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Frequently asked questions

Buenos Aires - Travel Tips

Airports
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 April, 2016. Prices could be modified. Please, check prices before making a reservation.

Argentinean currency (peso argentino)
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.

Weather
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.

Neighborhoods
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 northeast part of the city, Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano, are the wealthiest and safest areas of the city, along with 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 Vila Crespo and San Telmo, which are good places for foreign students too.

Public transport
If you want to use the public transport, you need to get yourself a SUBE card first by clicking here. You can buy it at some kiosks 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, subway.

The fare depends on the distance and type of transportation. Subway: ARS 4.50. Trains: depending on the distance - ARS 3; ARS 6. Buses: depending on the distance – ARS 6; ARS 6.50; ARS 7; ARS 4. You just say to the driver where are you getting off (Junín and Perón if you’re coming to CUI) and he’ll know what the fare is. Standard price for relatively short distances: ARS 6. Moving around the city in general: ARS 6.5.

Safety
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, where you can report any complaints.

Address: Corrientes Av. 436.
Telephone: 4346-5748 / 0800-999-5000.
Email: turista@policiafederal.gov.ar.

The Tourist Police employs personnel who speak English.



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Spanish Courses

What do I need to enroll?
We just ask you to provide us with a scanned copy of your passport, the stamp of the date of entry to the country and the completed enrollment form.

What is the age to apply at CUI courses? 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.

How do I pay?
As for the payment, you can pay with credit card, American dollars or Argentine pesos at the official exchange rate of the day at our headquarters (Junín 222, 2 º floor) or online on our website

I have attended Spanish lessons before. Do I have to test my Spanish to enroll?
If you have studied Spanish before, we strongly recommend you to take the free online placement test

The result of your online test gives us an approximation of 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.

What time are classes of the Regular Course (60hs)?
What time are classes of the intensive program (60hs)? Classes are taught from Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4.30pm. For more detailed information please check our Academic Calendar.

How to get to the school?
There’s an app (BA Cómo Llego) and a website for that.

You just need to type in where you are (desde –from) and where you want to go (hasta – to). Just type in the full address: from Balcarce 50 to Junin 222 (Casa Rosada to CUI). You can also search for points of interest (ex. Obelisco) or for a street intersection. Then you can compare which route is more convenient for you. 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.

If you prefer to take the subway, CUI is located only 4 blocks away from subway station “Pasco” (Linea A), 4 blocks from station “Pasteur” (Linea B) and 6 from station “Facultad de Medicina” (Linea B)

Subway Map



Are there any restaurants near the school?
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

Do I need a visa to enter Argentina?
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!