Pre-Departure Steps

Please complete the following forms by November 15, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us any time by phone or email.

*Important Note on your flight DATES*

As you book your flights, take into consideration that the official Argentina program arrival date is Friday, February 1, and you must arrive to the Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport (airport code EZE) before 12:30pm on this date.  Keep in mind that most flights from the U.S. to Argentina are overnight, departing from the U.S. in the evening and arriving to Argentina the next morning, which means that you would look for a flight departing from the U.S. the evening of Thursday, January 31.  Your housing check out date is Wednesday, July 31.


1. pre-departure form

To help us prepare for your arrival, please take a few minutes to complete the Pre-Departure Information Request Form by clicking the button below. The form also includes important information and tips to help you prepare for your time in Argentina, so please read it carefully.


2. Code of Conduct

We believe that some simple rules and guidelines can go a long way to set a great tone for your Puentes experience.  Please take a minute to review and agree to the Puentes Participant Code of Conduct.



Notify your credit and debit card banks about the dates during which you will be out of the country so that you will not be flagged for fraudulent activities.

Leave the Puentes contact information with your family or point of contact.

Pack your passport and any other important travel documentation in your carry on bag (not in your checked bag).


Packing Suggestions:

  1. Clothes for winter and summer, including layers and rain gear

  2. Prescription medication (more than enough for your entire stay in Argentina)

  3. Preferred toiletries (if you use tampons with applicators, those are hard to find here)

  4. Debit card, credit card, some US dollars in cash (perhaps US$400 in US$100 bills; no need to bring Argentine pesos since you can withdraw them from ATMs upon arrival)

  5. Laptop and electronics (careful with hair dryers and hair straighteners; in Argentina the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz)

  6. Medical certificate if you plan to join a gym

  7. Suitcase lock to store any valuables while traveling

  8. Foods you simply cannot live without

No need to pack towels or sheets; your housing provides them.  We also recommend that you do not bring any expensive or irreplaceable jewelry or personal items.

Additional Note on Reciprocity Entrance Fee and Visas:

As of March 2016, the Reciprocity Entrance Fee for US citizens has been suspended. Thus, if you are traveling with your US passport, you can simply enter Argentina as a tourist without a visa. Then once you arrive to Argentina, the staff at the Universidad Católica Argentina will assist you in receiving your student visa. If you are entering Argentina on a passport from a country other then the US, please contact Boston College staff right away to check on any visa requirements for your time in Argentina.