Buenos Aires, Argentina Project Center (HUA)
Buenos Aires: South America::New York: North America:: Paris: Europe. It's a city. It's big, full of hustle and bustle, and it's beautiful. Argentina’s economic ups and downs illustrate its shared ancestry with neighboring Latin American countries, yet its capital’s French architecture and Italian influences reveal a storied and gloried past. The locals of Buenos Aires, known as porteños, are equally proud and frustrated that their city is known as the Paris of South America. Known for its unique neighborhoods, its urban feel, and its sing-songy Spanish, Buenos Aires offers students an easily navigable environment in which to improve their Spanish and their cultural knowledge through daily classes at the Universidad de San Andrés. The city is also just hours from many spectacular sites, including Iguazú Falls, Montevideo & Colonia in Uruguay, and the vast countryside of Argentina, known as the Pampas; students visit these locales and others on planned weekend excursions.
During the week, students reside with local Argentine families who provide a private room, weekly change of towels and sheets, shared bathroom, and daily breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
The Buenos Aires Language and Culture Immersion provides a unique opportunity to coalesce language and culture in the real-world setting of Argentina. By taking language classes in the morning and then speaking and learning about culture in the afternoon, students see measurable improvements in their language skills through the four-week immersion. They learn to navigate a foreign city while also becoming proficient in daily Spanish-use—in other words, the Spanish required for real settings—to order food, to drop off laundry, or to purchase a micro-SIM card. Although such experiences can be simulated in the WPI classroom, they cannot be replicated; for this reason students are encouraged to take advantage of their time in Buenos Aires to speak exclusively in Spanish. Students reflect on their experiences with the language and the culture in a class blog and in personal journals. Additionally, they are quizzed weekly on assigned readings and cultural excursions, while the Universidad de San Andrés tests students on their language skills. In the final three weeks of the course—back in the United States or anywhere they have access to a library and Internet—students are required to craft an independently designed research paper that relates to Argentine literature, culture, history, or film.
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Buenos Aires can be found here: Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State