Quick Info

  • Buenos Aires
  • Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, English Literature, History of Art and Architecture, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Urban Studies
  • : February 27, 2019 - June 16, 2019
  • : $14,499 - In-State / $19,938- Out-of-State
  • : Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Beginner - Intermediate Track

For students who have taken 0-4 semesters of Spanish.

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

This program fulfills all four (including non-western) foreign culture requirements. 

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. 

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. 

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 fulfills: LIT.

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 fulfills: MA, HS. 

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. 

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.

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.

Advanced Track

For students who have taken 5+ semesters of Spanish.

The Advanced Track will give you the opportunity to take coursework in Spanish that will deepen your language skills as well as you knowledge of Argentina and Latin American culture.

Option 1 - Coursework in Spanish (recommended for Spanish majors / minors)

Course 1 - SPAN 1457 - Literature of the Americas (in Spanish)

Course 2 - SPAN 14XX - Another content course in Spanish (the topic will be confirmed shortly)  

Course 3 - Course in English from the Beginner / Intermediate Track

Course 4 - Course in English from the Beginner / Intermediate Track or Internship

Option 2 - Coursework with locals (for near-native Spanish-speakers) - please reach out to Oksana Stalczynski at oks5@pitt.edu to discuss this option in more details.

Course 1 - SPAN 1303 - Course with local students taught by local faculty

Course 2 - SPAN 1404 - Course with local students taught by local faculty

Course 3 - Course in English from the Beginner / Intermediate Track

Course 4 - Course in English from the Beginner / Intermediate Track or Internship

Experiential Learning

Internship placements are now available in both Spanish and English in a wide variety of fields. 

You can do internship at local NGOs, charities and non-profits, as well as in corporate organizations.

Volunteering opportunities will also be available through the My Global City program.

E-mail Oksana for more information.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, Pitt's partner for Pitt in Buenos Aires, has a full-time support staff ready to help you with whatever you might need during your stay. Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.

In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Buenos Aires as well!

Professor Douglas Harding will be returning to teach in Buenos Aires in the spring of 2019 to teach International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior and International Economics. Professor Harding is originally from Venezuela, fluent in Spanish, and posesses a unique understanding of doing business in Latin American countries. 



For Pitt in Buenos Aires, we want to encourage you to take advantage of the option to live with a host family in the city.  Living with a family gives you the opportunity to experience what Argentine life is really like, practice speaking Spanish, and make meaningful connections with locals!  Housing with a host family includes breakfast and dinner each day as well as a single room.

If a homestay doesn't seem like the right choice for you, student residences are also available.  You'll share your room with another student and have access to a communal kitchen.  Keep in mind that meals aren't included with the residences.  If you'd prefer this option, let Oksana know.



Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$14,499 $19,938
Arrive in Buenos Aires Depart Buenos Aires
February 27, 2019 June 16, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

  • All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash:

Spring semester: Friday, October 19, 2018

Inclusions & Exclusions

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 a lesson; a hop on / hop off city bus tour
  • Travel health insurance through the University's International SOS policy

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Airfare ($1,200-$1,800)
  • Visa (approx. $160)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Personal Expenses and additional meals ($2,500-$4,000)

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.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

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!