Tuition in Buenos Aires is exactly the same as it is on the Malibu campus: one flat fee per semester for 12-18 units. The second charge, the International Programs Charge, includes the group flight to and from LAX, room and board, most meals, special excursions, and the educational field trips with the group. Tuition for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is $24,885 per semester for 12-18 units. The International Programs Charge for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is $11,385 per semester, which combines the Room/Board ($7,740) round-trip airfare to and from the program location and the Educational Field Trip ($3,645). If you attend both semesters, the second semester is discounted by $1,220, because only one round trip airfare is purchased throughout the year. If you qualify and choose to be exempt from the group flight, the semester IP charge will be less the cost of the round-trip flight. The Buenos Aires program does have additional charges for the visa (Reciprocity Fee) and Argentine Emergency Medical Assistance.
In-depth breakdown of program costs for semester programs here.
Tuition in summer is exactly the same as it is on the Malibu campus: $1,565 per unit. The second charge covers room and board and most meals: $525 per week. Roundtrip airfare for summer programs is paid for by Pepperdine University. If a student withdraws from the program after the flight has been purchased, the student will be responsible for that cost. The same additional costs for the Reciprocity fee and health insurance apply for the summer as well.
Argentine Reciprocity Fee (Visa) & Emergency Medical Assistance
Reciprocity Fee Cost: $160.00 USD, paid one time (Currently suspended by Argentine Government, may return in the future).
Emergency Medical Assistance: $20.00 USD, per semester.
There may be a PE/course fee, ranging approximately between $200.00 - $500.00 depending on the course.
Grants & Scholarships
Grants and scholarships only apply to tuition, unless otherwise stated by your financial aid advisor. Financial aid normally disburses the first day of your classes abroad if all necessary steps have been taken and all necessary documents have been submitted. For scholarship information click here (link to 2017-18 scholarship page). For the most accurate financial aid information, go to the Financial Aid website and also talk to your financial aid advisor. For summer program applicants, 6 units are required to use federal aid and there is a summer estimator available on their site to help you calculate your financial aid.
The currency of Argentina is called the Peso (pl. Pesos). Peso banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Pesos. Coins are called Monedas.
Major American credit cards are widely accepted in Latin America, especially Visa and MasterCard. Purchases made with credit cards are billed in the local currency and the credit card company converts the amount to dollars. Since most credit card companies are major financial institutions , they receive the bank conversion rate. We recommend that you call your credit card company in advance to inform them you will be temporarily living in another country so they do not mark your charges as fraud; this applies to your ATM cards as well.
Obtaining cash from automated teller machines with ATM cards is common in major cities around the world. Before departure, be sure to check with your bank to determine whether or not your current ATM card has an international PIN. The fee for obtaining cash from an international ATM is generally less than the fee associated with a credit card cash advance.
Citibank does not charge ATM fees in Argentina and does not have a withdrawal limit. Citibank is also accessible throughout South America. Former students recommend setting up a checking account with them before leaving the country.
Cash (Need Buenos Aires Input)
If possible, take along $50.00 - $100.00 USD to be exchanged into Argentine currency. This initial money will be helpful during your first few days abroad. American Express cardholders can obtain foreign currency at American Express offices in the United States, and many U.S. banks offer this service if the foreign currency is ordered ahead of time. Money also may be exchanged at Los Angeles International Airport but the exchange rate may not be favorable.
While traveling in Buenos Aires it is recommended that you keep small change on you, as you will need it for buses, the subway, and the train.