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Maryland-in-Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Portuguese,Spanish

 

Miba spring 2017

Enliven your study abroad experience with a semester in one of Latin America’s most vibrant and energetic cities – Buenos Aires.  As the most-visited city in Latin America and known for its European flavor, Buenos Aires flourishes with endless opportunities to experience the diverse reality of this key South American metropolis. Engage with the arts scene in Palermo, dance tango in San Telmo, stroll the colorful La Boca neighborhood and follow in the footsteps of those who participated in countless public demonstrations in historic Plaza de Mayo.  Maryland-in-Buenos Aires offers something for everyone and provides the support to maximize your opportunity to live and learn the Latin American lifestyle.

With its flexible program structure, Maryland-in-Buenos Aires (MiBA) caters to students from a wide range of majors and interests. Designed for students at all levels of Spanish language from beginners to advanced speakers, the program provides a robust set of cultural and professional development activities to enhance the immersive experience. This includes homestays with Argentinean families, local excursions as well as workshops in intercultural communication, career development and traditional Argentinian music, dance, and cuisine.

 

Maryland-in-Buenos Aires is open to any undergraduate with interest in Spanish language and Latin American culture from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.  No prior Spanish language experience is required. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students must complete at least one year of university course work and at least one semester at UMD College Park.
  2. GPA requirement as listed above
  3. Applicants should be open-minded and flexible.
  4. Students are not required to have any language experience prior to their application to Maryland in Buenos Aires. Students with less than 3 semesters of college-level Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate on the one month pre-semester Spanish language intensive session.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss.

All applications must be submitted online and complete by the published application deadline in order to receive full consideration. Admission for the program are competitive. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement alone does not guarantee admission. 

Maryland-in-Buenos Aires offers coursework in both English and Spanish, allowing you to create a schedule that fits best with your academic needs and interest, earning up to 18 credits in one semester!

The core of the MiBA academic program is the signature core course, Cultural Difference in Contemporary Latin America and a Spanish language course, which together will provide a foundation for your experience in Argentina. The remainder of your courses will be at the Universidad de Belgrano, where you will learn alongside other international students focusing on Latin American studies bridging an array of academic disciplines including political science, economics, sociology and gender studies.

In addition, MiBA students have the option of enrolling in a one month pre-semester Spanish language intensive session in February. This option is highly recommended for students with no prior Spanish language experience and students with less than two years of university-level Spanish language instruction.

Maryland-in-Buenos Aires - Course List
Course Credits Language of Instruction
Pre-semester Intensive Spanish Language Course (optional) 3 Spanish
Cultural Difference In Contemporary Latin America (counts as DVUP Gen Ed) 3 English
Spanish Language Course (Intro-Advanced) 3 Spanish
2-3 Electives in Latin American Studies (see full course list) 6-9 English or Spanish
Total Credits with Intensive Pre-Semester 15 - 18  
Total Credits without Intensive Pre-Semester 12 - 15  

For additional information, review the Academic Overview and the Maryland-in-Buenos Aires Course List.

To allow for full immersion into Argentinian culture and Spanish language, all students will live in homes with Argentinian families matched to their individual needs. Homestay hosts will allow students to understand various Argentinian lifestyles, enhance their language skills, and see Buenos Aires from a unique perspective. Maryland students will be placed individually or in pairs according to their distinctive needs and life styles. Program staff can work with homestay placements to accommodate dietary and other special accommodations.

For more information, review the Housing Overview.
 

Fall Budget

Costs listed are for fall 2017. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $80
Tuition $9,720
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, one month bus pass, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $3,500
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $TBD
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,400
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $1,500
In-country transportation (estimate)  $900
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,240

Spring Budget

Cost listed are for Spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $TBD
Housing Fee $TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Housing includes weekly meals with your host family (breakfast & dinner).
Pre-semester Intensive Spanish Language Course & Housing (optional) $TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, airport pickup, and teaching services. The student visa (resident permit) is also included.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $TBD
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE INCLUDING PRE-SEMESTER PROGRAM $TBD
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,400
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $1,500
In-country transportation (estimate)  $900
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $TBD
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE INCLUDING PRE-SEMESTER PROGRAM: $TBD

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Verónica Muñoz is the Resident Director in Buenos Aires and coordinates all on-site aspects of the program including on-site orientation, engagement activities, and communication with the host university and housing partners.

Brittany Lashley is an Interim Advisor in EA and advises prospective and admitted students in the Maryland-in-Buenos Aires program. In addition, she coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program.

 

Maryland-in-Buenos Aires provides plentiful opportunities to engage with the rich culture and lifestyle of the city. Program staff are available to assist you in finding engagement activities that match your personal and professional interests. Socio-cultural activities may include, participating in a live English radio program, attending a local soccer game or a theatre performance. There are also visits to open air-markets, local businesses, the Central Bank and one overnight excursion included in the program fee.
In addition, program staff will offer a career Development Workshop during the semester in order to help you process your study abroad experience and draw connections to your career goals. . The interactive and dynamic workshop provides students with practical exercises that help you articulate skills gained through studying abroad on their resumes, cover letters, and during job interviews.
 

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016 01/26/2017 06/17/2017
Please view the Academic Calendar for more details.
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 01/01/2017 07/31/2017 11/10/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017