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CIEE Buenos Aires Community Public Health Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Buenos Aires, Argentina




Overall 2.5 GPA; 4 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent; coursework in public health and Latin American history or politics is recommended.

Application Due:

March 1

Program Cost:

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Academic Program

The Buenos Aires Community Public Health Program is an eight-week course for students studying Spanish and any aspect of health care. It offers a unique opportunity by combining classroom course work with fieldwork. This program provides classroom-based theory and language instruction, which is then used in the field at one of six offsite placements. It is designed to expose students to the social determinants of health, community health care, and public policies, and examines the challenges and successes of Latin American Public health. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) administers this program on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member.

Students take two of their three courses at the CIEE Study Center, which is located on the FLASCO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) campus in Buenos Aires. The last course is done at the student’s fieldwork site. Students are assigned to one of three possible locations locations for the fieldwork component. Students stay with a host family during their field study. The locations are:

  1. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza Province. The focus here is on Inter-governmental department cooperation and health care delivery.
  2. Universidad National de Entre Rios, Entre Rios Province. The focus at this location is health care delivery in rural regions.
  3. Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad y Desarrrollo Inclusivo, Montevideo, Uruguay. The focus in Montevideo is on youth health and inclusive approaches for people with disabilities.

Students take three courses during the program and they are:

  1. Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar
  2. Pre-Professional Helath care Issues
  3. Community Health Practicum

Program Dates

This is an eight-week program that runs from mid to late May until mid to late July.

Application Deadline

March 10

For more information

The CIEE website has a complete description of the program. Before initiating an application with CIEE students are required to meet with the Study Abroad Advisor for this program, Kristine Djerf. Please contact the Study Abroad office by stopping in at 1111 University Capitol Centre, or calling 319-335-0353, to schedule an appointment.


Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, or FLASCO is dedicated to research, teaching and the spreading of social sciences. There is a team-teaching approach used during this program, as that is how the health studies program is taught at FLASCO. Instructors have teaching and/or research experience in different areas of public health. FLASCO is centrally located in downtown Buenos Aires.


Buenos Aires was first founded on the southern shore of the river Rio de la Plata by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536, but the settlement was abandoned by 1541. Juan de Gray sailed south on the Parana River from Asuncion and reestablished Buenos Aires in 1580. Today, the city and surrounding area has a population of approximately 13 million people. People from Buenos Aires are known as porteños, and the majority of porteños are of European decent. It is estimated that 37% of the population are of Italian origins. The climate is characterized by warm summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January with an average high temperature of 87 degrees.


With over a million square miles of land, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America and the largest Spanish-speaking country by land mass. The country is divided into 23 provinces, and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation. Each province and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina is a multicultural country with a strong European influence that can be observed in its styles in fashion, cuisine, architecture and design.

Interesting Facts about Argentina

  1. In 2001, Argentina had five presidents in 10 days.
  2. The world’s widest avenue is the “9th of July” in Buenos Aires, with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
  3. Argentina has the world’s second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
  4. The major figure of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was born in Argentina.
  5. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Housing along with two meals per day are included in the program fee. Students live in a private home with host families. This is the case while in Buenos Aires and during their field placement.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking advantage of any frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. Students should book airfare to correspond with the arrival and departure dates given by CIEE.

Local Transportation

Buenos Aires has a sophisticated public transportation system. Student will use the metro systems, buses and/or walk to/and from class. Students will also use public transportation and/or walk during their field study.


Overall GPA of 2.75; 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent; college-level coursework in public health, and Latin American history or politics recommended. Students must also be in good academic standing and disciplinary standing with the University of Iowa.

Good academic and disciplinary standing - It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad office that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will not be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred. See the ‘Withdrawal Policy’ below for more information about the related late withdrawal fees.


Students are charged a Program Fee on their Ubill. This charge covers tuition, housing, most meals, optional on-site airport meet-and-greet, Orientation to Buenos Aires and Argentine culture, and your academic program, field trips and cultural activities, and overnight excursions. In addition to the Program Fee, students are assessed a University of Iowa Study Abroad Administrative Fee . Also on the Ubill will be the mandatory Iowa Regents International CISI insurance
Other costs include but are not limited to, application fee, round trip airfare to the program site, passport fees, student visa fees, meals not included in housing, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options. Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

CIEE has several scholarships available to University of Iowa students. Please visit the CIEE Scholarship web site to find out more about their scholarships.

How to Apply

Schedule and meet with Kristine Djerf, the Study Abroad Advisor for Latin America. Appointments can be set up in person in 1111 UCC or by phone at 319-335-0353. After discussing the program and its requirements, students can then complete the University of Iowa Study Abroad application . Final admissions decisions to the program are made by CIEE.

Application deadline

The application deadline is March 10.

Withdraw Policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to CIEE and the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which withdrawal fees will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After turning in the Confirmation of Participation Document to the Study Abroad office Study Abroad Fee: $400
Portion of Program Fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
30 days before Program Start Date Study Abroad Fee: $400 or 50%, whichever is greater
Portion of Program Fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After program start date Study Abroad Fee 100%
Portion of Program Fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific this program and host countries. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Before Traveling

Students must complete certain documents and activities for the University of Iowa and CIEE before leaving for their study abroad experience and these include:

  1. Uploading a copy of the information page of their passport to their UI study abroad application.
  2. Completing and turning in a copy of their Credit Approval Form (CAF).
  3. Registering in MyUI for the appropriate study abroad course.
  4. Completing the ICON Course

CIEE Orientation

Students start their study abroad experience before leaving the United States with CIEE’s Online Pre-departure Orientation. Students and the Resident staff meet online to discuss information about the academic program and the city that students will soon be living in. Resident staff also highlight issues that program alumni have said are important and they give students time to ask questions. In addition to this orientation, students will have mandatory orientation sessions conducted in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the program.