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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Approx. Time Difference
March–October: + 4 hours
October–March: + 5 hours
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Latin American Studies, National University of Tres de Febrero

- Summer

 
This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, health and safety, finances and much more.
 
Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
 
Explore the UCEAP website for additional course information (including important details and restrictions), links to host institution websites, and program search tools.
 

Disclaimer
While UCEAP endeavors to keep the information updated and accurate, all program information should be considered in conjunction with program-specific operational correspondence which may contain the most up to date information. There may be times where UCEAP will need to change this information and it will often be updated online. Student is responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad. UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs, whenever, in our sole judgment local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.


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Your UCEAP Network

Local UCEAP Support

Campus EAP Office

The Campus EAP Office coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientations, and academic advising; and serves as your primary contact during the application process.
 

UCEAP Systemwide Office

The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. You will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
 
Program Advisors provide academic and operational program information to you and your campus as well as administrative support for all aspects of your participation.
 
Program Specialists manage the logistics of the program. They coordinate document requirements, visa application instructions, health and safety precautions, acceptance and placement by host institutions, arrival and onsite orientation, and housing arrangements.
 
Academic Staff advise on academic policies, review courses taken abroad for UC credit, and document your registration, grades, petitions and academic records.
 
Student Finance Accountants assist primarily with UCEAP statements, program fee collection, and financial aid disbursements (in conjunction with your campus Financial Aid Office).
 

Contact Information

Program Advisor
Faith Curtis
Phone: (805) 893-4268; E-mail: fcurtis@eap.ucop.edu
 
Program Specialist
Ann Rotlisberger
Phone: (805) 893-4268; E-mail: arotlisberger@eap.ucop.edu
 
Academic Staff
Monica Rocha
E-mail: mrocha@eap.ucop.edu

Rachel Ogletree
Email:
rogletree@eap.ucop.edu

Phone
: (805) 893-2712

Student Finance Accountant
Ben Kinman
Phone: (805) 893-4812; E-mail: stufinance@eap.ucop.edu
 
UCEAP Systemwide Office
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117-5823
Phone: (805) 893-4762; Fax: (805) 893-2583
 

Study Center Abroad

UCEAP has partnered with the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) to provide all logistical and services support to participants in the Latin American Studies program. Classes will be held in the Borges Cultural Center, located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires.
 
UNTREF – Sede Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte y San Martín. 3
Buenos Aires C1053ABK
 
Claudia Schilman, Program Coordinator
Phone from Argentina: 154-415-8800
 
Academic oversight of the UCEAP program at National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) is provided by UC faculty member Professor Cristián Ricci from the UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Professor Ricci is resident UCEAP Faculty Director in Santiago, Chile and will be available by phone or e-mail.
 
Cristián Ricci, UCEAP Faculty Director
Study Center Phone (calling from Argentina): 00-56-2-354-5160
Study Center Phone (calling from Chile): (56-2) 354-5160 
Questions about UC registration of courses, UC units, and related advising concerns may be directed to the UCEAP Academic Staff, whose contact information is listed above.
  

UCEAP Online

Bookmark your Participants program page; it contains vital resources and requirements you need to know before you go abroad, including the Predeparture Checklist, UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Program Calendar, UCEAP Student Budgets and Payment Vouchers, and policies.
 
Connect with us! Join our Facebook network via the UCEAP Argentina page.
 

Phone Number Codes

U.S. international code: 011 (dial this to call from the U.S.)
Argentina country code: 54
Buenos Aires city code: 11
 

Approximate Time Difference

March–October: add 4 hours
October–March: add 5 hours
 
Academic Information
Program Overview
Review the program calendar often. Dates are posted as they become available.
 
UCEAP’s summer program at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) provides students the opportunity to take an intensive course on Latin America—in English—in the heart of Buenos Aires. Dynamic and prestigious, UNTREF offers a wide range of disciplines at eight centers in greater metropolitan Buenos Aires. International students take classes in the Centro Cultural Borges, which is ideally situated for a variety of activities. The university has been a leader in English-language instruction to international students, and draws from its regular faculty to teach these courses.
 
UNTREF hosts other international students during the summer term and you can expect to be in class with other American university students. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is offered as one of the courses you can take during the five-week program. Students who opt to take Spanish as one of their two courses have the advantage of being in the city to practice the language daily and quickly develop an appreciation of Argentine Spanish.
 
Academic Culture
Course Information
Course offerings will vary from year to year based on several factors. All participants are provided with a list of possible courses and given the opportunity to rank their course preferences prior to the start of the program. The final list of course offerings at the UNTREF are based on overall student interest.

All courses are worth 5 UC quarter units (equivalent to 3.3 semester units) of UC credit.
 
Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Additional activities and day trips may be scheduled on some weekends. Be advised that UNTREF does schedule some courses concurrently; it is recommended that you consider a few possible course combinations in case you encounter scheduling conflicts.
 
Upper Division
  • Cultural History of Latin America and Argentina
    cross-listed under History and Latin American Studies, 5 UC quarter units
  • Environmental Contamination and Environmental Justics
    cross-listed under Environmental Studies and Sociology, 5 UC quarter units
  • Gender Issues in Latin American Culture
    cross-listed under Latin American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, 5 UC quarter units
  • Human Rights in Argentina
    cross-listed under International Studies and Political Science, 5 UC quarter units
  • Neoliberalism in Latin America and Argentina
    cross-listed under Latin American Studies and Political Science, 5 UC quarter units
  • Politics, Art, and the Politics of Art in Latin America
    cross-listed under Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Latin American Studies, and Sociology, 5 UC quarter units
  • Pop Culture in Latin America: Intercultural Perspectives 
    cross-listed under Film and Media Studies, Latin American Studies, and Sociology 5 UC quarter units
 
Lower Division
  • Spanish Language and Argentine Culture
    listed under Spanish, 5 UC quarter units
 
Do not make any book purchases until the final courses are confirmed!
 
Explore the UCEAP website for additional course information (including important details and restrictions), links to host institution websites, and program search tools.

Registration

All students register twice: once at UNTREF and additionally with UCEAP by completing your MyEAP Study List. It is important that you meet all deadlines for submitting your registration. The information as it appears on your MyEAP Study List is what will appear on your UC transcript.
 
The UCEAP Academic Specialist or the Program Advisor in California will send instructions on the UC registration process to the email address listed in your MyEAP account. Be sure that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
 
Questions about UC registration of courses, UC units, and related advising concerns may be directed to either the UCEAP Academic Specialist or the Program Advisor. See the "Your UCEAP Network" section above for contact information.
 

