Buenos Aires

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSUniversidad de Belgrano: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs
Universidad del Salvador: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSUniversidad de Belgrano is open to all Spanish levels. Universidad del Salvador requires 2 semesters of Spanish or equivalent. Semester courses are available in Spanish and English. Subject areas include Spanish language, Art History, Economics, International Business, Politics, International Relations, Latin American History and Culture, Film, Literature, and more. Summer courses are taught in Spanish in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language.
HOUSINGSemester programs: Argentine host family (includes breakfast and dinner) or Shared Apartment (meals not included).
Summer programs: Argentine host family (includes breakfast and dinner).
Internet is included with all housing.
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSTigre; Argentine Ranch in the Pampas
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONSMendoza
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City
Buenos Aires is a city that can be quiet and calm, while at the same time loud and chaotic.

Each area of the city is distinctive and offers visitors something unique. From the quiet streets and trendy shops in Palermo SoHo to the hustle and bustle of Barrio Norte, this is a city that has something for everyone.

In many ways, Buenos Aires feels equal parts New York City, Madrid, and Paris. It offers world-class shopping and dining, unique architecture, beautiful parks and botanical gardens, inexpensive and efficient public transportation, and cultural and religious diversity. For any student looking to learn Spanish, experience life in a different culture, and live in a cosmopolitan city, Buenos Aires is a fantastic choice.

Located on the southern tip of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the cultural and economic center of Argentina. With around 3 million living in the city and over 12 million in the greater metropolitan area, its influence over the country cannot be underestimated.

The residents of Buenos Aires, known as porteños (people of the port), come from many different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. While most porteños are of Spanish or Italian descent and are Roman Catholic, other European countries, such as Portugal, Germany, and France, are represented in the population as well.

Porteños have an appreciation for music and dance, as Buenos Aires is the city where Tango was born. Originally found in the poorer suburbs of Buenos Aires, Tango wasn’t truly respected until it became popular in Paris in the 1920’s. Still loved by locals today, it plays a vital role in Argentine culture.

Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in North America. The hot summer months of December, January and February can see temperatures climb to over 100°F, while the cooler winter months of June, July and August tend to be in the high 40s to lower 50s. Snow is very rare in Buenos Aires during the winter, but rain and hail are not.

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONS

UNIVERSIDAD DE BELGRANO

Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Belgrano, the Universidad de Belgrano was established in 1964 and now enrolls over 13,500 students, including 2,000 international students. The university is divided into 13 different schools that offer 33 different undergraduate and 20 graduate majors.

ASA students at the Universidad de Belgrano can take Spanish language along with a variety of electives available in both English and Spanish. Semester students can take courses in English, Spanish, or a mix of both! In order to enroll in an elective taught in Spanish, students must demonstrate an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish (4 semesters of college spanish or equivalent) or have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish and complete the Universidad de Belgrano’s month-long Spanish Intensive Course that precedes the semester.

ASA encourages all students to take part in the Universidad de Belgrano’s month-long Spanish Intensive Course as it accomplishes two important goals while maximizing your time in Buenos Aires. This course prepares you to take classes in Spanish and helps ease your transition into Argentine culture. Plus, everyday communication will prove to be a whole lot easier once you complete the Intensive Course!

ASA recommends the Intensive Course for students who have never taken Spanish before, for those who haven’t taken it since high school, and for anyone who wants to brush up.


UNIVERSIDAD DEL SALVADOR

Located in the center of Buenos Aires, the Universidad del Salvador is easy to get to from anywhere in the city. It has 24,000 students, over 500 of which are from outside of Argentina. Universidad del Salvador offers 200 different degree programs across 15 different schools.

ASA students can take:

  • Courses with local students taught in Spanish*

    Courses in English

  • Courses taught in Spanish designed for, and taken with, other international students

  • Intensive Spanish Language courses (pre-semester)

*Students wishing to take courses in Spanish with local students should have completed at least 5 semesters of college Spanish or equivalent.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Universidad de Belgrano
Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5. (Students with GPA below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Graduated from high school

    • Transcript from your college or university (unofficial is ok)

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universidad deL Salvador
Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75. (Students with GPA below 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: Open to students who have completed at least 2 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Semester students may choose between an Argentine host family (breakfast and dinner included) or a shared apartment (meals not included).

Summer students will live with Argentine host families (breakfast and dinner included).

Rooms are typically single occupancy, but in some cases will be double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.

The majority of host families host 1-2 students at a time, or in rare cases perhaps 1-2 more, depending on how large their flat is. Bathrooms are shared. If you request housing in a shared apartment, you may live with other ASA students, international students, local Argentine students, or young people who work. Shared apartments may be coed or single sex; typically 3-6 people per apartment. Both housing options include Internet and are located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. You will receive a detailed description of your housing and the location, and if there is another ASA student in your housing we will include their name and email address.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn Spanish, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Rooms may be double or single occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Students living with a host family should consider bringing a small gift for their host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from school?

