BUENOS AIRES: ASA – Universidad Belgrano

Belgrano, Argentina

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  • Fall Semester - Mid July - Mid November (Intensive Month: mid June - mid-November)
  • Spring Semester - early March - mid June (Intensive Month: late January - late June)

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (l.marder@neu.edu)

Students with all levels of Spanish may study in Argentina through the Universidad de Belgrano. This program is open to all levels of Spanish ability. In addition to the traditional semester, students may elect to take an optional, month-long Spanish intensive course prior to the semester. Students have found the intensive course to be highly beneficial, as it will prepare you for your classes as well as daily life in Buenos Aires.

Why Buenos Aires?

  • Capital of Argentina
  • Multicultural, international city
  • Diverse shopping and dining
  • Numerous museums and historical sites
  • Easy access to other South American countries
  • Low cost of living
  • Volunteer opportunities



This program will transfer back 16 NU credits. During the semester students will enroll in one Spanish language course at their level and choose 3 additional electives taught in either Spanish or English.  Students may combine English & Spanish electives, but an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is always required to take electives in Spanish.

  • Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
  • Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters of college level Spanish.
  • Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish.

In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish may also take electives in Spanish, as long as they complete the 8-credit Spanish language intensive course, as described in Option #4.

It is strongly recommended that you get a total of 8 electives approved by your academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is cancelled or 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you'll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you're accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes that you plan to take during the semester (this does not include the intensive course). We will not be able to pre-register you unless you provide us with 8 possible courses.

Classes worth 4 semester credits will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Beginning Spanish classes will meet three times a week for 90 minutes each session.

Students can choose from the following 4 curriculum options, depending on their level of Spanish:

Open to all language levels:
1. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students will take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 electives taught in English.  Note: taking Spanish language is mandatory with this option.

2.  Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 6 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in English. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives taught in English.

Open to Intermediate and Advanced levels:
3. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course will take 4 electives.

4. Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 8 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish course plus 3- electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives.

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Host University

Located in the quiet residential area of Belgrano, the university was established in 1964 and now enrolls over 13,500 students, including 2,000 international students. The university is divided into 13 different schools that offer 33 different undergraduate and 20 graduate majors. ASA students at the Universidad de Belgrano have multiple course options to supplement their Spanish studies, from simply taking electives taught in English or Spanish, to combining electives in both languages.

ASA encourages all students to participate in the one-month intensive Spanish language program that is offered before the regular semester courses begin. This intensive program accomplishes two very important goals that will help any student maximize his or her time in Buenos Aires. It will not only earn students 8 semester credits, but it will also help prepare you for life in a Spanish-speaking city, making for a smoother transition into Argentine culture and improved Spanish communication skills.

There are wireless Internet zones throughout the Universidad de Belgrano, so students may wish to bring their laptops. The library is divided into multiple sections based on subject area and contains both general study areas as well as study rooms where no talking is allowed. Students will find books on almost all subjects related to their courses and may take full advantage of the library's services as an enrolled student at the Univeresidad de Belgrano. ASA offers multiple options for students who wish to study in Buenos Aires.

While we encourage all students to participate on programs that begin with an intensive month of Spanish, it is not required. We also allow students to take their electives in English, Spanish or a combination of both. Students who feel they are fluent enough in Spanish to take courses with Argentine students may do so and should contact ASA for more information on program dates and course availability.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to students with any level of Spanish
  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP application
    • Online ASA application
    • Northeastern University students should not pay the $150 program deposit at time of application. They should apply online without making a payment and then call ASA to pay the $50 application fee. The $100 program deposit will be covered by Northeastern University OISP. 

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

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      Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

      Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and  International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


      Students can choose to live with an Argentine host family (includes daily breakfast & dinner) or in a shared student apartment (no meals included).  Rooms are double or single occupancy. For me information, please visit the ASA: Buenos Aires page directly here.


      Located on the southern tip of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the cultural and economic center of Argentina. With around 3 million people living in the city and over 12 million in the greater metropolitan area, its influence over the country cannot be underestimated.

      The residents of Buenos Aires, known as porteños (people of the port), come from a large number of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. While most porteños are of Spanish or Italian descent and are Roman Catholic, other European countries such as Portugal, Germany and France have imparted waves of immigration.

      Porteños are certainly not limited to European ancestry or Roman Catholicism, as Syrian, Lebanese, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities also play an important role in the city, as do the Jewish and Muslim communities. With a Jewish community of over 250,000 in Buenos Aires, it is the largest in South America.

      The city of Buenos Aires is divided into distinct areas, such as Belgrano, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, and many others. While there are no clear borders between each district, the vibe of each area is very different.

      In the Las Cañitas district, for example, you will find wealthy socialites gathering at night, while in Palermo Hollywood and Palermo SoHo there are ethnic restaurants and funky boutiques. In Belgrano, you have quiet residential areas alongside busy commercial avenues, while in Recoleta you will find its famous and hauntingly beautiful cemetery, right in the center of the district.

      Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in North America. The hot summer months of December, January and February can see temperatures climb to over 100°F, while the colder winter months of June, July and August tend to be in the high 40s to lower 50s. Snow is very rare in Buenos Aires during the winter, but rain and hail are not.

      Porteños have a love of music and dance, and of course, Buenos Aires is the city where Tango was born. Originally found in the poorer suburbs of Buenos Aires, Tango wasn't truly respected until it became popular in Paris in the 1920s. Still loved by porteños today, it plays a vital role in Argentine culture.

      One of the biggest advantages for North Americans living in Buenos Aires is the exchange rate. A taxi ride across the city will run you about $5, while a subway ride is about $0.20. Want to go out for a nice dinner with friends? Plan on about $10 per person.