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The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills through study abroad in Buenos Aires. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to second-semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport and supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 8, 2021 - May 1, 2021 $11,250 Nov 15, 2020 Dec 1, 2020

*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.

  • Colonia

    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.

  • Estancia

    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.

  • Tigre

    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

    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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 14-21 credits per semester

The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills through study abroad in Buenos Aires. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. There are several break periods of various lengths throughout the semester. Housing is included during these breaks. API excursions may be scheduled during these intra-semester breaks and students are also welcome to travel independently.


Forty-five U.S. contact hours generally equate to three semester credits, and the API transcript letter will recommend a total of 7 U.S. semester credits per intensive Spanish course. Students are cautioned, however, that home universities may award fewer credits for each Spanish course than the high number of contact hours may suggest.

  • Fall Early Start Term
    • Intensive Month 1
      • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
      • 5 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 4 weeks
    • 3 Additional Months
      • 240 Argentine contact hours (216 U.S. contact hours; 14 U.S. semester credits)
      • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 14 weeks

Students are advised that the early start option cannot accommodate beginning level Spanish students, though students at the beginning level are welcome to apply to the regular start fall option.

  • Fall Regular Start Term
    • 3 Months
      • 240 Argentine contact hours (216 U.S. contact hours; 14 U.S. semester credits)
      • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 14 weeks
  • Spring Term
    • Intensive Month 1
      • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
      • 5 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 4 weeks)
    • 2 Additional Months
      • 120 Argentine contact hours (108 U.S. contact hours; 7 U.S. semester credits)
      • 3 hours of class per day, 4-5 days per week for 7 weeks


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) to avoid having an extended break of 2-2.5 months between semesters. Housing is not included during the break between semesters within the Academic Year program.

Completing two semesters of the Intensive Language program is only suitable for students starting the program with a beginning level of Spanish. Students starting the first semester with intermediate Spanish skills are encouraged to select the Program of Argentine and Latin American Studies program for the spring term.


API students receive a transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano upon completion of their program.


API 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.


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.

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    Carmen Alvarez de Toledo

    Carmen Alvarez de Toledo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Jimena Alvarez de Toledo

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    Laura Bahamonde

    Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!



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.

Elementary Spanish I

This course is designed for beginning level Spanish speakers. Students acquire and develop a basic knowledge of the language that allows them to communicate straightforward information in a familiar context. Classes are organized around a practical approach to learning grammar and vocabulary and emphasize production and understanding in communicative situations. Upon completing the course, students will be able to understand basic instructions, take part in basic factual conversations on a predictable topic and express simple opinions or requirements using present, past and future tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

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Intermediate Spanish I

This course is intended for students who already have basic communication skills. The general aim of the course is to extend students’ ability to communicate on a wider range of topics. Classes emphasize the active acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Upon completing the course, students will be able to follow or give a short talk on familiar topics, keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics and write short letters and other texts on predictable subjects. Special attention is paid to classic difficulties such as ser vs. estar, para vs. por, pretérito indefinido vs pretérito imperfecto as well as the use of the subjective for expressing possibility, doubt, suggestions, and advice.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

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Intermediate Spanish II

Improve comprehension of texts with both concrete and abstratct themes, learn to communicate with native speakers more fluently, and produce texts with various themes.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate   Course Level: Upper Division   

Course Level: Upper Division   

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Nivel Avanzado (Advanced Level)

Advanced Spanish is targeted for students who are able to communicate seamlessly in Spanish, with the objective of solidifying dominance of the language and fluency in oral communications, presentations and the ability to present a clear argument.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced   Course Level: Upper Division  

Course Level: Upper Division  

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  • Classes taught in Spanish
    • Language immersion program
      • International excursion

    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.

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