About the city
Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital and one of the largest metropolises in the Americas, has enticed and entranced its visitors for generations.
Founded in 1536 as the City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds, or Buenos Aires, it was a sleepy Spanish colonial capital until Argentine independence in the early-nineteenth century. By 1880, it was Argentina’s capital, the center of rapid economic expansion, the destination for waves of immigrants, and the heart of a vibrant culture. One writer has called the Buenos Aires that emerged “the most beautiful, sophisticated, and civilized city in Latin America,” while countless others have described it as “the Paris of South America” or “New York in Spanish.”
About the program
Home to such diverse figures as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel, Eva Perón, and Maradona, Buenos Aires provides you a fascinating setting for complete immersion in the Spanish language and Latin American culture.
You live with Argentine families in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, near the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, where your classes are held. Lectures by distinguished Argentine scholars and artists, as well as numerous excursions around and outside of Buenos Aires, are included.
You also spend a week in the northeastern provinces of Corrientes and Misiones, learning about Guaraní influences, chamamé music, and biodiversity in this subtropical region, bordering Paraguay and Brazil.
There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The cost of the program includes the following:
- Room, breakfast, and dinner
- Excursions (including meals when appropriate)
In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:
- A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
- Transportation to and from Buenos Aires
- The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
- Any immunizations
How to pay and funding options
See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.
Students are placed in homes with local families—chosen by the experienced staff of Buenos Aires Homestay—to have the best chance to experience life in Argentina and speak Spanish. Families live in Palermo, a residential neighborhood in the center of Buenos Aires. Classes are held at the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, also located in Palermo.
Contact Johanna Damgaard Liander, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with disabilities
Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.