Location
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Anthropology Art History Business Communications Cultural Studies Economics Engineering Film Gender Studies Health Sciences History International Relations Latin American Studies Linguistics Literature Marketing Political Science Social Sciences Sociology +9
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
Jun 20, 2023
Mar 03, 2024
19 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Often called the “Paris of South America,” this multicultural city filled with immigrants from all over the world is a great place to understand how different cultures work together. Located on the western shore of La Plata River, this birthplace of the tango has a thriving arts culture, hip café scene, rich literary history, and vital music life. Affording a great location for travel throughout Argentina and South America, this multicultural city features one of the worlds most ideal climates.

You can take courses in English or Spanish at the CEA CAPA Buenos Aires Center or Universidad Austral. Advanced-level Spanish students can also take courses at the University of Belgrano. By providing volunteer opportunities, excursions, and many other cultural and learning activities, CEA CAPA turns Buenos Aires into a classroom.

Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button to learn what’s waiting for you!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.

Impact

Sustainability

CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Scholarships

CEA CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

CEA CAPA is committed to increasing access to study and interning abroad. We offer more than $2 million each year in scholarships, affiliations, and grant programs.

Value
$100 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.71 Rating
based on 24 reviews
  • 5 rating 75%
  • 4 rating 20.83%
  • 3 rating 4.17%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 3.85
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.5
Showing 1 - 8 of 24 reviews
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Olivia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best program I could have chosen!

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires was so incredible and I wish I could go back everyday! I lived with a host family and they were so amazing. The CEA onsite staff were so helpful and kind as well as my professors. All my classes were very interesting and helped me gain a stronger understanding of the new culture. Most of our classes were used for field studies which was so much more beneficial than sitting and listening to a lecture. I went on tons of weekend travel trips and made the best friends. Overall amazing trip and program!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I attended a Boca Juniors game and it was the most amazing experience!
12 people found this review helpful.
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Makena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Buenos Aires, the city I fell in love with

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires for the fall 2023 semester was an experience unlike any other. From the vibrant culture to trying new cuisine, Argentina's capital city offered a kaleidoscope of experiences that left me in love with the city.

One of the highlights of my time in Buenos Aires was immersing myself in the local art, markets, and dance! During the weekdays, I spent my time in classes at a local University with other international students. I spent weekends exploring the city's rich history and architecture, visiting museums and every possible artisan market I could! The locals couldn't been friendlier and patient with my Spanish. At night, friends and I would grab a bite to eat and go to a local milonga where people would dance tango to live bands.

Overall, my semester in Buenos Aires was an incredible adventure filled with new experiences, lifelong friendships, and unforgettable memories. It's a journey that has left me with a deeper appreciation for the richness of global culture and a longing to return to the city where every street corner feels like a dance waiting to happen.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to talk to the locals! Everyone asks everyone for help, and they are happy to!
Pros
  • Big city with a lot to offer
  • Rich history and architecture
  • Safety
Cons
  • Not a lot of flavor in the food (no spicy food!)
  • The accent was hard to adjust to
  • Airports are a little bit of a mess, and never expect your plane to be on time
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Makena! Thanks for sharing your feedback about your study abroad experience in Buenos Aires! I loved learning about your highlights and how you spent your time both in and out of the classroom.

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Alexi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Spanish Learners Paradise

Exploring Buenos Aires, Argentina with CEA CAPA was an incredible experience. From the dedicated on-site staff, Maggie and Flor, to my wonderful host-mom, Alejandra, brilliant teacher Mercedes, and everyone in between, the people of Argentina are some of the friendliest and genuine people I have ever met. It is such a vibrant, safe, and well connected city. The public transit is easy to navigate and the CEA CAPA staff make sure you are comfortable getting to where you need to go day one. Studying abroad was important to me because, as a computer science major, I often see students say that it is too hard to study abroad within the rigorous schedule of their major, but it is 100% possible! I took zero CS related courses while abroad and focused completely on learning Spanish. Buenos Aires, is a great place to learn Spanish! Once you get comfortable with the accent (which I found to be a lot less daunting then everyone said), people are eager to converse with you and often have lots of patience when they come to realize you are not a native speaker. I recommend to any future travelers to get out and explore the many parks throughout the city. They are a source of so much beauty and allow you to connect with so many locals (there are often pop-up markets, tango dancing in the plazas, food vendors, and more).

