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CIEE Buenos Aires Open Campus

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring


Buenos Aires, Argentina




Overall 2.5 GPA; be in good standing with the University of Iowa

Application Due:

March 1 for Fall semester; October 1 for Spring semester

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program is not being offered by CIEE in Fall 2021

CIEE's Open Campus block model is unique among study abroad programs as it is designed for maximum flexibility and academic rigor, which provides each student with the opportunity to design the right study abroad program to suit their academic needs. Students choose an academic track and program length (either two or three blocks). The CIEE Global Institute in Buenos Aires also offers opportunities for students to engage in an academic project which can be an internship, research, or a service-learning project for academic credit. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

Academic Tracks

Students must pick from one of the following academic tracks:

  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Business
  • Communications, Journalism, and New Media
  • International Relations and Political Science
  • Global and Community Health
  • Stem and Society

Block System

UI students must choose at least two out of three academic blocks in which to participate. Each academic block is six weeks long. Students are required to take two courses per block. Each course is three semester hours for a total of six semester hours per block.

Academic Project

Students that participate in all three blocks are eligible to replace one course with an Academic Project which can be an internship, independent research or a service-learning project. Each Academic Project placement is based on the student’s academic track, project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements.

Classes are with CIEE students only and all classes are in English.

Program Dates

Fall semester: Mid-August to the beginning of November for two academic blocks; mid-August to mid-December for three academic blocks.

Spring semester: Beginning of January to the end of March for two academic blocks; beginning of January to mid-May for three academic blocks.

For More Information

Students are required to meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before initiating an application. An appointment can be made by calling 319-335-0353 or coming to the office in 1111 University Capitol Centre. Further program details can be found at the following external link to CIEE's website: CIEE Global Institute Buenos Aires Program Website.

CIEE Global Instittue Buenos Aires

The CIEE Global Institute Buenos Aires is ideally located within walking distance of shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and publich transportation in any direction. The Institute is in the Recoleta neighborhood which is situated directly northeast of Buenos Aires City Center and shares borders with the neighborhoods of Almagro, Palermo and Retiro.

Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is often referred to as the “Paris of Latin America.” A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing hub. Travelers enjoy world-class museums and restaurants, exceptional architecture, and a rousing nightlife. With weather that is pleasantly mild, year-round, Buenos Aires is always ready for exploration by bike, public transportation, or on foot - one of the many reasons it was voted “the number-one city to visit” in Latin America.


Ruled by Spain for 300 years before gaining independence in 1816, Argentina occupies most of South America south of Brazil and east of the Andes. Like most countries of immigrants, the population is diverse and, even though Catholicism is the most common religion, there are significant minority communities. Despite political and social unrest throughout much of the 20th century, Argentina’s 98% literacy rate is one of the highest in Latin America. The economic crisis circa December 2001 started an emigration wave, accompanied by a renewed sense, shared by many, of living in a time of critical transition, both economically and politically. In the last 8 years, sustained economic and industrial growth has propelled a tourist boom and most emigrates have returned.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

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.

Housing Information

Homestays provide an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion for a complete Argentine cultural experience. Students will be placed with carefully screened Argentinean families. Each family has at least one member that can speak English. Hosts may be either nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, or older couples. The commute to class takes an average of 30 minutes by public transportation.


Housing includes two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Students are responsible for the other meals. Host families and students will decide meals together.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Buenos Aires. Information for arrival will be provided by CIEE during their pre-departure orientation.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students who have an active case with the dean of students or who are on academic or disciplinary probation will not be accepted into the program. Students must have a UI and Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered.

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, optional on-site airport pick-up, multi-day on-site orientation, cultural and/or co-curricular activities, excursions and/or study tours. 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 and visa fees, meals, 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. The Study Abroad office has several scholarship opportunities as well and more information can be found on UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities websites 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

Before starting an application, students must meet with the study abroad advisor for Argentina. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After meeting with your study abroad advisor, click the following application link to being the UI online application: Link to UI Study Abroad online application.

You will also need to apply on CIEE's website. Click the following application link to being the CIEE online application: Link to CIEE Study Abroad online application.

Application deadline

Fall/Academic Year: March 1

Spring: October 1


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 to this program and the host country. 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.