Spend the winter studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Buenos Aires, home of the Pasadena City College's Winter 2018 Study Abroad progam, is the capital and most populated city in Argentina. Part European, part Latin American, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires exhibits a fascinating blend of cultures based on its dual heritage. Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires feels a bit like Europe with a vibrant Latin American twist. Immerse yourself in the thriving cultural scene of this dynamic South American city as you explore its rich history first-hand.

Marvel at the breathtaking architecture. Stroll the city squares and busy avenues. Socialize like an Argentine at an intimate sidewalk cafe. Enjoy the serenading street musicians and witness the sensual passion of the Argentine tango. Experience the beauty and multi-cultural identity of this vibrant city with PCC Study Abroad!

Program Dates

 Jan. 3 - Feb. 10, 2018

  • January 3: program starts on PCC campus
  • January 20: program resumes in Buenos Aires

Program Fee

  • $2,545 without roundtrip airfare
  • $3,970 with roundtrip airfare

Excludes airline taxes & PCC tuition. Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students.

Info Sessions

Attend an Information Session to learn more about the program!

  • Sept. 14 at 12 pm in C-217
  • Sept. 26 at 12 & 6 pm in C-217
  • Oct. 12 at 12 pm in C-217
  • Oct. 24 at 12 & 6 pm in C-217
  • Nov. 8 at 12 & 6 pm in C-217
  • Nov. 21 at 12 pm in LL-306

Program Dates

  • Wednesday, January 3 – Thursday, January 18: Classes held on PCC campus
  • Friday, January 19: Group flight departs U.S. for Argentina
  • Saturday, January 20: Arrive in Buenos Aires, transfer to accommodations
  • Sunday, January 21: Orientation & sightseeing tour
  • Monday, January 22: On-site classes begin
  • Saturday, February 10: End of program. Group flight departs for the U.S.

Program Fees

  • $2,545 without roundtrip airfare
  • $3,970 with roundtrip airfare 

Excludes airline taxes & PCC tuition. Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students.

Program Fee Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare & transfers (if airfare package is selected)
  • Accommodation in single or twin-room homestays
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner) Monday to Friday
  • Travel pass for use on buses & metro in the central zone for the duration of the program 
  • Guided siteseeing tour of Buenos Aires
  • Traditional Argentinian welcome dinner
  • Visits to a variety of Buenos Aires sites, including Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada, Museo de Arte Latinamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo Evita, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes & Museo Historico Nacional
  • Full-day excursion to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
  • Excursion to a traditional hacienda/ranch in the Argentine countryside 
  • Tango class & show
  • On-site faculty, student support staff member, and 24-hour emergency contact service 
  • Accident and illness insurance
  • Liability insurance

Program fee does not include:

  • Mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $136 (subject to change) IF airfare package is selected
  • Refundable housing damage deposit ($125)
  • Meals other than those listed
  • Optional medical insurance upgrade ($65) and optional personal effects coverage ($90)
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • PCC course registration fees
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses
Fee:             Deadline:
Enrollment Deposit $450.00 Due immediately upon acceptance into program
Balance of Fees $2,095.00  November 22, 2017
Housing Damage Deposit (refundable) $125.00 November 22, 2017
Roundtrip Airfare (if selected) $1,425.00 November 22, 2017
Airline Tax (if selected) $136.00 November 22, 2017
Total (with airfare)   $4,231.00  
Total (without airfare)              
Optional Upgrades:    
Medical Insurance Upgrade $65.00 November 22, 2017
Personal Effects Insurance $90.00 November 22, 2017

All students must submit the $450 deposit when completing the online enrollment form immediately after acceptance into the program. Subsequent payments may be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “AIFS.” American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

Please note: A $35 returned check fee will be charged on all checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds.

AIFS Air/Transportation Package 

Tickets purchased from AIFS are exclusively on scheduled airlines (not charters). They are not endorsable to another carrier. Flights are not necessarily direct or non-stop, and frequent flyer miles are not applicable. The AIFS Transportation Package includes round-trip ground transportation from the airport in Buenos Aires to your accommodations on the regularly scheduled program dates. 

