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Language and Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Language and Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina
During this 6-week program students will earn 8 or 9 hours of Spanish language credit and live with a Argentine host family.
Location: 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Spanish
Education--Spanish
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  • Earn 8 or 9 hours of university credit in Spanish courses, depending on previous coursework
  • Experience Argentine culture first-hand by living with host families
  • Immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking environment to improve language skills 
  • Take classes from faculty and staff from KU and Universidad de San Andrés
Program Summary: 

The Summer Language Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina, offers students the opportunity to obtain university credit in Spanish, improve language skills, and experience Argentinean culture first-hand by living with families in Buenos Aires. Courses are taught by both Universidad de San Andrés faculty and KU faculty and staff.

Location: 

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina located on the Río de la Plata, is a 500-year old cosmopolitan city renowned for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Each neighborhood has its own characteristics and style; for example, San Telmo is famous for tango, La Boca for its colorful houses, and Recoleta for its ornate cemetery, museums, and parks.

Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA)

The Universidad de San Andrés is a small, private liberal arts university with roots going back to the early 1800s. The program will be located on the UdeSA's downtown campus, which is close to the world-famous Teatro Colón opera house, the Casa Rosada, the Plaza de Mayo, and the Puerto Madero neighborhood.

Academic Information: 

Eight or nine hours of undergraduate credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish and will typically meet four days a week.

Summer 2019 courses

Level I (8 credit hours)

Pre-requisite: SPAN 216 or otherwise being eligible for SPAN 324 & SPAN 328.

SPAN 324: Grammar and Composition (3 credit hours)

SPAN 328: Intermediate Spanish Conversation (2 credit hours)

SPAN 346: Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures (3 credit hours)


Level II (8 credit hours)

Pre-requisite: SPAN 340. Students who complete SPAN 324 before the program can petition to defer SPAN 340 until the Fall semester. 

Only students who have already completed the lower-level course are permitted to enroll in the advanced course. 

SPAN 424: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar (3 credit hours)

SPAN 428: Advanced Spanish Conversation (2 credit hours)

SPAN 346: Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures OR SPAN 440: Hispanic Studies: Cultura y política en la Argentina post-2001 (3 credit hours)

Level III (9 credit hours)

Pre-requisite: SPAN 424/428

SPAN 520: Structure of Spanish (3 credit hours)

SPAN 471: Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: Conversation (3 credit hours)

SPAN 440: Hispanic Studies: Cultura y política en la Argentina post-2001 (3 credit hours)

Housing: 

All students are housed with Argentine host families. Some host families will host one student, while others will host two. Breakfast and dinner every day (except for Saturday dinners) are provided with the host family and internet access is also included.

Host families are in neighborhoods near downtown Buenos Aires where classes are held and most students take public transportation to get to class. 

Life Abroad: 

Students will participate in cultural activities and local excursions to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Argentine culture. Examples of local excursions include:


-A visit to the UdeSA main campus to meet UdeSA students
-A tour of a park dedicated to the victims of the Dirty War
-Tango lessons and shows
-Buenos Aires urban art and graffiti tour
-A boat tour of El Tigre, a town on the delta of the Río la Plata
-A visit to a traditional Argentine ranch with a demonstration of Argentine cowboy skills

Eligibility: 

Open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have completed the required pre-requisites (or the equivalent) of college-level Spanish. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

Further Reading: 

Argentina tourism website: www.argentina.travel/en

Buenos Aires tourism website: https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en

Student information about Buenos Aires: https://turismojoven.buenosaires.gob.ar/en

Program Faculty: 

Veronica Garibotto, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (garibotto@ku.edu)

Rafael Acosta, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (rafael.acosta@ku.edu)

 

Add Course: 
Spanish Composition and Cultural Analysis
SPAN 323
Level I course. For Spanish majors and minors, SPAN 323 fulfills Intermediate Grammar/Composition (SPAN 324). Students must also take SPAN 346 and SPAN 471 (Level I).
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
For Level I, students must also take SPAN 323 and SPAN 471. For Level II, students must also take SPAN 471, and either SPAN 424 or 520.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
For Spanish majors and minors in Level I, SPAN 471 fulfills Intermediate Conversation (SPAN 328); students must also take SPAN 323 and SPAN 346. For Level II, SPAN 471 fulfills Advanced Conversation (SPAN 428); students must also take SPAN 424 or 520, and SPAN 346 or 440.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar
SPAN 424
Level II course. Students must also take SPAN 471, and either SPAN 346 or 440 (Level II).
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Structure of Spanish
SPAN 520
Level II course. Students must also take SPAN 471, and either SPAN 346 or 440 (Level II).
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Spanish
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Session
Wednesday, 4:00 pm &
Thursday, 2:00 pm
105 Lippincott Hall

 

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