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Spanish and Portuguese, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Buenos Aires, Argentina

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Spanish and Portuguese

General Information

Located in Buenos Aires, this intensive Spanish program runs from late August to early December, and from January to early May. Founded in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadores, Buenos Aires has evolved into a thriving, cosmopolitan city with more than 6 million inhabitants within the city limits and another 6 million in the surrounding areas. Known for its vibrant nightlife, where tango thrives in tangueras, milongas and cultural centers, Buenos Aires offers a dazzling array of learning opportunities, cultural events and social attractions. The seat of the national government, Buenos Aires presents a unique opportunity to analyze the politics and history of this complex and fascinating country. Universities, museums, theatres, shopping districts, and restaurants abound in this metropolis, described by many as the Paris of Latin America.

This program offers courses at the University of Belgrano and Torcuato di Tella through API (Academic Programs International) with three different tracks:

A) University of Belgrano Argentine and Latin American Studies

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Advanced-level Spanish proficiency required for courses in Spanish
  • No Spanish background required to take coursework in English
  • UB SPAN 225B Español Avancado B (SPAN 311)
  • UB SPAN 300 Taller de Escritura (SPAN 312(
  • ub span 321 Literatura Latinoamericana (SPAN 321)
  • A great selection of upper level electives (400 level taught in Spanish), such as contemporary Argentine art and society; Latin American gender studies, cinema and political thought; as well as short story and narrative courses.

Students interested in Argentine and Latin American culture, economics, history, and politics are ideally suited to the study abroad in Buenos Aires in API's Program of Argentine and Latin American Studies. The program caters to students at all levels of Spanish. Students selecting the Early Start option complete an intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of the standard semester. The intensive Spanish course consists of a five hours of Spanish class, five days a week, for four weeks for a grand total of 100 contact hours of Spanish. Each intensive course is equivalent to 3-6 semester credits, depending on how credit is awarded by the home university. Once the regular semester starts, beginning and low intermediate Spanish speakers complete all coursework in English. Students with a minimum of four semesters of Spanish or the equivalent can choose to complete a combination of Spanish language courses and elective courses in English or Spanish. All courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Students majoring in Spanish are required to discuss their course selection with their advisor prior to departure.

B) Universidad Torcuato di Tella Integrated Studies with Argentines

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Students must have completed five semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, for admission
  • This program is for students who have already started learning Spanish.

Students who are interested in studying abroad in Buenos Aires with Argentine students will start the semester with an intensive Spanish language and culture course (4 credits). This course was designed to help visiting international students to review grammatical concepts, perfect their writing and gain a more in-depth view of Argentine life and culture. During the standard semester, students will complete their classes with local Argentine students. If preferred, students may instead select from a limited number of courses that are designed for visiting international students. All courses are generally equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits, and students typically select 2-3 courses to complete during the semester. Students majoring in Spanish are required to discuss their course selection with their advisor prior to departure.

C) Universidad Belgrano Intensive Language Program

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • No previous study of Spanish required
  • Elementary Spanish I SPAN 110
  • Elementary Spanish II SPAN 120
  • Intermediate Spanish I SPAN 230
  • Intermediate Spanish II SPAN 240
  • Spanish Conversation SPAN 301
  • Advanced Grammar SPAN 311

The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills through study abroad in Buenos Aires. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. Students can expect to advance a minimum of two levels during the semester.UMass Amherst students may fulfill their language requirement in one semester in Buenos Aires.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Patricia Gubitosi

To apply, please contact:

International Programs Office
467 Hills South, 4th Floor
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm EST
413 - 545 - 2710/2843

Some relevant web-sites about Buenos Aires
API Buenos Aires