Spend your summer in the “Paris of Latin America,” improving your Spanish language skills and immersing yourself in local Argentine and Rio de la Plata culture.
Through homestays, student clubs and interest groups, cultural excursions, and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-based testing, placement, and instruction that allows you to measure the development of your language skills, summer study abroad in Argentina offers you a truly unique academic and cultural experience.
Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you will:
- Improve your Spanish language through placement and intensive instruction based on ACTFL ( standards
- Experience and learn the unique Spanish of the Rio de la Plata region; learn outside the classroom on CIEE class-based and extracurricular trips to cultural destinations within and outside of Buenos Aires
- Enjoy a special overnight educational language trip to Uruguay; visit museums, festivals, and soccer matches
- Immerse yourself in the local community by living with an Argentine family
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Whether you’re just beginning your study of Spanish, or you’re an intermediate language student, CIEE study abroad in Buenos Aires has four levels of instruction to suit your particular needs and abilities.
Enjoy a number of day-long and extended field trips and excursions to various points of cultural interest in and around Buenos Aires.
Travel to Uruguay by boat for a three-night stay in the cities of Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. In both cities, you’ll visit the historic waterfronts, attend cultural and musical events, and learn about the linguistic particularities of the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata region. Cultural activities are organized and conducted by language level in order to better support language learning and ensure small group experiences.
Take part in various cultural groups which provide opportunities to meet other young Argentines and participate in cultural activities organized around a common interest. Current special interest groups include the Fútbol and the Conversation Clubs.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2014 (7 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local government registration/entrance fees
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 1–3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated. Total recommended credit for the summer is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
Study abroad students are required to enroll in two Spanish language classes at their level, based upon the results of a Spanish language placement exam given upon arrival.
About the City
About The City
Founded in 1536, Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is often referred to as “the Paris of Latin America.” Within this large and dynamic, yet surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis, elegant 19th century buildings and café life offer glimpses of a rich history and notable cultural influence from both Europe and the Middle East. With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Andrea has worked with CIEE since 1994, and supervises the administrative and academic aspects of the Study Center. In addition, Andrea is professor of the CIEE Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Argentina Course. She has a summa cum laude B.A. in Sociology from UBA and a Masters from FLACSO in Social Sciences and Public Health. Andrea’s academic interests include public health, gender and women, adolescents, and children and family. She is currently doing her Phd degree and doing research work related to the non-punished abortion and its situation into the public health system in Argentina. Since 2008 Andrea has worked as a National Senate counselor in the National Congress working on several projects recently approved, such as “Equalitarian married”, “Assisted Reproduction and Fertilization low” and “Gender identity”.
Buenos Aires, a captivating and vibrant port city, is the capital of Argentina. It is known as the “City of Books” for its abundant libraries and bookstores, and as the “Paris of Latin America,” for its mixture of colonial, neo-classical, and modern architecture as well as its ubiquitous theaters and art galleries. The city is a major cultural center of South America’s southern cone. It is world famous for its fútbol (soccer) fans and world-class players. Buenos Aires is also an academic and intellectual center, renowned for the excellence of its many universities, and its long intellectual tradition. All of this takes place in a bustling daytime metropolis with a vibrant nightlife. For all these reasons and many more, Buenos Aires is widely regarded as one of the most intriguing, cosmopolitan, and personable cities in Latin America. Come see why Buenos Aires is such a perfect place to live, to explore, and to become the Spanish speaker you have always wanted to be!
— Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director
Carolina Alba Merlo
Carolina has worked with CIEE since 1996. She works alongside the Resident Director designing, developing, and managing the Study Center. She received her B.A. in Communications and Social Psychology at the Pichón Riviere Institute and will soon finish a Masters in Cognitive Psychology and Education, with research interest focused on international education and adaptation processes.
Vera has received her MA degree in Spanish as a second language by the University of Barcelona. She is the Academic Spanish Coordinator of CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center and she has obtained a certificate as evaluator from ACTFL to administrate the COPI exam in Buenos Aires.
She also serves as adjunct professor of Spanish at New York University in Buenos Aires since 2008. She was the Academic Coordinator of the Spanish as a Foreign Language section of the UBA’s Laboratorio de Idiomas from 1999 to 2008.She worked for the UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees- and for the Latin Union in a special program for emigrants from East Europe, developing teaching materials and learning methods.
Vera trains teachers in Spanish as a Second Language, leading workshops, lectures, and courses for postgraduate education in Argentine, Brazil, EEUU and the Anglophone Caribbean. She has served as an expert in many international projects intended to share academic and technical assistance. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and culture and the language representations in teaching methods.
Currently, she leads two research teams at CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center: one to explore the relations between the local and the US academic culture and another to promote evaluation and certification studies.
Clara joined CIEE in January 2010 as a Student Coordinator and Housing Assistant of the Buenos Aires program. Since fall 2012 she is in charge of the Housing Coordination. She has a degree in Sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and she is currently getting a master degree in Latin-American and Argentinean art history at Universidad de San Martin. Before working for CIEE, Clara worked in the private IT sector. As an undergraduate student, Clara studied a semester abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Leandro joined CIEE in January 2008 as a Student and Cultural Activities Coordinator of the Buenos Aires Program. Currently, he got a BA in Political Science at Universidad de Buenos Aires. Before joined the Program, he was a Student Researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health), Faculty of Social Sciences - U.B.A. Currently he is obtaining a Masters degree in Public Administration from UBA.
