Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina (CIEE)

  • Location: Argentina - Buenos Aires
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: 4 semesters of college level Spanish
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
  • Official Website: Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Spring 2023: February 23 – July 15

Fall 2023: July 31 – December 16

Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Have your pick of shops, vibrant neighborhoods, theaters, and cafes in “the Paris of South America”.  The city earned its nickname thanks to its stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants, giving visitors glimpses of Europe through architecture and neighborhood life.  A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center.  With a population of 13 million, it has the cultural intrigue found only in cities of this size and prestige.


Established in 1993, this program is for motivated students with high-proficiency Spanish language skills who desire a complete cultural and academic experience.  It includes specialized CIEE courses and local university courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), and/or Universidad Nacional de Arte (UNA).  All courses are taught in Spanish and CIEE faculty is associated with some of the most well-respected local universities.

The program gives students the opportunity to experience university life at UBA, UCA, and/or UNA, and the freedom to enroll in a vast selection of courses.  All students sign CIEE’s Community Language Commitment and agree to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and understanding of Argentina’s culture and society.


2.75 GPA, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

Housing & Student Life

Students reside in a homestay with an Argentine family. Host options may be traditional and nontraditional, including nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, and older couples whose children visit but do not live at home. The typical commute between homestays and CIEE Buenos Aires can range from a 15-minute walk to a 30-minute public transportation ride.

Local home family stays include two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.  Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules.  Students are responsible for the remaining meal, either preparing them at home or eating in one of many restaurants and cafés throughout the city.

Visa & Immigration information

If you are a U.S. citizen, you will apply for a visa before leaving the U.S. to enter Argentina. CIEE will assist you with this process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the Argentinean consulate in your home country for visa requirements.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room, meal plan C, as well as an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work study/campus employment, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), some meals, field trips, and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include: CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $168), international airfare & local transportation (approx. $1250), meals not included in the program, personal expenses and visa fees.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Application Page