Intensive Spanish Language
Universidad de Belgrano
The UB's urban campus is situated in the lovely residential neighborhood of Belgrano, surrounded by parks, homes, and embassy buildings. It is just a short walk from the ISA office and a quick subway or bus-ride from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus boasts computer labs, a large library, sports facilities, a theater, a cafeteria, and a number of study spaces and areas for students to relax between classes.
The UB was ranked 59th in the QS Latin American University Rankings in 2017 and is among the highest quality universities in Argentina. It has a strong tradition of internationalization, and is among the most popular universities for U.S. study abroad students. Over 900 study abroad students attend the UB each year from all corners of the globe. The UB's goals are to provide high-quality education, to promote research in all disciplines, and to foster the social and cultural development of the community.
Fall 1 2019
Aug 23, 2019 - Nov 30, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
216 - 228 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
Designed for students who are eager to learn and/or better understand the Spanish language, this program will give you the opportunity to participate in courses offered through the Universidad de Belgrano's language department. While in class with other international students, you will focus on Spanish conversation, culture, and grammar, and be taught by Argentinian faculty.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam online prior to arrival in Buenos Aires. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
216 - 228
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
14 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
21 - 22
Course Availability and Scheduling:
- You will take 2 consecutive levels of Spanish language- therefore; this program is not designed for advanced level Spanish speakers. Advanced level students should consider Latin American Studies or the Courses with Locals programs
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Argentina Site Specialist.
Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad de Belgrano. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
ISA Housing in Buenos Aires allows you to enjoy a memorable experience by living in an Argentine home with a local family, a residencia with other international students, or in an apartment with other ISA students. With an open mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture will be both educational and highly rewarding. This will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place and live as a local would, so take advantage and let yourself become a Porteño!
If you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad, living with a host family is your ideal housing option. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and ensure a comfortable living situation. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily, and laundry service once a week. All of the ISA host families are located in some of the most vibrant and affluent neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including Belgrano, Palermo, and Recoleta. Living with a host family will offer you glimpses of everyday life in the capital city with easy access to the Universidad de Belgrano. It is important to note that due to the dynamic and culture of Buenos Aires, most homestays consist of a single, older woman or an older couple. Although a few nuclear families are available, ISA cannot guarantee any specific type of homestay for students.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished and centrally located. Meals and laundry service are not included.
Certain programs allow you to live in a residencia for an extra cost. If you choose to live in the residencia, you will be placed in a double room, and you may be placed with other international roommates that are not part of the ISA program. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the residencias, and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, Colonia del Sacramento is a small Uruguayan city situated on the Rio de la Plata river. You will have the opportunity to explore the historic district, admire the beautiful Spanish and Portuguese colonial architecture, and take in wonderful views of the Rio de la Plata.
Día de Campo (Semester Only)
On this excursion, you will visit an estancia outside the city of Buenos Aires, where you will be served traditional asado in an authentic farmhouse, observe the traditional dances and games of rural communities, and have the chance to take carriage rides and go horseback riding. On the way to the estancia, you will also make a stop at Luján, an iconic landmark for religious Argentines.
The city of Tigre and its surrounding delta region is one of the most popular weekend getaways for porteños. This day-trip will consist of a stroll through the Puerto de Frutos, an open air market, and a boat ride through the river delta. If the weather permits, you will have a chance to take a dip in the water.
Iberá (optional for semester programs only) * Optional
The second largest wetland in the world, Iberá is an extensive web of lagoons, floodplains, and very few areas of dry, typically sandy, land. The wetland is known for its rich biodiversity, and is home to several unique species such as the giant anteater and the capybara, the largest rodent in the world! Students will camp, canoe, hike, and enjoy a cultural tour.
Iguazú Falls (optional for semester programs only) * Optional
Iguazu falls are the largest waterfalls in the world, and are considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. You will have the chance to experience their spectacular beauty, hike through a national park surrounded by a jungle, and visit a native Guarani village to learn about Guarani history and way of life.