Summer in Argentina
Universidad de Belgrano

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Immerse yourself in Buenos Aires, a fusion of Latin American and European culture.

A distinctly vibrant and lively city, Buenos Aires mixes European traditions and native traits. Rich in contrasts, with its stunning European architecture, café culture, musical rhythms, passion for soccer, and genuine hospitality, the city is an extended classroom where you can develop your Spanish language skills. Universidad de Belgrano is a respected institution with a long tradition of offering programs for international students. Add our Jewish Immersion Program, which offers support, cultural activities, and connections with the local Jewish community – the sixth-largest in the world.


What to Expect:

  • Language: Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 Courses (4-8 US credits) per session
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75

Highlights:

  • An internationally focused university
  • A semester's worth of Spanish-language credit at any level
  • Centrally located homestays or apartments with local Argentines
  • City tour, excursions, group activities, cultural insights, and more
  • Variety of sessions and durations

Program Details

Universidad de Belgrano

ACADEMICS + COMMUNITY
Universidad de Belgrano, dubbed “UB,” is a top-ranked university with a long tradition of hosting international students – you’ll meet students from all over the world, so you’ll be studying with not only Argentinians, but also people from Europe, Asia, and Africa. With current enrollment of more than 14,000 students, UB is passionate about its community-based social values. Look for many opportunities to join cultural events throughout the semester, including orientation festivities, international culture night, latin dancing, and more.

ABOUT CAMPUS
Centrally located in Belgrano, one of Buenos Aires’ main neighborhoods, UB is a quick subway or bus ride from both housing locations and within easy reach of downtown Buenos Aires. On campus, enjoy numerous sports facilities, a theater, computer labs, and more.

The 2019 QS University Rankings ranked UB #78 among the top 300 universities in Latin America. Accredited by the Ministry of Education of Argentina as a degree-awarding institution of undergraduate and graduate education.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Education

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Spanish

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There are a few options for the Summer in Argentina program with CIS Abroad. Students can select courses from the PEAL listings, Intensive Spanish, Medical Spanish, or Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, depending on their current Spanish language level.

SUMMER PEAL

5 Weeks | 7 – 8 credits (2 courses)
The Programa de Estudios Argentinos y Latinoamericanos (PEAL) combines courses in Latin American studies with local cultural activities. Students take two classes, which meet 4 times a week, for a total of 60 hours during the five week program. This program option is for students with upper-intermediate or advanced Spanish only.

The courses available are:

  • PEAL 322S Arte Literatura Argentina
  • PEAL 329S Cultura y civilización en Latinoamérica

View course descriptions here.


INTENSIVE SPANISH

4 Weeks | 6 credits (1 course) per session
Boost your language skills with an intensive Spanish class that will have you speaking “Rioplatense” (the dialect particular to Buenos Aires and surrounding areas) in no time! Students may choose from three summer sessions or may take this in conjunction with another summer program.

The following are the Spanish language courses on offer for the Intensive Spanish Language option 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.


MEDICAL SPANISH

Practical Spanish language training for medical professionals, plus first-hand experience shadowing in a health clinic! This is a unique opportunity for students to experience the native culture of porteños as well as observe the health care system of Argentina. Intensive practice will be provided in two ways: through clinical rotation at Fleni in the mornings and Spanish classes at Universidad de Belgrano in the afternoons.

View course descriptions here. 


TEACHING SPANISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

This program combines a course in foreign language pedagogy with a teaching assistantship in a bilingual primary school in Buenos Aires. This program is a unique opportunity for bilingual Education students to come into contact with second language acquisition processes both in English and Spanish while experiencing the native culture of porteños. This experience will not only enhance your CV, but also give you an advantage when applying for a teaching job.

View course descriptions here.

Why Life in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the second largest city in Latin America with 14 million people. Visitors call it the “Paris of the South” because it resembles a European city. Here, you’ll find tree-lined streets, cafes on every corner, and fantastic shopping. You’ll dance the tango and drink yerba mate in this cosmopolitan metropolis that never seems to sleep.

Porteños will love showing you their lifestyle and helping you learn Spanish in their unique accented speech. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, ask a new friend to bring you to the Superclásico. This is a fútbol match between local rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. City-wide support is split between the two teams, which means fans get very passionate!  Buenos Aires’ fun, vibrant environment is full of activities. You can shop and stroll on Calle Florida or at Plaza Francia. Visit the free Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the center of Argentine art. Relax or study in the postcard-perfect Plaza de Mayo or walk the cobblestone streets of San Telmo. Finally, you can fall in love with Palermo’s parks.

Live La Vida Local

  • Explore the parks

    Buenos Aires is full of beautiful parks. Whether you want a casual stroll or fast paced jog, they are a great place to check out.

