Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Second Language Acquisition

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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

The program is designed for students who already have basic communication skills in Spanish. The aim is to increase the student’s knowledge about the process of learning and teaching second languages. Classes emphasize the acquisition of Spanish as a second language and in the Teaching Assistantship course students practice teaching English as a second language.

This program provides a unique opportunity for bilingual Education students to come into contact with second language acquisition processes both in English and Spanish while experiencing the native culture of porteños. This experience will not only enhance your résumé, but also give you an advantage when applying for a teaching job. The program combines a TAship in a bilingual primary school in Buenos Aires with a course in teaching Spanish as Second Language. This combination of theoretical instruction and practical experience will enable an increased understanding of both second language acquisition and teaching methodology.

Through participation in this program, students earn a total of 8 U.S. semester credits. To be eligible, candidates must already have an Intermediate level of Spanish, will take a written placement test online and do an oral interview.

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 6 weeks. The theoretical classes take place in the morning and the teaching assistantship in the afternoon. The transcript will show 60 contact hours for each course.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a 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.

Students are encouraged to apply early as enrollment is limited due to the school placement component of the Program.

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