Earn 15-18 U-M in-residence credits per term in a modern and vibrant capital city. The program gives students the opportunity to examine Latin American studies in a wide range of disciplines while being immersed in local culture. IES Abroad area studies courses are taught by local faculty at the IES Abroad Center, located in downtown Buenos Aires. Course topics include (but are not limited to) Anthropology, Art History, Business, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, and Theater. In addition, students will enroll in a wide range of courses at local universities.
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
Good academic standing
Minimum 2.75 GPA. Students below this GPA can still be considered on a case by case basis
No previous Spanish language courses required
Demonstrated interest in Spanish and/or Latin American area studies
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Open to students of all language levels, the Latin American Societies & Cultures Program allows you to improve your Spanish language skills while taking courses in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences, all of which feature an academic emphasis on Latin America.
If you have beginning- or intermediate-level language skills, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught IES Abroad courses in areas such as Literature, History, Anthropology, International Business and Political Science. If you have advanced-level Spanish language skills, you have the option to choose from Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses and courses through the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. You can also take English-taught IES Abroad courses.
This program is targeted towards students who are NOT majoring or minoring in Spanish.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA. Spanish courses taken on this program cannot be used to complete the LSA Language Requirement.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (parents, guardians, family members, etc.). Two weeks after program acceptance, you will be expected to formally commit your participation, in part by signing this budget sheet and agreeing to all program costs.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE U-M TUITION AS PART OF THE OVERALL PROGRAM COST. THIS IS NOTED IN THE PROGRAM BUDGET.
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail; recommender submits online) **Please Note: Students who have a GPA below 3.0 are required to submit 2 Academic Recommendation Forms.
Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
Students will live with a carefully selected host family. This opportunity for increased immersion in the language also provides a new lens into cultural practices and local cuisine. The host family experience ends up being a program highlight for many participants. After formal acceptance to the Granada program, students will be paired with a family based on their needs and preferences. All families have been through a screening process and most have hosted foreign students in the past. There is a full-time Resident Director on-site who is available for assistance with any student issues that may arise. Twelve meals are provided per week.
Housing is not provided between semesters. Academic year students who remain in Buenos Aires during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.