Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Medical Spanish Immersion

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 amongst wide tree-lined avenues, museums and mansions. 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

Medical Spanish Immersion Program with Clinical Rotation Internship at Hospital Británico

This program is intended for students who already have basic communication skills in Spanish. 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.

The 60 hours of clinical rotation take place in the morning at the Hospital Británico. A transfer is then provided to take students to Belgrano University for language classes in the afternoon. The language course is a total of 60 hours, 45 in class and 15 during the rotation, for a recommended 4 semester credits. Due to the intensive nature of the clinical rotation and the additional hours at the hospital the overall program is recommended for a total of 6 semester credits.

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

Class time Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 5 weeks. The clinical rotation takes place in the morning and the language classes in the afternoon. The transcript will show 60 contact hours.

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 student’s home institution on completion of the program.