Considered a "cultural hybrid," fusing elements from Latin America and
Europe (among others!), Argentina is a great study abroad destination. Study
Spanish, try out the Tango, enjoy the "cafe culture," and simply soak up the
sounds, smells and sights while cruising Buenos Aires' vibrant streets.
Take courses in English or Spanish. Live and study in beautiful, vibrant
Buenos Aires. Study abroad during the fall, spring or a full year in the city
known for being a cultural hybrid, blending both European and Latin
American elements. As birthplace of the tango with a pleasant climate and
cafe culture, Argentina is a truly unique place in which to study abroad!
Spend a summer in lovely Buenos Aires, Argentina! Learn Spanish, explore
Latin America, and get to know a unique country and city. Buenos Aires is
considered the "Paris of South America" and you can see why with its shady,
tree-lined boulevards, plethera of cafes and eateries, and vibrant social and
Argentina is a bright, exciting country that has distinct European influences, in the beautiful setting of South America! It’s the perfect place to study Spanish abroad for a semester or a summer. Argentina has a unique dialect of Spanish, and one that you'll be recognized for once you learn it: Rioplatense. The name refers to this dialect spoken mostly around the Río de la Plata (Silver River) in Argentina, Uruguay and parts of Bolivia and Chile. Rioplatense is considered a sort of blending of Spanish and Italian - a mostly Spanish vocabulary but with Italian accentuation - giving speakers a unique sound.
CISabroad allows students to study Spanish abroad at an affordable cost, while enjoying the best of Argentina and Buenos Aires. All programs take place at the Universidad de Belgrano, an Argentine university with international appeal. CISabroad students study through a smaller and more attentive international student program, which provides a more quaint setting with smaller classes, while still offering the excitement and social interactions of a larger university.
Study Spanish in the summerfor an intensive Spanish language program, for anywhere from one month to three months. Study for a semester or year in Buenos Aires to enjoy Spanish language as well as a variety of courses offered in English, including business, economics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations, and more.
Take advantage of the year-round mild climate in Buenos Aires and explore everything the city has to offer! Along with your fellow local and international students, you can learn the Tango in the city where it originated, check out the many markets and restaurants, and enjoy life in the “Paris of South America”- Buenos Aires!
Hang by the Rio de la Plata while sipping mate with your Argentine amigos. Confidently cruise the streets of the Belgrano and Palermo neighborhoods. Tango 'til you drop. Pet a penguin in Patagonia...You can do all this and more when you study abroad in Argentina!
Here are some enticing tidbits about CISabroad in Argentina:
• Spanish language courses at all levels, including an intensive language option that starts a month earlier (semester or year long) • Courses in English, including topics such as business, economics, history, literature, cultural studies, international relations and gender studies • Great staff support: orientation, group activities, excursions • European-like climate and culture, but at fraction of the cost • Smaller, more quaint study abroad program but at a larger local university • 3 meals per day Monday through Friday are included in the program cost! • Fun group housing in a hostel-like environment with other American and international students
Time Difference: Argentina observes a GMT-3 time zone, putting it two hours ahead of the Eastern time zone of the U.S.
National Currency: Peso (ARS)
National Sport: Pato (similar to cricket)
National Dance: Tango
Demographics: Argentina consists largely of people of white, European descent. Argentina was colonized by the Spanish beginning in the 1500s, which either removed or replaced much of the pre-Colonial indigenous population, leaving behind a largely Spanish population. Immigration followed colonization, adding to the Spanish population and also bringing many Italians. A minority of the population is considered "mestizo," or mixed race between European and indigenous South American ancestry.
Geography: Argentina sits between the Andes mountains, which run along its western border with Chile, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
Famous People: Diego Maradona (soccer player), Eva Perón
What Else Should I Know Before Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires?
