Cornell-in-Buenos Aires: Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Argentina
At a Glance
City: Buenos Aires
Partners: Harvard University: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad Nacional de las Artes
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Argentinean families
Language Requirement: Advanced, at least SPAN 2095 plus a highly recommended one additional Spanish course, or the equivalent
Calendar: Fall: Late July – Mid-December; Spring: Late February – Mid-July
Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina, is a cosmopolitan center known for its European flavor and sophisticated culture. Considered “the Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires has grown from a Spanish colonial capital founded in 1536 into a dynamic international city made up of a complex system of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor. 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.
Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)
The Cornell-in-Buenos Aires/CASA Argentina program is offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad, which is comprised of 10 leading research universities in the US and abroad. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. Cornell/CASA programs currently are offered in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Spain. Harvard University is the administering institution for the CASA Argentina Program.
Upon the students’ arrival, the CASA resident director in Buenos Aires facilitates a 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 and universities.
Students may enroll in courses at one or more local universities: Universidad de San Andres, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Universidad Nacional de las Artes. The CASA staff in Buenos Aires will help students with course selection, though it is also advised that students review course options prior to arrival. Students may review a list of courses that were popular with students in the past.
The Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) is the largest university in Argentina and the highest-ranked public school. The UBA is best known for its excellent programs in philosophy and language and literature, in addition to its strong social sciences faculty. Its Faculty of Exact Sciences is home to one of Latin America's most respected earth science departments.
The Universidad Torcuato Di Tella hosts excellent professors in political science an international studies. Students concentrating in government will appreciate its courses offered in these subjects.
Students interested in economics will also be well-served at the Universidad de San Andrés, which specializes in business and economics.
Students interested in the arts will find excellent courses at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes.
Students have the option to follow pre-designed study tracks or they may design their own course of study. Students may find it helpful to review a list of courses that were popular with students in the past:
Additionally, students can explore a variety of social, cultural, political and professional opportunities beyond the classroom. Students can also participate in non-credit internship opportunities, linked to the students' area of academic studies, such as in community and grassroots organizations, cultural, health, and environmental institutions, and international agencies.
Students studying in Buenos Aires participate in a three-day, CASA-sponsored trip to Santiago, Chile.
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.
Fall: Late July – Mid-December
Spring: Late February – Mid-July
To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, students live with local families.
CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Buenos Aires.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Cornell-in-Buenos Aires/CASA Argentina program is open to undergraduate students from Cornell and other CASA consortium member schools (see CASA description above for member institutions). Interested students who do not attend Cornell or other CASA consortium member schools should contact Harvard University.
Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least SPAN 2095 plus a highly recommended one additional Spanish course, or the equivalent, before beginning studies in Argentina.
Cornell and CASA consortium member school students should visit the CASA Argentina program website for more information on applying. Cornell students should apply by the deadline using Cornell's online application system via the "New Application" button on the top of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.
For more detailed information about the CASA program in Buenos Aires, please visit the CASA website.