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CIEE Buenos Aires Liberal Arts Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Overall 2.5 GPA; 4 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent

Application Due:

Spring/Calendar Year: 10/1
Fall/Academic Year: 3/1

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

CIEE is offering free flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina to students who participate in this program!

See the Logistics tab for more information.

Academic Program

This program is designed to help students further their Spanish language studies and to provide a critical appreciation of Argentina and its importance in Latin America from a social science and humanities perspective. Cultural immersion is fostered by living with a host family, cultural activities, coursework, volunteering, internships and service learning opportunities. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) administers this program on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member.

This program is unique because students have the opportunity to take courses offered by CIEE at their Global Institute and to enroll in courses at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Católica, Argentina (UCA), and-or Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA).

Program Dates

This program runs on the Southern Hemisphere schedule. Spring semester starts in late February and runs until mid-July. Fall semester starts in mid-July and runs until December.

Application Deadline

March 1 for fall semester/academic year and October 1 for spring semester/calendar year

For more information

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 by 1111 University Capitol Centre, or calling 319-335-0353, to schedule an appointment. More program details can be found at CIEE Buenos Aires Liberal Arts webpage.

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.

Local Universities

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) - UBA, Argentina's preeminent national university, enrolls over 300,000 students. CIEE staff will advise you on enrolling at UBA once you are on-site.
  • Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA) - Ranked among the nation's top private universities, students may take courses at the new, central campus.
  • Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) - students with a given background in performing arts are able to take courses at UNA, where a wide variety of artistic disciplines are available.

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.

Argentina

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.

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.

CIEE Latin America Flight Voucher Program

All semester participants for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 are eligible for this program. The value of the voucher is $1000. This $1000 does not count towards scholarship/grant awarding caps. Students cannot also receive the GAIN or Open Campus travel voucher. Additional details:

  • Once the Confirmation of Participation is signed students will receive a unique voucher code to use with Student Universe
  • Must be an economy flight; any upgrades or insurance must be paid for by the student
  • It is a one time use for round-trip flights only

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.

Meals

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.

Local Transportation

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

Travel Arrangements

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Buenos Aires, 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.

Eligibility

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have taken at least four semesters of college-level Spanish courses or the have the equivalent. Students must also be in good academic 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.

Program Costs

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

March 1 for fall semester/academic year and October 1 for spring semester/calendar year

Orientation

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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

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.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: study-abroad@uiowa.edu