Universidad de Belgrano - Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Universidad de Belgrano was founded in 1964 by Dr. Avelino Porto and currently offers more than 45 graduate and postgraduate level degrees to its more than 11,000 local and international students. Its facilities include fully-equipped classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and computer labs, most of these housed in a modern building in an upper-middle class residential neighborhood only a few minutes away from Buenos Aires' historic and governmental district.
The University has over 180 exchange and academic cooperation agreements with universities across the world including dual degree programs with universities in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain in business, agronomy and engineering, to name a few. Likewise, they receive dozens of students from all over the United States every semester.
International students attending the Universidad de Belgrano have a wide array of courses options depending on their Spanish language level. Students at a beginner level can combine Spanish language courses with content courses taught in English on Argentine and Latin American Studies. Students with an intermediate level may opt to take a Spanish language course and content courses taught in Spanish on topics such as Argentine history, literature, politics and economics. The more advanced student can attend courses offered to Argentine degree-seeking students at the university. Disciplines include architecture, agronomy, economics, natural sciences, mathematics, health sciences, law, social sciences, humanities, engineering, information technology and languages.
The Universidad de Belgrano is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of Argentine as a degree awarding institution of undergraduate and graduate education.
Host City Description
For decades known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is an idyllic city that combines Europe's charm with Latin America's flair for the dramatic.
Originally founded as Ciudad de Nuestra Senora Santa Maroa del Buen Ayre in 1536, Buenos Aires today is Argentina's capital and, as its largest city, has a population of well over 13 million. Besides serving as the country's political and financial center, the city is world renowned for its dedication and contribution to the arts. The sensuous tango originated among European immigrants in Buenos Aires at the turn of the 20th century, while the Teatro Colon, one of the world's most important opera houses, has been blessed with performances by PlÃ¡cido Domingo, Astor Piazzola, Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas, among dozens of other remarkable musicians. During the past years, tours have been designed to retrace the steps of famous Buenos Aires residents such as tango sensation Carlos Gardel, former First Lady Evita Peron and short story master Jorge Luis Borges.
In addition to its cultural vivacity, Buenos Aires is a comfortable city where students will feel at ease and with a multitude of opportunities to practice their Spanish and experience the life of a Latin American megalopolis. Transportation within the city is facilitated by an excellent metro system as well as trains, taxis and buses that comprehensively cover downtown Buenos Aires and its suburbs. Restaurants - where you can taste Argentina's famous beef - and coffee shops are spilled throughout the city, while high-end shopping centers and supermarkets, movie theaters, nightclubs and sporting events, such as thrilling first division football matches at Boca Juniors' La Bombonera Stadium, abound.
This vibrant yet refined lifestyle, cultural and historical importance, and plethora of options - for the most part inimitable elsewhere in the Americas - has made Buenos Aires one of Latin America's most important tourist attractions and student destinations.