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Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) - Building San Jose - Buenos Aires (MAP)

The 27th IPSA World Congress of Political Science will be held at the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires. Located in the rejuvenated barrio of Puerto Madero on the banks of the Río de la Plata, the university is only a few hundred meters away from the city's historical landmarks, such as the majestic Plaza de Mayo. To the east across the canal can be found the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, a magnificent waterfront park filled with forests, marshlands and lagoons offsetting the vibrant atmosphere of the Puerto Madero neighborhood.
Building San Jose - Auditoriums
UCA1680 Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo
Buenos Aires, CABA, C1107

The panels and sessions will take place primarily in the San Jose building and a few panels will take place in the San Alberto Magno building:
  • Building San Jose (SJ) - Entrance is south of the building (MAP)
  • Building San Alberto Magno (SAM) - Entrance is south of the building (MAP)

Food and Beverage in UCA

A canteen and coffee counter will be accessible in the Juan Pablo II foyer and exhibition area (second floor) of the San Jose building.

The nearby neighbourhood of San Telmo features numerous options in terms of restaurants, cafés and bars. It is recommended to make reservations for restaurants when possible.

Internet Connection at UCA

Network: WC2023  | Password: IPSA


The 2023 IPSA World Congress will be an onsite event with a limited number of virtual-only (no hybrid) panels.

Participation Format Change Policy

Requests by individuals to change their participation format from virtual to in-person, or vice-versa, must be received by 19 April 2023. Please send request by e-mail to

Requests to change to a panel in virtual format must be made by 19 April 2023, the latest. After 19 April, it will not be possible to accept any format change requests due to the need to provide a final program for all participants.

Important Note:
•    Due to the limited number of virtual panels, there is no guarantee that the change request can be accommodated.
•    The standard registration Refund Policy will apply to format change requests.


All sessions are held in either of IPSA's official languages: English and French. Panel presentations in the LOC sessions may be in Spanish. Panel presentations in the "LOC08 - Brazilian Politics" may be in Portuguese.

Practical Information

Weather: July is the coldest month of the year in Buenos Aires. You can expect temperatures between 8 and 15°C.

Safety: Visitors to Buenos Aires should exercise a moderate degree of caution. As with any large international city, be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your belongings. Visit your government's travel advice and advisories for Argentina for more information.

Transportation: Buenos Aires has a large public transport network, licensed taxis and more than 250 km of cycle lanes. To travel by bus or subte (underground metro), you will need to get a rechargeable SUBE card. SUBE cards are available at subte stations, Tourist Assistance Centers, national lottery outlets, and at some kioskos (corner shops selling confectionary and tobacco) throughout the city. To find your nearest point of sale, the SUBE website has a map of SUBE vendors. For information on other transportation services, visit the Getting around Buenos Aires page of Turismo Buenos Aires. Uber is also available in Buenos Aires.

Health and Vaccination

Wearing a mask is not mandatory at UCA. However, please note that there will be close to 3,000 participants from over 100 countries at the World Congress. Therefore, we recommend that delegates exercise caution.


Note: Information was retrieved on 02 February 2023 from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs – please verify updated information prior to departure.

It is no longer required to test for COVID-19 or to show proof of COVID-19 health insurance to enter Argentina. Proof of vaccination is also not required.

If a suspected COVID-19 positive case is detected or reported upon entry into Argentina, it will be treated according to the same prevention and control measures of any acute respiratory infection.

If your flight has connections, we suggest checking if the transit countries require COVID-19 testing.

Note: The use of a masks in closed spaces in Buenos Aires is not mandatory. The recommendation for the use of masks is maintained, especially during the winter period.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever vaccination is not required to enter Argentina, nor is it considered a concern when traveling in Buenos Aires. However, vaccination is recommended for travelers aged 9 months and older traveling to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces including the Iguaçu Falls.

Liability and Insurance

The IPSA Secretariat and local organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Currency and VAT Information

Currency Exchange

Argentina's national currency is the Argentine peso (ARS). Local currency can be purchased in Buenos Aires at casas de cambio (currency exchanges) and at most banks. Note that you will need to provide ID when exchanging money. Local currency can also be obtained from automated teller machines (ATMs) throughout the city. ATMs operate 24 hours a day and accept all major international cards.

Note: In various businesses and even in the street in the city's central financial area, particularly on Calle Florida, you are likely to come across people offering to exchange money. Please note that while non-official operators may state a preferential rate of exchange, these money changers are illegal and for visitors' safety, the Buenos Aires Tourism office recommends changing money only at legal regulated institutions.

The Buenos Aires Tourism Office also recommends changing only small amounts of money at a time. You should keep the receipt(s) from your transaction(s) as you may need to show this if you wish to change money back to your original currency at the end of the trip. Please note that should you wish to change back any Argentine pesos at the end of your trip, you will be limited to changing only up to the equivalent of $100 USD in cash. Currency Converter – Argentine Peso

      Value-Added Tax (VAT) Reimbursement


      International visitors receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the 21% value added tax (VAT) charged on accommodation in Argentina. VAT on hotel stays and other accommodations are automatically be refunded for international visitors who pay with a foreign credit card or via bank transfer from a foreign bank. 

      The elimination of VAT on accommodation charges, combined with a favorable exchange rate, makes visiting Buenos Aires more affordable. The new VAT rule covers hotel stays and other forms of accommodations, and includes VAT imposed on breakfast services if they are part of the cost of lodging. Other hotel services are excluded and must be billed separately.

      Other Purchases

      Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim VAT on purchases of domestically manufactured goods with a value over $70 USD when made at participating outlets that belong to Global Blue Argentina. To do so, you will need to keep your receipts and complete the relevant forms at customs when leaving the country. Information on where to claim the refund can be found on the Global Blue website.