The majority of our housing is within a 15-35 minute commute from your classes. You will walk, take the subway or bus, or a combination. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a $250 Damage Deposit is required, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

Semester programs include 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions. Summer programs include 2 day excursions per session.  Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Mendoza (overnight excursion) – Enjoy a weekend trip to Mendoza, located in western Argentina. Home to the largest wine producing area in Latin America, Mendoza is known worldwide for its fine wines. We will visit several vineyards, as well as travel to Argentina’s border with Chile for a full day exploring the Andes Mountains.

  • El Tigre (day excursion) – On the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, where the Parana and Uruguay Rivers flow into the Río de la Plata, sits one of the world’s largest estuaries. We’ll take a boat ride, relax, shop and eat.

  • Argentine Ranch in the Pampas (day excursion) – Spend a full day at a traditional ranch in the Argentine countryside. Enjoy the outdoors, including horseback riding, folk music and dancing, and delicious Argentine barbeque (called “asado”), prepared the old gaucho way!

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Program Calendars

What’s Included?

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Damage Deposit  $250 Damage Deposit required.

universidad de belgrano

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Semester
Arrive July 20 – Depart Nov. 8
Universidad de Belgrano
$12,695April 1, ’19April 15, ’19BAF1BE
Fall 2019 Semester + Intensive Month
Arrive June 22 – Depart Nov. 8
Universidad de Belgrano
$15,195April 1, ’19April 15, ’19BAF2BE
Spring 2020 Semester
Arrive Feb. 29 – Depart June 19
Universidad de Belgrano
$12,695Extended to Oct. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BAS1BE
Spring 2020 + Intensive Month
Arrive Feb. 1 – Depart June 19
Universidad de Belgrano
$15,195Extended to Oct. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BAS2BE
Summer I 2020
Late May 2020 – Mid. June 2020 (TBA)
Universidad de Belgrano
$4,795April 1, '20April 15, '20BASU1
Summer II 2020
Mid. June 2020 – Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
Universidad de Belgrano
$4,795April 1, '20April 15, '20BASU2
Summer III 2020
Mid. June 2020 – Late July 2020 (TBA)
Universidad de Belgrano
$5,995April 1, '20April 15, '20BASU3
Fall 2020 Semester
Mid. July 2020 – Early Nov. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad de Belgrano
$12,695April 1, ’20April 15, '20BAF1BE
Fall 2020 Semester + Intensive Month
Mid. June 2020 – Early Nov. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad de Belgrano
$15,195April 1, ’20April 15, '20BAF2BE

universidad del salvador

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Semester
Mid. July 2019 – Early Nov. 2019 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$11,495March 15, '19April 1, '19BAF1SA
Fall 2019 Semester + Intensive Month
Mid. June 2019 – Early Nov. 2019 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$13,995March 15, '19April 1, '19BAF2SA
Spring 2020 Semester
Late Feb. 2020 – Mid. June 2020 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$11,495Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19BAS1SA
Spring 2020 + Intensive Month
Late Jan. 2020 – Mid. June 2020 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$13,995Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19BAS2SA
Fall 2020 Semester
Mid. July 2020 - Early Nov. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$11,495March 15, '20April 1, '20BAF1SA
Fall 2020 Semester + Intensive Month
Mid. June 2020 – Early Nov. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad del Salvador
$13,995March 15, '20April 1, '20BAF2SA
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ASA students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish attending the Spring semester at Universidad de Belgrano or Universidad del Salvador have the option to apply for an 10-week Internship with the government of the city of Buenos Aires. The internship is not for credit and is completed alongside classes for 10 weeks out of the semester. Internship opportunities are available in the following fields: Culture and Art, Computing and Statistics, Economics, Communications, Development, Education, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights, International Business, Immigration, NGOs, Public Policy, Public Relations, Social Works, Sports, Technology, Urban Development, Urban Planning. Available Spring semester only. There is no additional fee for this internship. For full details about Internship opportunities in Buenos Aires, please click here.

Each semester, ASA organizes a Volunteering Day in which all students are asked to participate, through a local organization in Buenos Aires called “De Todos, Para Todos.” One Saturday during the semester, ASA students volunteer at an elementary school that opens on Saturdays as a soup kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch. Beforehand, everyone is asked to collect canned goods or non-perishable food items to bring with them and donate. ASA students will have the opportunity to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to over 150 needy children between the ages of 7-12. In addition, students get to spend some time with the children, helping them with their homework and playing games and sports with them. It is a fun and rewarding day for both the children and the ASA students! Afterwards, the canned goods provided by the students and any remaining food from breakfast and lunch are donated to 20 needy families in the area.

Volunteering Day has proven to be a highlight of the semester for many students, as this act of volunteering results in a rewarding cultural exchange between the children, families, and the students. Most of the children and families have not met people from the U.S. before, and the children especially are very curious and fascinated to meet the students! “De Todos, Para Todos” had not had foreign volunteers before and were delighted for ASA students to join in. ASA is so pleased to be able to contribute to their organization, as well as provide an enriching cultural experience for our students!