Requirements

All students complete full-time course of study while abroad.
 
You will enroll in two courses to meet the program requirement of 10 quarter units (equivalent to 6.7 semester units) of UC credit. 
  • Both courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • You must take both courses for their maximum unit value -- the variable unit option is not available for summer programs.
Grades
​Be advised that the number to letter grade conversion scale suggested by UNTREF is not the same scale used by UCEAP.
 
UNTREF will forward your grades directly to the UCEAP Systemwide Office where your final grades will be reviewed by the faculty director before being forwarded to your home UC campus.
 
Grades for this program are typically available between mid- to late-September.
 
If you are a graduating senior, do not file for graduation during the summer; your grades will likely not arrive in time to meet degree verification deadlines.
 
For general information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
 
Internships
Extending UCEAP Participation

​Planning for Back-to-Back Programs

It is sometimes possible to participate in two different UCEAP options consecutively. For example, after the summer Latin American Studies program, you might choose to stay in South America for the fall term to study human rights and cultural memory or learn Spanish in the Spanish Intensive Language program.
 
Participation in back-to-back programs requires an exceptional level of organization and maturity. You must be able to plan in advance and prepare for the second program while completing the first. Decide early if you would like to participate in a second program in order to complete necessary requirements while still at your UC campus.
 
To participate in a program immediately following the Latin American Studies program, you must notify your Campus EAP Advisor of your intentions and submit a separate application (by the campus deadline) and go through the regular UCEAP selection process for each program.  You will also need to work hard during your summer in Argentina to maintain your eligibility for the second program.
 
Make plans in advance to prepare for the second program while completing the first. You may be required to complete and submit paperwork to various offices in the U.S. while you are abroad, and you may need to make special arrangements in order to obtain a visa for the second program. Despite the extra work involved, many students successfully participate in two different UCEAP options.
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
Get acquainted with your new host city, country, and culture before you leave California. Travel guides and travel-related websites, such as Lonely Planet, are excellent resources.
 
Keep up with current events by reading articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Take a look at one of Argentina’s main newspapers, Clarín; or, for a different perspective, check out Página12.
 
You will need to understand the local culture and history. Get a head start by checking out the following sources before the program.
 

Useful Websites

 
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Once you arrive in Buenos Aires, all logistics for the program will be coordinated by UNTREF staff. In addition to what is mentioned here, official arrival instructions are found in your UCEAP Pre-Departure Checklist.
 
The official UCEAP arrival day is June 23, 2017. Plan on arriving in the morning at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (also known as Ezeiza International Airport). Take a taxi directly to your homestay. Information about your homestay will be provided to you before departure, and your host will be expecting you to arrive that afternoon. Orientation will take place June 23 - 25. Participation in all orientation activities is mandatory for all students. During orientation, the UNTREF staff will review all practical components of the summer program including, program calendar, student services, housing, computer access, health, safety, emergencies, money and banking, communication, and public transportation.
 
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
UCEAP strongly recommends purchasing changeable round trip tickets, which will allow you to make changes to your return flight for a fee. UCEAP discourages purchasing one way tickets, as your Program Budget is based on a changeable round trip student fare, which is generally less expensive. Carefully research airfare rules prior to purchasing a flight. Standby and courier fares are not appropriate. Plan for this expense. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid office will reserve or pay for your ticket. If you are on financial aid, you will need to purchase a plane ticket before you receive a financial aid disbursement.
 
Most airline tickets are good for one year only. When buying round-trip tickets, purchase tickets that allow changes to the return date. If you do not make round-trip arrangements, be sure to book a return flight with plenty of lead time once abroad. Flights to the U.S. fill up fast and economy-fare seats are booked early.
You are responsible for reserving and purchasing your own plane ticket to Buenos Aires. If you decide to travel to Argentina prior to the official program start date, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements and accommodations.  Please wait to purchase your flight until the Arrival Instructions have been posted in your Pre-Departure Checklist.
 
You must participate in the required orientation, even if you arrive early. Failure to participate in the orientation may result in dismissal from the program.
 
When departing for the program, arrive at the airport three hours before departure.  Confirm your flight at least one week before the end of the program to learn of possible flight changes.
 

Financial Aid Students

Your financial aid package is calculated using your specific UCEAP Program Budget. The estimated round-trip airfare amount is based on the cost of a changeable student ticket to your host country. If your independent travel costs are greater than the airfare estimate in the UCEAP Program Budget, notify your financial aid counselors. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid Office can guarantee that the additional cost will be funded by financial aid.
 
Travel Documents

Entry Requirements

Upon arrival in Argentina, you will automatically be granted a 90-day tourist visa. You will not apply for a student visa.
 
Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Consulate of Argentina before traveling abroad to see if there are additional entry requirements.
 

Undocumented Students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

Consult with an immigration attorney free of charge on your campus to determine if study abroad is right for you.

If you are currently enrolled as a student at UC Berkeley, contact the Undocumented Student Program http://undocu.berkeley.edu.

If you are currently enrolled as a student at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, or UC Santa Cruz, contact the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center at https://law.ucdavis.edu/uc-undocumented/.
 
Packing Tips
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing abroad.
 
When traveling, always carry your passport, visa, ticket, prescription medications, and money. Never put valuables in checked luggage. Leave extra credit cards in a safe place at your homestay and carry only what is necessary.
 
Do not ask others to carry any items abroad for you (laptop, camera, extra bags, etc.) and do not volunteer to do so for others. Airlines may not allow you to take them or customs abroad may charge you a high duty tax. This is particularly a concern with electronic goods.
 

What to Bring

Remember to pack any important medication or documents, such as:
  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months after your program end date)
  • Passport copy
  • Vaccination record
  • Picture identification
  • Insurance card
  • ATM card(s), credit cards, and other financial documents
It is not necessary to bring towels or sheets. All sheets, towels, blankets, and other linens will be provided for you.
 
A laptop computer is not required for the program; you will have free computer access on the university’s campus. You may choose to bring a computer; it really depends on your individual comfort. All homestays include internet access, but they may not have WiFi. WiFi is also available at many cafés and restaurants throughout the city.
 
Other items that are expensive in Argentina and you may consider bringing from the U.S. are:
  • Portable battery operated smoke alarm for use in your lodging
  • Contact solution
  • Feminine products
  • Umbrella
  • Chargers and accessories any electronics you plan on bringing
  • Hot sauce
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water bottle/canteen
  • Backpack for traveling
  • Sunscreen
 

Weather

The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. While packing, keep in mind that the weather will be the opposite of what you are used to in the Northern Hemisphere. There are a few weeks in the winter where you will need a winter coat and perhaps a scarf, hat, and gloves. The Argentine winter, which lasts from June to August, usually has a temperature range of 35-60º F.
 

