Buenos Aires Program
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 two years of college-level Spanish.
Buenos Aires Study Abroad Program
Students must have completed the language prerequisite of Spanish III, or the equivalent, in order to be eligible.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Start Date: Arrival - May 18, 2018 (tentative)
Program End Date: Departure - July 1, 2018 (tentative)
TBD — the price is dependent upon enrollment and may change should enrollment change.
There is a $550 non-refundable application deposit due at the time of application — February 1st — to the Office of Intercultural Learning. Checks should be made out to Southwestern University. Please note: should a student not be accepted to participate in the program or should the program not make, Southwestern will refund the $550 application deposit.
The program fee includes: tuition for eight credits, room and two meals (breakfast and dinner) per weekday with the host family, laundry service once a week, airport pick-up and ground transportation to and from all API organized excursions, hotel and breakfast costs during organized excursions, entrance fees during excursions and cultural activities, API resident director, and medical insurance. The fee does not include airfare to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Students are responsible for their own flight arrangements, lunch and dinner on excursions, transportation within Buenos Aires, internet café expenses, additional meals (lunch during the week, and all meals on weekends), photocopies of class materials/readings, departure transportation to the airport, as well as passport and personal expenses (toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, luggage fees, souvenirs, etc.)
Each student will complete two advanced-level Spanish courses:
- SPA15-304: Conversation in Context (taught by local instructor during the first three weeks)
- SPA15-354: Cultures of Latin America (taught by Dr. Carlos De Oro during the last three weeks)
Several academic visits related to the content of the courses will be arranged outside of the classroom. Classes will be held Monday-Thursday.
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 estancia.