Get fluent fast with CIEE’s Summer Intensive Spanish Language program in Buenos Aires. Activities throughout this modern metropolis and a homestay with a local family will get you speaking and interacting with Argentines. Plus, you’ll participate in student clubs and interest groups, volunteer in libraries or community centers, and travel throughout Argentina to get a better understanding of this colorful society. There’s no better way to improve your Spanish while having the time of your life!
Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you’ll:
- Get the perfect level of Spanish language instruction for your abilities and needs
- Experience the unique Spanish dialects of the Rio de la Plata region
- Learn outside the classroom on CIEE class-based and extracurricular trips to cultural destinations, including a special overnight educational language trip to Uruguay
- Visit museums, festivals, and soccer matches
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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.
Experience Argentina and surrounding areas during numerous daylong and extended excursions. On one excursion, you’ll travel by boat to Uruguay, and stay two nights in 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 Río de la Plata region. Cultural activities are organized and conducted by language level to better support language learning and ensure small group experiences.
Volunteering is an important way to give back to the host community – and it provides the perfect venue for practicing your Spanish language skills with the locals. You might collaborate with a community library or help out at a publishing house called Eloísa Cartonera, which consists of a communitarian center located in a deprived neighborhood.
Student to Student
Practice your Spanish with your Argentine peers and enjoy a taste of local culture during a weekly “Coffee and Conversation.” You’ll talk about everything from school and the United States to Argentine idioms and cultural icons – all while relaxing in different cafés throughout Buenos Aires each week. Plus, take part in cultural groups to pursue your interest and make friends in the process.
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 2016 (8 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 $500 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
Course contact hours are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours for each of the two intensive grammar and oral language classes. The Reading and Writing in Context Workshops are 4 semester / 6 quarter hour credits and 60 contact hours. Total credit for the summer is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.
Study abroad students are required to enroll in three Spanish language classes at their level based on the results of a Spanish language placement exam given upon arrival.
About the City
About The City
Being in one of the 20th-largest cities in the world has its benefits. Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops, and different neighborhoods. Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants have earned it the nickname, “Paris of South America.” Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis shows glimpses of Europe and the Middle East in architecture and café life. A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world’s leading Spanish language publishing center. 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 Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 1994, and supervises the administrative and academic aspects of the Study Center. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and earned a master’s degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (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 earning her Ph.D. and doing research on non-punished abortion and its situation in 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 Law,” 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 Alba Merlo has worked with CIEE since 1996. She works alongside the resident director in designing, developing, and managing the CIEE Study Center. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and social psychology at the Pichón Riviere Institute and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and education, with research interests focused on international education and adaptation processes. Carolina is trained in intercultural competence and personal leadership and is considered an expert in those fields.
Vera Cerqueiras received her master's degree in Spanish as a second language from the University of Barcelona. She is the academic Spanish coordinator of CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires. She is certified by the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to evaluate language proficiency and 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 Universidad de Buenos Aires’s Laboratorio de Idiomas from 1999 to 2008. She also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 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 Argentina, Brazil, the United States, 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 language representations in teaching methods.
Currently, she leads two research teams at the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires: one to explore the relations between the local and U.S. academic culture and another to promote evaluation and certification studies.
Leandro Gomez joined CIEE in January 2008 as a student and cultural activities coordinator of the Buenos Aires program. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Before he joined the program, he was a student researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UBA. Currently he is working toward his master’s degree in public administration from UBA.
Favio Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 2002. He is an accomplished actor, as well as theater and staging director, and has a post-graduate degree from 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 in directing different plays and as a performing arts professor. He has experience in the coordination of different workshops and courses related to dramatic arts.
Juan Tollo joined CIEE in Buenos Aires in January 2008. He is currently a student and service-learning coordinator. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Universidad of Buenos Aires, and is finishing a master’s degree in 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. Host options may be traditional and nontraditional, 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 introduces students to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentine culture, and the program. 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 student coordinators. During orientation activities, these coordinators create direct relationships with individual students, which provide support and guidance throughout the term. At the end of the orientation, students sign a commitment form by which they acknowledge and accept all the program’s policies.
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 access 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, or cattle ranch, and the historic town of San Antonio de Areco, where you'll share traditional foods, and learn about dressage, gaucho skills, and folk dances. You'll also travel to Uruguay by boat for a two-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 conversation clubs.
This intensive summer study abroad program lasts about eight weeks. All academic activities are dedicated to Spanish language acquisition through formal classroom instruction combined with experiential and cultural education activities aimed at engaging 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 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-based pre-program assessments. Participants are evaluated using two methods. The first is an online assessment prior to leaving the U.S., which provides an initial indicator of language skills to resident staff in Buenos Aires. The second, completed upon arrival to Buenos Aires, consists of in - person written and oral exams. Students within any given Spanish level must complete two mandatory 3-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 the standards of language levels according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 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 Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (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 canceled 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. Students are required to take two intensive language classes that focus on grammar and oral language for 3 credit / 4.5 quarter hour and 45 contact hours each, as well as the 4 credit / 6 quarter hour and 60 contact hour Reading and Writing in Context Workshop at the appropriate level.
Language Level: Beginning Spanish I
(ACTFL level: novice-low)
SPAN 1001 BASU Intensive Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 1011 BASU / LAST 1011 BASU Buenos Aires in Spanish I
Language Level: Beginning Spanish II
(ACTFL level: novice-mid) )
SPAN 1002 BASU Intensive Beginning Spanish II
SPAN 1012 BASU / LAST 1012 BASU Buenos Aires in Spanish II
Language Level: Beginning Spanish III
(ACTFL level: novice-high)
SPAN 1003 BASU Intensive Beginning Spanish III
SPAN 1013 BASU / LAST 1013 BASU Buenos Aires in Spanish III
Language Level: Intermediate Spanish I
(ACTFL level: intermediate-low)
SPAN 2001 BASU Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2011 BASU / LAST 2011 BASU Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture I
Language Level: Intermediate Spanish II
(ACTFL level: intermediate-mid)
SPAN 2002 BASU Intensive Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 2012 BASU / LAST 2012 BASU Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture II
Language Level: Intermediate Spanish III
(ACTFL level: intermediate-high)
SPAN 2003 BASU Intensive Intermediate Spanish III
SPAN 2013 BASU / LAST 2013 BASU Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture III
Language Level: Advanced Spanish I
(ACTFL level: advanced-low)
SPAN 3001 BASU Intensive Advanced Spanish I
SPAN 3011 BASU / LAST 3011 BASU Argentine Identity, Tradition, and Culture IV
All students must also take the following course, at the appropriate level:
SPAN 1021 BASU
SPAN 2021 BASU
SPAN 3021 BASU
Reading and Writing in Context Workshop
(ACTFL levels: novice to advanced)