Electrical Appliances

Voltage in Argentina is 220V, as opposed to the 110V used in the U.S. Check the voltage of anything electrical from the U.S. before plugging it into an outlet. You can buy converters for electrical appliances in Argentina or in the U.S. Most laptops now have their own converters, so you may only need a plug adapter. For smaller, inexpensive appliances (e.g., hair dryers or electric shavers), it is probably easiest to buy the appliance abroad rather than purchase a converter.
 
Customs officials may try to charge an import tax for any electrical items brought into Argentina; however, if you indicate that they are personal items, the charge may be waived. Customs officials may list the items in your passport, which will obligate you to take the same items out of the country when you leave.
 

Luggage

Luggage restrictions vary by airline and most carriers have weight restrictions. Check with your airline about such restrictions.
 
Identify luggage on both the inside and outside with your name, home address, and destination. If luggage is lost or damaged, or if items are missing after being handled by the airline, immediately file a claim with the airline. Airlines differ regarding coverage, but they generally provide some sort of compensation. If luggage is stolen or tampered with (but it has nothing to do with the airline), file a police report immediately. To avoid theft, never leave your luggage unattended.
 
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Consider having additional protection for your property. In spite of your best efforts, it is still possible to experience loss, theft, or accidents that will damage your belongings while traveling. Talk to your parents and analyze their family homeowners’ insurance to determine whether the items brought or bought while abroad are covered by their policy.
 
UCEAP Travel Insurance policy offers limited personal property coverage.  UCEAP strongly recommends that you examine the details of the UCEAP Travel Insurance benefits and purchase additional property insurance coverage, especially to protect high cost items such as laptop computers, Smartphones, tablets, and other valuables. Review the policy carefully before departure and determine if it provides adequate coverage for your possessions before you experience a loss. 
 
If you decide to purchase supplemental personal property coverage, do so before departure and make sure that the coverage extends while traveling because most theft occurs in the airport or while moving into housing. The host university does not protect student belongings—even in university accommodations.
 
You are responsible for your own personal property. Use logical precautions to safeguard valuables from damage or theft by locking your room and securing currency, jewelry, passport, and other possessions. Avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry and going to questionable parts of the city, especially at night or when alone. Minimize your vulnerability by staying in control of your drinking and your behavior. Do not invite casual acquaintances or strangers home.
 
Return Transportation
 
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you with your finances while you are abroad.
 
Understanding your finances before, during, and after your program is crucial to having a successful time abroad. The following list outlines just a few of the many things you will need to know before departure.
 
Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad:
  • Contact information for finance questions
  • How to estimate the cost of your program
  • Budget instructions and information
  • Who Can and How to make payments to UCEAP
  • UCEAP student account information(what fees do I pay to UCEAP and what fees do I pay out of pocket?)
  • Banking before and after arrival
  • Fees and penalties
  • Loan information
  • How financial aid works while abroad (how do I get my financial aid from my home campus and how are my fees paid?)
  • Various forms (e.g., direct deposit, etc.)
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Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program pre-departure withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule located on the second page of your UCEAP Program Budget. Program fees are subject to change.
 
Carefully review your UCEAP Program Budget.
 
Your UCEAP Program Budget lists the fees you will pay to UCEAP and an estimate of the personal expenses you will need to plan for. It does not include the cost of recreational travel or personal entertainment. Review your UCEAP Program Budget frequently. The Payment Schedule is on the second page of the UCEAP Program Budget.
 

Instructions

  • Download and print your UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule.
  • Note the deadlines on the Payment Schedule.
  • Give the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule to the person responsible for paying your UCEAP bills. Sign this person up for Third Party Authorization on MyEAP so they can make payments online.
For further information see the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and the Money Matters tab of your Participants Portal. If you will be receiving financial aid, see also the UCEAP Financial Assistance web page.
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Refund of Credit balances and Financial Aid Disbursements:

 
If you are signed up for Direct Deposit on your UC campus, it is not linked to your MyEAP account. You must sign up for eRefund with UCEAP to receive direct deposits from your MyEAP account. For more information, see the UCEAP eRefund Instructions.
 
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Handling Money Abroad
Get acquainted with how to handle your finances abroad before you go; the more you know now, the easier life will be when you get to Buenos Aires. 
  • It is not possible to cash checks from U.S. banks in Argentina.
     
  • You are strongly encouraged to do your banking online while abroad.
     
  • Many students find it advantageous to bring sufficient US dollars in cash in order to pay for many of their expected expenditures while in Argentina because there is currently a favorable exchange rate from US dollars in cash to Argentine pesos. 

ATMs & Credit Cards

The easiest way to withdraw money in Buenos Aires is by using the ATMs (cajeros automáticos) found all over the city. Most banks charge a fee of approximately ARG $15 per withdrawal. Most ATMs dispense ARG $100 bills and change can be difficult to come by, so make sure to withdraw an amount of cash that will force the ATM to dispense smaller bills (for example, ARG $290 instead of ARG $300). There is often a limit on the amount of cash you are able to withdraw per day; check with your bank prior to departure.
 
Before you leave the U.S., make sure to obtain a personal identification number (PIN) for your ATM card. Your PIN should be a four-digit number that does not begin with a zero. Notify your bank that you will be spending time abroad. As a protective measure, many banks will freeze your account if they detect transactions outside of your normal geographic region. To avoid this, advise your bank of your plans before you go abroad.
 
Most banks accept travelers checks as long as you have a valid passport, but they can be difficult to cash (banks close at 3 p.m.). You can also exchange money at any Casa de Cambio, but the exchange rates may be higher. Exchanging money inside the airport is not recommended.
 
Credit cards, particularly those that allow users to withdraw cash, are very useful. Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted in Buenos Aires.
 
As a general rule, always have at least two (or more) ways to access money while abroad. Never leave home without access to funds.
 
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
Most students use Internet cafés, or locutorios, for their computer needs. WiFi is available in many locations throughout Buenos Aires, but may not be available at your accommodation.
 
Internet should cost between ARG $3-5 per hour at a locutorio. To ask for a computer, request una maquina (a machine, literally).
 
Helpful hint: to get the “@” sign, hold down the “Alt Gr “ key while pressing the “2” key or hold down the “Alt” key while pressing the number “64.”
 
