Buenos Aires

SIT Argentina: Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Multiple Locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Complete a comparative study abroad experience in Buenos Aires focused on economic and social realities

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2022
See other program dates


SIT Argentina: Transnationalism and Comparative Development is a comparative study abroad program based in Buenos Aires. In this program, you will rapidly improve your Spanish while exploring several countries' current economic and social realities, such as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In order to participate, you need to complete a minimum of 3 semesters of Spanish, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


Coursework will be conducted in Spanish, and lectures will examine each country's political and economic history. You will have the opportunity to studyTransnationalism and Regional Processes in the Southern Cone, Development and Social Change, Spanish for Social Sciences and Development, Research Methods and Ethics, and Independent Study Project (ISP).

The ISP gives you the unique opportunity to apply their learning from the semester to an independent field-based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

Because of the mobile nature of the program, you will stay in a combination of homestay and small hotels or hostels. The homestay in Buenos Aires will last for most of the term abroad.

The curriculum is supplemented with opportunities to learn from experience, and you will participate in a variety of educational excursions to locations throughout Latin America. Example locations include Roasario, Argentina, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Asuncion, Paraguay, Montevideo, Uruguay, among others.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary, and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
3 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate)
Multiple Locations,
Latin America and the Caribbean
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022