Buenos Aires

SIT Public Health in Urban Environments

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, fieldwork, and independent study; courses are taught in Spanish. Students earn four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and educational fieldtrips included.and an Independent Study Project on a topic related to the theme.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty: Emily Wiley (Keck Science)
  • Fields of study: Public health, development studies, language and culture
  • Eligibility: 7.5 cumulative GPA; completion of Spanish 44 or higher; college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in health sciences, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies
  • Number of program participants: 15-25

Living Arrangements

The homestay in Buenos Aires begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester. During excursions, students stay in other accommodations, such as small hotels or hostels. Meals are taken with the hosts or with the SIT group.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August through early December
  • Spring: Late February through early June


  • Advising Tips: This SIT program requires one faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the Scripps form or the student can provide a link to the online reference form.
  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: Visa (reciprocity fee) of $160 (subject to change); For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.