You will receive additional information about Internet cafés and computer use once you arrive in Argentina.
 
Phones
Approximate time difference between California and Argentina: four hours
Due to the program’s short duration, many students will opt to continue using their own cell phones. However, students often have issues with their U.S. phones in Argentina, so check your cell phone plan and determine if your network is available and covered in Argentina. If you decide to purchase and use a local cell phone, you can put credit on the phone by purchasing a calling card (tarjeta de recarga) from any kiosco (magazine/news stand) or from a service provider’s office (e.g., Claro, Personal, and Movistar). You can purchase tarjetas de recarga in various amounts (ARG $15, $20, $30, and $50) and refill the cards as needed. See if promotions are available before deciding which card amount to purchase. For example, in some cases you may be able to purchase an ARG $50 card and receive an additional ARG $30 for free.
 
PicCell Wireless provides international cell phones and SIM cards to students traveling and studying abroad.  You can receive your phone and number before you leave the U.S. and have a means of inexpensive communication while abroad.  Data plans are also available.
 
On a local Argentine cell phone, it costs approximately 15 cents to send a text message and approximately ARG $1 per minute to call. If you are making a phone call while outside Buenos Aires (even to another Buenos Aires number), you will be charged a roaming rate and you must dial the city code because you are out of your service area. Most locals communicate through cell phone text messages, and rarely make long phone calls since it is expensive. Using your cell phone to make or receive international calls is very expensive and will quickly eat up all your credit. For international calls, use Skype or purchase a calling card.
 
You can purchase an international calling card (tarjeta telefónica prepaga) at any kiosco. The best cards for international calls are Llamada Directa Internacional or Hablemás.
 
Almost all cell phones in Argentina operate with a CPP (calling party pays) system, meaning that, generally, whoever initiates the call pays for it. Keep in mind an important exception to this rule: When you receive a call that is made from a payphone, a locutorio, or a private number from the U.S., your cell phone will be billed for part of the airtime (you can identify most calls as cell phone numbers if they begin with “15”).
 
Using a cell phone, pre-paid calling card, or making calls from a locutorio are preferable to using the phone at your homestay. Always discuss phone usage with your host before using the home phone. Different hosts may have different rules about phone usage, since service is quite expensive in Argentina. Note that most landlines are blocked from making phone calls to cell phones, but a cell phone is able to call a landline phone.
 

Locutorios

Locutorios (cafés offering phone and Internet services) are located all around the city. To use the service, request a cabina (phone booth) and pay at the front desk when you have finished your call. To minimize charges, use your tarjeta telefonica prepaga. That way, the locutorio will only charge you the cost of a local call.
 

How to dial to an Argentina cellular phone:

Add digit 9 (nine) between the country code (54) and the area code of the city you are calling; you will have 011 + 54 + 9 + ten digits.  If the cell number begins with 15 you must drop these two digits and add the area code instead.  Example #1: you want to dial a cell phone in Bahia Blanca; this is what you will dial from the US: 011 54 9 291 xxx xxxx.  Example #2: someone from Buenos Aires gives you a cell number of the format 15 xxxx xxxx; you will replace 15 with the area code of Buenos Aires (11) and dial the following: 011 54 9 11 xxxx xxxx.
 
Mail & Shipments
Due to the short five-week duration of the summer program, UCEAP discourages family members from sending items or care packages in the mail. If someone does mail you items, they should pack them in a mailer envelope instead of a box. Generally, boxes will be sent straight to customs at the National Post Office, located outside the city, making it difficult and frustrating to retrieve your mail. If family members send you new shoes/clothing, make sure they remove the tags before they mail the items. Again, think twice before having these kinds of items shipped to you while abroad; the fees involved may exceed the worth of the items.
 
Housing & Meals
Housing
Learning to live in a new environment is an important part of the study abroad experience. Living with an Argentine host will help your language skills and help you familiarize yourself with the pace and culture of Buenos Aires.
 
UNTREF recognizes that housing placement is one of the most important elements in your experience abroad and maintains a well-established network of comfortable accommodations in the popular neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Most students are placed in the neighborhoods of Recoleta and Barrio Norte. As much as possible, your placement will be based on information you provided in your housing questionnaire.
 
The cost of your housing has already been included in your UCEAP Student Budget. UCEAP and UNTREF handle rent payments to your host, so you don’t need to worry about paying for housing during the program. If you would like to extend your housing arrangements following the end of the program, you may make separate arrangements directly with your host. Such arrangements cannot be guaranteed.
 
The primary purpose of being with a host is to interact socially and culturally, and to improve language proficiency in Spanish. It is expected that everyone, including other guests in the home, will speak Spanish at all times. If a host requests that you speak English, it may be beneficial to work out a reciprocal arrangement where you occasionally speak in English while remaining committed to improving your Spanish.
 
You will be living in an expansive urban setting where commuting is part of daily life. It is likely that you will have to take some form of public transportation, in most cases a bus. Expect an average commute to take about twenty to thirty minutes each way. This is very different from walking or biking to campus as you may be accustomed to doing in the U.S. Recognize that public transportation is part of your experience. You will receive more information about transportation when you arrive.
 
Housing Tips
  • ​Discuss all house rules on the first day—this is a good icebreaker and a good way to eliminate any problems that might occur in the future.
     
  • Regardless of your housing choice, you will be living in someone else’s home. Do not expect to have free rein in the house. The difference in customs may make you feel like a guest in the home at first.
     
  • Overnight guests are not allowed.
     
  • Displaying good manners is important. Occasionally bring your host a small gift and offer compliments when appropriate.
     
  • Remember that many Argentines smoke in their homes.
     
  • Alcohol or drug abuse will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the program.
     
  • Discuss phone usage with your host. Hosts do not usually allow long-distance calls to the U.S., and some may even prohibit calls to local Argentine cell phones. You may need to purchase a calling card in order to use the phone at your homestay. Set up a time with your parents when you will be home so they can call you, or make other arrangements via Skype or at a locutorio.
     
  • Remember that your hosts may work, study, and/or have a full calendar of activities. Don’t expect their lives to revolve around your schedule.
     
  • If you have any problems with your housing situation, report these directly to UNTREF staff immediately.
 
Meals
If you are vegetarian (or if you have any other special dietary restrictions), you must clearly note this on the housing questionnaire. Your host can accommodate your needs as long as he/she knows your preferences before arrival.
 
Supermarket food is comparable to that of the U.S., and there is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices in the markets.
 
