Summer in Argentina

Program Information

Live life to the fullest in a vibrant, cosmopolitan setting - Study Spanish abroad in the classroom and on the streets, tango until you drop, chill out while sipping some mate in the park, and enjoy exploring the colorful markets. We’ll make sure this bustling city of 14 million people feels like home with exceptional activities and staff support.

Live in the Paris of South America! - Buenos Aires is considered a European-like city with Latin American flavor. The café culture rivals that of its French counterpart, with the cost of living just a fraction of what you would expect in central Paris. The city’s European-style architecture, great shopping, abundant parks, vibrant nightlife, and gourmet cuisine will make you think you’re across the pond.

Various sessions so you can go anytime over the summer - Whether you are hoping to improve your Spanish skills, live in the land of the Tango for a month or more, or just get a quick taste for Latin America while still being able to work when you’re home, we’ve got three sessions to choose from. You can even save up some money for the first couple months of summer then head down to study abroad in Argentina in late July!

A great introduction to Latin America - Argentina lies somewhere on the social and cultural scale between Latin America and Europe. That means it’s a great way to see what Latin America is all about, by easing into it. Your experience studying abroad in Buenos Aires could then lead to your further exploration of other parts of Latin America, or you may find you’d rather spend a semester in Europe later on. With Summer in Argentina, you’ll get a great introduction to Latin American history, culture and geography through a diverse selection of courses, fun cultural activities and staff that understand how to introduce international students to the place they call home.

Highlights and Excursions

  • Study abroad in Buenos Aires at an internationally-minded university 
  • Live in fun, social dorms 
  • Affordable study abroad program also includes 3 meals a day Monday through Friday 
  • Study Spanish abroad at all levels 
  • On-site study abroad staff support 
  • Multiple sessions to choose from 
  • Excursions and social and cultural activities included

To make sure you get to see some incredible places outside of Buenos Aires, our staff will help you plan trips and also take you on some, showing you the ins and outs of places you might not find on your own. Below are some sample trips, which are chosen for each summer depending on the time of year, fun happenings, and student interests:

Feria de Mataderos This huge fair is a must-see, with its impressive collection of local food, music, dance, and handmade arts and crafts.

Colonia del Sacramento If you’re looking to add another stamp to your passport, then be sure to hop across the border into Uruguay to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can view impressive ancient Portuguese and Spanish architecture.

San Antonio de Areco Visit a traditional ranch on this multi-day trip, where you can meet gauchos (local cowboys), eat a delicious Argentine barbecue, and watch impressive horseback riding displays.

Rosario Spend a few days on a beautiful sandy beach along the shores of the Parana River when you visit this city!

Housing

During your summer in Argentina, you will be living off campus in dorms called Residencias Master in the Palermo neighborhood, about a 20 minute subway or bus ride from campus. The Residencias have plenty of restaurants and activities nearby.

You will live in a shared bedroom with three other students that includes a private bathroom. There are large common areas, three meals a day Monday through Friday, and the use of a common kitchen. Wireless internet is also included and available throughout the common areas; however, as with many overseas locations the speed and reliability of the internet is not the same as the U.S. The blend of international and local students gives the Residencias a fun and multi-cultural feel.

Curriculum

The Summer in Argentina program is a language-based program, offering intensive Spanish language study that will have you speaking “Rioplatense” (the dialect particular to Buenos Aires and surrounding areas) in no time! Following are the Spanish language courses on offer during the summer; all intensive in nature:

Elementary - This course is intended for beginners and false beginners. The general aim of this course is to provide the student with basic language skills. Students acquire and develop a basic knowledge of language that allows them to communicate straightforward information in a familiar context. Classes emphasize production and understanding in communicative situations. Upon completing the course, students will be able to understand basic instructions, take part in factual conversations on predictable topics and express simple opinions or requirements about the present, past, and future.

Intermediate I - This course is intended for students who already have basic communication skills. The general aim of the course is to extend students ability to communicate on a wide range of topics. Classes emphasize the active acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Upon completing the course, students will be able to keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics and give short talks or write short letters and other texts on familiar subjects.

Intermediate II - This course is aimed at students who have already mastered the main grammatical features of the language and can communicate in a fairly wide range of formal and informal situations both orally and in writing. Emphasis is placed on the use of precise and appropriate vocabulary in context and distinguishing between formal and informal registers. Special attention is paid to fluency and pronunciation as well as producing well organized and grammatically correct written texts. Upon completing the course, students will have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language. They will be able to express different attitudes (e.g. possibility, probability, doubts and advice) using a good range of structures.

Advanced - The course is intended for students that have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language and can communicate with relative fluency in a wide range of formal and informal situations. At this level, students are encouraged to consolidate and perfect their communicative strategies, both oral and written. Students are required to give oral presentations in order to improve their fluency and accuracy when speaking in public. Students also gradually learn to produce expository and argumentative prose. Upon completing the course, students will be able to speak and write about complicated or sensitive issues using appropriate and complex language.

Campus Setting

Urban

Average Course Load

3-6 credits

GPA Requirement

2.75/4.0

Program Dates

Summer 2015:

Intensive Language I 
Start date: Late May
End date: Late June

Intensive Language II
Start date: Late June 
End date: Late July

Language and Cultural Studies
Start date: June 20, 2015
End date: July 25, 2015

Cost

TBA*

*Costs may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

**See CISabroad Website for Updates

Included

  • One day and one overnight excursion
  • Pre-departure Orientation & Buenos Aires Orientation
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing with meals (15 per week)
  • Airport pick up
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Universidad de Belgrano official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner, frances@iepabroad.org
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*
*Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.