Pitt in Buenos Aires - Semester

You're looking to study abroad in one of Latin America's most vibrant cities.  You're looking to take courses with locals.  You're looking to live like an Argentine with a host family.  You're looking for Pitt in Buenos Aires.

Hosted at The University of Austral, one of the best private universities in Latin America, Pitt in Buenos Aires gives the opportunity to study abroad in a Latin American country and take the courses that you need, even if you don't speak Spanish.  The University is spread across two campuses - one in the heart of the city and one a bit futher out, which will give you the opportunity to explore Buenos Aires like a local.  Since we partner with a local institution, you'll have the chance to truly integrate yourself into the community and live like a local. In addition, you can do an optional part-time internship - in Spanish or in English.

But living like a local doesn't just mean at school.  Every student on Pitt in Buenos Aires is matched with a local host family.  Living with a host family will give you a look at what real Argentine life is like while helping you to improve your Spanish skills!

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity:

  • to take courses in English, Spanish, or a mix of both with Argentine students at the host university
  • learn about Argentine culture and practice your intercultural communication skills 
  • experience living in the cosmopolitan and one of the most diverse cities in Latin America

As a port city, Buenos Aires has always been a gateway to Argentina and Latin America.  In fact, its status as a port city makes it one of the most diverse cities in Latin America.  After a few weeks in the city, a German church next to an Italian restaurant on a street named after a Spanish saint will be commonplace.  

Studying abroad in such a cosmopolitan city will give you the opportunity to experience multiple cultures in a way that many places can't offer.  Sure, you'll eat steak, watch a tango show, and chat in locals in Parque Tres de Febrero.  But you'll also have the chance to explore what it means to live in a city where cultures are constantly mixing all around you. 

 

Where You'll Live

Part of the experience is to live like a local.  GBI Buenos Aires offers you the opportunity to experience Argentine family life first hand through homestays with local families, carefully selected for you by CAPA. Homestays allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, and include daily breakfast and dinner. 
You can expect your housing to include:

  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • single occupancy room with shared bathroom (some exceptions)
  • linens (except towels)
  • wifi
  • access to study space 
  • laundry and towels are not included

Regardless of where you live, prepare for up to an hour commute to both the CAPA Center at the Universidad Austral and your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to know the city like the back of your hand.
Most students are housed in the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods. 

What You'll Study

Pitt in Buenos Aires offers a lot of academic opportunities, based your interests and level of Spanish. You can do the entire coursework in English, take one or two courses in Spanish with international students, or challenge yourself to participate in a course with the local students.

Courses in Spanish with international students are open to students who have at least 4 semesters of Spanish before the start of the program. For courses with local students a near-fluent proficiency is required. Please note that timeline for the courses with the local students might be a little different than other courses.

Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here

Introduction to International Economics (BUSECN1508)

The International Economics module provides an understanding of the key economic issues in the global business environment. The course provides an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics and finance. The business environment is dynamic in nature. The course coverage is therefore updated periodically to include current real world evidence as well as recent academic and empirical findings. The five broad topics covered in the course are: Globalisation, Country Differences, Cross-Border Trade & Investment, the Global Monetary System, and Competing in a Global Market Place.

International Marketing (BUSMKT1461)

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.
This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardization versus customization dilemma.

Literature of the Americas (ENGLIT0573)

In this course, we'll explore some of the many literary forms writers invented to suit modern life in the hemisphere Europeans first called the New World. We will read the works of three poets (Whitman, Stein, Cesaire) and three fiction writers (McKay, Borges, Lispector). All of our writers conceived new styles and rhythms they believed emerged from and responded to a unique set of American conditions. These conditions included great possibilities - democracy, liberty, rights - and terrible abuses - slavery, colonialism, racism. To confront realities of this kind, these writers revitalized language, updated sound and sense, and reconceived literature's relationship to other human activities in original and powerful ways. As we read their sometimes weird, sometimes difficult poems and stories, we will ask how writers respond through formal experimentation to the urgent political and social questions life in the Americas raises. This course will be taught in English.

Art and Politics in Latin America (HAA0520)

This course considers artistic developments in Latin America, from early twentieth-century avant-garde movements to recent contemporary projects. With the understanding that the modern construct of Latin America encompasses an area of tremendous ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity, we will survey a broad range of art practices throughout the Americas as well as major modern architectural projects in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Particular attention will be paid to cases in which artists and architects worked in the service of governmental regimes, as in Mexican muralism in the 1920s and the construction of Brasi­lia, a new national capital for Brazil, in the 1950s. We will also examine those cases in which artworks and artistic networks offered a means of challenging or subverting repressive policies. Beyond politics, this course focuses on the tensions of indigenous vs. cosmopolitan, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor, and the international dialogues that have informed the production and reception of art and architecture in the region. Group and individual visits to museums are integral aspects of this course, so that we may consider the contributions of artists from Latin America to global modern and contemporary art. 

Cultural Identity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Film (SOC1515)

This class will examine the ways in which racial and ethnic differences have been visualized in the United States and Argentina. Students will study how Hollywood has created films that analyze issues of race and ethnicity in a multicultural United States and, in a comparative perspective, examine how independent filmmakers have portrayed ethnic relations in Argentina's social and economic reality of the 21st century.

