Courses: Students can take courses in Spanish and/or English through the Latin American Studies program or if a student has an advanced level of Spanish (near native fluency), s/he can take courses with local Argentine students. In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll in an intensive month-long Spanish language course prior to the start of either program.
The intensive Spanish language course is available immediately prior to the start of fall (end of June - late July) and spring (early February - early March) semesters and lasts four weeks. While not required, the program is strongly encouraged and is included in the semester cost. This program is designed for students at the beginning, intermediate, high intermediate and advanced levels of the Spanish language. The program includes 120 hours of instruction and students will receive (6) credits. Students will participate in courses offered at University of Belgrano's language department that focus on Spanish grammar, conversation, and culture. Students will be in class with Americans and other international students. All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Buenos Aires. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the course in which the student is eligible to enroll. Students who arrive in Argentina having completed less than one year of college-level Spanish will likely place into beginning level. Students who arrive in Argentine having completed one full year of college-level Spanish will likely place into the intermediate-level courses.
The Latin American Studies semester program is designed for students at all levels of the Spanish language who have an interest in political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Argentina. Students have the option of taking courses in English or Spanish, as well as a Spanish language class. Only high intermediate and advanced-level students may take non-language content courses in Spanish. Courses in this program are designed for students of all levels of Spanish, and focus on cultural aspects of Latin America and Argentina. Course options are available in both Spanish and English. The courses in this program are taught in Spanish and English by University of Belgrano professors. All classes are with American and other international students. A full course load is four (4) courses per semester. Rollins Credit equivalent for UB courses: 27 hours = 2 credits / 54 hours = 4 credits / 81 hours = 5 credits and 120 hours = 6 credits.
Students at an advanced level of the Spanish language will take courses with local students at the University of Belgrano. Students will have an academic orientation before making their final course selections at the University of Belgrano. Students who have completed or tested out of a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish are eligible for this program by enrolling in the semester that includes the intensive month.
Students have the option of taking up to five classes from two general categories but must take at least one course with Argentines if they sign up for this program:
*Students who do not wish to enroll in at least one course from Category One will be required to switch to the Latin American Studies program.
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and will need to seek approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All students who successfully complete an ISA Buenos Aires program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the University of Belgrano. Courses are typically 4 credits, with a few courses that are 2 or 5 credits and students earn 6 credits for the intensive language month no matter the level of instruction. Students on average will earn 16-22 credits on the program. Direct enrollment courses with Argentine students may be issued 4 credits per course. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript from abroad.
Faculty and Staff: All courses are taught by faculty and instructors at University of Belgrano. Support and advising for international students is provided by the ISA staff.
Program availability: Students may choose to study at the University of Belgrano through ISA for the fall or spring semester, or for an academic year. The fall semester lasts from late July to mid-November, and the spring semester begins in early March and runs through late June. For students interested in direct enrollment (courses with locals), the fall program will run through mid-December, and the spring program will run through late July.