One of the largest private universities in Argentina, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is located in Puerto Madero, a popular area near the old port of Buenos Aires. Founded in 1958, UCA has been a pioneer in many fields and has attracted leading scholars in each academic discipline. It created the country’s first business administration department, and it features the most renowned music program in Argentina.
UCA has a strong connection to its Catholic tradition, which reflects its mission to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and a passion for truth and justice. Comprised of 12,000 students, the University offers courses in economics, business, political science, international relations, law, computer science, philosophy, literature, history, communications, music, education, and theology.
UCA has the most modern urban campus in the country, with state-of-the-art facilities and a wide variety of activities, including sports clubs, drama, choir, and community service opportunities. UCA offers a peer advising system in which UCA students are paired with international students for the entire semester.
In preparation for coursework at UCA, all students participate in a three-week intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of the regular semester. A Spanish language class may also be required during the semester to provide additional academic support at UCA.
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
- Fall Term: Starts in early July and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in mid-July.
All BC students will live with an Argentine host family. One month prior to their arrival in Buenos Aires, the BC resident director will email students with the host family options so that students can express their preferences for housing assignments. Each host family has experience hosting international students, internet access, and lives in a safe neighborhood close to public transportation.
Additional information about the estimated cost of housing may be found here
In general, the students cannot cook in homestays but are provided breakfast and dinner during the weekdays and are allowed to store food in the refrigerator.
The activities vary depending on the season, but the program may include the following types of cultural events, day trips, and weekend excursions:
- Arrival and Host Family Introductions
- Mate de Bienvenida
- Welcome Dinner
- Navigating Buenos Aires City Tours
- Argentine Dancing
- The Beat of Buenos Aires Concert
- Academic Orientation
- Day Trip to El Tigre
- Overnight Excursion to Salta
- Feria de Mataderos
- Day Trip to La Cinacina Estancia
- Overnight Excursion to Iguazú Falls
- Closing Merienda
If there is an event entrance fee, the Boston College program fee will cover the cost, unless noted otherwise. For excursions, BC will pay for roundtrip travel and lodging.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.