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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Language and Culture in
Buenos Aires, Argentina


street artists in Buenos Aires

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).

Language and Culture Fall 2018 Budget Estimate

Language and Culture Winter 2019 Budget Estimate

Scholarships and Funding

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.

Sources for Funding Global Study

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.


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.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 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)
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Partner Application Instructions
  • IES Scholarship Application Materials (optional; deadlines vary)


Refer to this link for more information.

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.

Need to Know

Argentina Language & Culture Supplement Handbook W18
IES Abroad
U-M Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
U-M Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/15/2018
09/26/2018 02/23/2019 07/31/2019
NOTE: This end date is subject to change. Students enrolled in partner universities are required to complete university exams on the official exam date. Your official exam dates will not be known until you register for courses onsite, so it is important to purchase a ticket with a flexible reservation change policy or be prepared to pay the fees associated with changing your return ticket. You must vacate IES Abroad housing 24 hours after your last final exam.
Calendar Year 2019 09/15/2018
11/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA

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