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SIT Argentina Public Health in Urban Environments

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring


Buenos Aires, Argentina




2.5 GPA. Good academic and disciplinary standing, three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, previous coursework and/or other significant preparation in health science, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies, as assessed by SIT.

Application Due:

9/24 for spring semester and 2/24 for fall semester

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

SIT was founded on the idea that cultural exchange leads to positive social change. Because of this belief, each of their programs is centered around one of seven global issues: Climate & Environment; Development & Inequality; Education & Social Change; Geopolitics & Power; Global Health & Well-being; Identity & Human Resilience; and Peace & Justice. As a global health and well-being issue, this program allows students to examine urban epidemiology and the challenges and inequities in public health policy in Buenos Aires. Students learn from local experts: academics, activists, businesspersons, artists, community leaders, and government officials. Access to local perspectives and knowledge gives students a greater understanding of the issues and innovations within their host communities. The program combines classroom study with hands-on work in the field.

Academic Program

Plaza de Mayo - Buenos Aires

Key topics for the program include the study of health system organization, the political process of defining a public health agenda, social determinists of health, intercultural barriers to quality care, and health needs specific to urban environments. Students spend roughly the first three months of the program taking four classes for twelve semester hours of credit. The remaining four semester hours of credit is earned by doing one of the following:

Independent Study Progject

Conducted in Buenos Aires or in another approved location appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program's thematic parameters.

Internship and Seminar

This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO. The aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience and to enhance their skills in an international work environment.

All coursework is conducted in Spanish. For course descriptions and syllabi, please consult SIT's program webpage.

Cultural Activities

Flag of Argentina

During a six-day excursion to Mendoza students will focus on how the city's strategy of using primary healthcare to make health services more accessible is implemented through meetings with public health professionals, health promoters, social security health services, and other stakeholders.

Program Dates

Late August to mid-December for fall semester and late February to mid-June for spring semester.

For More Information

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with SIT, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353

The University

When in the classroom, students will study at ISALUD University. ISALUD University's vision is to stand as a national education institution of excellence in training and research issues, that may provide answers and solutions to health, social, cultural, economic and environmental needs and in turn develop knowledge to contribute to the population's welfare.

The City - 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.

The Country - Argentina

El Chaltén - Santa Cruz Province

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.

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.

Living Arrangements

La Boca Neighborhood - Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires homestay begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester. Living with a host family gives students an excellent opportunity to practice their Spanish and partake in daily life in a local neighborhood. Host families come from different social and cultural backgrounds and live in various neighborhoods around the city. All homestays have good access to ISALUD University. Other accommodations during the program include small hotels and hostels.


US Citizens

If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for a visa or leaving the United States.

US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

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. Information about airport pick up will be given at orientation. Students should book airfare to correspond with the arrival and departure dates given by SIT.

Local Transportation

Buenos Aires has public transportation; both buses and a metro system. Taxis are also available in the city for a reasonable price. For excursions out of the area, transportation will be provided for students.


This program is open it UI students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa
  • Three semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Previous college-level coursework or background in health sciences, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies.

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 at the time of their application. 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.


Costs charged to the U-Bill

  • Application fee (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Course Fee- Includes tuition, housing, all meals, on-site airport pick up, orientation, all educational excursions to locations such as northeastern,including all related travel costs. (charged shortly before departure)
  • University of Iowa Study Abroad Administrative Fee (charged shortly before departure)
  • The mandatory Iowa Regents International CISI Health Insurance (charged shortly before departure)

Out-of-pocket costs (not charged to U-Bill)

  • Food (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Round trip airfare (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Local transportation (paid at student’s discretion while abroad)
  • Passport (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Consular and visa fees (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Textbooks, copyright permission fees, course packets, and other course-related materials (paid upoon arrival to your host country)
  • Medical exam/immunizations (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses and personal travel (paid by student as needed while abroad)
  • Rental or purchase of required cell phone- does not include usage fees (paid as needed while abroad)

Cost Sheet

The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

PDFSIT Argentina Public Health in Urban Environments- Cost Sheet- Spring 2023

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.

SIT offers awards that can be found on SIT's Scholarships & Grants web page.

SIT has a matching scholarship for Pell Grant Recipients. More information can be found on SIT Pell Grant Match Award web page.

How to Apply

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with SIT, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Students will need to complete a University of Iowa Study Abroad application and a SIT Argentina Public Health in Urban Environments Program application. Information on these applications will come from the study abroad advisor. Final admissions decisions to the program are made by SIT.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on February 24 for Fall.

Applications are due on September 24 for Spring.

Health & Safety Planning

Students are encouraged to review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Health preparation Guide for International Travel
This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad.
Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.


U.S. Citizens will need a student visa to study abroad for a semester.

SIT provides Pre-Departure Documents to all program participants. One document is entitled Flight, Passport, & Visa Information. It is essential to read this document and understand what is required to obtain any necessary student visa and/or documents to participate in the program. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to secure any student visa or required documents to participate in the program.


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 ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" 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 a study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to the University of Iowa including but not limited to, billing, insurance, the Credit Approval Form (CAF), and transcripts. 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.

SIT Pre-departure Resources

SIT will provide you with a variety of pre-departure resources to prepare you for your study abroad experience. These will include

  1. Flight, Passport & Visa Information
  2. Country Overview & Packing Guidelines
  3. Health Guidelines & Requirements
  4. Mental Health, Counseling & Wellness Tips
  5. Safety, Security & Health
  6. Recommended Readings & Resources
  7. SIT Study Abroad Student Handbook
It is your responsibility to thoroughly read this information and become familiar with it and refer back to it should you have questions. You will also receive information from your Admissions Counselor at SIT via email.

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