About the Program
For NYU Law students, Palermo offers a full immersion in a traditional South American law curriculum.
Up to two NYU Law students may study for one semester at the National University of Palermo Faculty of Law per academic year. The program is open to second- and third-year students only who have spent at least one full-year at NYU School of Law. All courses at Palermo are taught in Spanish. The Language Department offers international students the possibility to study Spanish through courses that are divided into different levels, including Spanish as a Second Language, Spanish for Lawyers, and Spanish for Business.
Located in the beautiful suburban neighborhoods outside of Buenos Aires, the University of Palermo is known for its expansive degree programs and substantial research work. As one of Argentina’s oldest and most prominent universities, Palermo focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to education with an emphasis on the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The University has also recently expanded its global aims, establishing scholar exchanges and international seminars, and stresses the integration of education with the surrounding world. The Faculty of Law is well-regarded for its contributions to Argentinian legal theory, and the school has a particular focus on research and investigation, as well as international relations and global law programs. More information about the University of Palermo can be found here.
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a booming hub of business, finance and shipping. As one of the largest cities in the world, it is the most visited city in South America and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the region. Buenos Aires is also famous for its similarity to Europe, most notable in the style of architecture and landmarks in the theater industry, including Teatro Colon, a world-famous opera house. The University of Palermo's main campus is located in the Palermo neighborhood, famous for its squares, gardens and unique shops. Easily accessible by public transportation, the neighborhood offers a variety of cafes, restaurants and bookstores where students share their daily experiences.
The following is an approximation of the academic calendar:
First Day of Classes: Mid-August
Last Day of Classes: End-November
First Day of Classes: Early-April
Last Day of Classes: Mid-July
Courses and Credit
Students may customize their study abroad program, choosing from a wide variety of courses, including Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Civil Law, and Public Interest Law Clinic. The full course listing and description can be found on for the University of Palermo’s website.
Students typically take five classes per term, though students not proficient in Spanish are advised to take fewer classes. NYU students are required to take a minimum of four courses, each worth three credits. Prior to finalizing their courses for the semester, students must submit a list of courses (along with the days of the week and times the class meets, and total number of class meetings during the semester) to the Office of Global Programs for approval. Students are expected to take post-graduate level courses while at Palermo. With permission, students can take classes in the final two years of the LLB curriculum.
NYU Law exchange students will receive credit for courses taken at the University of Palermo. However, these courses will not count towards the student's GPA. They will only appear on NYU transcripts as credits earned through the exchange program, rather than as individual courses at the University of Palermo.
Tuition and Living Expenses
Because this is a revenue-neutral exchange program, participating NYU Law students will pay New York University the normal tuition for a 12 credit-hour semester at NYU Law.
Below is a table that gives you some idea of how much you might spend personally and on everyday items in Buenos Aires. Compared to other major cities around the world, the cost of living in Buenos Aires is relatively inexpensive.
- Housing (may include food): 1400-1800 pesos per month
- Books, transport, personal spending: 1000 pesos per month
- Bus ticket: 1 peso
- CD: 35 pesos
- Haircut: 10 pesos
- International newspaper: 17 pesos
- Night club entry: 20 pesos
- Cup of coffee: 5 pesos
- Burger meal: 13 pesos
- Steak dinner: 25 pesos
We estimate that you should budget at least US $2,800 per month for rent and living expenses, taking into account the fact that you are abroad and will therefore potentially spend more money than during a typical semester at NYU. If you are planning to travel around the country and South America, you will need to budget more for additional expenses.
The program at Palermo allows students to be placed with an Argentine host family in order to allow students to truly experience everyday life and culture in Buenos Aires. Residencies and apartments are also available. For information about reserving a place in a home stay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Passport, Visa and Residence Permit Requirements
Students on long-term studies (more than 90 days) can enter Argentina as "tourists." The Government of Argentina has introduced an entry request fee for US Citizens of US $160, which must be paid only upon arrival in Buenos Aires. This request is valid for multiple entries over a period of 10 years.
Students on long-term studies must bring their passport and proof of clear criminal record, to obtain a Resident Permit while in Argentina. Within 30 days of enrollment, applicants must submit to the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones the following documents:
- Official letter of admission from recognized school/educational institution in Argentina
- Student exchange program certified by the organizing educational institution in Argentina (if applicable)
- Valid passport
- A clear criminal record certificate from each country/city the applicant has resided in during the last five years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only): must be legalized with the Hague Convention "Apostille," or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad (*)
- A clear criminal record certificate issued by the Argentine Federal Police Department or the "Registro Nacional de Reincidencia" (to be requested once in Argentina)
- Immigration fee (if applicable)
(*) The Argentine Consulate General of New York:
12 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 603 0400
Fax: (212) 541 7746
For further information or to contact the consulate, please visit their website.
IMPORTANT: Requirements may vary according to the applicant’s citizenship, length of studies and nature of the course. It is the responsibility of the Argentine host school to provide prospective students with detailed information regarding the visa requirements of their specific situation and to assist them in adjusting their status upon arrival in Argentina. To avoid inconveniences, you are strongly advised to contact the University of Palermo well before making any travel plans.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Palermo Law School facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in the program and will need some special assistance due to a disability, please contact Office of Global Programs who will make contact with Palermo to obtain information about the availability of needed services.