CASA Argentina

  • CASA Argentina

    CASA Argentina provides students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Argentinean culture and the Spanish language

  • Cultural Activities

    CASA Argentina students participate in a 3-day DRCLAS-sponsored trip to Chile and day trips to emblematic sites in Argentina

  • Academics

    While abroad, students have the opportunity to enroll at top universities in Buenos Aires for transfer credit

  • Internship Opportunities

    While abroad, students have the opportunity to participate in internships in organizations in the public and private sectors.

  • Full Immersion

    Students undergo a full immersion through a two-week orientation and by living with an Argentine family during the semester

The CASA-Buenos Aires program provides undergraduate students with the unique opportunity for full immersion in Argentine culture and the Spanish language, while receiving transfer credit to apply toward their home university degree. Students take a Pro-Seminar course as well as local university courses with Argentinean students, completed at one or more of four top local universities: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT), Universidad de San Andrés, and Universidad Nacional de las Artes. The CASA-Buenos Aires staff assist students with course selection and provide individual academic advising. An orientation program assists students in learning about the Argentine lifestyle and helps familiarize them with Buenos Aires and the country's cultural history, politics, and literature. CASA-Buenos Aires also offers cultural activities, local excursions, and lectures to introduce participants to the local context.

Find out more by watching our video and checking out the informational tabs below:

Harvard DRCLAS - CASA Argentina Study Abroad Video

Program Costs
Below are the estimated costs for participation in one semester (mid-February to mid-July, or mid-July to mid-December). When considering the program cost, you may wish to review available
 Harvard Funding Sources and Financial Aid options.

Spring/Fall 2018 Program Costs

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 60 days (prior to two months) of the program start-date, DRCLAS will refund 90% of the program fee billed. 
  • Between two months to eight days (prior to one week) of the program start-date, DRCLAS will refund 70% of the total program fee billed. 
  • Between one week and one day before the program starts, DRCLAS will refund 50% of the total program fee billed.  
  • On or after the program start date, while the student is traveling to or is in-country, DRCLAS will not grant any refunds under any circumstances.
  • Please note that the $100 confirmation fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

For Harvard students: Students interested in participating in the Harvard College Study Abroad Program in the Spring must complete and submit the Harvard College Approval of Term-Time Study Abroad Plan Form to the Office of International Education (77 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138) by October 1. There is an online component and a hard copy form that need to be signed by a study abroad concentration adviser (see OIE Contacts for listings) and the student´s Resident Dean. Students must also submit the required application materials directly to OIE (listed below).

For non-Harvard students: please contact María José Ferreyra for application information.

The following information should be submitted to DRCLAS. If you are having trouble accessing any part of the application forms, please email María José Ferreyra.

Online Requirements

Attached the following items through the online application form:

  • One-page essay on objectives of participating in the Argentina Study Abroad Program
  • Academic transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Homestay application
  • Tentative  list of courses for program of study: Course Preference Form Argentina (Final course selections will be made during Orientation Week in Argentina)
  • Copy of passport identification page (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay and have at least one blank visa page available for visa stamps.)
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Letter of Recommendation

Hard-copy Requirements

* Four passport photos

Please note that you must submit the Harvard College Approval of Term-Time Study Abroad Plan Form to the Office of International Education (OIE).

Once accepted into the program, students will receive a comprehensive package with additional information about the program and housing.

Please note: If you wish to study abroad during the Fall term, all applications are due to DRCLAS by March 1st. To study abroad during the Spring term, applications must be submitted by October 1st.

Frequently asked questions by students participating in the Study Abroad Program in Argentina

Do I need to apply for a student visa before I leave the USA? If so, how?
No, you do not. Depending on your country of origin, however, you may need to apply for a tourist visa. U.S. citizens, according to the Department of State website do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business.  U.S. citizens coming to Argentina for tourism and business travel through Ezeiza International Airport or Aeroparque Airport must pay a reciprocal entry fee of $160.00 dollars.  American, Canadian and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina will be required to pay the reciprocity fee online at this site. They must register and pay with a credit card, the fee is $160 USD. Once the payment is received, an electronic receipt will be given and passenger would need to show it upon their arrival in Argentina. The lack of such proof of payment will generate the denial of entry of the passenger and consequent returning to their departure city by the airline.

