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Study Away at Aquinas College

Argentina

Aquinas College's Argentina Program is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina through program provider CEA. Each spring semester students participate in this intensive Spanish language and Latin American cultural immersion program.

To achieve the cultural immersion objective we have designed the academics, excursions, and housing to interrelate and intensify the immersion experience. 

Aquinas College now offers study abroad options for fall and spring semesters in two different Spanish-speaking countries: Argentina (Spring) and Spain (Fall). Both of these programs are designed to accommodate a full range of language levels so that participants can earn a variety of credits toward the Spanish major or minor while gaining an intensive cultural immersion experience.

Academics

Located in the residential Belgrano neighborhood, the Universidad de Belgrano offers courses taught in Spanish in fields such as business, communications, cultural studies, social sciences, and Spanish language for all abilities. Its modern campus offers cultural and athletic activities to enhance student life and complement academics. This private Argentine university hosts almost 1,000 international students each year. 

Program Structure

Enroll in 1 language course and 3-4 Latin American studies courses. Language and elective courses meet for 30-90 contact hours/2-5 credits. Most courses are 60 contact hours/3 credits. You may earn 12-15 credits (up to 300 contact hours).

Classes meet for 4 hours per week on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.

Courses

Required Spanish:  ADVANCED ORAL CONVERSATION (2 credits).  

Required Grammar: ADVANCED SPANISH A, or ADVANCED SPANISH B (3 credits)

Required Culture: ARTE ARGENTINO CONTEMPORÁNEO or ESTUDIOS CULTURALES LATINOAMERICANOS (3 credits)

Required Literature: LITERATURA ARGENTINA or LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA (3 credits)

Optional: TANGO DANZA (2 credits)

 

CEA’s study + internship program includes personalized internship placements. Your internship work schedule may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive.

 

Internship Course

The required internship course has been designed to help you make the most of your internship and launch your transition to a professional with the refined and strengthened career skills employers are craving. The course features one hour of face-to-face coaching sessions per week during your internship and includes additional self-directed course content, activities, and assignments equivalent to about 30-40 hours total. You will automatically be enrolled in the internship course upon acceptance of your internship placement.

Credit Options

The internship course is a variable credit course, providing you the flexibility to earn between 3-6 semester credits for your internship. The 3 credit internship option includes the required online hybrid course and a minimum of 120 hours at your internship placement. For each additional 40 hours that you work at your internship placement, you may choose to earn 1 additional credit for a per-credit fee. Earning additional credits is not required. The credits align to internship hours as follows:

  • 3 credits: minimum 120 placement hours + internship course
  • 4 credits: minimum 160 placement hours + internship course
  • 5 credits: minimum 200 placement hours + internship course  
  • 6 credits: minimum 240 placement hours + internship course

You will identify the credit option that works best for you during the placement process. We strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements.

Excursions

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for students. Typically two to three excursions per semester. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during your on-site orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions offered in the past.

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

A World Heritage Site, Colonia was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. The historic quarter still captures the look and feel of the colonial era in Latin America. You’ll travel by ferry across the River Plate from Buenos Aires to explore this charming town’s cobbled streets leading to old lighthouses, inns, restaurants, and its original bullfighting ring. You’ll also enjoy a traditional lunch during your time in Uruguay.

Iguazú Falls

Spanning three countries, Iguazu Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a popular destination. Thousands travel to Iguazu Falls every year to marvel at the Garganta del Diablo, a U-shaped cascade that is 269 feet tall and almost 2,300 feet long. You'll enjoy a full-day excursion to Iguazu National Park.

Polo Day

Attend a polo match and learn about one of Argentina’s most popular sports. You’ll have the opportunity to sit in the stadium and join fans as they cheer (elegantly) for their favorite team. The availability of this excursion depends on the polo match schedule and location.

Tigre

One of the world’s largest deltas, this popular riverside retreat just north of Buenos Aires is a wonderful place to get away from the bustling city. Indulge in a traditional lunch, relax on a ferry tour, and browse local artisans’ handmade crafts at the Puerto de Frutos open-air market.

Housing

When you study abroad in Buenos Aires, you will live with a CEA vetted family. Homestay assignments are based on availability and student preference; CEA will make every effort to match your housing requests, but cannot guarantee housing preferences.