Buenos Aires, Argentina

Spanish Language & Argentinian Culture

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Information for term Spanish Language & Argentinian Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 10, 2021 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 11 – Aug 7, 2021 (4 weeks)


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Soak up the one-of-a-kind culture in the “Paris of South America.”

Get the best of both continents in one of the world’s most beloved cities. What better place to perfect the Spanish language?  

Vibrant. Creative. Intellectual. Intense. These are some of the words used to describe Buenos Aires. There’s no shortage of cultural riches to discover. Go to the theater. Dance the tango. Watch a heated football match. Feast on provoleta (fried cheese) and some of the best steak on the planet. Discover graffiti art off the beaten track.

Morning language classes are followed by afternoon field trips, meetups with native-speaking peers, or hanging in the city’s bustling cafés. Urban culture is a big component of this program, and you’ll visit with working artists and a diverse cross section of local citizens. On teacher-led outings you’ll get a rare insider’s feel for the multicultural identity of Buenos Aires through its food, street art and the stories of its people.

Along the way you’ll produce a blog with images and texts to create a lasting narrative of your unique experience – later to be shared virtually and in different settings.

Living with a homestay, you’ll quickly get acclimated to the rhythms of Argentinean life. Late afternoon/early evening is time for merienda, a social break with coffee and cakes. Dinnertime, ranging from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., is for the “strong meal” of meats, pastas, cheese, vegetables and fruits. As part of the family, you’ll help prepare meals and enjoy them over conversation about your day.



    60 hours of instruction in Spanish by CIEE professors


    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college.


    A certificate of language learning in Spanish, and documented language growth through pre- and post-program testing

Location & Culture

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Writers, artists and international students are drawn to this fascinating melting pot.

Known as the “Paris of South America,” this cosmopolitan city is bursting with bookstores and libraries, music venues and theaters, cinemas and cafés. It’s a lively Latin American center with a fascinating mix of European heritage, old-world charm and radical contemporary art.

With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires is a diverse melting pot that attracts writers, artists and plenty of international students. While there’s food to suit every taste, it’s mainly European (French, Italian, Spanish) and meat-centric. Grass-fed beef is legendary, and served up in restaurants on every corner. Vegetarians can find many dishes made of cheese or eggs on menus.

Buenos Aires is huge, but easy to navigate. On a bike tour you’ll get a good sense of the different districts and cultural influences. Starting in San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city, you’ll trace the city’s heritage from 1536 until the arrival of the Italian immigrants, then head to the working-class La Boca, cradle of passions such us tango and football, the colorful houses that give identity to the neighborhood. Along the south coast, you’ll find plenty of green space with a big and beautiful nature reserve surrounded by the vast La Plata River.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activites

  • Trace the city’s fiery political origins through its vibrant graffiti and street art. On guided tours you’ll learn how Buenos Aires became one of the world’s most exciting hubs for this form of creative expression.
  • Learn the tango and the more relaxed moves of the milonga in fun classes for all levels.
  • Watch the pros dance with full orchestras in the heart of San Telmo.
  • Visit the Centro Cultural Recoleta where your senses will be inundated with visual and performing arts, and enjoy a taste of local cuisine at the Club de Milanesa.

Sample Excursions

  • Mataderos Fair and Folk Market – On the outskirts of town you’ll find gauchos on horseback, folk dancers doing the chacarera, and classic fair food like empanadas and humitas (corn and cheese wrapped in husks).
  • Estancia – Head to the countryside for a slice of daily life, regional food and customs, and beautiful landscapes. You’ll find gauchos on horseback, folk dancers doing the chacarera, and classic fair food like empanadas and humitas (corn and cheese wrapped in husks).
  • Palmar de Colón, Entre Ríos / Ciudad de Rosario, Santa Fe/ – Embark on a multi-day trip to Entre Rios, a province between the Paraná and Uruguay rivers known for its hot springs and national parks. Trek through El Palmar, among the last remaining palm reserves, then head up to Rosário, a major port city with riverside entertainment.
  • Iguaza Falls: Take a short flight to the Argentina/Brazil border to witness the impressive Iguazu Falls, voted one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Iguazu Falls is undoubtedly the most visited place in Misiones and one of the most imposing natural attractions in Argentina. Situated in Iguazú National Park, some 20 km. from Puerto Iguazú in the north of the province of Misiones, Argentina, the Iguazú falls are shared by Brazil and Argentina. On the way to the falls in Puerto Iguazu visit an animal rehabilitation center for injured wildlife including toucans, monkeys, and jungle cats.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • At least one year of High School Spanish.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2021 4 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jun 13, 2021 Jul 10, 2021
Summer Session II 2021 4 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jul 11, 2021 Aug 7, 2021

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