4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
- Fall: April 1
- Spring: November 1
YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.
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
Academics at AUP – Intensive Spanish
- 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.
- Society and State in Contemporary Argentina
- Argentine Foriegn Policy
- Argentine and Latin American Literature
- Art and Politics in Contemporary Argentina: From an Intercultural Perspective
- Fictions of the Present: Argentine Literature and Cinema after 2000
- Peronist Argentina
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.
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.
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.
Housing & Meals
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!