Water is safe to drink in Argentina. At restaurants, servers will ask if you would like water sin gas (regular) or con gas (carbonated). Water is not included with the meal as it is in the U.S. You will be charged an additional cost.
 
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
 

Subte (Subway)

Buenos Aires' underground subway system is by far the fastest way to get downtown and around the city. You will receive a “SUBE”, which is a public transportation card as part of your orientation packet.  Each ride on the subway costs ARG $4.50, but the more you use it in one month the cheaper each ride becomes.  The subte runs from 5 AM to approximately 10:30 PM on Monday through Saturday, and from 8 AM to 10:30 PM on Sunday.
 

Colectivos or bondis (Buses)

Buses cost about ARG $3.50 per ride and you will use the same public transportation card that you will get at orientation. Most bus lines run all night, although some service is restricted or runs less frequently at night. 
 
Terminal de Omnibus de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Retiro)
Av. Antártida Argentina y Ramos Mejía
4310-0700
 
Extracurricular Activities

Get Involved

There are numerous activities to be explored in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. People from all corners of the world are drawn to Buenos Aires for the urban experience, rich cultural and musical scene, excellent culinary offerings, and active nightlife. Whether it is perusing the popular antique fair, exploring old bookstores, or sampling tango clubs, you are sure to find something about the city that excites you. Just a few ideas include:
  • Soccer games
  • Day trips to nearby locations, museums, and other neighborhoods
  • Cultural city tours
  • Local concerts
  • Tango shows and classes
  • Wine tasting classes
  • Artisan fairs
  • Asados (Argentine barbecue)
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. It is important to note that a specific law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, while the federal government has protective laws, many provinces have not adopted the laws and have no mechanisms to ensure enforcement.
 
For more information:
 
Travel Sign-out Form

Leaving your host city for more than 24 hours?

You are required to complete the online sign out through your MyEAP account. 
 
Click on Travel Signout and complete all required fields. During an emergency (abroad or in the U.S.), it is important for UCEAP officials to know how to reach you so we can help you. 
 
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
 
Working Abroad
LGBTIQ Students
​The recognition of LGBTIQ rights in Argentina are among some of the most advanced in Latin America.
 
​For more information,

Travel
You are welcome to do your own traveling on weekends as well as before and after the program, as long as these activities do not interfere with class attendance. Argentina, like most of Latin America, has a range of bus companies that provide the most affordable and comfortable way to get around the country. UCEAP recommends you wait until arrival in Argentina before making travel plans. If you plan on leaving Buenos Aires for longer than 24 hours, you are required to sign the Travel Sign-out form in your MyEAP account.
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance

Know Before you Go

 
While abroad you are automatically covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy.  Coverage begins 14 days before the official start date of your UCEAP program term. Coverage ends 31 days after the official end of the UCEAP program term.
 
The UCEAP travel insurance does not include coverage for preventative care, checkups, and vaccinations. Read details in Benefits at a Glance. Familiarize yourself with the coverage, exclusions, and eligibility criteria. Your travel insurance policy number is ADDN 04834823.  It is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company.
 
There is no deductible or co-insurance but the travel insurance works on a reimbursement basis.  You can submit a claim for a refund consideration of covered expenses.  For more information about the medical claim proces or about non-medical claims.
 
Do not assume that if you seek medical care abroad for a covered illness or injury that the local hospital will bill your insurance.  Generally, hospitals around the world, including the US, do not bill insurance companies (unless there is a special arrangement with a local hospital in your UCEAP country).  It is your responsibility to inquire with the hospital, at the time of service, and make arrangements to pay any outstanding bills. Payment for medical services abroad is ultimately your responsibility.
 
For more information refer to your Pre-Departure Checklist, Insurance tab, or the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Insurance chapter.
 

For Questions about Coverage, Benefits and Claims Status

ACI at claims@acitpa.com.

 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
​A high level of medical care comparable to that in industrialized countries is available in Buenos Aires and some other major cities. Medical care is substandard throughout the rest of the country.
 
Immediate cash payment is often expected by private facilities for medical services. Although credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, there is no clear information as to whether credit cards are accepted for medical care. Pay up front for eligible services if you are sick or injured and submit a claim for a refund to the UCEAP insurance company.  For information about the claims process and benefits contact claims@acitpa.com.
Physical Health
If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, contact UNTREF staff immediately. UNTREF staff members are your first point of contact in Buenos Aires, and can provide you with references to doctors, dentists, and clinics, as necessary.
 
As a service to U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy American Citizens Services unit maintains a list of medical providers in Argentina.
 
Asthma, sinus, and bronchial problems can be aggravated by the polluted atmosphere in the major cities.
 

Know Before you Go

Inform yourself before you travel.  Just as language and currency vary around the world, so does medical care.  Know what to do if you get sick.
 
Read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and your Program Guide for important information to plan for a healthy stay abroad.
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health web page has important information about health risks present in the country where you will be studying.
 
Prescription Medications

PLAN AHEAD

  • Understand your UCEAP travel insurance terms of coverage.
  • If you need a refill while abroad, you must see a local doctor. US prescriptions are not valid in other countries.  Note:​ If the visit to the local doctor is considered preventive care, it will not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance; your campus or private insurance plan may cover it.  You must travel with a letter from your prescribing explaining your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name. 
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  • If you need to find out if this appointment would be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance, contact ACI at claims@acitpa.com. For more information about the UCEAP travel insurance, refer to your UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, or your pre-departure checklist, Insurance tab.
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  • Two classes of medicines – narcotics and psychotropics – are under the control of international law. This covers any medicine that can have an effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the potential to be abused. The narcotic class mostly relates to analgesic opioids and their derivatives (e.g. morphine and codeine) which tend to be highly regulated. Psychotropics are all those medications likely to be used to treat mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychotic conditions.

Before Departure

  • If you plan to purchase medication using the UCEAP Travel Insurance coverage, you must fill and pay for medication when coverage is effective (14 days before the official start of the program).  Do not assume that your local pharmacy knows about the UCEAP travel insurance policy.  It is not the same as your campus health insurance coverage. You will need to pay for the medication and submit a claim to the UCEAP insurance.
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  • Find out whether your medication is legal in your UCEAP country.
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  • If traveling with a prescription containing controlled substances, review international agreements governing the transportation of medications across borders check the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) website. The INCB is responsible for international drug control. If traveling with controlled substances, you must have a letter from your doctor. Generally, amphetamines (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse) are illegal in other countries. Talk with your doctor to switch you to another medication.
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  • Talk to your doctor to see whether he/she can prescribe an adequate supply of your prescription medication to last through the end of the program.  Ask your doctor how to adjust your dosage depending on time zone changes.
        
