Study Abroad

API (Academic Programs International)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

UW-L has joined with API as an affiliate institution to expand our study abroad opportunities for students. API is a study abroad provider that works with campuses to provide a full service study abroad experience.

  • To make arriving more comfortable for you, API welcomes students at the airport and provides transfer to their housing.
  • Onsite staff when you arrive and throughout your stay in every one of their program locations. They will be your academic advisors, support counselors, and excursion coordinators.
  • To help you familiarize yourself with your new environment, onsite staff will lead an in-depth orientation session and a tour of the city.
  • API encourages students to become involved in activities outside the classroom with the help of the onsite staff. API will organize social and cultural activities, short excursions to nearby places of interest, overnight trips within the host country, and even social dinners at local establishments.

Mix together a beautiful European-like city with attractive residents (call them porteños), gourmet cuisine, awesome shopping, a frenzied nightlife and top-drawer activities, and you get Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan metropolis with both slick neighborhoods and equally downtrodden areas – but that’s part of the appeal. It’s an elegant, seductive place with a ragged edge, laced with old-world languor and yet full of contemporary attitude. Buenos Aires is somehow strangely familiar, but unlike any other city in the world.

In between cutting-edge designer boutiques, ritzy neighborhoods and grand parks are unkempt streets full of spewing buses and bustling fervor. Seek out classic BA: the old-world cafés, colonial architecture, fun outdoor markets and diverse communities. Rub shoulders with the formerly rich and famous in Recoleta’s cemetery, making sure to sidestep the ubiquitous dog piles on the sidewalks. Fill your belly at a parrilla (steak restaurant), then spend the night partying away in Palermo Viejo’s trendiest dance club.

Hunt for that antique gem in a dusty San Telmo shop, or visit on Sunday for the barrio’s spectacularly popular fair. Learn to sweep your leg dancing the sultry tango, and then attend a super-passionate fútbol match between River and Boca. These unforgettable adventures (and many more) are just waiting for you to go out and experience them.

Information courtesy of Lonely Planet.

Students will enroll in two courses while in Buenos Aires; one English course (ENG 200) and one additional course. In addition to classroom contact hours, a significant amount of time will be spent outside of the classroom focusing on experiential learning. Though knowledge of the Spanish Language is NOT REQUIRED for this program, students must ensure that they have fulfilled all necessary pre-requisites for the two available courses.


ENG 200: Latin American Women Writers
(Taught by Dr. Jean Janecki)
This course will introduce a range of writing by a number of women authors from Latin America. Themes will include: questions of language, style and form, as well as concerns such as identity, family, nationhood and ‘race.’ The class will include guest speakers, visits and films. We will concentrate on prominent writers from Argentina such as Alejandra Pizarnik, Alicia Kozameh, and Luisa Valenzuela, and from other countries including Majorie Agosin, Elena Poniatowska, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Angeles Mastretta.

CST 332: Intercultural Communication
(Taught by Ayesha Patnaik)
The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the study of cultures and their effects on communication. Cultural, sociocultural, psycho-cultural and environmental influences will be explored in terms of how they affect the communication process. Communication behavior (both verbal and nonverbal) will be examined to determine its role in other cultures. Students will learn to communicate more competently with people from other cultures and ethnic groups. Prerequisites - junior standing or faculty approval.

For more specific program information contact:

Dr. Jean Janecki
Modern Language Department
Phone: 608.785.8325
  Ayesha Patnaik
Communications Studies Department
Phone: 608.7856718

Participants will be housed in centrally located hostel-style student lodging, which includes internet access (Wi-Fi), daily breakfast, a study room, and a fully-equipped kitchen which is available to guests. The lodging is located close to the API Center.

Daily breakfast is included at the student residence and overnight excursions; students are responsible for daily lunch and dinner. A welcome and a farewell meal are also included in the program.

Excursions have been planned to help familiarize participants with Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas. Student will have the opportunity of participating in planned excursions as well as optional excursions. Excursions or trips are subject to change without prior notice. Optional excursion costs are not included in the program fees, so students are responsible for covering these fees.

Possible excursions may include trips to the following:

  • City Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Iguaza Falls
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • La Boca Responsible Tour
  • Day trip to Estancia (optional)

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

A student visa is not required for United States citizens to enter Argentina for a stay of up to 90 days; however, citizens of other countries may require a visa for entry.

PROGRAM FEE: $5,990 (dependent on number of student enrollment)
The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Round Trip Airfare to and from Buenos Aires
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • Housing and Meals (breakfast only)
  • Ground Transportation for API-organized day-trips and excursions
  • Cultural Activities and Excursions
  • Including round trip airfare to Iguaza Falls
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (mandated by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

Airfare to and from Buenos Aires is NOT included in the program fee.

Financial aid is applicable.

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.


Expected Arrival Date in Buenos Aires: TBA
Expected Departure Date from Buenos Aires: TBA


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Fulfilled prerequisites for available courses
  • The desire to experience the world and receive academic credit for doing it!

For more information, please view: Study Abroad~Exchange Application Guidelines.

  1. Application Form (use your tab and arrow keys to navigate the form)
  2. $50 application fee (payable to UW-La Crosse)
  3. Official University Transcripts
  4. Academic Recommendation Form (1)
  5. Personal Statement Form

All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting Argentina.

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