Myth 1: Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires is like Studying Abroad in Europe
I have heard many people describe Buenos Aires as the Paris of South America, but I do not think this description is fitting. Though the European influences are apparent in the architecture and cuisine of the city, Buenos Aires definitely has its own personality. I think reducing Buenos Aires to only one aspect of its heritage doesn’t even begin to describe what the city is like.
Myth 2: Buenos Aires is all about the Night Life
It is true that Buenos Aires has vibrant nightlife, with options for just about anyone’s vibes, but there is a lot more to do in the city than just go out (though I would be lying if I said that saliendo wasn’t characteristic of the city. During my time here, I have also seen a vibrant art and music scene. You can find live music in the subte (subway), and in various venues and cultural centers around the city. Street art is also prevalent, so make sure to take in the art throughout the city!
Theatre is also integral to the identity of B.A. The famous Teatro Colon is a must see, but I would also recommend checking out some of the smaller venues to see more avant garde performances.
Political and Social activism also make up the soul of the city. Even so, via ISA and studying abroad rules, you can’t participate in any protests during your time abroad.
Myth 3: ‘I am from a big city so I am completely prepared for life here’
Many of the students in my study abroad group came to Buenos Aires with the idea that they had all the necessary knowledge to live in the city due to their experiences living in a big city in the US.
This isn’t true for multiple reasons, but it is good to keep in mind that there are added challenges in Buenos Aires. Currently, the peso (ARS) is quite unstable, so the cash I exchanged for at the beginning of my time abroad has actually decreased in value. Also, infrastructure here doesn’t run as smoothly as you may be used to. Subways may be down for the day during protests, or paros (strikes) may block your way into the city center. These precautions aren’t made to dissuade you from studying abroad here, but it is important to keep in mind that you will face things that you may not be used to. But isn’t that what studying abroad is about?