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Situated between the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Argentina is South America’s second largest country. In 1516, European explorers arrived in the country and in 1580 Spain established a colony on the site of Buenos Aires. Today, Argentina has a population of over 36 million and its European heritage can still be felt in the country’s culture, architecture, and cuisine. Sometimes referred to as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is Argentina’s  industrial, financial, commercial, and cultural center. This city’s openness to political and public dialogue and its flourishing art scene provide visitors with a rich intellectual experience.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Argentina have the choice of a semester or academic year either at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina or the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, both of which are located in Buenos Aires and offering extensive access to the city.

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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Argentina, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Argentina, your advisor is Patrick O'Donnell.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Patrick, please click here.


Currency in Argentina

The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina. The currency code for Pesos is ARS, and the currency symbol is $. Cajeros automáticos (ATMs) are found in nearly every city and town in Argentina and can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards. It is important to remember that peso and dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


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Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Argentina, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Argentine Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Language & Customs

The de facto official language of Argentina is Spanish, and while many Argentines do receive some English instruction, students should rely primarily on their own Spanish language skills.

Argentine customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.


Visa Information

All student must pay a $160 reciprocity fee to the Argentine Consulate before leaving the United States for Argentina. All students are required to obtain a student visa soon after their arrival in Argentina. The university will guide students through the visa process; however, students are responsible for reading all information and following all instructions provided by the university. All university-scheduled meetings regarding visas are mandatory. For more information about passports and visas, please visit the Argentine Embassy website.