SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
University of Buenos Aires
This Spanish-language program provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the academic life of one of Latin America’s leading universities, offering a great variety of academic, intellectual and cultural opportunities. The Argentinian university is large: The law school has nearly 30,000 students, more than 900 officers of instruction, and offers approximately 1,000 courses each year. The average lecture size, however, is 52 students, with most upper-level courses having under 20 students.
Exchange students at the University of Buenos Aires are able to choose from a broad array of courses in a multitude of disciplines, including civil law; comparative law; human rights law; economic and commercial law; labor law; philosophy of law; international private and public law; and other topics.
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Language of Instruction:
Spanish. Columbia Law Students are required to show proof of their Spanish language proficiency as a part of the application process.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Online applications for all international study abroad programs are open during the month of February each year.
Students may go abroad on this program in either the fall or the spring semester. They must apply in the spring semester prior to the year they wish to study abroad (i.e., 1Ls should apply in the spring of their first year in order to study abroad in the spring of their 2L year).
Spring Semester 2017 (Primer Período Lectivo)
Classes Begin: March 13, 2017
Classes End: July 1, 2017
Fall Semester 2017 (Segundo Período Lectivo)
Classes Begin: August 14, 2017
Classes End: December 2, 2017
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Buenos Aires.
Health Insurance Requirements:
The University of Buenos Aires does not have specific health insurance requirements, however Columbia Law students are required to maintain health insurance for their entire stay.
Columbia Law School students are required to maintain a full-time schedule of at least 12 credits per semester.
University of Buenos Aires calculates credits based on the number of hours spent in class. For every 12 hours of class time, one credit is earned, and each UBA credit converts to one Columbia Law School credit.The maximum number of credits a foreign student may take in one semester is 16, but please note that the maximum number of credits that can be transferred to Columbia from study abroad is 13. A semester at the University of Buenos Aires lasts 16 weeks and most classes meet for three hours each week.
Students are evaluated using general written and/or oral exams, as well as term papers and other methods.
The University of Buenos Aires uses a grading scale of zero to ten. To receive credit from Columbia Law School, exchange students must score at least a six in any given class.
Students will receive transcripts from the University of Buenos Aires. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Each year, up to four Columbia Law School students (two per semester) may participate in the University of Buenos Aires exchange program. Applications are open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year.
Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
The University of Buenos Aires Requires the Following:
- To obtain forms, please consult with the Columbia Law School Office of International Programs.
- Application Form.
- Formulario A1.
- Formulario A2.
- Certificate/Statement of Eligibility from Columbia Law School.
- 4-by-4-inch Photograph.
- Copy of Passport (Identification Page).
University of Buenos Aires Online
University of Buenos Aires Law School
Information for Foreign Students
Academic Calendar (in Spanish)
University of Buenos Aires
Columbia Law School exchange students have free access to all library resources at the Law School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the University of Buenos Aires Law School Library website to learn more.
Visa and Passport Requirements:
Students who are accepted into this exchange program will receive information regarding the visa application process from the University of Buenos Aires.
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career. The timing of overseas study, however, may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Dual Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605