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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Semester Program

Host Institution: Universidad de Belgrano

PROGRAM PROGRAM CODE PRICE DATES
Spring 2011 BAS1 $9,595* March 3 - June 25
Spring 2011 (w/ Intensive Month) BAS2 $10,595* January 27 - June 25
Fall 2011 BAF1 $9,595* July 21 - November 12
Fall 2011 (w/ Intensive Month) BAF2 $10,595* June 16 - November 12

*In addition to the ASA program price, Buenos Aires students must pay a security/damage deposit of $250 one month prior to departure.

Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Total contact hours: 180-315 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit.
10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-21 semester credits per semester.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad de Belgrano.



Enrollment Requirements

During the semester, all students must take a minimum of 4 classes or a maximum of 5 (this does not include the optional intensive course). If you choose to take Spanish language during the semester, that counts as one of your 4 or 5 classes. Also, students may combine English & Spanish electives, but an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is always required to take electives in Spanish.

In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish may also take electives in Spanish, as long as they complete the 6-credit Spanish language intensive course, as described in Option Four.

It is strongly recommended that you get a total of 8 electives approved by your academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is cancelled or 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you'll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you're accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes that you plan to take during the semester (this does not include the intensive course). We will not be able to pre-register you unless you provide us with 8 possible courses.

Classes worth 60 contact hours / 4 semester credits will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Beginning Spanish and Portuguese classes (worth 90 contact hours / 6 semester credits) will meet three times a week for 90 minutes each session. The month-long Spanish intensive course will meet 4-5 hours per day, Mon-Fri.

Students can choose from the following 4 curriculum options, depending on their level of Spanish:

Open to all language levels:
Option One: Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students will take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 of the electives taught in English.
Note: taking Spanish language is mandatory with this option.

Option Two: Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 6 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 electives taught in English. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4-5 electives taught in English.


Open to Intermediate and Advanced levels:
Option Three: Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students can take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course will take 4-5 electives.

Option Four: Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 6 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish course plus 3-4 electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4-5 electives.


Course Descriptions

Optional Month-long Intensive Spanish course
90 contact hours / 6 semester credits each
Beginning Spanish Intensive Course
Intermediate I Spanish Intensive Course (Low Intermediate)
Intermediate II Spanish Intensive Course (High Intermediate)
Advanced Spanish Intensive Course
Note: A placement exam taken on the first day of the intensive course will determine your level.

Spanish Language Semester Courses
Beginner level classes (both Spanish and Portuguese) are worth 90 contact hours / 6 semester credits. All other levels are worth 60 contact hours / 4 semester credits.
Beginner Spanish Language
Intermediate Spanish Language
High Intermediate Spanish Language A
High Intermediate Spanish Language B
Advanced Spanish Language
Beginner Portuguese NEW beginning in Spring 2011!

Note: Students who complete the month-long intensive Spanish course and pass the exam for their level will be automaticaly enrolled in the next level for their semester-long Spanish language class. Students who do not complete the intensive course will take a placement exam on the first day of class, which will determine their level.

Elective Courses for Any Level - taught in English
60 contact hours / 4 semester credits each
PALAS 310: Argentine Economy
PALAS 340: History of Latin America
PALAS 360: Political and Social Change in Latin America
PALAS 366: U.S. Latin America Relations
PALAS 370: The Making of a Country through its Literature
PALAS 410: Latin America in the Global Economy

Elective Courses for Intermediate and Advanced levels - taught in Spanish
60 contact hours / 4 semester credits each
PEAL 262: Latin American Cultural Studies
PEAL 264: Latin American Cinema
PEAL 302: Contemporary Argentine Art
PEAL 312: 20th Century Latin American History
PEAL 321: Latin American Literature
PEAL 322: Argentine Literature
PEAL 330: Argentine Cultural Studies
PEAL 331: Tango: the Expression of Buenos Aires
PEAL 345: Argentina: an Open Society
PEAL 346: Latin American Political Thought
PEAL 350: Ethics
PEAL 370: Argentine Economic History
PEAL 372: Argentine Economic Policy
PEAL 374: Latin America in the Global Economy (Pre-reqs: Macro and Microeconomics)
PEAL 444: Urban Cartographies: the Representation of Latin American Cities (Special Topic)
PEAL 455: Political Systems: Populism in Latin America (Special Topic)
SPAN 156/226: Intermediate and Advanced Oral Production NEW beginning in Spring 2011!
SPAN 300: Writing in Spanish Workshop

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