semester Only)
On this excursion, you will visit an estancia outside the city of Buenos Aires, where you will be served traditional asado in an authentic farmhouse, observe the traditional dances and games of rural communities, and have the chance to take carriage rides and go horseback riding. On the way to the estancia, you will also make a stop at Luján, an iconic landmark for religious Argentines.
The city of Tigre and its surrounding delta region is one of the most popular weekend getaways for porteños. This day-trip will consist of a stroll through the Puerto de Frutos, an open air market, and a boat ride through the river delta. If the weather permits, you will have a chance to take a dip in the water.
Iberá (optional for semester programs only) * Optional
The second largest wetland in the world, Iberá is an extensive web of lagoons, floodplains, and very few areas of dry, typically sandy, land. The wetland is known for its rich biodiversity, and is home to several unique species such as the giant anteater and the capybara, the largest rodent in the world! Students will camp, canoe, hike, and enjoy a cultural tour.
Iguazú Falls (optional for semester programs only) * Optional
Iguazu falls are the largest waterfalls in the world, and are considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. You will have the chance to experience their spectacular beauty, hike through a national park surrounded by a jungle, and visit a native Guarani village to learn about Guarani history and way of life.