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Academics

Academics

A typical course load is four courses including the core seminar taught through the Center and three university courses.

Students may enroll in courses at one or more local universities: Universidad de San Andres, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Universidad Nacional de las Artes. The CASA staff in Buenos Aires will help students with course selection, though it is also advised that students review course options prior to arrival. Students may review a list of courses that were popular with students in the past.

The Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) is the largest university in Argentina and the highest-ranked public school. The UBA is best known for its excellent programs in philosophy and language and literature, in addition to its strong social sciences faculty. Its Faculty of Exact Sciences is home to one of Latin America's most respected earth science departments.

The Universidad Torcuato Di Tella hosts excellent professors in political science an international studies. Students concentrating in government will appreciate its courses offered in these subjects.

Students interested in economics will also be well-served at the Universidad de San Andrés, which specializes in business and economics.

Students interested in the arts will find excellent courses at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes.

Students have the option to follow pre-designed study tracks or they may design their own course of study. Students may find it helpful to review a list of courses that were popular with students in the past: 

https://ro.drclas.harvard.edu/suggested-courses-study-argentina

Additionally, students can explore a variety of social, cultural, political and professional opportunities beyond the classroom. Students can also participate in non-credit internship opportunities, linked to the students' area of academic studies, such as in community and grassroots organizations, cultural, health, and environmental institutions, and international agencies.

Students studying in Buenos Aires participate in a three-day, CASA-sponsored trip to Santiago, Chile.

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.  

Fall: Late July – Mid-December

Spring: Late February – Mid-July

Your academic experience abroad is going to be very different from home. Working under the policies and processes of the local institution, you may find a lot less structure, or a lot more.

Courses and Credit Approval

  • To find information on specific courses, go to the program’s website using the link in the “Snapshot” section of the Overview page.
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare options, get advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students. 
  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • Complete the Proposed Course of Study form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.

Academic Policies

  • All courses in Spanish
  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses for a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA