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Buenos Aires Program Overview

The Summer Start Abroad in Buenos Aires program is highly structured and designed for first-year incoming students. The 2-week program merges the high-impact experiences of a first-year inquiry (FYI) course and study abroad, led by an NC State faculty member and Study Abroad Office staff. Students earn three general education credits that count towards their degree before the start of their first semester on campus. The program utilizes beautiful Buenos Aires by visiting museums, cultural landmarks, food industries, a nearby farm (Estancia), and other significant venues to engage students in their coursework, providing first-hand experiences that inform critical and creative thinking.

Course Offering

FS 201 Intro to Food Science (3 credits), taught by Dr. Gabriel Keith Harris
GEP: Natural Sciences, Global Knowledge

Food science is an exciting, multidisciplinary career that draws on chemistry, microbiology, and engineering principles to produce, preserve, and protect the foods that we eat every day. This course is designed to help you understand the journey of foods from “farm to fork”, the effect of diet on human health, and the laws governing food labeling and marketing. It’s science you can eat!


July 29 – August 13, 2024

The program begins on NC State’s campus with a two-day orientation, during which time students participate in activities and discussions to develop community, clarify expectations, and introduce the approach to First-Year Inquiry (FYI) courses. Students then board a group flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spend two weeks in Buenos Aires, using the city and the Universidad de San Andres as their classroom.


For the two-day orientation at NC State, students will be in double-occupancy rooms in a residence hall on-campus.

While in Buenos Aires, students will stay in double-occupancy rooms in shared apartments in a downtown neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Participants are able to walk to class and have easy access to public transportation as well.

Sample Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and class meetings at NC State
Day 2: Class and group activities at NC State
Day 3: Class in the morning; departure for Buenos Aires
Day 4: Arrive in Buenos Aires; check-in and group dinner
Day 5: On-site orientation and Class
Day 6: Class
Day 7: Class in the morning; city tour in the afternoon
Day 8: Class in the morning; industry visit/guest lecture
Day 10: Universidad de San Andres campus visit
Day 11: Class in the morning; Tango lesson and show in the evening
Day 12: Depart for Estancia excursion
Day 13: Estancia tour/guest lecture in the morning; free time
Day 14: Estancia in the morning; return to Buenos Aires
Day 15: Farewell lunch; return flight to Raleigh at night
Day 16: Arrive in Raleigh in the morning