An important aspect of studying away is the opportunity for you to learn more about your chosen host country and how identities may be understood and perceived within this new context. We encouraged you to begin researching some of the challenges and opportunities you may encounter, and plan ahead by identifying people and resources that can help you make the most of your experience away. The information below offers brief descriptions of identity-based topics in Buenos Aires, and Argentina more broadly, as well as access to people, resources, and programs you can connect with before and after you get there.
While Argentina's constant economic turns change the prices of travel and accommodations, transportation and local cuisine are always inexpensive and affordable for students. You can expect to spend around $100 on transit throughout the semester. Groceries are about 218.12 percent lower in Buenos Aires than in NYC. Likewise, the cost of airfare and immigration will come out to be around $1,250. These numbers will vary depending on your spending patterns.
Although Argentina is a moderately developed and modern country, it lacks in terms of accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Infrastructure for individuals with visual, hearing, and physical disabilities is rare and wheelchair users will have a hard time finding ramps and even lowered curbs. Some museums have handicap accessible ramps or lifts and offer special guided tours for the visually-impaired and signed tours for the hearing-impaired. However, tourist sites are not usually adapted for visitors with disabilities.
Argentina is thought to be a very safe country, however, women traveling alone should follow ‘common sense’ safety precautions as they would in the United States. Overall, Argentina is ranked 77th in the Gender Inequality Index Rank. The income inequality continues to be a big problem with a wage gap of 26 percent. Nonetheless, the status of women in Argentina has steadily increased since the reintroduction of democracy in 1983.
Argentina is reported to be a gay-friendly destination with Buenos Aires even being touted as the gay capital of Latin America. Buenos Aires has anti-discrimination laws that protect homosexuals. Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010. With regard to sexuality, Buenos Aires has vibrant gay scenes and students are unlikely to face harassment for being open about their sexuality. This is even the case in the campo, or countryside, although rural areas can be more conservative than the country’s cities.
Race & Ethnicity
The majority of the tourists who visit Argentina are white. Consequently, Argentines tend to conceptualize all North Americans as white. For example, African Americans or Hispanic Americans may be thought to be from Brazil or other Latin American countries rather than the US. Similarly, students of Asian descent may be considered Chinese regardless of their true origin. As Argentines of African and Asian descent are few, especially outside Argentina’s urban centers, there are relatively few goods and services designed for students of these ethnicities. Students of color should not feel overly concerned about experiencing discrimination in Argentina. Still, this should not be interpreted to mean that prejudice and racism are nonexistent there.
Religion & Spirituality
Most Argentines are nominally Roman Catholic with a smaller number of them worshiping regularly. In addition to the Catholics, there is a small number of Protestant Christians in Argentina. Equivalent in size to protestants are Jews, who migrated there towards the end of the nineteenth century from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East, and following World War II. There is also a small Muslim community in Buenos Aires. Pentecostalism continues to take root in rural and lower-income communities across Argentina. Over the previous three decades, New Age and Eastern religions have gained popularity among some middle and upper-class Argentines. Overall, Students should feel comfortable openly practicing their faith in Argentina.