Argentina: ISA at University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires

This Rollins approved program, run through ISA (International Studies Abroad), provides students the opportunity to study and live in the culturally diverse and vibrant capital of Argentina while taking courses offered in Spanish and English at the University of Belgrano. Please note, although ISA has three individual tracks on this program, Rollins students can only participate in the Latin American Studies track.

Experience Argentina

To learn more about the culture and people of Argentina, students will live in homestays and will enjoy program activities in Buenos Aires as well as regional excursions.

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Overview

This program is an excellent fit for students studying Spanish, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, all business disciplines, Economics, Political Science, CMCS, History, and International Relations. In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll in a month-long intensive Spanish language course during the spring semester, which is available immediately prior to the start of the semester.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017 (tentative)

  • Latin American Studies Track:
    • July 21: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Nov 11: Program Ends
  • Courses with Locals Track:
    • July 21: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Dec 9: Program End
  • Intensive Spanish Language Track:
    • Sept 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Dec 9: Program Ends

Spring 2018

  • Latin American Studies Track:
    • Late Feb: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Mid Jun: Program End
  • Courses with Locals Track:
    • Late Feb: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Late Jul: Program Ends
  • Intensive Spanish Language Track:
    • Late Jan: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Late Apr: Program Ends

Getting There

Flight

ISA's website sometimes lists your first travel day as the first day of the program. For example, if ISA's website says that the first day of the program is the 15th and that orientation is the 16th, then technically the first day of your program is the 16th - the day of orientation. This is because nearly all flights departing the U.S. for Buenos Aires will be overnight flights. Meaning that if you need to be in Buenos Aires on the 16th for orientation you will need to leave the U.S. on the 15th. If you're traveling from another country, just keep in mind that the first day of your program will be the first day of orientation.

ISA does not provide airport transfer at the end of the program. You are responsible for returning to the airport on your own on your program end date. You should make arrangements to fly out of Buenos Aires on the last day of the program.  All students will fly into the Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE). The designated pickup time is between 8 am and 12 pm for fall and 9 am and 1 pm for spring programs. Airport pickup times are strictly enforced so we recommend that you arrive at one hour before the end of the airport pickup time listed. An ISA representative will greet you at the airport. Then as a group, you will go directly to the University of Belgrano to meet your host family, who will then take you home.

Orientation

Students fly into Buenos Aires where they are met by the resident staff and their host family. The ISA staff will provide students with an extensive on-site orientation during the first few days, where they are informed of academic schedules, safety information, detailed information on excursions and information on cell phones. These orientations are conducted by ISA resident directors, allowing students a chance to familiarize themselves with their directors even before students take their placement exams. The staff will offer a brief introduction to Argentina's history and culture, while also discussing ways to adjust to the Argentine lifestyle. Orientation includes a city tour of Buenos Aires.

Visa

US citizens must obtain a visa for Argentina upon entry into the country.  In addition, once on-site, students must register their stay in country--ISA staff will assist students with this process. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports & Visas Page.

Academic Information

The University of Belgrano

The University of Belgrano is a private institution that was founded in 1964. 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. The university is situated in a lovely urban area surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods.
Courses: Students can take courses in Spanish and/or English through the Latin American Studies program or if a student has an advanced level of Spanish (near native fluency), s/he can take courses with local Argentine students. In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll in an intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of either program. All classes take place at the University of Belgrano. Rollins students majoring in Spanish may apply up to three of their courses in Buenos Aires while minors can apply up to two. It is at the discretion of each Rollins department how classes are applied towards a student's major or minor.

Courses

Intensive Spanish Language Program: This program is available during the spring semester only. It begins immediately prior to the start of the spring semester at Belgrano (early February) and lasts for approximately four weeks. While not required, the program is strongly encouraged. It offers six total credit hours at no additional cost (this option is the same price as the semester-only option). This program is designed for students in beginning through advanced levels of Spanish. When you arrive in Buenos Aires you'll take a placement exam that will determine the level in which you place.

Latin American Studies: The Latin American Studies semester program is available both fall and spring semester and is designed for students at all levels of Spanish who have an interest in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Argentina and Latin-America. Students have the option of taking content courses in English or Spanish, as well as a Spanish language class. Please click here for more details about specific courses. The courses in this program are taught by University of Belgrano professors. All classes are with American and other international students. A full course load is four (4) courses per semester. Rollins Credit equivalent for UB courses: 27 hours = 2 credits / 54 hours = 4 credits / 81 hours = 5 credits and 120 hours = 6 credits.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and will need to seek approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records.  All students who successfully complete an ISA Buenos Aires program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the University of Belgrano. Students on average will earn 16-22 credits on the program. Direct enrollment courses with Argentine students may be issued 4 credits per course. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript from abroad.

Housing & Meals

Students on this program will live in a homestay.  Homestays include all breakfasts and dinners and once a week laundry service. Students will eat lunches out.  Homestays are 2-4 students per family (majority 2-3 students), and all students are ISA program students. Homestays are located throughout the city, primarily in the Belgrano, Palermo and Recoleta neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. ISA chooses the location of each homestay based first on safety, and then on the atmosphere of the location and the personality of the family. Also note that internet access is not common in Argentina, thus homestays will not necessarily be equipped with internet access. ISA does provide internet access at the ISA office, as well as the host universities.

Student Life

Excursions

Students who participate on the ISA Buenos Aires program will have the opportunity to go on several excursions during their semester abroad in addition to the regularly offered activities in Buenos Aires.  Below, find a list of the most common excursions sponsored by ISA.

  • Día del Campo: The Argentine gaucho is a prominent figure in the history and culture of Argentina. During this excursion, participants have the unique opportunity to visit a farm near Buenos Aires and learn about the life of an Argentine gaucho and his farming traditions, and taste traditional country cuisine. Participants learn about agribusiness in Argentina and experience traditional gaucho music and dances. The day is made complete with insight into the history and preparation of "mate," a traditional tea, and an "asado," Argentine-style barbecue.
  • El Tigre: This riverside town of 290,000 people is a popular weekend retreat and most famous for the attraction known as Puerto de los Frutos. In the past, fruits picked on the islands were traded, but now you can buy wicker articles, carpets, furniture, adornments, and native handicrafts. Also in this delta region is the house, and now museum, of the national hero from the province of San Juan, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.
  • Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay: Students will travel by ferry to the quaint, historic town of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. As one of Uruguay's oldest towns, Colonia's historic district has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students will explore the town's museums and historic sites, and enjoy beautiful coastal views along the Rio de la Plata. After a leisurely lunch and afternoon free time, students will board the ferry to return to Buenos Aires.

Activities

In addition to the excursions, the ISA staff in Buenos Aires provides students with regularly schedule activities in and around Buenos Aires including visits to different neighborhoods, museums, tango lessons and other activities designed to introduce students to Argentine culture.  Students also have access to student activities and events at the University of Belgrano.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, homestay with a local family, meals: breakfast & dinner w/ host family, program activities and excursions, and airport pickup (if arrival is within ISA pickup times)

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the program: $75 (estimate)
  • Visa processing fee: $65 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,000 - $1,800
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program. The discount should cover normal, basic costs for lunches out. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.