Intermediate Spanish Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Buenos Aires Intermediate program is perfect for students who have completed Beginner Spanish 2 (usually 102) or Intermediate Spanish 1 (usually 201). During orientation, the three-week intensive Intermediate Spanish course prepares students for specially selected courses through Universidad del Salvador's Cultural Immersion Program (USAL - PIC).
What the Buenos Aires Intermediate program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the BAI?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Click here to download all program course syllabi, or click on a course title below to download an individual syllabus.
Intensive Intermediate Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours)This course will work on the basic common themes about language use with the following objectives in mind:
Contemporary Latin American Language and Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours)The focus of this class is an introduction to Latin American cultural topics, along with the development of the four communicative abilities (speaking, hearing, reading and writing). The topics covered in this course are: indigenous peoples, traditions and legends, politics and democracy, ecology and tourism, gastronomy and Latin American music, and others. This course will also cover grammatical and lexical questions while developing strategies for writing and oral communication.
Universidad del Salvador
USAL has a small student body and a commitment to personalize education, so the atmosphere is nurturing. With faculties spread across a wide area of Buenos Aires, USAL is able to maintain a sense of community among students and faculty. Connect with Argentines by checking into the range of sports teams and activities available during the semester.
What USAL courses am I eligible to take?
To register for a course, you must meet any prerequisites, have the required Spanish language level, and space must be available. Please see below for a list of courses that may be offered during your study abroad semester.
How are USAL courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
Additionally, you might notice that your Argentine classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.
Course availability changes every semester, and it can also change at the last minute. For this reason, USAL course information must be regarded as provisional. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a specific course will be offered during your semester in Argentina.
USAL Course Offerings
Social Inclusion in the Contemporary Situation
The course will be divided into two parts. The first part corresponds to a theoretical approach to the problem, beginning in the first six classes and concluding with an evaluation of the content. The second part will be used for the practicum, where students will work with a selected NGO under the supervision of the professor, later reflecting on and discussing with the professor how their work experience relates to different working texts. This second part will conclude with a reflective essay about the experience, serving as the evaluation.
Latin American Reality through its Protagonists: Political Leadership
Cultural and Social Representations in Argentine History
Contemporary World Economy
Popular Sectors in 19th and 20th Century Argentine History
Immersion in the Local Culture through its Cultural Organizations
Seminar: Contemporary Argentine Theater Workshop
How will I register for courses?
Before leaving for Argentina, it is a good idea to start thinking about the courses you want to take while you are abroad. A course preference form (see the "Forms" section) is provided to help you with this process. While this form is not a final registration document, it is a great tool to help you decide which courses you may want to enroll in for the semester. Be sure to discuss your courses with your U.S. university academic advisor.
While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Argentine educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these at orientation but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester.
Keep in mind that the educational system in Argentina is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site. Registration can be a confusing and frustrating process; remember that IFSA-Butler staff will help you during orientation.
What if I need to take a required course?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
What are the registration conditions
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
What are my housing options?
In addition to the program application, be sure to click on the "Forms" tab to download and complete your Family Placement Form. Once finished, submit your Family Placement Form to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.
The Buenos Aires Intermediate program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
Dates & Fees
Buenos Aires Intermediate Dates
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*All students must arrive in Buenos Aires no later than 11 a.m. on the program start date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
Buenos Aires Intermediate Fees
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Semester 1 Payment Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Meals: The BAI program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal per day on Saturday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Buenos Aires Intermediate program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to this program must complete two additional forms as a part of the application process:
Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.
If you have already started an application to the Buenos Aires Intermediate program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Buenos Aires:
Program advisor Sarah Maher assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Sarah studied abroad with IFSA-Butler in 2011 and has traveled throughout Latin America and Europe. After her experiences abroad as an undergraduate, Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communication from DePauw University. She is currently a program advisor for Latin American programs and focuses on advising students studying in Argentina and Chile. Contact Sarah at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4200.
Student Accounts Coordinator Marty Weinbrecht assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Marty can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4218.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Senior Resident Director Mario Cantarini.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Sara Bell processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Sara can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4261.
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Volunteering while studying abroad in Argentina is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis. Opportunities to volunteer are available for IFSA-Butler students in many different fields such as human rights organizations, animal protection, working with rural communities and others.
As a participant on the Buenos Aires Intermediate program (BAI), you can gain first-hand experience volunteering in the local community. Examples of places where students may volunteer are:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until after orientation.