What is the student visa process like in Argentina?
No need to worry, you will be guided through each step of the application process! You will first need to get a certificate that states that you do not have a criminal record in the country, you will also need: 4 passport pictures, an application, a copy of your return ticket, a copy of every page of your passport, and the letter of acceptance that is sent to you once accepted into the program.

How long is the Harvard Orientation?
The Harvard Orientation lasts two weeks and is immediately before the start of academic classes at the local universities. Usually the last week or so of February (Spring semester abroad) or the last week or so of July (Fall semester abroad).

What will I be doing in the Orientation?
The Orientation Program includes an immersion experience in Argentinean language, cultural history, politics and literature. There are also a number of cultural visits scheduled as well as visits to the local universities. You will have ample time to prepare and discuss strategies for taking full advantage of the opportunities available in Argentina.

If I have a cell phone do I need to bring it with me?
Depending on the technology that your cell phone has, you might be able to use it while you're abroad. Check with your service provider for roaming fees and international plans. If your phone has been “unlocked” (usually the case for older phones) you are able to replace the SIM card for a SIM card of a local provider in Argentina. In case you want to buy a cell phone while you are down here, there are several cell phone companies where you can find very competitive prices, for example: Claro, Personal, etc.

Will I receive help in registering for my classes?
Absolutely. The Harvard staff will assist you throughout the process of class registration and selection. We also recommend that you contact students who have participated in the program in the past for information about class selection and other aspects of the program, including internship and community service opportunities.

How many classes should I take?
Due to the wide array of choices for lecture courses and seminars in the several schools of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, as well as the varied choices offered in the Universidad de San Andres, Universidad di Tella, and IUNA, it is difficult to calculate prior to your arrival the courseload/credit transfer. It can be anywhere from 3 to 5 classes. It should be emphasized, however, that the "tentative course list" that is turned in to the OIE is not binding and therefore subject to change once you become better informed of your options. Communication with the OIE and your department is of utmost importance.

How do I make sure that I get credit for the classes that I am taking in Argentina?
After you've had a chance to look at classes at the different universities and choose 3 or 4 classes that you would like to take, you will fill out an online form with information about these classes, and submit it to the Office of International Education (OIE). They will review your choices, and let you know if you are approved for credit or if you need to add/switch to another class. To get credit towards your concentration or secondary field, you will need to contact your department directly and they will inform you of what steps to take.

Will I have time to travel?
Yes, depending on the time of year, there are holidays and scheduled breaks.  Many students have also traveled before and after their semester in Argentina. Argentina has among the best long-distance bus transportation that is both extremely comfortable as well as affordable. Places of interest include the National Park of Iguazu, the provinces of Mendoza, Cordoba, Mar del Plata, as well as nearby Uruguay (1-3hr ferry ride).

How do I book travel to and from Argentina?
A few good places to search for air tickets are the websites: www.kayak.com,www.studentuniverse.com, and www.despegar.com.  Despegar.com is a good resources for comparing prices between various airlines, but after discovering which airline offers the cheapest option, it may serve you best to go to that website directly, because despegar.com adds an additional cost for buying through their website.

Please note that the popular websites www.expedia.com and www.orbitz.com do not display American Airlines flights, which are sometimes the cheapest options. Thus, one should compare the options at www.aa.com with those options at expedia.com and orbitz.com.

Will I need health insurance?
Yes. You will not be permitted to participate in the program without valid health insurance. You either need to demonstrate that you have health insurance independently or purchase continuing coverage through Harvard. International SOS is not health insurance. Make sure your health insurance covers you in your destination country(ies). For more information, please visit: http://traveltools.harvard.edu/index.shtml

Does Harvard offer activities throughout the semester?
Yes, Harvard schedules cultural and social activities throughout the semester such as a meal at the Harvard Club of Argentina, where you will have the opportunity to listen to distinguished speakers. You will attend a Milonga (tango show), as well as visit museums and explore various parts of the city, including the famous “Caminito” in La Boca. A DRCLAS-sponsored 3-day trip to Santiago, Chile is also scheduled.