  • Get a letter from the prescribing physician, on letterhead, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name as brand names vary considerably around the world.

Traveling with prescription medications

  • Keep the medication in its original packaging clearly labelled with your name, doctor’s name, generic and brand name, and exact dosage. Carry it in your carry-on luggage, provided it is in pill or solid form. For more information, particularly if your medication is in liquid form, consult the US Transportation Security Administration., Traveling with Medications.
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  • Carry copies of all original US prescriptions.
     
  • Carry the letter on letterhead from the prescribing physician for all prescribed medications, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic names. This is extremely important in case you need treatment or a medication refill abroad.
     

Why is a letter from your treating physician necessary? 

If your particular medication cannot be taken into the country, talk to your doctor.  If you need to switch prescriptions, your doctor may need to make changes to your medication at least 3-6 months before departure to monitor side effects and dosage.  The letter from your doctor indicating condition, treatment and medication regimen, can help a local physician to assess you and to consider reissuing your prescription provided it is licensed in your UCEAP country. Note that the local doctor's appointment for medication refill may not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance.

Consult with ACI, claims@acitpa.com. Read more in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health section.

Mental Health
 
If you are currently in treatment in the U.S., discuss your UCEAP program details with your doctor so you can work on a plan in case you need to reach out for care. If you are taking a prescription medication, talk with your prescribing physician before departure about getting the supply you need for going abroad.  For information about traveling with medications, refer to the Prescription Medications section in this guide.​

Your mental health is important to us all. Create a plan with your treating doctor. Managing your mental health while studying abroad – whether or not you have a pre-existing condition – is something every person must think about when going abroad. Being away from usual stress at home can sometimes be a relief when abroad; experiencing new adventures can be a useful distraction. You will also have times when you feel confused, uncomfortable, annoyed, and many of the same emotions that you manage in your daily life at home.
 
Cultural adjustment and homesickness are normal. They are usually transitory—lasting a couple of weeks—and do not imply mental illness or an inability to cope. Most students who experience culture adjustment function reasonably well under the stress and are able to keep up with the responsibilities of school and everyday life.

You may feel homesick or sad. Feeling down, anxious, homesick, depressed or stressed might be your body’s reaction to the new environment and different life away from your usual support network. Don't cope alone.  Reach out for help to the local UCEAP program staff and your friends.  If you have been feeling unhappy for longer than a few days, or it is staring to affect your enjoyment of life and/or your studies, then you should see a doctor immediately.
 
The UCEAP travel insurance policy covers outpatient visits as any other illness up to $500,000; there is no co-pay or deductible, and you can make an appointment with any doctor. Budget for this expense as you must pay up front and submit a claim to the insurance company for a refund consideration.  Doctors, hospitals, and clinics will require you to pay bills at the time of treatment. You must then submit a completed claim form and paid receipts to the UCEAP insurance company. For information about the claims process, access Insurance Claims Process. If you have questions about your UCEAP travel insurance benefits contact ACI at claims@acitpa.com.
 
Health Risks
In fall 2016, local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Tucumán Province, Argentina. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Hepatitis A and B immunizations are recommended. Consult a travel medicine specialist to determine your need for these vaccinations. Yellow fever vaccinationis not required. Visit the healthcare provider two-to-four months prior to travel to complete multi-dose vaccination series, as necessary, and to fully develop immunity following vaccination.​

For additional information on vaccines and health guidance, please visit the CDC at:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/argentina?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-si
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Food Allergies
Students with severe food allergies should take precautions, as the cuisine may include ingredients that can cause anaphylaxis in those affected. A language barrier increases the risks associated with severe food allergies. 
 
Precautions to take include:
  • Research the local cuisine. Be aware that some popular local sauces may contain nuts.
     
  • Discuss the risks with your doctor six to eight weeks before departure to discuss your treatment plan while abroad.
     
  • Carry the medications you need to prevent an adverse reaction like antihistamines or epinephrine injectors with refills. Pack it in your carry-on, not your checked luggage. Your medication must be in its original packaging, with your name.
     
  • Have a letter from your physician to present to airport security that states your need to have the epinephrine auto injector with you at all times.
     
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or tag with instructions for assistance in both English and the local language. Wearing medical identification at all times can help should a life-threatening reaction occur.
     
  • Tell others about your food allergy.
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  • Carry a card written in English and the local language explaining what foods cause allergies and possible reaction. Make several copies in case you lose one. Be sure to have a native speaker verify that you have written everything correctly.
For more information, read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health chapter, Allergies section.
 

Air Quality
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
​The University of California Education Abroad Program has established policies and procedures to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety. However, your conduct is the central factor in promoting your safety and well-being.
 
Before traveling, ensure that you are fully prepared, that you are aware of any risks and know how you will mitigate them. With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in preventing crime.
 
While UCEAP provides resources aimed at helping you understand how to have a safe experience, it cannot ensure that your travels and stay in Argentina will be problem-free or account for all the potential health and safety risks that you might experience. For more information about safety while traveling read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Safety chapter.
 
Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to a lengthy prison sentence.

You play an active role in protecting your personal health, safety, and well-being. Consider an action plan.

With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in minimizing or preventing personal risks. Take time to assess the risks, plan ahead to reduce them, and think how you would lessen the consequences if things go wrong. Start by outlining activities you plan to engage in through your program and/or during independent travel; label the risk and rate it based on the likelihood of harm and the severity of consequences. Consider measures you can take to reduce the severity and chance. Plan your itinerary carefully, let your friends and relatives know where you will be, and research the safest way to travel.
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has established policies and procedures and has contracted with emergency assistance and security providers, to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety. 
 
Terrorism
Be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate and unpredictable terrorist attacks, which make it impossible to protect yourself from. Remain vigilant in all public areas in your UCEAP city and country and wherever you travel. Many terrorist groups, seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or region, are not looking for student or higher education targets.

Terrorist attacks using vehicles are very hard to prevent and appear to be on the rise. If you are in a crowded public place, know how you can exit quickly, identify barriers or safe places where you can shelter-in-place, and watch out for any vehicles that appear to be going at very high speed.

Report anything suspicious to local authorities.  Read all security-related correspondence and advice from local staff.  Schedule direct flights, if possible.  Avoid stops in high-risk airports or areas. Minimize time spent in the public area of an airport, which is a less protected area.  Keep a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals. Have a plan for what you will do in the case of an emergency.  If you are ever caught in a situation where somebody starts shooting, follow the active shooter guidelines: drop to the floor, get down as low as possible, and hide if possible.  Cover yourself behind a solid object. Silence your phone. Do not move until the danger has passed.

