Study Abroad

SU Buenos Aires

Southwestern University, in collaboration with Academic Programs International (API), has created a program in Buenos Aires, Argentina specially designed for Southwestern students.  The SU Buenos Aires Program is a six-week, eight-credit program for students with a minimum of three semesters of college-level Spanish.  Students apply to Southwestern, not to API, directly. 


Carlos De Oro

Associate Professor of Spanish



Carlos De Oro

Associate Professor of Spanish

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires Study Abroad Program

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  • Students must have completed the language prerequisite of Spanish III, or the equivalent, in order to be eligible.

  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

    Program Start Date: May 14th 2021

    Program End Date: June 26th 2021

  • The tentative cost for this six-week program is between $6,265 and $6,625. Cost is based on enrollment and may change.

    The program cost includes:

    • $550 non-refundable deposit
    • 8 credits of tuition
    • Pre-departure materials
    • Room and two meals (breakfast and dinner) per weekday with host family
    • Laundry service once a week
    • Airport pick-up
    • Overnight excursions to Iguazú Falls and an authentic estancia, including transportation, hotel, breakfast, some meals, entrance fees
    • Dedicated staff support for the program, including an API resident director, with other staff as needed.
    • Health insurance coverage for the duration of the program

    The program cost does not include:

    • International airfare
    • Baggage fees and travel insurance
    • Passport and visa expenses
    • Additional meals (lunch during the week, all meals on weekends, lunch and dinner during excursions)
    • Departure transportation to the airport
    • Personal expenses: toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, souvenirs, etc.
  • All students will take the following courses:

    SPA15-314: Conversation in Context - taught by a local instructor (4 credits)

    This course focuses on conversation, especially useful interactions that students can use while living in Buenos Aires. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to cultural topics in Argentina, and then to use those topics to create class discussions. Students will learn about Argentina, become more conversant in Spanish, and practice their presentational skills. 


    SPA15 - 354: Cultures of Latin America with Dr. Carlos De Oro (4 credits)

    The course provides an overview of contemporary Argentine culture through the exploration of culture through literature, cinema, art, and myth. Taking advantage of the city of Buenos Aires, students will study the symbols, influences and historical events present in the capitol city that have shaped the identity and culture of Argentina. In conjunction with the reading of texts and visits to key sites in the city, students will be attentive to the way in which the mass media (television, radio,and newspapers) convey current and important events in Argentina.

  • While in Buenos Aires, students will live with carefully selected host families who will provide students with two meals per day and laundry service one time per week. Up to two students will be assigned to each family.

  • The program begins with an on-site orientation in Buenos Aires. Students will attend sessions on cultural adaptation, host family living, transportation, and safety while also visiting some of Buenos Aires’ most important sites.  

    Organized excursions will include tours of several Buenos Aires neighborhoods, a bike tour, Argentine tango classes, cooking class, and a visit to MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires. One of the highlights of the program will be a two-day excursion to the city of Iguazú to view the waterfalls along the border between Argentina and Brazil. Students will also take an overnight trip to an authentic estancia.