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Iguazú Falls was quite literally breathtaking. I ended up traveling there with some friends in the middle of our program and it was the best decision of my whole trip! The waterfalls are beyond words and inspire such a sense of wonder that you just have to go there yourself! Hiking through the surrounding forests, seeing monkeys, turtles, alligators (and more), as well as feeling the mist on your face from the Garganta del Diablo is an unforgettable experience.
Pros
  • The on-site staff are incredible!
  • Google Maps is a awesome resource to navigate the public transit system
  • The gelato in Bueno Aires is the best I have ever had
Cons
  • If you want to travel outside of Buenos Aires it pretty much requires plane tickets (but they are not super expensive so I still 100% recommend it)
  • Exchange rates very wildly (and rapidly), if you are planning to take trips, bring more cash than you think.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Tyler
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires through the CEA CAPA program has been nothing short of transformative. From the vibrant energy of the city to the warmth of its people, every moment has been an adventure. The program seamlessly blends academic excellence with cultural immersion, offering a unique and enriching experience.
The support from CEA CAPA was outstanding. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our well-being and academic success, creating a supportive environment that allowed me to make the most of my time abroad. I've not only gained academic knowledge but also developed lifelong friendships with both local and international students.

Pros
  • Vibrant, community-based city
  • Amazing & kind people
  • Diverse geography
Cons
  • Unique Spanish dialect
  • Political uncertainty
26 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Tyler! Thanks for sharing about your positive, transformative experience abroad with us in Barcelona! It sounds like you found success and support within our staff and I'm so happy to hear that. So glad you connected and made lifelong friendships too!

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Bridget
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

I really enjoyed the four months I spent in Buenos Aires through the CEA CAPA program. I loved getting to know my host mom and I met so many people within my program and at my Argentine institution. The international program at Universidad de Belgrano was a bit separate from the Argentine students, so there weren't any Argentine students in my class, but I still met a couple of them and got lunch every now and then. I loved the friends I made though and we explored the city together and even travelled to different popular destinations in Argentina. We went to Patagonia where we went to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, trekked on the famous Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate, and hiked the famous Fitz Roy trail in El Chalten. We went to Iguazú Falls--a natural wonder of the world--and saw views of beautiful waterfalls amongst a jungle landscape. We went to Salta and Jujuy and saw beautiful mountain views, colonial towns, and folkloric dancing. We went to Mendoza and rode on horseback in the Andes. Buenos Aires is an incredible city with café culture, a rich history of tango, a lively nightlife, lots of mate drinking, a strong passion for soccer, great food such as empanadas and steak, and friendly people. The city is also a great place to live if you have dietary restrictions because there are lots of gluten free bakeries and vegan cafes and restaurants. I improved my Spanish a lot by speaking with my host mom and some of her good friends, interacting with locals at markets and in shops, and taking four Spanish classes at an Argentine institution. Living in Argentina was also very cost efficient because things were very inexpensive (besides imported good such as clothing). For example, a coffee would typically cost just over 2 dollars. However, inflation is a constant in Argentina that people there are very used to. Their money situation can be complex and they have three exchange rates, which can make it difficult for tourists. They are also a very cash-based society. I recommend looking into your credit card rate for Argentina specifically and trying to use the Blue Dollar rate by exchanging at exchange houses with cash instead of using ATMs. Phone stealing is also common and something to be wary of. Another thing to be aware of is that the schedule there is very different--things start much later such as lunch around 2, merienda or snack around 5-7 and dinner around 9 pm. I would recommend Buenos Aires to anyone looking to learn Spanish, travel to beautiful places, and experience a unique, fun culture.

Pros
  • Great cost of living
  • Learning Spanish
  • Fun activities
Cons
  • Constant inflation/three exchange rates
  • Harder to travel since distances are farther than Europe for example
31 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Bridget! Thanks for sharing such an in depth review of your wonderful experience in Argentina! It sounds like you had an incredible time.

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Huiyi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

What an adventure!

Traveling to Buenos Aires was an incredible experience! I was nervous initially since it was my first study-abroad experience. I was unfamiliar with the culture, environment, and language and did not know what to expect. The warm hospitality and generosity I received from on-site program staff and locals guided me through all the ups and downs of the experience. The program challenged me to come out of my comfort zone both academically and socially. We attended physics classes at a local university and a sports and contemporary culture class right after. We learned about the history of the country and experienced the Argentinians' passion for futbol firsthand by attending games.

My friends and I explored the city after classes, trying out some of the many cafes and restaurants on every corner. Buenos Aires had a very reliable transportation system as well, so it was easy for us to travel from our apartment in Palermo to other neighborhoods in the city like Belgrano, La Boca, and Recoleta. Each neighborhood had something different and wonderful to offer. We often ran into cultural fairs, art festivals, fresh farmer markets, and live performances. There was something fun to discover every day. On the weekends, we traveled outside of the city to see the numerous natural landscapes in Argentina. We saw the falls at Iguazu, went horseback riding in Mendoza, went hiking at the Perito Moreno Glacier and El Chalten, and even visited a cute portside town in Uruguay. Although my time in Argentina was short, the incredible people, food, and music are a memory I will never forget.