A minimum of 10 participants must take the AIFS flight for it to be offered.

AIFS Refund Policy 

All notification of withdrawal must be made in writing via fax or certified mail to: Registrar, Customized, Faculty-led Programs, AIFS Study Abroad, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905. The fax number is 203.399.5597. Postmark date or date of fax transmission is considered date of withdrawal. All withdrawal statements must be signed by the applicant, or they will not be processed.

If a student withdraws on or before Thursday, October 26, 2017, s/he will receive a refund for all fees paid less a $150 processing fee and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student’s behalf.

If a student withdraws after Thursday, October 26, 2017, but on or before Wednesday, November 22, 2017, s/he will receive a refund for all fees paid less the $450 deposit and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.

No refund will be given after Wednesday, November 22, 2017 for any reason except medical covered by the AIFS Fees Refund and Medical Insurance Policy. The policy requires written proof of medical reasons provided by your physician.

This refund policy is necessary because the booking of facilities in Buenos Aires requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments by AIFS in advance.


Two courses will be offered during the winter study abroad trip to Buenos Aires - History 007B U.S. History from 1876 and History 009B Latin America 1825 to the Present.

History 009B: This course introduces the student to the internal and external forces that eventually came to shape Latin America. The course begins by examining the legacy of the colonial period and the changes, if any, that independence brought to the newly created countries. Argentina will serve as the model and its experiences in internal and external events will be compared to similar themes with other Latin American countries. Other topics to be covered include the Formation of National Identity, Industrialization and Labor, the Impact of Immigration, the Great Wars, growing U.S. Intervention in Latin America, and the role of the Military in government. 


Participants must enroll in both classes for a total of 6 units.

Course #

Course Name


History 007B United States History From 1876


History 009B Latin America 1825 to the Present


* All courses are CSU/UC transferable.* Honors Program credit for those who qualify

Program Faculty

Professor Eduardo A. Cairo´, History

Email: eacairo@pasadena.edu                                    Phone: (626) 585-7745 

Meals & Accommodations

Accommodations in furnished, single or double-room, homestays. You will live with a local family in a residential neighborhood located a short commute away from the AIFS study center in the Belgrano district of Buenos Aires. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by your homestay, Monday-Friday. All homestay families are carefully screened and selected by AIFS personnel overseas. The AIFS Local Organizer will use the information you provide on your housing form to place you with a local family.

You will be invoiced for a $125 refundable damage deposit in addition to the program fees.

Excursions & Activities

Orientation Tour
Orientation program upon arrival followed by a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires and a traditional Argentinian welcome dinner. 

Local Activities
The group will visit a variety of Buenos Aires sights, including Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada, Museo de Arte Latinamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo Evita, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo Historico Nacional.

Tango Show
The essence of Buenos Aires is on display in the Argentine tango. Experience the rich, distinctive, dance form at a live show. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay Excursion
Charming Colonia del Sacramento is just a short boat trip away from Buenos Aires. Located on the north shore of the Río de la Plata, Colonia played a strategic role in resisting the Spanish when it was first settled by the Portuguese in 1680. Enjoy a ferry ride across the river separating Argentina from neighboring Uruguay, and spend the day exploring the cobbled streets of the barrio Historico (Old Town) at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hacienda Excursion


Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Grants, loans, and scholarships may be used to pay program fees.

Apply immediately. You should allow up to eight weeks for your financial aid request to be processed.

More About Financial Aid options at PCC

Apply to Study in Buenos Aires!

We are now accepting applications for the Buenos Aires 2018 program! Applications submitted in September & October will be given priority. A limited amount of spots are available for this program. Apply now!

To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the date of departure. All adult students and varied educational backgrounds are welcome! You do not need to be a current PCC student to join the program.

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More Information

Contact Professor Andrea Murray, Study Abroad Coordinator