Introduction Founded in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadores, Buenos Aires has evolved into a thriving, cosmopolitan city with more than 3 million inhabitants within the city limits and another 6 million + in the surrounding areas. Founded in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadores, Buenos Aires has evolved into a thriving, cosmopolitan city with more than 6 million inhabitants within the city limits and another 6 million in the surrounding areas. Known for its vibrant nightlife, where tango thrives in tangueras, milongas and cultural centers, Buenos Aires offers a dazzling array of learning opportunities, cultural events and social attractions. The seat of Argentina's national government, Buenos Aires presents a unique opportunity to analyze the politics and history of this complex and fascinating country. Universities, museums, theatres, shopping districts, and restaurants abound in this metropolis, described by many as the Paris of Latin America. API offers two programs at the Universidad de Belgrano for students looking to study abroad on a gap year in Buenos Aires, as well as an opportunity to participate in one of several gap community service options. Established in 1964, the Universidad de Belgrano now enrolls approximately 11,500 students, including 2,000 international students. Located in the charming and picturesque neighborhood of Belgrano, the university offers 24 different degrees, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level. It has a long history of welcoming international students and offering dual degrees with U.S. universities. The academic programs at the Universidad de Belgrano are suitable for all students regardless of language level; there are options for students ranging from beginning to advanced levels of Spanish. “The API Buenos Aires staff was absolutely wonderful. It was obvious that they cared deeply about the students and did everything possible to make us feel welcome and comfortable. It felt more like becoming part of a family than just participating in a program!" Eleanor O.