Will I have access to the Harvard Office in Buenos Aires throughout the semester?
Yes, the office and the staff are always available to assist you.  You are welcome to drop by LARC (Latin American Research Center).

Does financial aid extend to study abroad?
Yes, Harvard supports students studying abroad for credit. Contact your financial aid officer for more information.

What level of Spanish do I need to participate in the Harvard Study Abroad Program in Argentina?
We recommend that all participants have Spanish proficiency equivalent to Spanish 30 level. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Program Representative, Maria Jose Ferreyra.

How will I choose my classes?
Although you can look beforehand at online course offerings and student reviews of previous classes to make a "tentative course list" for the OIE, you will definitively choose your classes once you arrive in Argentina. Each university has an orientation in which they will give you information about available classes, and you will also have a "shopping period" to try out different classes before you choose.

What types of classes can I take?
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of lecture courses and seminars covering many different disciplines at all the universities. You can choose to take classes designed especially for foreign students, regular university classes with other Argentine students, or a mix of both. Additionally, the Universidad de Buenos Aires has a Language Laboratory where students can take classes in Spanish (and other languages) to improve their grammar and language skills.

Will I get a chance to meet both foreign students and Argentine students?
Yes. All three of the universities and IUNA have foreign students as well as Argentine students, and the two private universities have well-developed exchange programs, including orientations, dinners, sports teams, and other organized social events where you will get to know other foreign students. In addition, you will be matched up with Argentine "host" students who will show you around the city and introduce you to the culture. Even if you do not choose to take classes at a certain university, you can still be included in their exchange program. Additionally, you will meet many students through your classes: you can choose to take classes specifically designed for exchange students, classes with mostly Argentine students, or a mix of both.

Useful Links

US Department of State- Information about travel and living abroad

Travel Insurance Organization- Study Abroad: A comprehensive guide and more

Embassy of the United States, Buenos Aires, Argentina- Relevant information about citizenship, visas, and bilateral relations, among others

Buenos Aires Herald- Important English language newspaper in Buenos Aires

Argentina.ar- Information about tourism, economy, business, culture, sports, and education

Diario La Nación- One of the main newspapers in Argentina

Página del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires- Information about the Buenos Aires Government

Argentina, Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación- Very useful page with a variety of information about Argentina and its attractions

Argentina Turística- Another useful page with a variety of alternatives to traditional site-seeing tourism in Argentina

El Historiador- Information about the former Argentinian presidents, statistics, anecdotes, and biographies

World Bank Report- Specific information about the economy in Argentina

Fall 2018

Matthew Kind – Harvard University

 

Spring 2018

Benjamin Cole – Brown University

Hana Estice – Brown University

Jenna Gosciak – Brown Univeristy

Julian Espinal – Brown University

Mohammed-Reda Semiani – Brown University

Vida Steiro – Brown University

Nikolai Potolsky – Brown University

 

Fall 2017

Drashti Brahmbhatt – Brown University

Josh Cabello – Brown University

Alexander Chase – Brown University

Anna Clark – Brown University

Alexandra Chukwumah - Brown University

Audrey Flower – Brown University

Dylan Jardon – Brown University

Emily Jones – Brown University

Colin Kent-Daggett – Brown University

Evan Lehmann – Brown University

Sarah Leser – Brown University

Amicia Philipps – Johns Hopkins

Michael Schulte – Johns Hopkins

Priya Shetty - Brown University

Aly Singleton – Brown University

Katerina Smith – Johns Hopkins

Claudia Villalona – Brown University

David Zeger – Johns Hopkins

 

Spring 2017
Piel Blake – Brown University
Ilan Desai- Geller – Brown University
Rakel Galeano – Brown University
Jack Morris – Brown University
Maria Russo – Brown University
Emily Sun – Brown University
Jessica Tueller – Harvard University

