Pitt in Buenos Aires - Summer

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. This six-week summer program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Buenos Aires has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization.

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 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, or take a courses in Spanish with other international 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. 

Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found at www.abroad.pitt.edu/geneds

International Internship - Semester (ARTSC1899)

This is a part-time internship (20 hours per week). In addition, you will attend weekly discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment, develop personal and professional skills, and learn to contextualize your internship experience socially and culturally. You will receive 3 credits for this course.


Key Issues in International Economics for Managers (BUSECN1508)

Fulfills a requirement for the CPIB/ Global Management major. 
The objective of this course is to examine theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students will look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern day explanations of preferential trading arrangements will be explored and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade will be examined.

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.The CAPA Center has full-time support staff to assist you with anything you need during your program regarding academics, internships, housing, cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, and more!

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 $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $2,343 $2,343
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $7,299 $7,499

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,500
Personal Expenses $1,000
Local Cell Phone $100

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 Pitt in Buenos Aires fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Buenos Aires
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • Transportation pass
  • Excursion to an Argentine cattle ranch and a tango show and lessons
  • Health Insurance
  • Access to Universidad Austral facilities, including library, computing labs, and dining room
When You'll Go

Start date - mid May
End date - end of June