Steps to manage or minimize risk and enhance your personal safety

  • Familiarize yourself with all UCEAP resources and emergency support services while on UCEAP.

  • Assess your surroundings.  Learn to recognize danger.
     
  • Remain aware at all times. Do not walk around talking on the phone or listening to music on your headphones.

  • When entering larger venues, always decide on a meeting place with those you are with just in case you get separated. Always identify possible exits.

  • Be attentive to what is unusual or threatening. Assess reasonable and safe options. Trust your "gut feelings"; if you feel threatened, act if safe to do so and leave the area immediately. Find somewhere more secure.
     
  • Research potential risks you can encounter before you travel. 
     
  • Increase your safety and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime by staying on top of your drinking. Know your limits. In many countries beer, wine and liquor in some countries contains a higher alcohol content than similar products in the U.S. Know what you are drinking and how much alcohol it contains.
     
  • Practice the buddy system, which promotes safety.  This system helps ensure that you, and a partner, will look out for each other.  Choose your buddy wisely.  The ideal buddy should feel that the buddy system is very important. If you are having a problem, your buddy can help to alert others and get you to safety.
     
  • Have a communication plan. Who will you call on site if you are facing an emergency? Do your friends and relatives know how to reach you when you are traveling?
 
Register online with the U.S. embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
 
Read the UCEAP the Guide to Study Abroad, Safety Chapter  for more information on how to prepare to have a safe experience and access the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for updated travel information.
 
 
Crime & Prevention
Crime is a serious problem in Argentina. Robberies involving physical violence and the use of weapons are known to occur in the streets immediately outside of the Caminito tourist area in La Boca as violent thefts occur in neighboring streets. Make sure to stay within the designated tourist area where there are high visibility police patrols. Also, be cautious about San Telmo, Florida St., Congreso and Retiro. Avoid these areas after dark.
 
Keep a close eye on your personal possessions at all times, particularly in restaurants, internet cafes, and on public transportation. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewelry. Avoid all isolated or poorly lit areas at night.
 
Distraction thefts (e.g. throwing sauce on people, then distracting them by offering to help clean it off) occur in public areas such as outside hotels, internet cafes, the subway system, and train and bus stations. Some criminals use force if they encounter resistance.
 
Passport theft is common especially in Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Leave your passport securely at home and keep a photocopy of the details page with you at all times.

Report any incident and/or safety concerns immediately to local staff.


Safety Tips

  • Carry your back-pack in front.
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  • Most criminal violence occurs at night in isolated areas such as side streets and alleys in urban areas, vacant lots, empty buildings, and empty parks.
     
  • Foreign visitors tend to be easier targets for criminals. Take all necessary safety precautions when in public.
     
  • Maintain situational awareness. Do not walk around listening to music through earphones or talking on a cell phone. Remain alert and on guard in public or crowded places.
     
  • Petty theft and crime are prevalent, especially in crowded places like the subte, bus stations, and the airport. Beware of thieves and pickpockets. Guard your belongings. Wear clothing with inside pockets, especially if carrying important documents. Secure purses and wallets, especially in discos and marketplaces. Do not place money, documents, or other valuables in backpacks. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Carry a zippered purse. Any purse or bag that slings across your back is an invitation to thieves. Pick a bag with a long strap so o it can go across your chest rather than just slipping it around your shoulder.
        
  • Walk in groups whenever possible. Never walk alone at night.
      
  • Keep copies of all important documents (passport, credit cards, etc.) in a separate, safe place.
     
  • If confronted by a criminal, do not resist.
     
  • Stay in control of your drinking. You are much more vulnerable when you are drunk.  Alcohol dulls your instincts and awareness of danger.  Think twice before accepting drinks from someone you do not know well. Do not leave your drink unattended. 

Street Harassment

Cat-calling and other types of harassment are seen as normal by some in Buenos Aires. Argentina has seen an increase in campaigning by women to change the way they are viewed by society. Forms of sexual harassment in public in the Argentine capital could now land perpetrators with a $60 (£47) fine.
Civil Unrest
Demonstrations are common in metropolitan Buenos Aires and occur in other major cities as well. Protesters on occasion block streets, highways, and major intersections, causing traffic jams and delaying travel. While demonstrations are usually nonviolent, some individuals break from larger groups and sometimes seek confrontation with the police and vandalize private property. Groups occasionally protest in front of the U.S. Embassy and U.S.-affiliated businesses.
 
Do not participate in demonstrations. If caught in a potentially violent situation, immediately seek shelter in upscale hotels or large public buildings, such as libraries, theaters, hospitals, or museums.
 
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Do not drive. Argentina has the highest road fatality rate in Latin America. Drivers in Argentina tend to be aggressive, especially in Buenos Aires, and often ignore traffic regulations. During weekdays, some areas of the central part of the city (el microcentro) are closed to automobile traffic.
 
Bicyclists account for almost half of all unsafe and illegal actions on the roads. Many cyclists ride against traffic, ignore traffic lights and speed limits, ride the wrong way on one-way streets and fail to yield to pedestrians. Some cyclists carry heavy loads and/or passengers in front of them, making it difficult to maintain good balance.
 

Buses

  • Over 150 privately owned bus lines (colectivos) provide a large percentage of public transport in the city. Colectivos are small buses, seating 21-27, or full-sized buses, seating up to 60. They are readily available, but often overcrowded. Schedules are not fixed, but service is frequent. Fares are low. Routes are extensive. Drivers may only stop briefly when allowing passengers to board or disembark.
     
  • Some bus drivers drop passengers off in the middle of multi-lane avenues.
     
  • Long distance buses are the primary form of inter-city travel. Buses are comfortable, fares are reasonable and service is fast. Some companies provide on-board meals; others stop at restaurants on the route.
     
  • Colectivos (urban buses) provide service over many routes in a city. Quality of service varies widely. Fares may be fixed for an entire city, or may depend on distance traveled. Some colectivos provide transport to nearby towns.
     
  • Diferenciales, a special class of colectivo, are air-conditioned and provide faster transport than regular colectivos, but fares are higher.

Taxis

  • Radio taxis usually provide a more secure means of transport than do other types of public transportation. Taxis are readily available in larger cities. Fares are moderate, but vary in different cities.
     
  • Taxis are metered. Make certain the driver starts the meter.
     
