Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer Intensive Spanish Language

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Information for term Summer Intensive Spanish Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: May 19 – Jul 13, 2019 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Get Spanish fluent fast in Buenos Aires this summer! Connect with Argentine people as you explore this modern metropolis and live with a local family. See what this colorful society is all about as you join student clubs and interest groups, volunteer in libraries or community centers, and travel. There’s no better way to improve your Spanish and have the time of your life.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn with the perfect level

    of language instruction for your ability!

  • Travel Around

    and into broader Argentina – to dig into the local culture and customs.

  • Learn outside the classroom

    with field trips to cultural and historic highlights.

  • plays performed every weekend

  • years since it snowed in Buenos Aires

  • bookstores


Location & Culture

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Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants earned Buenos Aires the nickname, the Paris of South America. Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable metropolis reveals influence 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, it has the cultural intrigue found only in cities of this size and prestige.

The Culture


  • Travel to broader Argentina on an overnight excursion.
  • See how Argentines live in and out of the city, with day and field trips where you'll sample traditional food, and learn about dressage, gaucho traditions, and folk dancing.
  • Relax Buenos Aires style at a festival or soccer game.
  • Experience culture in motion with dance and theater performances.​


Volunteering: Share your time, and see another slice of Argentine life up close as you support a community library or center.

Peer support: Join a group that shares your interest – soccer, conversation, etc. – and connect with Argentine students. You can also join weekly café gatherings to compare school, idioms, and more with Argentine peers while you practice Spanish.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Students live in private homes for maximum immersion in Argentine culture. Hosts include families with children, single professionals, young couples, and older couples with grown children.


    Hosts provide breakfast and one additional meal per day. Students can prepare other meals at home, or eat at restaurants and cafés.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute

    Buenos Aires

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation.

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What you need to know

The program details

This intensive, eight-week summer program is dedicated to Spanish language acquisition through classroom instruction combined with cultural and community activities. Students complete 15 hours of class per week, taught entirely in Spanish, and are divided into different language level groups according to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-based assessment, which includes an online component before departure, and written and oral exams in Buenos Aires.

The CIEE Global Institute is currently located at the urban campus of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international, inter-governmental organization devoted to research, development, and education in social sciences.

All students agree to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Courses are taught by CIEE Faculty.


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    Classes are designed for and open only to CIEE students, and follow ACTFL proficiency standards.


    Instructors assign letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F. Students are assessed based on participation, papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Attendance is mandatory and incompletes are not accepted.


    Teaching methods will be familiar to U.S. students who have studied foreign language. Instructors are experienced in second language instruction, and there are staff and resources to help students navigate academic cultural differences.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10 semester/15 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Grammar and oral language courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Reading and Writing in Context Workshops: 60; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter hours

Students take three Spanish language classes at the level indicated by their results on a placement exam taken in Buenos Aires.

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.

Summer 2018 Courses

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Students are placed in one of several language levels depending on the results of an on-site language exam administered during orientation. All students must take the three required Spanish courses at the appropriate level for a total of 10 semester / 15 quarter hour credits.


(ACTFL level: novice-mid)


(ACTFL level: novice-high) 


(ACTFL level: intermediate-low) 


(ACTFL level: intermediate-mid) 


(ACTFL level: intermediate-high) 


(ACTFL level: advanced-low) 


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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Argentine culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 19, 2019 Jul 13, 2019
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $5,723 **

Housing = $2,060 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,250

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $525

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $125

Books & Supplies = $100

Local government registration/entrance fees = $160

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $3,010

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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