Congratulations! You’re weighing the decision to pursue study abroad in South America’s Paris. The cost won’t nearly be as high, you’ll be in good company with plenty of other international students, and your calendar will remain full with all of the excursions, trips, restaurants to try, and activities that Evita’s hometown has to offer. Whether you want to study in Spanish or English, there are plenty of elective and general education courses to choose from with CISabroad’s programs in Argentina. However, you’ve done your research and want to know a little bit more before submitting your application. Read on...
EDUCATION SYSTEM--PLAN AHEAD!
While the typical U.S. semesters begin end of August, early September and late January, Argentina is a bit different. Their fall semesters begin late June and end early November, while spring semesters begin early February and end mid June. It’s worth noting the difference for planning purposes as the deadline to apply for CISabroad’s Argentina program is November 1 (to prepare you for an early February in-country arrival). Spring semester tends to be more popular for students because:
The weather is nicer, you’ll be in Argentina’s summer-fall months
It fits in easily with your regular semester schedule
You can still take a January term class before heading out on your study abroad to Buenos Aires
You’ll be back in time to enjoy summer in the U.S.!
ADJUSTING TO THE CLIMATE/TEMPERATURE
Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite the United States. October through April are the mildest, and November through February are the warmest. Summer begins during the United States’ winter, and our spring is their winter. It tends to be humid because of its location near the Atlantic and the Río de la Plata. On a typical day in Buenos Aires, you can get a smorgasbord of weather...rain, bright sunshine, a light snowfall, or even a brief storm. Bringing a variety of clothing will help keep you comfortable and happy during your study abroad experience.
While Buenos Aires is known for its mild climate, it’s important to pack layered clothing. Because it has a longer warm season, most of the buildings are built to accommodate the heat and humidity. As a result, it’s crucial to pack layers upon layers to stay warm inside during the colder months. Central heating systems aren’t the norm, and there’s usually only one radiator per floor (but this varies, so use it as a rule of thumb, not a generalization). Don’t be afraid to wear the same sweater a few days in a row! Ladies, pack pashmina scarves to vary your style, and gentleman, scarves are common in men and women alike in Argentina! Gortex layers underneath your t-shirts, sweaters, and zip-ups will keep you toasty in the classroom, and don’t hesitate to bring gloves (especially if you want to go skiing or snowboarding in the mountains!).
CRASH COURSE TO RIOPLATENSE SPANISH
Argentina is known for its distinct accent, pronunciation style, and verb tenses, called Rioplatense due to the Río de la Plata. Compared to the Italian of Spanish speaking countries, it has a rhythmic pace and seemingly romantic pronunciation. From beginners to advanced Spanish speakers, knowing what tenses and words to use is important as you navigate around Buenos Aires.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Argentineans use vos instead of tú, and do not use the Spain vosotros and instead use ustedes. Words with double ll are pronounced as if they were ys (for example, ¿Cómo se llama?, amarillo, or lluvia), which emphasize the Italian influence on the Spanish language in Argentina. At first you may be thinking you’re learning a completely different language, but knowing the basics of the dialect will help as you adjust to the accent and words.
To get you started, here’s a basic chart of the some distinct verb tenses, helpful words, and useful phrases:
Whatever you want.
Lo que tú quieras.
Lo que vos querás.
How are you?
What a mess!
With this list to begin, you’ll catch on quickly to other nuances in Rioplatense Spanish (there are many!). Adding che + cómo andas (roughly hey man, how are ya?) together will make you look like an old pro at Rioplatense Spanish. If you’re unsure about a word or a tense, ask your host family, language partner, or Spanish professors! It’s a great way to break the ice and build relationships.
Among the education system, weather/climate, and distinct dialect, Argentina is wonderful and affordable option to study Spanish. Beyond tango, Evita, and the widest avenue in the world, Buenos Aires is a progressive player in the global economy that will surely pique any interviewer’s interest seeing it on your resume. Keeping these three areas in mind while you prepare for your study abroad in Argentina will help you be happier and more successful in your study abroad experience.