University of Buenos Aires

The University of Buenos Aires (Spanish: Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA) is a public research university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Established in 1821, it is the premier institution of higher learning in the country and one of the most prestigious universities in the region.[5][6][7][8] It has educated 17 Argentine presidents, produced four of the country's five Nobel Prize laureates, and is responsible for approximately 40% of the country's research output.[9][10][11] The QS World University Rankings currently places the UBA at number 66 in the world.[12]

University of Buenos Aires
Universidad de Buenos Aires
MottoArgentum virtus robur et studium (Latin)
Motto in English
Argentine virtue is strength and study
Established1821; 199 years ago (1821)
BudgetUS$700 million (2015)[1]
RectorAlberto Barbieri
Academic staff
28,943 (2004)[2]
Students328,361 (2012)[3]
Undergraduates297,639 (2004)[2]
Postgraduates30,000 (2018)[4]

The university's academic strength and regional leadership make it attractive to many international students, especially at the postgraduate level.[13][14] Just over 4 percent of undergraduates are foreigners, while 15 percent of postgraduate students come from abroad.[15] The Faculty of Economic Sciences has the highest rate of international postgraduate students at 30 percent, in line with its reputation as a "top business school with significant international influence."[16][17]

The University of Buenos Aires enrolls more than 328,000 students and is organized into 13 independent faculties.[18][19] It administers 6 hospitals,[20] 16 museums,[21] 13 scientific institutes,[22] 6 interdisciplinary commissions,[23] 5 high schools,[24] the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center,[25] the Cosmos Cinema,[26] the University of Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra,[27] and Eudeba (Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires), the country's largest university press.[28]

Undergraduate programs at the University of Buenos Aires are free of charge for everyone, regardless of nationality.[29] Tuition from postgraduate programs helps fund the UBA's social mission to provide free university education for all.[30]

Common Basic CycleEdit

Entry to any of the available programs of study in the university is open to anyone with a secondary school diploma; in most cases, students who have successfully completed high school must pass a first year called CBC, which stands for Common Basic Cycle (Ciclo Básico Común). This program was designed to ensure a standardized academic background for all students seeking undergraduate degrees at the UBA.[31]

The CBC consists of 6 or 7 subjects (which vary depending on the chosen faculty's program of study), each having a duration of one semester (March–July or August–November), and are often taken in groups of 3 or 4 subjects per semester. Thus, it's possible for the Cycle to take only one year, though students are given up to three years to finish it. Potential students of economics, instead, take a 2-year common cycle, the "CBG" (General Basic Cycle), comprising 12 subjects.

Only upon completion may the student enter the chosen faculty; until then, they must attend courses in different buildings depending on where they are available.


School of Exact and Natural Sciences
School of Law
School of Economic Sciences
School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism
School of Social Sciences
School of Medicine
School of Psychology
School of Engineering, Paseo Colón branch
School of Engineering, Las Heras branch

The faculties that comprise the university are:

Of these, only the buildings of the last two are located in the centralized Ciudad Universitaria (University City), a building complex in Núñez, in northern Buenos Aires along the banks of the Río de la Plata. The other faculties are scattered around the city and the Greater Buenos Aires area in buildings and complexes of various sizes.

The Faculty of Economic Sciences is the largest of the UBA's constituent colleges, with over 36,000 students.[32] In recent years, the Faculty of Medicine has attracted the most new students, with 17,004 new enrollees in 2018 compared to the 7,584 new students the Faculty of Economic Sciences added that same year.[33]

In addition to these 13 faculty and the CBC, the UBA also administers 5 high schools: Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini, Instituto Libre de Segunda Enseñanza, Escuela de Educación Técnica Profesional en Producción Agropecuaria y Agroalimentaria, and Escuela de Educación Técnica de Villa Lugano.[34] Omar Acha teaches Philosophy of History at the UBA.

Notable alumniEdit

The following former students and professors of the university have received the Nobel Prize:

The following Presidents of Argentina have earned their degrees at the university:


Gallery of notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "En 2015 se sigue ampliando el presupuesto para las universidades públicas".
  2. ^ a b University of Buenos Aires, 2004 Academic Staff Census
  3. ^ "2012 Student Census".
  4. ^ "Más alumnos extranjeros eligen cursar posgrados en la UBA". May 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Best Global Universities in Latin America". U.S. News and World Report. 2019.
  6. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2018 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2018". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  7. ^ "Top Universities in Argentina | 2019 Argentine University Ranking". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  8. ^ "Top Universities - Argentina | CWUR World University Rankings 2018-2019". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  9. ^ "Quince presidentes argentinos estudiaron Derecho en la UBA". Diario Judicial (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  10. ^ "UBA Internacional". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  11. ^ "Encrucijadas". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2019". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  13. ^ "De qué países son los extranjeros que vienen a estudiar a la Argentina". (in Spanish). 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  14. ^ Fernandez, Maximiliano (24 February 2018). "Estudiantes extranjeros en Capital: de qué países vienen y qué carreras eligen". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  15. ^ Fern, Por Maximiliano; Mafern, Ez 19 De Abril De 2018. "Aumentaron un 22% los alumnos extranjeros en la Ciudad: buscan llegar a los 100 mil por año". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
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  17. ^ "University and business school ranking in Argentina". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  18. ^ "Población estudiantil de instituciones universitarias de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Año 2012" (PDF). Estadística y Censos.
  19. ^ Universidad de Buenos Aires. "Facultades". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  20. ^ "Red Hospitalaria". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  21. ^ "Red de museos". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  22. ^ Retrieved 2019-05-15. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Programas Interdisciplinarios". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  24. ^ "Colegios de educación media". Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  25. ^ "Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  26. ^ "Universidad de Buenos Aires". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  27. ^ "Universidad de Buenos Aires". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  28. ^ "Para festejar: Eudeba cumple 60 años". (in Spanish). 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  29. ^ "UBA Internacional". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  30. ^ "ESTATUTO UNIVERSITARIO" (PDF). Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  31. ^ "UBA - CBC". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  32. ^ "Censo de Estudiantes 2011" (PDF). Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  33. ^ Fern, Por Maximiliano; Mafern, Ez 6 De Abril De 2018. "Récord de inscriptos al CBC de la UBA: cuáles son las carreras más elegidas". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  34. ^ "Universidad de Buenos Aires". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  35. ^ "Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  36. ^ Itatí Palermo, Alicia (July–December 2006). "El acceso de las mujeres a la educación universitaria" [Women's Access to University Education]. Revista argentina de sociología (in Spanish). 4 (7). ISSN 1669-3248. Archived from the original on 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via SciELO.
  37. ^ Times, Judith Weinraub Special to The New York (June 13, 1972). "She Says It's the Men Who Are Enslaved (Published 1972)" – via

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