Academic StructureWhat is the academic structure of the Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires program?
The program allows you to enroll in three classes specially designed for IFSA-Butler students at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Argentina what it is today.
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires program. You are required to enroll in a mandatory Spanish language class; your placement level will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival in Argentina. Additionally, you can choose to enroll in one or both of the other program courses.
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Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This is an intensive advanced-level language course conducted in Spanish by Argentine professors. It meets for 45 contact hours over the course of the summer. Students who take this class must have taken at least four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
Latin American and Argentine Literature (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Focusing on the 20th century, this course provides students with a survey of important and influential literature produced by Argentine and Latin American authors. This class is designed to increase students’ literary knowledge, develop deeper contextual and theoretical understanding, and analyze relationships between the texts and Latin American social and cultural processes. This class is conducted in Spanish and meets for 45 contact hours. Students who take this class must have taken at least four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
Argentine History (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course examines basic sociocultural history texts in order to develop a general comprehension of contemporary Argentine history. A brief survey of Argentine colonial history through independence prepares students for the radical events of the 20th century, which have greatly influenced Argentina’s path through modern history. This class is conducted in Spanish and meets for 45 contact hours. Students who take this class must have taken at least four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
What is the Universidad de Buenos Aires like?
The Universidad de Buenos Aires is the oldest and largest public institution for higher education in Argentina. It has many campuses spread throughout the metropolitan area. You will be taking your classes at the Filosofía y Letras campus, nestled in the Caballito neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
What Universidad de Buenos Aires courses are available to me?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you can only enroll in the program classes mentioned above. You can interact with Argentines on campus, but your classmates will be other IFSA-Butler program participants.
How will I register for courses?
Course registration will not take place until you are in Argentina. You, along with the help of the IFSA-Butler staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 6-9 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. summer course load. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
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?
You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record appeal on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Argentina.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned at the Universidad de Buenos Aires during your summer abroad. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.
What if I need academic help during the semester?
In addition to the formal Spanish class, our program organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the summer. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Please meet with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.