Study on the Intensive Spanish Program
The Intensive Spanish program allows students some of the flexibility of the Argentine Universities Program, but provides additional support to maximize students’ academic success. You will go through three stages during this program to promote your Spanish language level. This program aims to make the most of the surrounding Spanish-speaking environment by encouraging students to interact with native speakers and offering insight into different aspects of the Argentine cultural, social and political reality.
What the Intensive Spanish program has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
What is the academic structure of the program?
See the Program Courses tab for course descriptions. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Can I attend this program for the full year?
The following course comprises the curriculum for the Intensive Spanish program and is required and worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours each.
Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture The objective of this mandatory program class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken.
The following courses are electives available for the Intensive Spanish program. They are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours each.
Argentine Foreign Policy The course is aimed at acquainting with the specific issues of the foreign relations of a non-central country and their relationship with the domestic economic growth and development project. The course is designed to familiarize students with foreign policy issues through a comprehensive analysis of the matter. These issues will be addressed in the context of contemporary history during the period following World War II with a particular emphasis on Argentina's relations with Brazil and Latin America and also current items on the domestic agenda.
Argentine and Latin American Literature This course aims to broaden the student's knowledge of Argentine and Latin American culture and literature of the second half of the 20th century. Students will reflect on theoretical aspects associated with the changes occurring in the fictionalizing processes, and this course will encourage students to take an enlightened view of and establish relationships and expansions between the texts and the social and cultural processes. Students will analyze the geographical, historical and cultural contexts in which tales are produced. This course will promote the critical and creative reading of the suggested texts through the practice of writing and conversation.
Art and Politics in Contemporary Argentina: From an Intercultural Perspective The seminar on Community & Culture in Argentina proposes a collective reflection on the life experience. Its goal is to share different cultural spaces and different communities. The idea of the seminar is to develop among students and teachers a great amount of creativity to make questions about what it means to live among different. This class is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
Society and State in Contemporary Argentina The course will address the study of the social, economic and political history of contemporary Argentina, analyzing the most outstanding events that took place from the beginning of the 20th century until present. The course will also present a critical discussion of the main problems affecting Argentina in each period with an emphasis on experiences that are unique to the country: Peronism, the different military coups, the military process and the “disappeared,” the return to democracy, and the challenges faced by subsequent administrations regarding economic crises and governability. Students are expected to understand the different economic, social and political stages that Argentina has experienced, and the makeup and impact of the different social players within the prevailing local and international context.
Fictions of the Present: Argentine Literature and Cinema after 2000 The aim of the course is to study Argentine literary fiction and cinema of the last two decades with a view to identifying the new formal, stylistic and thematic characteristics and their association with the changes in the ways of imagining and experiencing the contemporary world. This analysis will focus especially on the transformations that Argentine culture has undergone recently in connection with issues such as globalization, postmodernism, the emergence of new communication technologies, and the impact of these processes on literary traditions, the national language and collective imaginaries.
Peronist Argentina The course is directed at reflecting on the most important political movement in Argentina since the middle of the 20th century. Peronism has been analyzed from the viewpoints of sociology, political science, anthropology and history. Literature and film have also addressed the topic. This course will focus on the political, social and cultural dimensions of this phenomenon with particular emphasis on the main social and political aspects of the Peronist movement.
Universidad Católica Argentina
Universidad del Salvador
See the "Electives" section for more information about the range of electives available.
How many electives do I take?
Where do I take my elective course?
Where can I find a list of available electives?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
I need to provide a course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Online Course Catalogs
Students on this program take four electives at a university in Buenos Aires. Below are instructions for navigating the online course catalogs for the participating universities:
Universidad Católica Argentina
The following UCA departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
Universidad del Salvador
The following USAL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
How will I register for courses?
What if I need to take a required course?
What are the registration conditions
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
Will I have final exams after the program has officially ended?
It is very important that you check your elective syllabus and with your professor for your final exam schedule. All coursework must be submitted before you leave Argentina, and exams cannot be rescheduled.
Should you need to remain in Buenos Aires after the program end date to take a final exam, IFSA-Butler housing and services are guaranteed until that time. It will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for any changes in your return flight once final exams are complete.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
You will be required to meet with your academic advisor at least once a month. They are available on a rotating schedule each evening of the week; you have access to all the academic advisors (not just the one to whom you are assigned) who can assist you if you encounter any difficulties with the content of your classes.
The availability of academic advisors on this program is an especially important feature given the difficulties of studying in a different academic system in a foreign language. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.
What are my housing options?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Meals: The IFSA-Butler program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal per day on Saturday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Buenos Aires:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Senior Resident Director Mario Cantarini.
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Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis.
If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization.
IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.
Examples of places where students may volunteer:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.