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The Universidad Torcuato di Tella is known among Argentines for its academic quality. Students will enjoy the benefits of a small-campus feel and small to moderate class sizes. The Humanities and Social Sciences Program offers two tracks: one for students who prefer to take some or all coursework in English and an advanced track for students who prefer to take all of their coursework in Spanish. Regardless of the track selected, all students selecting the early start option will begin the program with a four-week, intensive Spanish language and Argentine culture course (equivalent to four U.S. semester credits). This course is designed to help visiting international students review grammatical concepts, perfect their writing and gain a more in-depth view of Argentine life and culture.
*NOTE: There is an extended break between semesters. Students are encouraged to return home or to travel during this break. Housing is not included during the semester break.
The beginning date for each program listed below is the day that students need TO ARRIVE in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When making travel arrangements, please pay close attention to arrival dates and times. Students are encouraged to wait to purchase flights until they are accepted.
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.
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.
Located less than 20 miles outside the heart of Buenos Aires, Tigre was founded in the first half of the 1800s on an island created by the local streams and rivers. Its name is derived from its history as an area where early settlers hunted jaguars. Today the port is most known for its craft fair, known as the “Puerto de Frutos.”
La Plata is the capital of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires and is located near the city of Buenos Aires. We will visit the Natural Museum and the Cathedral, the University Campus and the astronomical observatory, as we walk through the city having a sense of how is to live and work out from the City of Buenos Aires.
We will finalized this day having a picnic at the Pereyra Iraola Park, a great green area.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
Students who wish to complete some or all coursework in English during the standard semester will select track 1. Students can choose to complete up to three courses in English or take a combination of courses in English and Spanish. Some courses in Spanish are offered primarily for visiting international students, while other courses can be completed with Argentine peers. Students who wish to take a fourth course during the semester will be charged an additional fee.
Students selecting track 2 have the option of completing all of their coursework with local Argentine students in Spanish or selecting from a limited number of courses that are designed for visiting international students but taught in Spanish. All UTDT courses are generally equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits, and students typically complete 2-3 courses during the semester. Students who wish to take a fourth course during the semester will be charged an additional fee.
ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS
The Argentine academic calendar follows the calendar year. The first semester in Argentina is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Argentina are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall) rather than the traditional Academic Year option (fall/spring). Students selecting a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program and are not required to travel or return home during the semester break. In contrast, students selecting an Academic Year option will have approximately a 2-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella upon completion of their program.
TEACHING OPPORTUNITY - "SHARE YOUR LANGUAGE" - BEGINNING IN FALL 2019API has collaborated with a government initiative, Share Your Language, to advance opportunities for youth in public schools through promoting bilingualism. By participating in this month-long program during your academic semester in Buenos Aires, you can also be a part of making a positive impact on the community.
API students will gain practical experience in the field of education by combining theoretical teaching methods, class observation, and a chance to act as a lead teacher in two language classes.
Speak with your resident director on site to learn how to apply.
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY - BEGINNING IN SPRING 2020
The government of the city of Buenos Aires, in an effort to further promote international students coming to study in the city, is offering the possibility of completing an internship within a city office. A tutor will be assigned to interns to them during their professional experience and help them to build professional skills! This is an incredible chance to gain working experience abroad, and add an international professional experience to a participant's resume.
Here are some basic details about the internship option:
1) Participants will complete a professional internship for 24 hours/week for a total of two months. Participants will be assigned a tutor during the internship and will receive weekly support and guidance.
2) Participants will get to meet with government representatives in charge of public policy.
3) Participants may be selected to be involved in internships in one of the following city offices: External Commerce and Investment Promotion; Housing Institute; Strategic Management and Institutional Quality; Innovation and Open Government; Environmental Protection Agency; Health; Urban Development and Transport; Secretary of Housing and Social Integration; Sub-Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism; General Direction of Family Development; among others.
4) The internship will carry a fee of 5000 pesos (approximately US$135) that would be paid directly by the intern to the city and is not included in the API program fee.
5) Participants must have advanced Spanish skills.To apply, applicants will need to submit an online application which API will provide. They will also need to collect and submit all of the supplementary materials required, including their acceptance letter from the host university in Buenos Aires, a letter of recommendation, CV/resume in Spanish, letter of interest (minimum 200 words) in Spanish, and certification of your Spanish language skills.
For more information, contact the API Buenos Aires Program Coordinator.
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!
UTDT offers courses in a wide varied of subjects, including Architecture, Business Administration, Design, Economics, History, International Studies, Law, Political Science/Government, Social Sciences, and more.
On the course link, there are detailed instructions on how to navigate the varied course offerings. If you have any questions during the process, please contact your API Program Coordinator.
At the Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), each contact hour is 40 minutes. The majority of UTDT classes meet for a total of 68 Argentine contact hours. API generally recommends that these UTDT courses be transferred as the equivalent of 4 U.S. semester credits.
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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.