Pros
  • Buenos Aires is very accessible with a fairly reliable transportation system. Our classes were only around 30 minutes away from our residences.
  • Everyone we met was incredibly warm and welcoming.
  • Food and traveling is more affordable than in the United States, if you have the chance I recommend traveling outside of the city!
Cons
  • We ran into occasional protests/demonstrations which sometimes made it longer to get to classes, but was overall not a problem.
  • Vocabulary and accents differ a lot between different Spanish-speaking countries, for example the words for "straw" and "popcorn". I had to pick up a lot of new vocabulary, but it was pretty interesting learning new things.
  • Outside of Buenos Aires, transportation is less reliable so I recommend getting familiar with how to call taxis.
31 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Huiyi! It sounds like you got the most out of your time in Buenos Aires. Thanks for sharing your feedback. :)

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Markos
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Going into my study abroad program I was fairly nervous for a variety of reasons. I had never been to South America, my Spanish skills needed work, and my program was fairly small. However, I quickly fell in love with Argentina and my worries were no more. For starters, the nature within Argentina was nothing like I had ever seen. The diversity in nature was incredible. From Iguazú Falls, to the Patagonia region, to the vineyards of Mendoza, there was endless amounts of gorgeous outdoors. Within Buenos Aires the people were incredibly kind and often eager to chat about the weather, fútbol, or their opinions on the government. Exploring the extremely accessible city, due to the wonderful public transportation system, was a blast as I hopped around Belgrano, Recoleta, Palermo, La Boca, and more. I was able to practice my Spanish at weekly events called Mundolingo. These events are language exchange pop ups at restaurants where people from all over the world practice there language skills and make new friends! Every day since being home I miss the food more and more. The endless steak, pasta, pizza, empanadas, are all staples of the argentine way. My host mother is the kindest woman and provided such a comfortable environment that helped me adjust to the culture immediately. Overall I had the four best months of my life abroad meeting new friends, playing soccer with locals, exploring the country, and I cannot wait until I am able to go back.

Pros
  • The city is extremely accessible due to the robust public transportation system
  • The people are very friendly and love to converse about anything and everything
  • The nature of the country is nothing like I have ever seen in my life
Cons
  • For those who study Mexican and Spain Spanish, the argentine accent (especially the more regional ones) is fairly difficult to understand at first but your brain will become accustomed to it shortly
  • It can be difficult to attend a fútbol match if you do not have a local source
  • The traveling around the country can take awhile/cost a bit due to how spread out the country is
52 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Markos! Thanks for sharing your feedback about your amazing experience abroad in Argentina! I'm so thrilled to hear your host mother made you feel comfortable and you were able to practice Spanish and immerse yourself in the culture effectively.

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Faith
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Summer Medical Spanish Immersion Program!!

The CEA Medical Spanish Immersion Program is the perfect program for premed students looking to improve their Spanish. As a premed student, I was able to complete 60 hours of shadowing in a high ranked hospital and laboratory. I was also able to gain fluency in Medical Spanish through both a classroom and a clinical setting. Some specialties and fields that I observed were internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery (I saw a double bypass surgery and some awake brain surgeries), radiology, physical therapy, nursing, and molecular biology. Although the program was rigorous and intensive in terms of the schedule, there were numerous opportunities to sight-see and experience Argentinian culture! Having 3-day weekends allowed me to relax and explore Buenos Aires freely.

I really appreciated how helpful the onsite CEA staff was (Maggie and Flor) in helping us get accustomed to living abroad. They were always available to help us out every step of the way and were super friendly! I was also fortunate to have had an amazing host mom and to have stayed in a homestay with other students. Even though I was miles from home, I felt like I had a family in Buenos Aires. CEA was the best program for me because I was not only able to gain a memorable experience, but I also felt that I gained lifelong friends and connections!

Pros
  • CEA Staff (Maggie and Flor) were very welcoming and friendly. They were always there if you had any questions and made sure to give you tips and insightful advice on how to make the most of your trip!
  • Class and rotations were from Mondays to Thursdays so Fridays were off. I liked having 3-day weekends because I had a lot of free time to explore the city but also to work on any assignments/projects that needed to be done.
  • CEA planned activities and excursions were opportunities to make friends with other students and to experience Argentinian culture through food, sight-seeing, and art.
Cons
  • There was a lack of communication between the hospital and the instructors who led the health practicum class. There were some issues with scheduling and when certain groups had a specific rotation.
  • The Medical Spanish Immersion Program was new and there wasn't a lot of information about what students could expect. The professors/instructors were also learning along with the students but it was a great experience overall.
  • Some rotations started early and required me to wake up at 5 am to commute to the site. But, my lack of sleep was not a big issue because the rotations were super interesting!
55 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Faith! Love your perspective as a pre-med student studying abroad. Thanks for sharing your feedback. I'm grateful to hear that you valued your experience and how much you appreciated the onsite staff!

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