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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: 6 or more semesters of college level language
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: SEAS
Other Eligibility Requirements: Grades of B or better in Spanish, Prior Coursework as Required by Subject, See Program Description Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Arranged by Student Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BIT LogoBuenos Aires Institute of Technology

The Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) is renowned for providing quality education. Founded in 1959 by a group of Naval officers and businessmen, it is the first and only private and secular university of Engineering, Technology and Management in Argentina. ITBA enjoys a reputation for excellence in all aspects of its enterprise. It has developed a modern teaching and learning environment with rigorous academic standards and is committed to an education based on key social values - respect for others and responsibility for actions. The University is known for its small classes and personalized attention. ITBA´s instruction is strongly based on its core values of respect for the human person, the truth, and the pledged word.
For additional information, visit the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology website.  The handbook for international students can be found here.
The City of Buenos Aires

The city’s urban landscape is home to 11 million individuals, among whom the primary language spoken is Spanish. Buenos Aires is highly developed and its culture is influenced by its large population of Italian, German, Jewish, and Asian immigrants, in addition to the original Spanish settlers. The city also provides many opportunities for cultural immersion by hosting symphonies, plays, dances, and jazz concerts, as well as playing home to numerous museums and one of the world’s finest opera houses, the Teatro Colon.

Did you know…?

Buenos Aires’ renowned music, theater, and dance have earned it the nickname “Paris of the Americas.” Residents and visitors have no trouble finding cultural activities to watch or even participate in!



The program at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology is for Engineering students and Engineering credit only.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 6 semesters of college level Language or the equivalent, by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.
Must have grades of B or better in Spanish, and must have completed Spanish 219, Spanish 223, or an equivalent course.
Enrollment in a Spanish course during the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Prior coursework as required by subject. 

Other Requirements: SEAS students only


Language of Instruction

English, Spanish


A full course load at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology consists of four classes per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Argentine university grades are awarded on a ten point scale (including decimal points, e.g. 7.5) with 4 being a passing grade. The scale is based neither on an equal distribution of points nor on a percentage. In the Argentine system, a perfect exam or paper may not always be awarded a grade of 10 depending on individual professors' practices. Students are frequently assessed on solely on the results of a final and/or midterm exam.

Grades are reported to Penn on the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
ITBA Grade Penn Grade
10 A+
7-9 A
6 B+
5 B
4 C
0-3 F

Special Features

BIT Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology prior to the start of each semester. 

Language Courses

ITBA offers two types of Spanish programs for international students. Intensive Modality: It is developed during the month of July or February (depending on the quarter) with 12 hours of class per week. Regular Course: It is given during the course of the semester March to July or August to December. Both modalities combine everyday Spanish language with technical guidance that allows students to achieve their academic goals and enjoy a unique experience in Buenos Aires. They require a pre-registration diagnostic test that aims to identify the specific learning needs of each student. Each course is equivalent to 3 ITBA credits and has a cost that will be indicated each semester, which includes class materials and tutorials.

Volunteer Opportunities

In Buenos Aires there are a large number of NGOs that provide services to different sectors in need of the population. All of them are open to volunteers who contribute seriously to their missions.

Buddy Program
BIT Special Features
The Buddy Program is an initiative developed by the International Relations Office and executed by ITBA volunteer students. The task of this group is to provide advice and support to students who have come to the university on exchange programs. More information can be found here.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here, under “Centro de estudiantes.”


Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

ITBA does not have its own housing so program participants live in apartments or residence halls for university students. The residencias, which are similar to US residence halls, are located throughout Buenos Aires and students commute to classes by bus or subway. The residencias feature fully-furnished single and double rooms. Many rooms have a private bathroom and access to a shared kitchen. The residence halls also may also feature study rooms, computer labs, fitness center and outdoor pool. The ITBA staff assists the students in obtaining housing appropriate to their needs.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
Budget Sheets

Academic Year*

*Budget sheets for the academic year have not yet been established. Students should consult their Global Programs Manager and the SJTU website for budget specifics.

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Buenos Aires, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.