Fall 2016
Emely Anico – Brown University
Aaron Miller – Harvard University
Amalia Pérez – Brown University
Suzanne Warshell – Brown University

Spring 2016
Humberto Juarez Rocha - Harvard University

Spring 2015
James Holloway – Concentration: Sociology

Fall 2014 
Alexander Danilovich – Concentration: History and Literature

Spring 2014
Sebastian Christakis- Concentration: East Asian Studies
Alana Ganz- Concetration: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Monika Glowacki- Concentration: Social Studies
Taonga Leslie- Concentration: Sociology
Julia Ostmann- Concentration: History and Science

Fall 2013        
Elizabeth Auritt- Concentration: Government
Ahsante Bean- Concentration: Computer Science, Graphic Design and Engineering
Fatoumata Fall- Concentration: Applied Mathematics

Spring 2013     
Emily Wharton- Concentration: Social Studies

Fall 2012
Willow Latham- Concentration: Environmental, Science and Public Policy
Asher Lipson- Concentration: Romance Language and Literature

Spring 2012   
Evan Martino- Concentration: Romance Language and Literature; Second Field: Economics
Jill Schoenfeld- Concentration: Sociology; Second Field: Spanish
Benjamin Wilcox- Concentration: History

Fall 2011         
Julene Paul- Concentration: Social Studies

Spring 2011    
Joy Choi- Concentration: Social Anthropology
Sam French- Concentration: English
Julia Leitner- Concentration: History & Literature
Brooke Rice- Concentration: Human Evolutionary Biology

Spring 2010
Yesenia Aguilar- Concentration: Latin American Studies
LeRenzo Malcom- Concentration: Visual & Environmental Studies
Samantha Peretore- Concentration: Psychology
Terrell Woods- Concentration: Visual & Environmental Studies

Fall 2009
Emily Falk- Concentration: Sociology

Fall 2008
Ashley Grand- Concentration: Government
Roy Cohen- Concentration: Psychology
Ryan Fitzgerald- Concentration: Chemistry

Spring 2008
Clotilde Dedecker- Concentration: History and Literature
Diane Ghogomu- Concentration: African and African American Studies
Jennifer Obiaya- Concentration: Environmental Science and Public Policy
Karla Martínez- Concentration: Government

Fall 2007
Jessica Righthand- Concentration: Literature
Sasha Willimann- Concentration: Harvard Law School
Zoe Kawaller- Concentration: Government

Spring 2007
Kenneth McKinley- Concentration: Anthropology
Olga Tymejczyk- Concentration: Romance Language & Literature
Aidan Tait- Concentration: Romance Language & Literature
Anesha Grant- Concentration: Anthropology
Laura Mahon- Concentration: Economics
Tyler Klunick- Concentration: Computer Science
Allegra Lichauco- Concentration: Environmental Science & Public Policy
Daniel Mandel- Concentration: Social Studies
Mathew Stern- Concentration: History of Science
Adrienne White- Concentration: Visual and Environment Studies

Fall 2006
Eleanor (Lea) Broh- Concentration:  Latin American Studies
Grace Tiao- Concentrations: History and Science; English and American Literature and Language
Jessica Rosenfeld- Concentration: Government
Mia Morgenstern- Concentration: Social Studies
Nathan Chambers- Concentration: Romance Language & Literature
Soliana Habte- Concentration: English & American Literature & Language

Spring 2006
Reed Malin- Concentration: History & Literature (Latin America & North America)
Andrea Spillmann- Concentration: History & Science 

Blog: Student Experiences in Argentina

Falling in love with Buenos Aires and Argentina through my study abroad experience

By Claudia Villalona, CASA Argentina Fall 2017 (Brown '19)

I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for my semester abroad on a chilly and wet winter’s day in the middle of July, having no idea what the next six months would bring. Looking back almost a year later, it is still hard for me to precisely pinpoint what captured my heart and compelled me to stay for another semester. Nonetheless, my time abroad was an experience that truly changed my life: I immersed myself in a culture that was unfamiliar to me and I learned so much...

