Through IFSA, Whitman students may study with Argentine and U.S. students in the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires. The program offers the opportunity for students proficient in Spanish to take courses at four different universities in the capital, including the prestigious Universidad de Buenos Aires. Students also have the option to enroll in specialized academic tracks focusing on topics like Human Rights: Diversity, Minority, and Gender Studies; Human Rights: Genocide; Cinema in Argentina; Literature in Argentina; Spanish Translation and Linguistics; Intensive Spanish; and Directed Research.  In addition to living in an apartment with local hosts, this program assigns a local graduate student tutor to each student to help participants navigate the Argentine university system.

“Absolutely phenomenal, best six months of my life. IFSA allows you to be very independent, and I was basically able to live in a huge city with tons of great food, music and nightlife for six months as an adult. IFSA staff in general were awesome. Mario, the director, will personally sit down with you to plan trips, chat, get coffee, whatever. My Spanish class professor was like a second mother, and offered her home to each student if we ever decided to return. The city itself is incredible, and I still had a lot left to explore after six months there.” - Emily J. ‘16

Fields of study:

Spanish language and literature, Latin American studies, art history, anthropology, history, theater, politics, film studies, economics, philosophy, religion, sociology, psychology, and others


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent; four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for the Intensive Spanish concentration.


15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Advanced Spanish Language and Argentine Culture (3 credits)
Two to four electives at the Center and/or local universities (3-6 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA credit = 1 Whitman credit


None, however, non-credit volunteer opportunities are available at a variety of NGOs.


In apartments with Argentine hosts, who are typically single-parent families, young professional couples, or elderly widows


Host family provides two meals per day Sunday - Friday and one meal on Saturday.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


July–December (semester 2); February–July (semester 1)


IFSA Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA: Argentine Universities Program