  • Not all taxis have functional seat belts.
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  • Do not flag taxis in the vicinity of the Retiro bus terminal, Costanera (promenade along the riverbank), Paseo Alcora (a shopping mall near on of the poorest areas) and Arcos del Sol (a shopping mall in Palermo), due to security concerns. Call a radio-dispatched taxi.
     
  • Avoid black and yellow taxis with the word "Mandataria" on the door. These taxis are rented on a daily or hourly basis and are often involved in criminal acts.
     
  • Use radio-dispatched taxis, especially at night. Illegitimate taxi drivers have robbed passengers; travelers leaving banks or ATMs are especially at risk. In one common scheme, the taxi driver picks up an accomplice after picking up a passenger. The driver and the accomplice then rob the passenger. A driver may also take the passenger to a secluded location where he is met by the accomplice. Passengers may also be taken to ATMs where they are forced to withdraw money. Do not use taxis displaying the word “Manditaria” as they are often rented by criminals posing as taxi drivers.
  • Do not take rides offered by people on the street or outside an airport.  

Scams using Yellow and Black Taxis

A number of scams involving yellow and black taxis have been reported at international airports and around Buenos Aires. The most frequently reported scams include a “handler” at the airport requesting hundreds of pesos (an amount that far exceeds the likely fare) from the traveler as s/he getsinto the cab. The traveler assumes s/he is paying a flat rate up front. When the cab ride is finished, the driver demands the ride fare stating to have no association with the handler at the airport and that the fee paid was to get placed in the cab. Another version of the scam involves the taxi breaking down on the side of the freeway and another cab coming to retrieve the passenger. The first driver demands payment for the whole fare to the destination, as does the second driver who completes the trip. To avoid these potential issues, either pre-arrange transportation or select one of the flat rate “remise” services located inside the airport terminal. In town, radio taxis from a reliable location, such as a hotel, should be utilized whenever possible. After dark, radio taxis or private “remise” taxis should be called from a reliable location.
 
Do not use taxis displaying the word “Manditaria” as they are often rented by criminals posing as taxi drivers.

Driver Behaviors

  • Risk-taking behavior, the lack of traffic safety policies, and the lack of road signs, lane markings, traffic lights, guardrails and other safety features, are common factors in road crashes.
     
  • Drivers often drive recklessly or aggressively, pass illegally, tailgate, or ignore speed limits, road signs, and traffic signals.
     
  • Drivers are more likely to ignore red lights at night and during siesta (afternoon rest period).
     
  • Many drivers start through an intersection when the light is yellow, instead of waiting for the light to turn green.
     
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a factor in 37% of road fatalities.
     
  • Drivers show little concern for pedestrians or cyclists. 

For more information, access, Taxi and Bus Passenger Safety Checklist.

Pedestrian Safety

The most at-risk road users around the world are pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Cross streets with care. Many drivers ignore traffic lights and speed limits. 
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  • Drivers do not respect pedestrians' right of way, even when pedestrians are in zebra crossings.
     
  • Pedestrians often cross the street anywhere and fail to wait for traffic lights to change.
     
  • Common factors in pedestrian fatalities include jaywalking, failing to wait for traffic lights to change, waiting on streets instead of sidewalks, and walking along streets or roads with inadequate shoulders.
     
  • Be aware of local traffic patterns. Understand local road culture.

For more information access, Pedestrian Safety Checklist.

 
Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment
Every member of the UCEAP community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior (“Prohibited Conduct”) that violates law and/or University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of Prohibited Conduct and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Report to the local UCEAP staff and/or partners if you suspect one of these behaviors has occurred.
Fire Safety
Follow these general fire safety tips. Most college-related fires in the U.S. are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Educate yourself about fire safety standards in your UCEAP country. Fire safety standards differ drastically around the world.
  • Know where emergency exists are located and check whether exits are passable.
     
  • Know how to call the local fire department.
     
  • Do not stay in housing above the sixth floor so you are within range of most fire department rescue ladders.
     
  • Print and take with you the UCEAP brochure, Fire Safety 101 for Students.
     
  • Purchase and use a smoke detector. Before departure contact the Fire Safety Foundation. Choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, including models with sealed, 10-year batteries. Once purchased, the alarms and a multilingual installation manual – written in English and the host country’s native language - will be shipped to the address where you are residing.
     
  • Have an escape plan and practice it.
     
  • Treat every smoke alarm activation as a likely fire and react quickly and safely to the alarm.
     
  • Check for fire hazards. Make sure exit routes are not blocked.
     
  • If you have a disability, alert others of the type of assistance you need to leave the building.
     
  • Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Fire Safety section for life-saving information.
 
UCEAP Contingency Planning
If a local situation requires increased caution or a program suspension and evacuation of participants, UCEAP will activate contingency plans. For security reasons, contingency plans are not public and cannot be shared with anyone except UCEAP officials.

Program Suspension Policy

If the U.S. Department of State or CDC issues a Travel Advisory after the start date of the program term, UCEAP may suspend the program. If time and local security conditions permit, UCEAP will consult with the UC Study Center Director, UC security provider, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State regional and security analysts, other organizations that offer programs in the same country, and area experts to determine the appropriate timeframe for suspending the program and/or for the evacuation of the students from the host country.

Security Evacuation

The UCEAP required security evacuation will override any host institution, or local US Embassy evacuation on U.S. government-arranged flights, that require U.S. citizens to sign a promissory note with the government. The safe evacuation of UCEAP students, managed by UCEAP and its security providers, is covered by UCEAP itravel nsurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.
In An Emergency

What Is an Emergency?

An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The following are considered emergencies:
  • Any life/death situation
  • A traumatic event requiring immediate assistance
  • An arrest
  • Civil unrest or natural disaster in the host country

In an Emergency

Contact local emergency services first and then contact the following:
 

If you are in the U.S.

  • During office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time): Contact your Program Specialist at the UCEAP Systemwide Office at (805) 893-4762.
     
  • After office hours: Call the 24-hour emergency phone numbers at (805) 893-4762 or (805) 882-2086.
 

If you are abroad

 
Buenos Aires Emergency Phone Numbers
The local equivalent to the U.S. 911 in Argentina is:
 
Ambulance (Medical Emergency Service, SAME) ...............107
Firefighters ...........................................................................100
Police (Argentine Federal Police) .........................................101
Tourist Police........................................................................(011) 4346-5748 / 0800-999-5000
 

U.S. Embassy emergency numbers

 
From within Argentina ..........................................................(011) 5777-4354 / (011) 5777-4873
 

U.S. Embassy Resources

 
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