IFSA AUP - Intensive Spanish

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Term
Language of Instruction

Language Prerequisite

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

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1—Extended to November 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
3.0
Typical Credit Load:
15

About AUP - Intensive Spanish

Let the city be your classroom! Designed to support your transition to an advanced Spanish speaker, you'll get personalized support and over 80 hours of Spanish instruction, while exploring classes that match your interests. Your Spanish will soar while admiring art, scoring a goal, debating politics, deconstructing a play, or requesting the next dance.

AUP - Intensive Spanish Benefits

  • Boost your Spanish communication abilities 
  • Learn grammar topics in the context of daily activities
  • Exclusive to IFSA students
  • All classes taught in Spanish by Argentine university professors
  • Excursion to Colonia, Uruguay, and other cultural and social activities
  • All students take Intensive Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture
  • Academic advisors and tutors are available 

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 AUP – Intensive Spanish

Courses
The Intensive Spanish program combines specialized IFSA program courses with Argentine university courses taken alongside international students. Along with the mandatory Advanced Spanish and Argentine Language course, you will choose 4 classes from a combination of IFSA program courses (3 U.S. semester credits each), and classes at the Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA) and Universidad del Salvador (USAL) taken with other international students. Students must enroll in at least one class at UCA or USAL.
  • Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (4 U.S. semester credits): The objective of this mandatory program class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken. 
To complete your courseload, you will choose 4 classes from a combination of IFSA program courses (3 U.S. semester credits each), and classes at the Universidad Católica de Argentina and Universidad del Salvador taken with other international students. Examples of IFSA courses are: 

Please note that you will not be able to enroll in classes with Argentine natives through this concentration. Once you take the language placement test during orientation, you will meet with your IFSA academic advisor to discuss which classes would be the best fit for your language level. You can contact your program advisor for a sample list of classes offered for international students at UCA and USAL.

Experiential Learning

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires 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. If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization. IFSA has prepared a list of places where you can 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 may volunteer:

  • Natan Gesang Primary School: teaches students English
  • Pecohue Organic farm for Social Inclusion: promotes the social inclusion of young people with psychological and psychiatric issues.
  • Creaidea: works towards positive development and social inclusion of children with a high IQ.
  • Sociedad de Integracón Gay Lésbica Argentina: works to promote the social integration of the GLBT community in Buenos Aires.
  • Maguen Avot: tutors school children.
  • Donor Sangre Da Vida: provides information and support to children with cancer and their families. They hold events, campaigns, dancing workshops for children, and magazines.
  • Caminantes: helps the homeless recover in any area they might need: to get a job, to have psychological support, legal support, to overcome addictions, etc.
  • Fundación Leer: (literacy) encourages children to read and not to abandon primary school.
  • Arte y Esperanza: Fair trade.
  • Fundación Discar: holds workshops for people with Down Syndrome.

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 orientation.
 

Faculty

Academic Advisors
A particularly strong feature of the AUP program is our onsite academic advisors-- or, in Spanish, tutores. These are Argentine graduate students or university graduates who represent a variety of disciplines, including literature, politics, history, economics and sociology. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you'll be assigned an academic advisor to help you select an appropriate load of classes during the program orientation and meet with on a monthly basis. 

Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

Meals
Most meals included
Details
The program 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

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Mario Cantarini

Senior Resident Director, Argentina

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 19, 2018
Program End Date
December 1, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$13,525
Housing
$3,400
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$16,925
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA'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 staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,600
Meals
$1,640
Books & Supplies
$120
Local Transportation
$250
Personal Expenses
$1,010
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$1,010

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
March 4, 2019
Program End Date
July 13, 2019

Program Fees

Tuition
$14,025
Housing
$3,500
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$17,525
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,600
Meals
$1,750
Books & Supplies
$120
Local Transportation
$300
Visa
$160
Personal Expenses
$1,080
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$5,010