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Journalism Residency Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires
Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires

This program will not be offered in Winter 2021.

The Journalism Residency Argentina program provides Medill students a unique and exciting opportunity to live and work in South America for 11 weeks while completing degree requirements. Reporting and marketing assignments are in Spanish and English. Journalism Residency placements in Argentina are available in magazine, newspaper/online, broadcast/video and marketing communications. The program will begin with an orientation and briefing in Buenos Aires, which will provide an overview of important topics in Argentina, interviews with media contacts, tours of important local sites, and practical tips.

Contact JR Argentina faculty Mei-Ling Hopgood for advice about placement options for this program. Students will have a multi-tiered support network while they’re on their residencies, including an on-site supervisor, a local coordinator, a Medill faculty adviser, and support from ULA.

Begin Application Process


  • Students will be enrolled in the journalism residency course (JOUR 395/396). Credits earned abroad are for JOUR 395/396, which is a course offered on a pass/no pass basis.
  • Students must also enroll in JOUR 333: Bilingual Journalism, taught by Mei-Ling Hopgood, during the Fall Quarter prior to their JR. This course must be completed with a satisfactory grade in order to remain eligible to participate in the program.
  • Students must also complete all JR prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements


  • Open to Medill BSJ students, in their junior or senior year.
  • In order to maintain eligibility,: students must complete a Spanish language exam with the placement site before final placements;  receive a satisfactory grade in JOUR 333: Bilingual Journalism during the Fall Quarter prior to their JR, and; complete all JR prerequisite courses.


  • Completion of any one of the following courses: Spanish 220, 250, 251, 260, 261
  • Complete a language proficiency exam and assessment administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Interview for your program
    Students must complete an interview with Professor Mei-Ling Hopgood as part of the application process.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 Northwestern units.


Furnished apartments in the neighborhood of Palermo, which they will share with other students on the program. Since accommodations are apartment rentals, students are responsible for keeping the apartment in good condition, and any fees for damages will be students’ responsibility. Students are responsible for all meals.


Students will have a city tour of Buenos Aires, including visits to the Recoleta Cemetery and the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace). Students will participate in excursions to a historic estancia (ranch), neighborhoods such as La Boca and San Telmo, landmarks and museums, such as the Museum of Latin American Art. 

2019 Program Handbook

Browse the program handbook for more detailed information about excursions, courses, and identity-based considerations. Note: This is the previous year's handbook and should be used for informational purposes only. Do not make any travel plans based off of the dates or information provided here. 

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Winter 2020: $20,394

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $11,294
  • Housing: $5,200
  • GeoBlue: $150

Total: $16,644

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Meals: $1,000
  • Local transportation: $500
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $600

Total: $3,750


  • Global JR students do not receive an hourly wage from their sites or qualify for the stipend available to domestic JR students.
  • Remember to make arrangements for your Evanston housing and storing your personal items prior to your departure from Northwestern.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above. Financial aid cannot cover the cost of your Evanston housing while you are abroad.
  • Students may also be eligible to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend a Journalism Residency program abroad, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad will be charged a program fee that includes your tuition, housing abroad, and GeoBlue health insurance.

You are responsible for booking your own airfare.

The program fee includes the program's tuition, all related activities, accommodations abroad, and international health insurance. Refer to the budget above for exact costs and estimated living expenses abroad.

Northwestern Invoice & Financial Aid

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee, outlined above. You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account. Financial aid cannot cover the cost of your housing in Evanston while you are abroad, so be sure to cancel your on-campus housing contract or sublet your off-campus apartment.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from a Journalism Residency (JR) program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.