Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer Intensive Spanish Language

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Overview

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This program has been suspended for summer 2021.

Explore our other active study abroad programs for summer 2021, or check out our travel assurances and updated health and safety guidelines.

Become fluent in Spanish this summer! Come to Buenos Aires and connect with Argentinians as you explore this modern metropolis and live like a local. See what this colorful society is all about as you join student clubs and interest groups, volunteer in libraries or community centers, and travel beyond the city. There’s no better way to improve your Spanish and gain new perspectives. Courses are taught in Spanish at CIEE Global Institute – Buenos Aires and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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

    300
  • years since it snowed in Buenos Aires

    10
  • bookstores

    734

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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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.​

PROJECTS

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.

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    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.

  • MEALS

    Housing includes two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Students are responsible for the other meals. Host families and students will decide meals together.

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.

Academics

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Academics

This intensive eight-week program is dedicated to Spanish language acquisition through classroom instruction combined with cultural and community activities. Students take three Spanish language courses, focused on grammar and syntax, oral communication and conversation, and reading and writing. Students are placed in one of four skill levels depending on the results of an online placement test and an onsite oral interview administered during orientation. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

CIEE Global Institute – Buenos Aires is located in one of the most vibrant and student populated neighborhoods of the city and offers easy access to some of the city’s nicest parks, restaurants, cafés, and shops.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

All students must take the three required Spanish courses at the appropriate level including:

  • 1 Spanish Language course
  • 1 Oral Communication and Culture course
  • 1 Reading and Writing Workshop course

Program Credit

Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE Spanish Language courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Elective courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Academic Culture

The pace of this intensive program is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Special focus is paid on experiential learning and outside-classroom activities to best develop Spanish language competence. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. 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.

Class Format

Courses are taught in Spanish by CIEE Spanish department faculty at the CIEE Global Institute and are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet five times per week. Attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our Canvas e-learning platform.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

Language of Instruction

English and Spanish

Courses

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Course Information

This intensive eight-week program is dedicated to Spanish language acquisition through classroom instruction combined with cultural and community activities. Students take three Spanish language courses, focused on grammar and syntax, oral communication and conversation, and reading and writing. Students are placed in one of four skill levels depending on the results of an online placement test and an onsite oral interview administered during orientation.

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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Meals
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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Get Started

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    Contact Us

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