College of Charleston in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Applicants will log into the application portal, Via TRM, using their CofC email and MyCharleston password.  

Information Session: Thursday, March 25th @ 4:30pm

Meeting ID: 864 0748 6386
Passcode: 889686

Program Overview 

The College of Charleston Spring semester study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina is designed for students who major or minor in Spanish, or who are interested in earning up to 12 credit hours of upper level Spanish; students who major or minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies or International  Studies; or for students from any academic discipline interested in  developing fluency in Spanish.

If you have any questions about this faculty-led program, please contact Dr. Carl Wise at wiseca@cofc.edu.

Program Dates

February - May 2022 (tentative and subject to change)

Program Requirements

Interested students must also have completed, or be currently registered in Spanish 202 prior to participating in the program.

Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA.

Students must either already possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport.

Program Highlights

One of the program highlights is that students will live with Argentine families during their semester abroad. The families are selected by an organization that specializes in placing college students with Argentine families, and placement is based on answers to a questionnaire that students complete.  Living with families provides students a great opportunity to learn about Argentina daily life and culture.

During the semester, students as a group will take a cultural excursion to a location that provides a rich cultural and historical experience. The excursion is to be determined, but past excursions have included Salinas Grandes (a large salt flat in central-northern Argentina), and Iguazu Falls.

Courses offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 hours (4 courses) while in Buenos Aires, to maintain their full-time student status at the College of Charleston. The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes, therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on campus. Grades earned will factor in to the student’s GPA at the College. Classes are held at the Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Law and Social Sciences and are taught exclusively by Argentine faculty who are carefully selected and approved by the College of Charleston. Classes are conducted Monday through Friday each week, providing students weekends to explore Buenos Aires and to travel throughout Argentina and Latin America.

(Courses subject to change)

[Taught in Spanish]

  • SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review (online)
  • SPAN 320: Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures
  • SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad
  • SPAN 344: Advanced Grammar and Lexicon or SPAN 381: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (depending on student demand)
  • SPAN 300  Level (online)*
  • SPAN 400 Level (online)*

*exact course TBD

[Taught in English]

  • LACS 106: Introduction to Contemporary Argentina
  • POLI 340: Politics of Latin America

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.


Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee. The program fee of $6,150 (estimated, subject to change) includes housing with Argentine families, 2 meals a day provided by the families, comprehensive medical insurance, and the international student ID card. Also included in the program fee is the costs for the planned program excursion, including travel, lodging, two meals a day, and entrances into sites/museums.


Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, student visa fees (paid online prior to departure), one meal per day not covered by the family or on the excursion, and any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Buenos Aires (ie. Life Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Federal Student Loans and Grants, etc.).  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine exactly what aid a student is eligible for. 

Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that are range between $500 and $2000. Visit the following link to learn more about the CIE scholarship.

Application process

Applications are due OCTOBER 1. 

To apply, please visit the program application page, on Via TRM. AFTER you log in using your CofC email and MyCharleston password you can copy and paste the below link to the address bar to be directed to the program page in order to apply. 

cofc.via-trm.com/traveler/programs/7199

Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee is included in the program fee of $6,150 and will be only reflected in your eBill IF you withdraw from the program after submitting your application.