IFSA Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
What does this mean?

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires

Spend your summer studying the rich culture, history and literature of Argentina, living in the distinct urban sophistication of Buenos Aires. Museums, opera and cinemas mix comfortably with the sounds of soccer, Zumba, and Tai Chi in the city's welcoming plazas and parks, waiting for you to dive right in.

Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires Benefits

  • Study on an outstanding program courses specially designed for IFSA students located at the oldest public university in Argentina
  • Take classes four days per week to allow extra time for volunteer work or cultural activities around the city
  • Convenient access to Buenos Aires, a dynamic city with unlimited things to see and do
  • Opportunity to fulfill degree requirements and improve your Spanish in a vibrant location
  • Available for advanced Spanish speakers 
  • Program courses conducted in Spanish by Argentine faculty
  • Take Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture courses and choose at least one optional program course: Latin American and Argentine Literature or Argentine History
  • Academic advisors are available thorughout the semester

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires

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The following courses are exclusively designed for IFSA students on the Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires program. You will enroll in a mandatory 3-credit 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, each worth 3 U.S. semester credits.
  • Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture: ​​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. Four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent is required.
  • Argentine and Latin American Literature: 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. Four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent is required.
  • Argentine History: 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. Four previous semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent is required.


Experiential Learning
IFSA has prepared a list of places where you, as a visiting student, could volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.
Examples of places where students can be placed:
  • Pilotos Solidarios (medical assistance trips)
  • Pecohue Farm (urban organic farm)
  • Soup kitchen
  • Orphanage
Given the length of the program, these are the only volunteering opportunities available for the summer in Buenos Aires. You may sign up for a volunteer placement during orientation.
Tutoring Services
In addition to the formal Spanish class, our program organizes one-on-one tutoring sessions for students throughout the summer, which can be scheduled at various time during the week. Just speak with a local IFSA staff person if you'd like to utilize this included service.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Advanced Language and Culture in Buenos Aires
Computer Science Cultural Studies European History Health Studies History Human Rights Indigenous Studies International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin American Studies Literature Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Spanish World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday, and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services. Program Advisor for IFSAOnline, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Mexico, Peru, and Scotland

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Resident Director

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Patricio O’Dwyer

Resident Director, Argentinia

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 22, 2020
Program End Date
July 1, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs