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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Internships, Latin American Studies, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 3.0 Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid
Language level: Spanish 100-level course or the equivalent GPA: 2.7
GPA in major: 3.0
Program Description:
Argentina Banner

Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, known locally as "The Land of the Six Continents" for its geographic and climatic diversity, has a long and fascinating history and is a major economic and political power in South America.

The capital city, Buenos Aires, famous for its 47 historically and culturally distinctive neighborhoods such as La Boca and La Recoleta, is arguably the most cosmopolitan city on the continent, largely as a result of a wave of European immigration in the early 20th century. Almost half of the population of 36 million Argentines are said to live in Greater Buenos Aires and its province. Even so, the city is renowned for its parks and squares, which give it a sense of spaciousness. A major economic and political center, it is also a lively and cultured city with a European feel. Tango was, of course, invented here and is today a virtual obsession; that and a wide variety of other musical styles are at the very core of the local, "porteño" culture along with the "gaucho" heritage of freedom and independence. Yet, Buenos Aires is also home to innumerable art galleries, some 100 museums, countless historical and architectural monuments (including art deco), a cemetery that rivals Paris' Père Lachaise, over 90 theaters, classical music groups and orchestras, ballet, and opera (the Colón Theater is ranked among the top three in the world), while the ubiquitous sidewalk cafés offer unparalleled opportunities for people-watching.

Located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica Argentina is a private university with an enrollment of 20,000 students (undergraduates and graduates). Established in 1958, UCA offers students courses in a variety of subjects.

Academic Program
For academic year 2022-2023: Students enroll in the equivalent of 4.0 Pomona credits, or 4.5 Middlebury credits for the semester. A maximum of 4.0 Pomona credits will be awarded for the semester.
For fall 2023 onwards: Students enroll in the equivalent of 4.5 Pomona credits, or 4.5 Middlebury credits for the semester.

All coursework is conducted in Spanish. All students enroll in Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence (0.5 Pomona credits), a writing-intensive course that meets once a week. The course receives a letter grade.

Students earn the remainder of their credits by enrolling in courses at Universidad Católica Argentina. Students integrate into the university system and take their courses alongside host university students.

The internship is organized by the program, and has an academic component. Previous internships have been in, but are not limited to, the following fields: health care, neighborhood government offices, women’s issues, and political research.

​​Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Argentina.

Pomona students may enroll in the Public Health Track. In the School in Argentina’s Public Health Track, students may take classes at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Facultad de Ciencias Sociales or the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA), choosing from a large array of suitable courses in the subject areas of sociology, demography, social work, psychology, and health-related careers such as nursing and nutrition. At each university, students also will have access to some courses from many majors and departments, such as Sociology or Social Work at UBA, or Nursing, Nutrition, and Kinesiology at UCA.  

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Middlebury study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Number of Students
Middlebury enrolls approximately 35 students, selected from a national pool. 

Host Institution
Middlebury Schools Abroad
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)

Faculty Liaison
Suzanne Chavez-Silverman

  • Completion of an upper-division Spanish course (100-level or higher), or the equivalent.
All students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with Latin American content.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.