Journalism Residency Argentina

  • Buenos Aires Group Photo
  • Buenos Aires Newspaper Office Winter 2017

About This Program

  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Term: Winter Quarter
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Eligibility: Open to Medill BSJ students, in their junior or senior year. Students must also have completed any one of the following courses: Spanish 220, 250, 251, 260, 261. Students will also complete a language proficiency exam and assessment administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Before final placements, students must complete a Spanish language exam with the placement site and receive a satisfactory grade in JOUR 333: Bilingual Journalism during the Fall Quarter prior to their JR.
  • Program type: Journalism Residency
  • Program credits: 4 NU credits

Winter Quarter 2019

  • Application deadline: June 10
  • 2019 program dates: Sunday, January 7, 2018 (date of arrival in Buenos Aires) - Sunday, March 25, 2018 (date of departure from Buenos Aires). Return in Fall Quarter for 2019 dates.

Winter Quarter 2018: $19,213

Total fees charged by Northwestern: $15,813, includes: 

  • $10,603 tuition fee covers courses and excursions
  • $110 for GeoBlue Health Insurance
  • $4,600 housing fee covers lodging in shared apartments or residences in Buenos Aires
  • $500 local transportation stipend to cover program-related transportation, such as commuting costs
  • $0 Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Estimated additional costs: $3,400, includes:

  • $1,600 for round-trip international airfare 
  • $1,800 for discretionary expenses, including meals, personal expenses, and incidentals

Global JR students do not receive an hourly wage from their sites or qualify for the stipend available to domestic JR students.

Financial aid recipients participating in global JR programs can use their aid toward program costs, and students may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are also subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs. Contact Medill or IPD, or review our Financial Considerations for more information.


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.

Students should talk to 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 IPD.

Housing & Meals

Housing is provided, with selections based on proximity to work, comfort and safety. Students in Buenos Aires will stay in furnished apartments in the neighborhood of Palermo, which they will share with other students on the program. Since accommodations are apartment rentals, students will be 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 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. For more details on Medill’s Journalism Residency program, click here.


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.