Office of International Programs

Argentina: ISA at University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires

This program, run through ISA, 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.

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, International Busiess, International Relations and several other majors. The program location in the heart of Buenos Aires allows students to explore Argentinean culture - including food, art, music and dance.  Cultural activities and excursions provided by ISA enhance the semester experience.

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

 

Program Calendar

Spring 2020

  • Courses with Locals Track:
    • Feb 28, 2020: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Jul 18, 2020: Program Ends
  • Latin American Studies Track (with intensive language month): 
    • Jan 31, 2020: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Jul 18, 2020: Program Ends
  • Latin American Studies Track (without intensive language month):
    • Feb 28, 2020: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Jun 20, 2020: Program Ends

Fall 2019 

  • Latin American Studies Track (with intensive language month):
    • June 21: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Nov 9: Program Ends
  • Latin American Studies Track (without intensive language month):
    • July 19: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Nov 9: Program Ends
  • Courses with Locals Track:
    • July 19: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Dec 7: Program End
  • Intensive Spanish Language Track:
    • Aug 23: Arrive in Buenos Aires
    • Nov 30 : Program Ends

Getting There

Flight and Orientation

All students will fly into the Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE). ISA representatives will greet students at the airport if they arrive within the designated pick-up times. Students will go directly to the University of Belgrano to meet the host families, who will then take students home. The ISA staff will provide students with an extensive on-site orientation during the first few days, designed to help smooth your transition into life in Buenos Aires and your studies in Belgrano.

Visa

US citizens must obtain a student visa for Argentina after entering the country as a tourist. Once in Argentina, ISA will assist you in registering with the local authority and obtaining a student visa within the first 30 days of the program. For general 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 founded in 1964. The university is situated in a lovely urban area surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods. The courses are taught by University of Belgrano professors.

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.

Latin American Studies: This program 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. The courses on this program are with American and other international students. Students have the option of taking content courses in English or Spanish, as well as a Spanish language class.

As part of the Latin American Studies program, you can choose to enroll in the Intensive Spanish Language Month. It begins immediately prior to the start of the semester at Belgrano and lasts for approximately four weeks. While not required, the program is strongly encouraged and is not an additional cost.

Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines: Students at the high advanced level of the Spanish language (5 or more semesters of college-level Spanish) can take regular courses at the University of Belgrano. These courses will be taken alongside Argentine students and are taught by Argentine faculty. Please be aware that some courses with Argentine students are offered only during specific semesters, and often change due to course schedule conflicts, enrollment, etc.

 *Please Note: Each of the track titles above are hyperlinks. For more information regarding course choices, click on the title, select the specific term/semester and then click on the course tab.

Transfer of Credit

Courses are worth 2 or 4 credits and students typically take 4-6 courses for a total of 16-20 credits.  The intensive Spanish language month is worth 6 additional credits. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information Page.

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 of homestays have 2 or 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 at the host university.

Student Life

Excursions

ISA offers a number of optional excursions included in the program price.  Below is a list of the most common destinations:

  • Día del Campo: 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.
  • 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.

Activities

In addition to the optional excursions, the ISA staff in Buenos Aires provides students with regularly scheduled 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, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room and Partial Board: $6,800.00

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, homestay with a local family, meals: breakfast & dinner w/ host family, cultural 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)
  • Additional meals not included, lunches: $720 (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

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Students can also apply for additional scholarships through ISA.