Juan has worked with CIEE since 1999 and currently coordinates the Students Assistance Team. Previously, he worked as a student coordinator, and was in charge of the for-credit volunteer options. Juan, who earned his BA in psychology from UBA, has worked as a volunteer therapist in local community centers in Buenos Aires. He had lived a semester abroad in the US during 2008, where he was an International Research Fellow on Democracy, Civic Engagement and Volunteer Work at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. Juan is obtaining his Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from UNSAM.
Favio has worked with CIEE since 2002. He is an accomplished actor as well as theater and staging director and has postgraduate degree at the Metropolitan School of Dramatic Art of Buenos Aires. Favio has had an extensive experience in the arts field not only as an actor but also directing different plays and as performing arts professor. He has experience in the coordination of different workshops and courses related to dramatic arts.
Juan T joined CIEE Buenos Aires program in January 2008. He is currently a Student and Service-Learning Coordinator. Juan has a degree in sociology from the Universidad of Buenos Aires, and is finishing a masters degree on Economic and industrial development from the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento. He has attended international workshops and conferences focused on his field of interest during the last couple of years: the 9th Globelics International Conference (Buenos Aires, 2011), National Service - Learning Conference (Atlanta, 2011) and the Democracy Deliberative Exchange Workshop (Dayton, OH, 2010).
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center and offices are located within the urban campus of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international, inter-governmental organization devoted to research, development, and education in the social sciences fields. The CIEE-FLACSO partnership provides a dynamic academic base for CIEE students, and serves as your home campus in Buenos Aires as well as the place where many of your classes and program events are held.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
This program offers study abroad students the opportunity to live with an Argentine host family. The home stay option in Buenos Aires includes traditional and nontraditional families including nuclear families with young children, single professionals, young couples with no children, and older couples whose children visit but do not live at home. Housing includes two meals per day—breakfast, and either lunch or dinner. Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules.
A three-day orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentine culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially-designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities. All orientation activities are based on the Spanish profiles of students and are run by the CIEE Study Center student coordinators who use the orientation sessions as an opportunity to create direct relationships with the individual students which each of them monitor and support during the term.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. While not guaranteed, many host families have Internet access in their homes. You will have wireless internet access at the CIEE Study Center and Internet cafés throughout the city. While local connection speeds may not match up to typical U.S. standards, internet is relatively reliable throughout the city. The Study Center also has a computer lab with internet access and printers for your use.
The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of cultural interest such as a day trip to an Estancia and the historic town of San Antonio de Areco where you will share traditional foods, learn about dressage, gaucho skills, and folk dances. You will also travel to Uruguay by boat for a three-night stay in the cities of Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. In both cities, you'll visit the historic waterfronts, attend cultural and musical events, and learn about the linguistic particularities of the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata region. Cultural activities are organized and conducted by language level in order to better support your language learning and ensure small group experiences. Trips are typically led by language instruction staff that use distinct aspects of the local culture as vehicles for facilitating language learning goals of students and the Program.
Cultural Immersion Groups
These groups provide an opportunity to meet other young Argentines and participate in cultural activities organized around a common interest. Current special interest groups include the Fútbol and the Conversation Clubs.
This intensive summer study abroad program lasts about seven weeks. All academic activities are dedicated to Spanish language acquisition through formal classroom instruction combined with experiential and cultural education activities aimed at facilitating language learning through active engagement with the local culture. Students complete 15 hours of class per week, delivered entirely in Spanish. Students are divided into different language level groups (profiles) according to their language ability as determined by ACTFL-based pre-program assessments. Participants are evaluated using two methods—the first, an online assessment prior to leaving the U.S., which provides an initial indicator of language skills to be completed and returned to resident staff in Buenos Aires, the second, completed upon arrival to Buenos Aires, consists of written and oral exams in person. Students within any given Spanish profile (level) must complete two mandatory three-credit courses. Content and teaching methods are supervised by the CIEE Spanish Language Academic Coordinator.
Instructional methods and teaching standards will be familiar to most students who have studied foreign languages on typical U.S. college campuses. All instructors are local Argentines versed in delivery of second language instruction and in ACTFL standards of the levels they teach. Program staff and resources are available to assist students in navigating any challenges faced in adapting to differences in academic culture. Students are introduced to and prepared for the academic life of the program through orientation activities and materials, ongoing advising, and contact and language exchange with local students.
Nature of Classes
Classes are specially designed for CIEE study abroad students only, following ACTFL proficiency standards.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Argentine society.
Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F are given. Students are assessed based on a combination of participation, papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Attendance is mandatory and Incompletes are not accepted.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by CIEE and faculty members of FLACSO.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Students are placed in one of several language levels depending on the results of an on-site language exam administered during orientation. Each level corresponds to two required classes.
Beginning Spanish II
ACTFL level: Novice-mid
Buenos Aires in Spanish II
Intensive Beginning Spanish II
Beginning Spanish III
ACTFL level: Novice-high
Buenos Aires in Spanish III
Intensive Beginning Spanish III
Intermediate Spanish I
ACTFL level: Intermediate-low
Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture I
Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
ACTFL level: Intermediate-mid
Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture II
Intensive Intermediate Spanish II