Universidad de Belgrano


Study abroad in Buenos Aires at Universidad de Belgrano, one of the top private universities in Buenos Aires! The university is guided by the principles of autonomy, pluralism, ecumenism, republicanism, social interdependence, and internationalization.

This exciting program offers you the opportunity to study Argentine and Latin American culture while living in the political, social, and cultural heart of Argentina.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Academic Programs International (API)

API is an organization that UCSC has partnered with to provide students with this opportunity. API stands for Academic Programs International which is an organization that was founded in 1997 to connect U.S. college students to the world. API has staff in the United States and abroad to support students through every step of their journey.

Minimum GPA – 2.85

Prerequisites –  If you plan to take courses taught in Spanish, there is a Spanish Prerequisite.

Courses in Spanish with other visiting international students: Completion of Spanish 4 prior to departure

Courses in Spanish with Argentine students (Spring Semester Only): Completion of Spanish 6 (for non-native speakers) or one SpHS course (for native speakers). Note: Students taking courses with Argentines will need to stay an extra month due to final exam schedule (no added cost). 

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure.

Term Options

Fall Semester: late August – late December 

Spring Semester:  early January – mid-June 

  • The first month is intensive Spanish
  • Students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Partner Program deadlines



City & University
A city full of distinct neighborhoods to explore, each with its own personality and culture, Buenos Aires is the social, cultural, and economic heart of Argentina. Here you will find:

  • Museums, world-renowned theaters, tango dance centers
  • Stunning architecture
  • Vibrant and active nightlife
  • Endless opportunities to experience exceptional Argentine cuisine

In Buenos Aires, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction to the Argentine culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two meals per day (except on weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students live in the Palermo, Recoleta, and Belgrano neighborhoods, which are generally 15-45 minutes from their host university. Accommodations are coordinated and included in the program fees by our partner, API.

Included Excursions 

Included excursions for this program are: 

  • Estancia     
  • Tigre     
  • La Plata

Note: excursions vary by term.

If you would like more detailed information about the excursions, please reach out to globallearning@ucsc.edu or studentoutreach@apiabroad.com

Student Support

API teams will support your study abroad journey from application through re-entry. API staff will help guide you through the final phases of the application process after you have been nominated by UCSC, then upon arrival in-country, you will meet the API onsite team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. API staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, cultural, health, and safety questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Please contact API directly if you have any concerns about disability accommodations abroad at studentoutreach@apiabroad.com.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a Universidad de Belgrano exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester. You may:

  • Complete an intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of the standard semester via the early-start option (Spring Semester only)
  • Choose to take a semester-long Spanish language course. Students who select a Spanish language course during the semester will select 3-4 elective courses to complete with it. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Spanish language course.
  • Select courses specifically designed for visiting international students in either Spanish or English. These elective courses will NOT have any Argentine students in them. Courses offered in Spanish for visiting students require at least an intermediate Spanish level.
  • Register in courses with local degree-seeking students in Spanish (This is not an option for fall due to UCSC calendar). This option will require an advanced language background and will require students to extend their stay for an additional 3 weeks at no additional cost. Students will complete a language placement exam prior to departure so that their Spanish language proficiency can be verified.
  • Complete any combination of the above options, including taking a Spanish language course, completing electives for visiting students in English or Spanish and completing a course in Spanish with local Argentine students. 

Course Search

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • A typical course load for Fall Semester is the equivalent of 18-22.5 quarter credits (4-5 courses), and 27-31.5 quarter credits (6-7 courses) for Spring

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Belgrano, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in fall semester and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in spring semester after conversion (see below).

If you are not enrolled in the minimum number of quarter credits required, then you will fall out of Satisfactory Academic Progress. This could lead to financial aid and academic repercussions

If you are unable to enroll in the minimum number of quarter credits through courses at your host university, you may be able to fill in the gap by enrolling in one remote course through UCSC or UC online.

Credit Conversion

Belgrano uses contact hours. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 42-50 contact hours = 4.5 UCSC quarter credits
  • 51-56 contact hours =  5 UCSC quarter credits
  • 57-64 contact hours =  6 UCSC quarter credits

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by API, and work with assigned API program manager, to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at globallearning@ucsc.edu before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.

Last modified: Feb 27, 2024