South American Identities, Societies, and Cultures (SOC1515)

This course approaches sociology from a Latin American standpoint. It deals with some of the main, and classical, sociological concepts and theories, to later explore them in the Latin American context. The class provides students with theoretical tools to analyze society and social process. It will develop, and encourage, critical and reflective thinking about contemporary social life and social structures in general, and in Latin America in particular. In this course students will not only be introduced to some of the principal theories, concepts, and ideas in sociology, but they will also explore them from a Latin American point of view and by focusing on Latin American social processes.

Art and Politics in Latin America (in Spanish) (SPAN1404)

This course considers artistic developments in Latin America, from early twentieth-century avant-garde movements to recent contemporary projects. With the understanding that the modern construct of Latin America encompasses an area of tremendous ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity, we will survey a broad range of art practices throughout the Americas as well as major modern architectural projects in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Particular attention will be paid to cases in which artists and architects worked in the service of governmental regimes, as in Mexican muralism in the 1920s and the construction of Brasilia, a new national capital for Brazil, in the 1950s. We will also examine those cases in which artworks and artistic networks offered a means of challenging or subverting repressive policies. Beyond politics, this course focuses on the tensions of indigenous vs. cosmopolitan, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor, and the international dialogues that have informed the production and reception of art and architecture in the region. Group and individual visits to museums are integral aspects of this course, so that we may consider the contributions of artists from Latin America to global modern and contemporary art. This course will be taught in Spanish.

Spanish Language Course (SPANXXXX)

If you want to live in another country, you should speak the language!  Pitt in Buenos Aires requires that students take a Spanish language course while on the program.  Levels offered on Pitt in Buenos Aires are: SPAN 0001, SPAN 0002, SPAN 0003, SPAN 0004, SPAN 0020  - Conversation.
If you've taken Spanish in high school but not since coming to Pitt, get in touch with Oksana to determine which level of Spanish you should take. 

Seminar in Language and Culture (Spanish) (SPAN1303)

This is a course number for the courses at Austral University (with local students). You will be able to choose a course in your area of interest, but it will be listed as a SPAN 1303 course on your Pitt transcript.

Literature of the Americas (in Spanish) (SPAN1400)

In this course, we'll explore some of the many literary forms writers invented to suit modern life in the hemisphere Europeans first called the New World. We will read the works of three poets (Whitman, Stein, Cesaire) and three fiction writers (McKay, Borges, Lispector). All of our writers conceived new styles and rhythms they believed emerged from and responded to a unique set of American conditions. These conditions included great possibilities - democracy, liberty, rights - and terrible abuses - slavery, colonialism, racism. To confront realities of this kind, these writers revitalized language, updated sound and sense, and reconceived literature's relationship to other human activities in original and powerful ways. As we read their sometimes weird, sometimes difficult poems and stories, we will ask how writers respond through formal experimentation to the urgent political and social questions life in the Americas raises. This course will be taught in Spanish.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Buenos Aires (URBNST1416)

Cities around the world are striving to be global. Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in Latin America and dominates Argentina's economic, political, social and cultural processes, exerting great influence over national and regional development. This course examines the emergence of this elegant, cosmopolitan city as Argentina's gateway to the world, the impact of rapid population growth and the influx of trans-national organizations into the city. Students will gain insights into the ways in which globalization has affected the city and its inhabitants; analyze the changing nature of Buenos Aires' relationship with the rest of the world; and examine the major urban challenges facing the city today. The course also aims to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and to develop informed interpretations of their experience, as well as enhancing their understanding of recent Argentine history, culture and society. Topics will include the legacy of Spanish colonization, transition to democracy and recent impacts of Argentina's debt crisis on the city as well as Buenos Aires' significance as a cultural hub. 

Experiential Learning Description

Please note that internships are available with corporate and non-profit organizations. Internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student.​. For Spanish-language internship placements, students must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish. Limited placements are avaiable in English. 

An international internship is your opportunity to create a stand-out resume, and you will be challenged to apply your coursework to the work world, acquire cultural competence, and create professional connections that can last a lifetime.  Not only will your LinkedIn profile get a boost, but your marketability to future employers will too.

Internships in Pitt in Buenos Aires are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time.  In addition to workplace experience, you will also meet with peers and faculty for internship seminars to help you get the most out of the experience.  Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail.

You can sign up for an internship regardless of your major as a part of the application process.  Keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, keep in mind that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait.

Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad. 
The CAPA Buenos Aires Center is hosted at Universidad Austral, a private university located in Barrio Norte.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!

 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $9,314 $14,902
Program Fee $5,685 $5,685
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $15,399 $20,987

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,500 - $1,800
Personal Expenses and Meals $2,000 - $4000
Local Cell phone $100

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

$18,999 - $21,299 $24,587 - $26,887

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for up to 15 credits
  • Housing with a home stay in Buenos Aires or housing in a student residence
  • Breakfast and dinner (host families only)
  • Orientation in Buenos Aires, including walking tours of your neighborhood
  • MyEducation program - a series of cultural events to help you get to know Buenos Aires
  • A full day excursion to an Argentine cattle ranch; a tango show with a lesson; a hop on / hop off city bus tour
  • Travel health insurance through the University's International SOS policy
When You'll Go

Please note that the dates are subject to change. 
If you are planning to take classes with local students, you might need to stay in-country longer, as the final exams are scheduled after the end of the semester. Reach out to your Pitt program manager to get more information.