Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the most vibrant cities in Latin America with a population of 3 million and often called the “Paris of the Americas,” Buenos Aires boasts many plazas and grand, tree-lined avenues. Some of the city’s attractions include the Catedral Metropolitana, which contains the tomb of revolutionary hero José de San Martin, the Teatro Colon, a world-class facility for opera, ballet, and classical music, and popular museums such as the Museo de Bellas Artes, the Museo del Cine, and MALBA, the new museum of Latin American art. Argentineans, also known as “Porteños”, are known for their passionate local spirit and strong vibrant character. This is reflected in the lively political and public dialogue and its flourishing arts scene, providing students with a rich intellectual experience.
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Founded in 1991, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) is a small, private institution with 1,500 undergraduate students. It is based on the US academic system and UTDT scholars are not only some of the leading minds in Argentina, but are also internationally renowned. The institution is among the best private universities in Latin America, with top programs in business and economics. Other programs include history, international relations, law, and political science. A new Center for Humanities features a growing number of courses in literature, anthropology, and history. UTDT features modern facilities, excellent student services, and a diverse student body. The university is located in an attractive, bustling neighborhood and is easily accessible by public transportation. It also offers weekly workshops in economics, political science, business, international affairs, contemporary architecture, writing and literary criticism, and legal philosophy.
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
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. It 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 and UTDT, all students participate in a three-week intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of the regular semester at their respective universities. A Spanish language class may also be required during the semester to provide additional academic support at UCA. Students take regular courses at UCA or UTDT for the semester or academic year and experience full integration with Argentine students. All BC students take an Argentine history course taught by the BC on-site coordinator which will be complimented by cultural activities.
BC students begin the program with a two-day orientation with the BC on-site coordinator. They will then follow an orientation program at their respective university. Throughout the semester, students will have the support of an on-site coordinator who will direct their academic program. An assistant coordinator will arrange for cultural activities, assist with housing as well as coordinate excursions. The international office staff at each university is also available to assist students and offer additional support.
Students live with Argentine host families in central Buenos Aires during the intensive language course. They will have the option of remaining with their host family or moving to a shared apartment for the remainder of the semester.
Excursions in and around Buenos Aires are included in the program’s core history course. Students visit local museums, attend theater performances and lectures, and see important historical sites, such as the Casa Rosada. The on-stire coordinator and an Assistant Coordinator offer personal support and organize regular BC activities. Excursions include the Iguazú Falls, Mar del Plata, and the Paraná Delta.