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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CAPA the Global Education Network 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art, Business, Communication, Culture, Economics, Education, Film, Finance, Government, Humanities, International Business, International Relations, Internships, Latin American Studies, Liberal Arts, Literature, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 1-First Year, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Grad Student
Program Description:
Semester Program


Buenos Aires BuildingsWith the Buenos Aires, Argentina Global Institute at Universidad Austral, you'll be part of an inclusive cultural environment and learn about the “porteños” (people from Buenos Aires) daily life. You'll get outside the classroom and learn from the vibrant neighborhoods, museums, food, and tango of this eclectic City!

Additional opportunities:
INTERNSHIPS - Students can participate in an internship in a variety of professional fields for credit. The internship is accompanied by a course called Learning through Internships. 
**Note: you must have at least 4 semesters of Spanish language to participate.

Courses and Credits

Students at the Buenos Aires Global institute are recommended to take between 15-18 academic credits for the semester. Classes are held at the downtown campus of Universidad Austral, a top-ranking Argentinian institution. This program offers a range of subjects (business, history, film, political science, communications, etc.) taught in English. 

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

For course listing and descriptions, scroll down to CHOOSE YOUR TERM. To see what these courses have been approved as, click here: MERRIMACK COURSE EQUIVALENCIES. Please note that course availability is subject to change.

COURSE APPROVAL PROCESS:If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. If you do not access your syllabus on the above site, please request a syllabus from Njideka Ofoleta at nofoleta@capa.org. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


HOMESTAY: Homestays are required for this program. They are within commuting distance to class and provide an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided in the homestay.


Merrimack students attending a CAPA semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, cultural excursions and international insurance for the semester.

2018-2019 Fees include:
Total Global Semester costs: $24,830

CAPA has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall, billmail@merrimack.edu,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall, financialaid@merrimack.edu, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.
  • Meals (Lunch): $5-10 per day*
  • International Airfare:  $960-$1,650
  • Books & Supplies: $150-$250
  • Passport (first-time and renewals) $110 - $160
  • Basic mobile phone** $40-65
  • Local transportation*** $8-10 taxi ride
  • Laundry****: $50-120
*Students receive daily breakfast and dinner from their host family. 
**Incoming calls on most phone plans are free but if they plan on making outbound calls this will be an additional cost. On average, $30 receives 400 texts and 100 minutes of call time however this will vary depending on the phone carrier
***While CAPA facilitates your bus pass encompassing local transport around the city, we recommend students take licensed taxis very early in the morning/very late at night.
****Laundry is not included in the homestay. Students take laundry to a local dry cleaner (“lavadero”) where it is washed, dried, ironed, and folded for about $6/load. 



Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CAPA's online application.

CAPA's application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018