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This program offers high intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers the opportunity study abroad in Buenos Aires. Students complete two cultural electives related to art, literature, and culture in Argentina and Latin America.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Buenos Aires programs. All excursions are subject to change.
*Combined session summer students (e.g. Summer 1& 2, or Summer 1, 2, &3) will not repeat excursions.
A brief trip from Buenos Aires by ferry, Colonia has a unique history as the only Portuguese settlement along the Río de la Plata. Founded in 1680, it was originally seen as a threat to the Spanish settlers and the port had to operate in secret violation of Spanish laws. Today, the city is still a functioning port for a prosperous agricultural region of Uruguay. The city has a historic center with cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture. Its Barrio Historico was recognized by UNESCO and named as a heritage site in the mid-1990s.
A trip to Argentina would not be complete with only a visit to its capital city of Buenos Aires. Aside from the attractions of Buenos Aires, Argentina is known for its cattle, its wines, and its grains. Argentine legends and mythology often refer to the mysterious life of the Argentine cowboy, known as the gaucho. Located a few hours from the city, local estancias, or ranches, are a wonderful introduction to the Argentine countryside; their tranquility and open spaces contrast with the bustle of Buenos Aires and will give students a completely different vision of life in Argentina.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
All students will complete an online written placement test prior to departure. Students who do not demonstrate a high level of Spanish will be asked to consider the Intensive Language program at the Universidad de Belgrano.
NOTE: This session is referred to as ‘Summer 2’ due to the overlap with the Summer 2 Intensive Language Program at the Universidad de Belgrano.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano upon completion of their program.
Carmen Alvarez de Toledo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Jimena will be one of your Resident Directors in Buenos Aires and will be a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students complete the following courses at the Universidad de Belgrano.
At the Universidad de Belgrano, each contact hour is equivalent to 45 minutes, rather than the standard 50 minutes in the United States. API recommends the number of credit hours to be awarded per course by translating the total number of Argentine contact hours into U.S. contact hours.
This course examines Argentine art from the 19th and 20th centuries, evaluating the influence of European centers and different movements. Examining works with a socio-historical perspective, the class will both discuss texts selected and have an opportunity to see the works discussed during organized visits to different museums around Buenos Aires.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course explores distinctive cultural aspects of Latin America by looking at the ways it has been represented in readings spanning from the diaries written by Christopher Columbus to the texts of the Cuban Revolution, the iconography of Peronism, or the recent debates on neoliberalism, globalization, and populism. The course addresses a set of questions that lie at the heart of how we think about Latin America.
In Buenos Aires, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into the Argentine culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two meals per day (except on weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students live in the Palermo, Recoleta, and Belgrano neighborhoods, which are generally 15-45 minutes from their host university.