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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at Universidad de Palermo


Experience Argentina!

You’ve heard of Evita, the tango, the pampas, and you know that soccer is a national obsession. The culture of this vibrant nation blends European and American traditions to form a unique heritage all its own. Argentina is home to stunning architecture, a thriving rock music scene, a popular film industry, and world-renowned works of art and literature. From Iguazú Falls in the northeast to the rugged peaks of the Andes mountain range in the west, and from the glaciers of the south to the breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic coast, you will never run out of places to explore in Argentina.

Founded in 1986 and granted official status as a private university in 1990, Universidad de Palermo (UP) has become one of the most innovative and vigorous educational institutions of Argentina.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the Universidad de Palermo here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Languages of Instruction

Spanish - A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent

Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall 2018): August to December

Semester 1 (Spring 2019): March to July

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.


UP, an urban campus is located in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires. Many of the embassies, squares, beautiful parks, museums, and cultural centers are located in Palermo, whose main avenues feature a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and movie theaters.


Founded in 1986 and granted official status as a private university in 1990, Universidad de Palermo (UP) has become one of the most innovative and vigorous educational institutions of Argentina.  

Lecturing is the principal method of instruction in Latin American Universities, with one final exam or paper counting as the only grade in the class. Still, some professors will also give midterm exams or papers. Professors tend to be more formal than those in the United States, and class sizes are often larger.

In most Latin American countries, the grading philosophy is that the student starts at 0 (has no knowledge of the subject) and needs to work hard to obtain a good grade. The student’s grade rises as he proves his gain of knowledge throughout the semester. As such, Latin American universities tend to be severe in their grading and a grade of sobresaliente (10 - the highest grade possible in Argentina) is rarely awarded. In most classes, the majority of students will receive either aprobadoor muy bueno (from 4 to 6)

The fields most appropriate for ISEP students are Art, Business, Design, Latin American Studies and Literature, Psychology, and Social Sciences.  Students can also choose from courses in the Latin American Cultural Identity Program designed for international students focusing on regional studies.  Students can choose from Spanish-spoken courses such as Society and Culture, Government and Politics in Latin America, Evolution of the Argentine Society and Latin American Art, along with Universidad de Palermo’s students.

Students typically enroll in 5 classes per term which average to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks.  This is, on average, approximately equivalent to 4 Lake Forest credits.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for Intermediate and Advanced levels.



1. Go to the Carreras page to find a list of the majors offered at UP.
2. Under each Facultad, click on the carreras (majors) to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. On the next page, click on “Plan de Estudios” to see courses offered by semester. 
4. If you are studying March-July, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. If you are studying August-December, only the classes listed in the EVEN-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. The annual courses are year-long courses instructed during the Southern Hemisphere academic full year (March – December)

Note: The courses may not be available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (March-December) and these are known as annual. Upon receipt of your application, the ISEP Coordinator at UP will confirm whether or not your desired courses are available during your requested study period.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

Founded in 1986 and granted official status as a private university in 1990, Universidad de Palermo (UP) has become one of the most innovative and vigorous educational institutions of Argentina. The library is the center of academic life at the university. Campus research centers include the Center for Research in Architecture and Laboratory for Research in Urban Architecture and City Planning, Management Research Center, Center for Legal Postgraduate Studies, and the Center for Communication Studies and Visual Research. Total enrollment: 13,000 including 2,400 international students. 



There is a 2-part Orientation:
1. Orientation within the City: transportation system, currency issues, banking and bank location, telephone calls, safety issues, etc.
2. Orientation at Universidad de Palermo: transportation to and from the university, the location of the six schools within the urban campus, library location, registration, meeting with professors and authorities, class schedule and rooms, internet access, an e-mail address at the University of Palermo, sports facilities, etc.


Students are not picked up at the airport. The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed either with host families or in a student residence. Host families/Student Residences will provide breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and students will receive a stipend to purchase meals at lunch and on the weekends. Upon acceptance, students will be given the choice between a host family or a student residence.

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Palermo includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world.  Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct to Palermo, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance.  However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.