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Argentina: Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Host Institutions
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT)


Program Dates
Fall semester: late July to mid-December
Spring semester: late February to late July

Faculty Liaison
Suzanne Chavez-Silverman 

Middlebury College

The largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina is a major political and economic power in South America. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is the country's largest city and port, located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata. The port was first discovered in 1516, yet not until the late 1700s was Buenos Aires declared an open port for trade with Europe. A few decades later, in 1816, Argentina gained its independence from Spain.

Literally meaning "Fair Winds", Buenos Aires is considered the wealthiest and the most cosmopolitan city on the continent. Because of the influence of many Europeans who immigrated to Buenos Aires in the early 20th century, the city is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America." The birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires is a cultural metropolis. It is home to countless art galleries, museums, and architectural monuments, and prides itself on its many famous theatres, orchestras, ballets, and operas. As the country's capital, several historical and political sites add to the cityscape, including the famous Plaza de Mayo, from whose balcony many Argentine presidents, including Juan Domingo Perón, have addressed their people.

Middlebury College's program in Buenos Aires offers students the opportunity to study with Latin American peers, and students may choose from which university they wish to take their courses. The program includes an optional credit-bearing internship, a journal course, optional overnight excursions, and several co-curricular activities from tango lessons to mountaineering groups.

Academic Program

Students must take courses that total the equivalent of 4.0 Pomona credits, or 4.5 Middlebury credits. A maximum of 4.0 Pomona credits will be awarded for the semester. 

All coursework is conducted in Spanish. All students enroll in Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence (0.5 Pomona credits), a writing-intensive course that meets once a week. The course receives a letter grade. 

Students earn the remainder of their 3.5 Pomona credits by enrolling in courses at one of three local universities and have the option to participate in a credit-bearing internship. The universities are: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT). Students integrate into the university system and take their courses alongside host university students.

The internship is organized by the program, and has an academic component. Previous internships have been in, but are not limited to, the following fields: health care, neighborhood government offices, women’s issues, and political research. 

There is no P/NC option on this program.

Living arrangements

Homestays. With permission from the program director, students may also choose to live in student apartments or residencias, but students are not permitted to share housing with other English-speaking students.

Number of Students

Middlebury enrolls approximately 35 students, selected from a national pool. 


  • Completion of an upper-division Spanish course (100-level or higher), or the equivalent.
  • 9.0 GPA in Spanish, 9.0 GPA in student’s major, and 8.0 GPA overall.

All students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with Latin American content.

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