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Buenos Aires / Travel Tips

CUI offers a transfer service to pick you up at the international airport (Ministro Pistarini International Airport – Ezeiza) and take you wherever you’re staying within Capital Federal for USD 70. Please, keep in mind that the subway and trains do not reach the international airport. If you prefer another way to get to the city center, you have taxis and airport buses.
*Information updated in March, 2017. Prices could be modified. Please, check prices before making a reservation.

The Argentine peso is characterized for its floating exchange rate system. For this reason, the rate changes daily. To check the current and official exchange rate, you can visit the Banco de la Nación Argentina (Bank of the Argentine Nation) website.

Buenos Aires has a rather mild climate all throughout the year except in summer when it gets hot and humid. During this season, maximum temperatures reach an average of 28-30º C (82-88º F) whereas in winter temperature drops to a minimum average of 8º C (46º F). However, the high ratio of humidity in BA pushes these temperatures further.

Each neighborhood of the city of Buenos Aires has its own history and specific features reflected in its unique customs, style and colors, and differentiating from other parts of the city. They are a reflection of BA’s characteristic melting pot. The neighborhoods located in the north part of the city, Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano, are the wealthiest and safest areas of the city, along with modern Puerto Madero. Whereas Belgrano is a more residential area, Recoleta is known for its chic restaurants and Palermo stands out for its constant nightlife and trendy bars, seducing tourists and locals alike. Well-connected with public transport to the rest of the city, when looking for a place to stay in BA, these neighborhoods should be at the top of your list. We also recommend Villa Crespo and San Telmo, which are also beautiful, interesting and well connected-neighborhoods for foreign students.

If you want to use public transport, you need to get yourself a SUBE card first. You can buy it at some kiosks and ticket offices at subway stations all around the city. You top it up and then you’re good to go. Where? At government lottery offices, some pharmacies, Internet cafes and kiosks, train and subway stations, post offices, payment centers. Just look for the SUBE sticker on window displays. Valid on trains, buses and subway.
The fare depends on the distance and type of transportation. Subway: ARS 7.50. Trains: ARS 4 – ARS 6 (depends on the distance). Buses: ARS 6.25 – ARS 7 (depends on the distance). You just say to the driver where you are getting off (“Junín y Perón” if you’re coming to CUI) and he’ll know what the fare is.

Buenos Aires is a safe city but, as a big metropolis, you have to take some considerations to avoid being robbed or swindled. There is a Tourist Police which employs English-speaking personnel and where you can report any complaints:
Address: Corrientes Av. 436.
Phone: 4346-5748 / 0800-999-5000.
Email: turista@policiafederal.gov.ar.

Spanish Courses at CUI

You just need to fill in our inscription form and provide us with a scanned copy of your passport with the stamp of the date of entry to the country.

The minimum age to participate in our program is 18 years of age. Exceptionally, CUI can accept students who are 17 and have expressed written permission to travel from their parents/guardians.

You can pay with credit card, American dollars or Argentine pesos at the official exchange rate of the day at our headquarters (Junín 222, 1st floor) or online on our website.

If you have studied Spanish before, we strongly recommend you take our online placement test and send it to us before your classes start.
The result of your online test gives us an approximation to your level of Spanish. This will be confirmed after an oral placement test which will be done once you arrive in Buenos Aires, or by telephone.

Both B and C subway lines have stations very closed to CUI: we’re only 4 blocks away from subway station “Pasco” (A line), 4 blocks from station “Pasteur” (B line) and 6 from station “Facultad de Medicina” (B line). Besides, lots of buses will leave you just a few blocks away. Bear in mind bus signs can be difficult to identify sometimes, so just ask around “¿dónde está la parada del colectivo Nº XX?” (Where’s the bus number XX stop?). And then, once on the bus, just ask a passenger or even the driver to let you know when to get off, or you can just use Google Maps’ GPS. Google Maps is another good way to plan your journey around the city.
For more precise information, please check BA Cómo Llego app or website. Google maps is also an option.

There is a cafeteria at CUI ground floor with different menus for all tastes that change frequently. If you want to eat out, there are plenty of restaurants and fast food establishments all over town; it’s up to you to discover the local gastronomy.

Visa Information

Most nationalities can enter Argentina without a visa for up to 90 days. To check out whether you need a visa please visit Migraciones or just ask us – we will be pleased to help you!

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