Study Abroad in Buenos Aires - Intensive Language Program
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Program Details

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Language immersion program
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport and supporting documents

Dates & Fees

SPRING SEMESTER 2016-2017
Early Feb, 2017 - Late Apr, 2017
TBA
SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
Feb 8, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
$10,200
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2016-2017
Jul 21, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016
$13,350
FALL SEMESTER 2016-2017
Sep 1, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016
$10,200

Deadlines

SPRING SEMESTER 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2016
SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2015
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2016
FALL SEMESTER 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 1, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2016

Academic Program

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS
FALL

240-360 Argentine contact hours (216-324 U.S. contact hours)

SPRING

240 Argentine contact hours (216 U.S. contact hours)

The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills through study abroad in Buenos Aires. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses.

Fall Early Start Term

Intensive Month 1
  • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
  • 5 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 4 weeks
3 Additional Months
  • 240 Argentine contact hours (216 U.S. contact hours; 14 U.S. semester credits)
  • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 14 weeks

Students are advised that the early start option cannot accommodate beginning level Spanish students, though students at the beginning level are welcome to apply to the regular start fall option.

Fall Regular Start Term

Students follow the same course of study as the Early Start students, but they start one month later.

3 Months
  • 240 Argentine contact hours (216 U.S. contact hours; 14 U.S. semester credits)
  • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 14 weeks

Forty-five U.S. contact hours generally equate to three semester credits, and the API transcript letter will recommend a total of 7 U.S. semester credits per intensive Spanish course. Students are cautioned, however, that home universities may award fewer credits for each Spanish course than the high number of contact hours may suggest.

There are several break periods of various lengths throughout the semester. Housing is included during these breaks. API excursions may be scheduled during these intra-semester breaks and students are also welcome to travel independently.

Spring Term

Intensive Month 1
  • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
  • 5 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 4 weeks
2 Additional Months
  • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
  • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 7 weeks

Forty-five U.S. contact hours generally equate to three semester credits, and the API transcript letter will recommend a total of 7 U.S. semester credits per intensive Spanish course. Students are cautioned, however, that home universities may award fewer credits for each Spanish course than the high number of contact hours may suggest.

There are several break periods of various lengths throughout the semester. Housing is included during these breaks. API excursions may be scheduled during these intra-semester breaks and students are also welcome to travel independently.

ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS

The Argentine academic calendar follows the calendar year: the first semester in Argentina is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Argentina are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall) rather than the traditional Academic Year option (fall/spring) to avoid having an extended break of 2-2.5 months between semesters. Housing is not included during the break between semesters within the Academic Year program.

Completing two semesters of the Intensive Language program is only suitable for students starting the program with a beginning level of Spanish. Students starting the first semester with intermediate Spanish skills are encouraged to select the Program of Argentine and Latin American Studies program for the spring term.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano upon completion of their program.

What’s Included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES
  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
ON-SITE SERVICES
  • Airport Reception
  • API Centers, Resident Directors
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals with host families)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight, day, international)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals)
  • Volunteer Opportunities
RE-ENTRY SERVICES
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities

Program Manager

Carolyn Boudreau is the Buenos Aires Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Argentina.

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Resident Director

Carmen Alvarez de Toledo is the Buenos Aires Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Argentina.

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