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University of Buenos Aires
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Seal of the University of Buenos Aires
Motto Argentum virtus robur et studium (Latin)
Motto in English
Argentine virtue is strength and study
Type Public
Established 1821
Budget US$700,000,000 (2015)[1]
Rector Dr. Alberto Barbieri
Academic staff
28,943 (2004)[2]
Students 311,175 (2004)[3]
Undergraduates 297,639 (2004)
Postgraduates 13,536 (2004)
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Campus Urban

The University of Buenos Aires (Spanish: Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA) is the largest university in Argentina and the second largest university by enrollment in Latin America. Founded on August 12, 1821 in the city of Buenos Aires, it consists of 13 departments, 6 hospitals, 10 museums and is linked to 4 high schools: Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini, Instituto Libre de Segunda Enseñanza and Escuela de Educación Técnica Profesional en Producción Agropecuaria y Agroalimentaria.

Entry to any of the available programmes of study in the university is open to anyone with a secondary school degree; in most cases, students who have successfully completed high school must pass a first year called CBC, which stands for Ciclo Básico Común (Common Basic Cycle). Only upon completion of this first year may the student enter the chosen school; until then, they must attend courses in different buildings, and have up to 3 years to finish the 6 or 7 subjects (which vary depending on the programme of study chosen) assigned in two groups of 3 or 4. Each subject is of one semester duration (March–July or August–November). If someone passes all 6 subjects in their respective semester, the CBC will take only one year. Potential students of economics, instead, take a 2-year common cycle, the "CBG" (General Basic Cycle), comprising 12 subjects.

The UBA has no central campus. A centralized Ciudad Universitaria (literally, "university city") was started in the 1960s, but contains only two schools, with the others at different locations in Buenos Aires.

Access to the university is free of charge for everyone, including foreigners. However, the postgraduate programs charge tuition fees that can be covered with research scholarships for those students with outstanding academic performance.

The university has produced four Nobel Prize laureates, one of the most prolific institutions in the Spanish-speaking world. According to the QS World University Rankings (2015/16) the University of Buenos Aires ranked number 124th in the world and, according to Top Universities, it is the 46th best university in the world taking into account employer reputation.[4]


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 schools that comprise the university are:

Of these, only the last two have their buildings located in Ciudad Universitaria, a campus-like location in Núñez, in northern Buenos Aires. The others are scattered around the city in buildings of various sizes, with some having more than one building. There are projects to move more schools to Ciudad Universitaria, the first one in order of importance is the School of Psychology, whose building is already designed to be placed on this Campus.


As of September 2016
University rankings
ARWU[7] 151-200 category [5]
QS[8] 85 [6]
Latin America
QS[10] 11 [9]

There are no existing Argentinian or Latin-American university ranking systems, but several international rankings have ranked the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). The reputed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking ranked UBA not only above all other Argentinian universities but all other Latin-American ones.[5] The QS World University Rankings ranks UBA in the 85th place, above all other Spanish or Portuguese speaking universities (American and European) in its worldwide ranking [6] but relegates it to the 11th place in its Latin-American ranking.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

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 alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of Buenos Aires, Budget
  2. ^ University of Buenos Aires, 2004 Academic Staff Census
  3. ^ University of Buenos Aires, 2004 Student Census
  4. ^ University Rankings. Top Universities. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  5. ^ a b "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016. ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings® 2016". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "QS University Rankings: Latin America 2016". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "QS Latin University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°35′59″S 58°22′23″W / 34.59972°S 58.37306°W / -34.59972; -58.37306