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Life in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES MAGNETIZES YOU

“I would have never imagined travelling morethan 12,000 miles only to find a city that seemsto have once departed from Europe and noone knows how it came to South America. Thisbeautiful land is very rich in nature and magic.Buenos Aires, the city that never sleeps, gaveme another part of me and stole a part of myheart. Thanks Buenos Aires! “.

(Francesco Melluso -Universidad de Tor Vergata, Italy)

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. Settled at the river banks of the Río de la Plata, it covers a surface of around 200 km2. With almost 13 million inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area, this vibrant city is amongst the most populated urban centers in the world.

Founded by Spanish expeditioners in XVI Century it acquired its characteristic cosmopolitan feature in the early 1900s with the arrival of several immigrant flows. Arriving from Spain, Italy, France, UK, Lebanon, Syria, Poland or Russia, these adventurous immigrants came to these lands looking for a better future and answering to the invitation of the Argentinean government to populate its rich but “empty” territories.

Such origins certainly are the root of the cultural diversity that distinguished Buenos Aires ever since. Buenos Aires shows today a singular fusion of cultures, religions, traditions, and worldviews.

For porteños (the name by which Buenos Aires inhabitants are called), culture is an invitation to meet, an essential trail for personal transformation and construction of their identity.

Buenos Aires is considered Latin America´s most important cultural pole and its rich cultural life is manifested in the presence of its 180 theatre halls (more than any other city in the world), 200 cinemas, 80 museums, 70 libraries and more than 300 bookstores. Buenos Aires also has a great variety of convention centers, art galleries, cultural centers, literary cafes, music festivals, craft fairs, parks, squares and gardens.

Important traits of Buenos Aires life are sports and sporting shows. Football (soccer), of course, stands over others, being the city home to several world-known professional teams such as Boca Juniors or River Plate. Other sports are also practiced, such as tennis, rugby, basketball, golf, sailing, rowing, volley and swimming, given the city has over 100 clubs and organizations for sporting and training.

There is much to explore and enjoy outside the city as well. The Pampa and the Gaucho are an attraction not to be missed, mix of landscape, tradition and identity.

Finally, with more than 45 universities in the greater metropolitan area, Buenos Aires gives home to more than 1 million students, approximately 70% of the whole higher education enrollment in the country. This population, together with the more than 20.000 international students it host every year, makes of Buenos Aires a fine choice for a study abroad program.