For authentic cultural and language immersion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the ideal destination for your study abroad semester. Called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America and has cultural offerings for everyone, ranging from myriad restaurants and historical sites to dance houses and expansive city parks. Its dynamic European heritage can still be felt in the country’s culture, architecture, and cuisine, and the city’s openness to political and public dialogue ensure a rich intellectual experience. The city is also the country's hub for technology, startups, social organizations, government, big business, and education. Buenos Aires truly has something – indeed, everything – for everyone.
Life in Argentina can be a stimulating international experience, while simultaneously seeming familiarly modern. It offers affordable costs, easy to use public transportation, and a safe and livable atmosphere. Additionally, Argentina is an unbelievably amazing and geographically diverse country. As the biggest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina’s vast territory offers a variety of easy to reach, breathtaking destinations throughout the country – the stunning waterfalls of Iguazú, the colorful canyons and landscapes of Salta, the impressive mountains of Mendoza, the thrilling ski slopes of Bariloche, and the subtropical flats of the Gran Chaco in the north. It is also a fantastic jumping off point to explore South America’s wonders.
One of the largest private universities in Argentina, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is located in Puerto Madero, a popular and stunning 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 one of the most modern urban campuses in the country, with state-of-the-art facilities and a wide variety of activities, including sports clubs, drama, choir, and community service opportunities, all in which international students can participate. 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
At UCA, students have two options of classes.
The first are classes with locally enrolled students in many fields and the latest course catalog can be found here
. Students are usually required to take at least one class with local students.
The second group is classes that are specifically designed for international students that are taught in English and Spanish called PELS (Programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos), which is described on the UCA page here
. The list of the latest PELS offering can be found here
Students have a drop/add period to try out and change courses at the start of the semester.
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. Several months prior to arrival to Argentina, students will complete a housing questionnaire, which the on-site coordinator will use to match each student to a homestay. Students will receive their homestay placement details about two weeks before their arrival to Argentina.
Each host family has experience hosting international students and lives in a safe neighborhood close to public transportation. In general, the students cannot cook in homestays but are provided breakfast daily and dinner from Monday to Friday and are allowed to store food in the refrigerator. All homestays include Wi-Fi access, sheets, towels, and weekly cleaning.
Additional information about the estimated cost of housing may be found here
Host families provide breakfast daily and dinner five nights a week, from Monday to Friday.
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
- Welcome Orientation
- Navigating Buenos Aires City Tours
- Argentine Dancing
- Academic Orientation
- Day Trip to El Tigre
- Street Art Tour
- Guided Tour of Historical Museum
- Day Trip to Argentine Estancia (ranch)
- 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, as well as select activities.
During the study abroad program in Buenos Aires, BC students have the unique opportunity to do an internship in order to gain professional experience, while becoming further immersed in the Argentine culture and language. Through the internship, each student will undertake meaningful, project-based work that is designed to directly contribute to one of the internship site’s key work areas so that the student intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. By working in Argentina, the students will also develop additional cultural insights and professional Spanish language skills to help succeed in future jobs in today’s global workforce. The internship is complemented by one-on-one mentoring sessions on resume building and interviewing skills, in order to provide valuable, career-advancing tools and insights.
Internship sites are available in diverse fields, including but not limited to:
- Business consulting, entrepreneurship, finance and banking, marketing and advertising, recruitment and human resources
- Communications and public relations, hospitality and tourism, media and publishing
- Community development, education and teaching, environment and sustainability, human and civil rights, law, public policy
- Engineering, technology and web development
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Buenos Aires.