Read more about Falling in love with Buenos Aires and Argentina through my study abroad experience

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging with Politics in Argentina while Studying Abroad

by Evan Lehmann, CASA Argentina Fall 2017 (Brown University '19)

While I was first visiting the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), I wandered into a classroom and was met with two students blanketing the walls in political campaign flyers. With my incredibly non-Argentinian Spanish, I asked if I could help, with hopes of learning a bit about the country’s upcoming elections. “Sí, claro,” one of them responded, and for the next hour, we talked about Argentina’s political climate. I learned about the resurgence...

Read more about Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging with Politics in Argentina while Studying Abroad

Travel Journal: Mendoza, Argentina

By Alexandra ChukwumahCASA Argentina Fall 2017 (Brown University ’19)

I am currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has been a dream come true so far!

I absolutely love being in a big city and being able to feel rooted. I live with a host in a neighborhood of the city called Recoleta, which is one of the nicer neighborhoods.... Read more about Travel Journal: Mendoza, Argentina

A Counterclockwise Summer

By Lauren Spohn, SIP 2017 (Harvard College '20)

“Do the toilets really flush counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere?” That was the first question my mom asked me when she picked me up from the airport after my summer abroad in Buenos Aires. I smiled and offered a quick reply, “It’s not just the toilets that run counterclockwise in Argentina.”... Read more about A Counterclockwise Summer

A Breath of Fresh Air: My First Experience in Buenos Aires

By Isabel Bernhard, SIP 2017 (Harvard College ‘20)

This past summer of 2017, I participated in the David Rockefeller Center’s Student Internship Program (“SIP”) in Argentina. I am a rising sophomore intending to study Social Studies and hoped to link my high school focus in Spanish with my current interest in Political Science. I was excited about SIP because among its opportunities, it offered the chance to intern in the municipal government of Buenos Aires for eight weeks. ... Read more about A Breath of Fresh Air: My First Experience in Buenos Aires

Aprovechá la Argentina

In Spring 2017, I participated in CASA Buenos Aires (well, Fall 2017, since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere). I study History and Literature with a specialization in Latin America, so I am always looking for opportunities to go abroad.... Read more about Aprovechá la Argentina

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Program Dates:
• Spring 2019: Late February 2019 – Mid-July 2019
• Fall 2019: Mid-July 2019– Mid-December 2019

Deadlines:
• Spring 2018: October 1, 2018  
• Fall 2018: March 1, 2019

At a Glance
City: Buenos Aires
Partner universities: 

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • Universidad de San Andrés
  • Universidad Nacional de las Artes  

Language Requirement: Intermediate/Advanced
Calendar: Semester 

Program Overview
CASA is a non-profit consortium of nine leading United States research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, The University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and Trinity College Dublin. The administering institution for the CASA Argentina program is Harvard University.

CASA Argentina provides students with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Argentinean culture and the Spanish language, while receiving transfer credit to apply towards their undergraduate degree.

Orientation
Upon the students’ arrival, CASA-Argentina facilitates a two week-long orientation to ensure the students’ transition into Argentine culture, both academic and social, is a smooth one, through daily presentations and cultural, practical and academic-related events. The orientation program includes an immersion experience into Argentine language, cultural history, politics, and literature. Cultural events are scheduled, such as a Milonga (tango show) and visits to local museums, as well as visits to the local universities.

Academics

Please see our "Academics and Sample Courses" page for all academic information.

Trips and Activities 

In addition to the academic, social, and cultural support provided to the students, the CASA center coordinates a series of activities and trips, such as museum visits and day-trips. A three-day, CASA-sponsored trip to Santiago, Chile, provides insight on regional differences within South America.

Housing
To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, students live with local families.

On-Site Support
CASA staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Buenos Aires. 

Click here for detailed information about the Harvard in Argentina/CASA Program.

Questions?
If you are interested in applying and have questions, contact María José Ferreyra, CASA Argentina Resident Director.