  • Calle Defensa

    This world class Sunday market has every kind of craft you can imagine. There you can enjoy the sound of local musicians, taste the delicious food and be entertained by the street performers.

  • Do the Tango

    This traditional, passionate dance is what Argentina is known for! Strut your stuff alongside the locals at La Ideal or La Viruta.

  • Drink “Mate”

    Mate is the Buenos Aires drink of choice. Our favorite way to enjoy it is at a cafe in the historical center with a churro or dulce de leche snack, perhaps at El Rosadal.

Homestay in Buenos Aires

Location

In homestays, participants will live with a local family as well as other international students. The number of people in the house or apartment varies depending on which homestay is assigned to the student.

All homestays include a private room and Wi-Fi. The homestays are located 10-30 minutes by public transportation from Universidad de Belgrano. This is a great way to practice Spanish and experience Argentine culture, but also have other international students nearby.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: The Jewish Immersion program add-on includes a homestay accommodation with Jewish families, matching each student with a family with a similar level of observance and customs as well as other identity-based support for Jewish students.

Photo: Argentina Site Director Marina introducing new students to their host family.

Meals

Your homestay family will cook you 10 meals a week (breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday). Depending on your host family’s preference, you may also have access to the kitchen to take care of the rest of your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • MealsHomestay
  • Private Room
  • Wi-Fi

Residence Hall in Buenos Aires

Location

The residence is a big, beautiful house located in the heart of Palermo Hollywood (a very trendy area!) where a lot of locals and students from abroad live. Most in the residence are from other cities in Argentina and nearby countries, a lot of them studying at the University of Buenos Aires.

You will be accommodated in a double room with private bathroom. There are study rooms, Wi-Fi, and laundry is provided at an extra cost.

Meals

You will have access to the kitchen for preparing your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • 5 meals per week in the homestay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • One day excursion
  • Universidad de Belgrano official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Argentina. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. During the first few days, take the Buenos Aires Bus to check out the Top 20 must-see points of the city. During orientation, learn all out the favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). And join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (empanadas, anyone?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. And, of course, enjoy another amazing meal as part of our farewell to Argentina.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

The city centre of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as the largest popular demonstrations in the country. On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the May Revolution in 1811, the Pirámide de Mayo (English: May Pyramid) was inaugurated in the square’s hub, becoming Buenos Aires’ first national monument. It hosts the government house, the Buenos Aires Cathedral and the Cabildo, the site of Spain’s administration back in colonial times.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

The newest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero hosts a beautiful waterfront, 5 star hotels, an ecological reserve and contemporary architecture. We walk from Plaza de Mayo down to the river – a great place to enjoy a Mate picnic! The most emblematic point for a picture is the Women’s Bridge, a stunning feat of engineering as well as a work of art. Its design resembles a hook or a tooth of some sort, but actually, the architect Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge to look like a couple dancing the tango. The bridge is pedestrian only, and rotates a full 90 degrees to allow ships to pass by.

Buenos Aires Bus Tour

Buenos Aires Bus Tour

Experience the best way to get to know Buenos Aires – the Buenos Aires Bus! We’ll likely hop on this double-decker downtown for an informative tour of the most iconic places in Buenos Aires, exploring much of the city. We’re also likely to hop off at some point (it’s a hop-on, hop-off service running frequently), possibly in La Boca and/or Puerto Madero.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

Travel Tip:

Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

About:

Marina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.​ She is passionate for traveling, animal and specially dogs lover and defines herself as an aspirational veggie. Over the last ​ten years she has been working on a small business of her own, dedicated to build travel programs for groups that want to experience Buenos Aires in an alternative way. ​She ​studied Social Communications ​a​t the University of Buenos Aires​ and specialized in Digital Strategies and Content. She is very happy to be part of the growing CIS Abroad, offering her expertise​ as a traveler and as a pure “Porteña” ​ to excited students. In her free time she practices yoga, ​paints, cooks healthy food​ and enjoys meeting with friends. She is married and has a dog named Dar​k – but she calls him Pepino (cucumber).

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: June 19
  • Departure: July 24
  • Price: $5,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: May 23
  • Departure: July 3
  • Price: $5,990
  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: June 19
  • Departure: July 24
  • Price: $5,990
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: May 23
  • Departure: June 20
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990
  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: June 19
  • Departure: July 18
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1
  • Arrival: July 17
  • Departure: August 15
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990
  • Application Deadline: May 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 3 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 17 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 - $6,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Program prices vary depending on how many sessions. Base program price is for accommodations at an international student residence. Additional fee for a homestay.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.