Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: Academics

University of Belgrano

Founded in 1964 by its current President, Dr. Avelino Porto, Universidad de Belgrano is one of the oldest and largest private universities in Argentina. International students play a vital role in the community life of the University which hosts over 2,500 students from over 40 different countries every year. In the last ten years Belgrano has received international students from 90 out of the top 100 U.S. universities.

The University is equipped with modern facilities including: computer labs, library and bookstore, Wi-Fi Internet access and more. A rich variety of cultural activities is offered by the international department and the wider University making it a welcoming, supportive and varied learning environment.

The campus is located in one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital. Although within a few minutes journey time of downtown Buenos Aires, the area of Belgrano feels like a separate town, somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of the city center, making it the ideal location to live and study.

Academic Overview & Policies

Taught by the School of Language and Foreign Studies, a team of qualified native Spanish-speaking faculty with expertise in applied linguistics teaches the intensive Spanish language course using the communicative approach. The course focuses on oral comprehension and expression, listening comprehension and grammar.

The course is designed for students who wish to begin or improve their Spanish language within a short period. Four different language levels are available: Beginner, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Advanced. Placement will be determined by an online placement test prior to the start of the program.

Three sessions of four weeks each are available. Students can enroll in a single session or in two or three consecutive sessions. Students taking Sessions 2 and 3 combined should note that there is a one-week break in the academic program between each 4-week session.

The Spanish course will merge the organic language learning that takes place in the homestay with methodology in the classroom. Both in the classroom and beyond you will be fully immersed in the culture enabling you to develop your communication skills and foster global perspectives and relationships through interaction with the people and culture of Argentina.

In order to ensure that you receive credit for the level that you are placed into, we recommend that you have courses at several levels approved by your academic advisor at your home school prior to registration. Most foreign institutions have higher standards for assessing language levels of students than you might expect in a U.S. institution.

Courses typically meet Monday through Thursday for 5 hours per day for 4 weeks plus on two out of four Fridays therefore each session meets for a total of 90 hours.

Each session is recommended for 6 semester credits. Students staying in Buenos Aires for two sessions can earn up to 12 semester credits and students staying for three sessions can earn up to 18 semester credits. Students who stay for more than one session should advance a level of Spanish in the next session if they successfully complete the course requirements of the session that they are in.

The Argentine and Latin American Studies Program offers a five week summer term consisting of two upper division survey courses in Latin American Studies at the 300 level. Both courses are taught in Spanish therefore students will need a minimum of Intermediate level to participate.

Each course meets four times per week for a total of 60 hours and is therefore recommended for 4 semester credits for a total of 8 semester credits. Students opting to take Session 1 Intensive Language beforehand can earn up to 14 semester credits.

Attendance is required for full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted. Students with unexcused absences will receive lower or failing grades.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Libraries The University is equipped with modern facilities which include a library and bookstore.

Student advising The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advising and serves as a liaison between students and the University.

Transcripts are issued by the University of Belgrano. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution on completion of the program.