Cultural Events & Activities

BAFICI - Festival Internacional de Cine de Buenos Aires: For students studying in the spring semester, stay tuned for specific dates and locations!

Centro Cultural R. R. Rojas: Take a look through the Centro's programación for information about performances, festivals, art shows, and other cultural events. They even offer free, open courses!

Festival Konex de Música Clásica: For students studying in the spring semester, stay tuned for specific dates and locations!

Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil: For students studying in the spring semester, stay tuned for specific dates and locations!

Local Music Scene: There are a number of local bands and music venues to check out while in Buenos Aires. Jacob Falby (Pomona College), Spring 2009 lived in a homestay with a local musician.  He joined their band, Palo Pandolfo y el Ritual, and got to perform in some of their concerts! Here he playing the violin at one of their shows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwBy7GUpDSU

Tango Music & Dance: Opportunities to learn about and enjoy both tango dance and music can be found all over the city of Buenos Aires.  Below you will find videos of students enjoying this aspect of Argentine culture:

Students during the semester of Spring 2008 took tango lessons as a group and met regularly to practice their dance moves.  In this video, Derek Buchner (Pomona College) and Sabrina McNew (Pomona College) tango together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWoCQpLrCkw

Ellen Flanagan (Middlebury College), Spring 2008 had the opportuntiy to play the violin with a tango music group.  Here she is at one of their performances:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIHjhTKNflU

La Viruta Tango Club:

...they are like a cultural center that has classes! Acting classes, dance classes, art classes, etc...Students should look into this! Anoush Baghdassarian (Claremont McKenna College), Fall 2015

Outdoor & Physical Activities

Coliseum Gym:

Perfect if you're living in Caballito or Almagro. This gym is located on Avenida La Plata, between Quito and Rivadavia. It's above the Cinemark movie theater; just enter the theater doors and go up the stairs to reach it. Most gyms in the area cost around $70 USD a month -- this one is $70 for three months! Granted, it is very worn down, but it's worth it for the price. Isaac Harris (Pomona College), Spring 2017

Megatlon (Gym):

I joined Megatlon (it's a big chain gym) and it was GREAT! I loved loved loved the classes and the people. I joined the running team and made friends that I went running with every week at 7:30 pm MWF and it was so fun! I joined the Recoleta location but got a membership that let me in to a lot of different locations and that was helpful for when I wanted to go to different classes. The gym was really a GREAT way to practice my spanish and to stay busy and fit and make friends. I also learned so many words I wouldn't have learned if I didn't go to these classes. Anoush Baghdassarian (Claremont McKenna College), Fall 2015

Social Media

Don't underestimate the power of Facebook and other social media platforms to help you connect with your host community!

I used Facebook a lot to browse events and programs in the area...you can search any topic...once you start liking things in Montevideo, Facebook will give you other events on your feed. Amanda Spiller (Bowdoin College), Middlebury School in Uruguay, Fall 2016

Special Interest Groups

Unión Juventud Armenia:

I am Armenian so I joined the Armenian youth group (UJA: Union juventud Armenia) and it was the greatest decision I made in Argentina because it gave me a great way to make friends and gave me something to do every week. There were weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings and then there would always be events they put on each week so I'd go to those and then we'd all go out to dinner afterwards, etc. and it was the best way to make friends and really immerse myself in the community. I highly recommend that people look up groups like this that they identify with to try to make friends--if they go to a synagogue at home, try to find one there. Try to find a diaspora community for their ethnicity and see if there is a cultural center for it!  I know this is not a possibility for everyone, but if it is, that student should try it! Anoush Baghdassarian (Claremont McKenna College), Fall 2015

University-Related Activities

Some of your host universities may also sponsor general events and/or events catered to international students and other special-interest groups.  Be sure to connect with the international students' office, other university departments, and student organizations via Facebook and check their websites for upcoming events.  Also be on the lookout for flyers and student group tables once you're on campus!

Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Centro Cultural R. R. Rojas: Take a look through the Centro's programación for information about performances, festivals, art shows, and other cultural events. They even offer free, open courses!
  • Centro de Estudiantes: If you aA group of students posing for a picture promoting the Centro Estudiante at UBA FILOre studying at UBA Filo or UBA Sociales, the Centro de Estudiantes is the student government of each campus representing their respective student bodies. At Filo it is known as CEFYL. They provide the services in the building like the cafe and the photocopy stores. But more importantly, they host "asambleas" -- assemblies -- about every month where students gather (often in the street!) to discuss issues and vote on measures. Isaac Harris (Pomona College), Spring 2017
  • UBA Deportes: Check out the Actividades para socios link for an activities calendar.
  • UBA Internacional: A hub for information specific to international students studying in Buenos Aires and at UBA.
Universidad Católica de Argentina

Programa PAL: Connect with a local UCA student who can introduce you to the university (and the city) and show you the ropes. 

Universidad Torcuato di Tella

Actividades Culturales: A list of cultural activities and events happening at di Tella.

Deportes y Tiempo Libre: Information about extracurricular offerings at di Tella.  Be sure to download their PDF for a semester-specific calendar of activities

Organizaciones estudiantiles: A list of student organizations at di Tella.