Study Abroad Program Overview
This intensive semester of Spanish language instruction offers UCEAP students the opportunity to accelerate their Spanish skills in one of the most fascinating cities of Latin America. In the magical setting of Buenos Aires, beginning and intermediate students earn the equivalent of nearly two years of university Spanish while they soak up the culture of Argentina through travel, tango, and polo, or participate in any of the program’s activities and excursions.
The University of Belgrano’s offerings in Spanish as a Second Language assure intensive language acquisition, and it is well located in a leafy neighborhood in the northern part of the city. Many other program services and activities are coordinated by Expanish, whose office in the very heart of downtown Buenos Aires provides another perspective on this amazing city.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late January to early May
late August to mid-December
UCEAP will accept completion of this program to meet the language prerequisite for any UCEAP program in Latin America or Spain that requires two years of university-level Spanish. A separate application will be required.
In this program all students live in pre-arranged housing with an Argentine host. Your host may be a family, a single mother, an elderly couple, or a young professional. Your host may not be the "typical" family with children living in the home. Expanish organizes the housing choices and screens all hosts. You have a choice between housing with or without a meal plan.
UCEAP recommends the meal plan option for language practice, maximum immersion into Argentine culture, and economy. In this option, most hosts share the typical late-evening Buenos Aires dinner with students so that Spanish can be spoken in the home on a daily basis. If you choose to not have a meal plan, you will have access to the kitchen and will be able to prepare your own meals independently. In both options, students can expect to have their own room but shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The Expanish calendar is filled with all sorts of activities that will help you experience the cultural riches of the capital, many of which are free or at minimal cost. Among the many program opportunities to explore the wider Argentine panorama through excursions are one multi-day trip to Iguazú Falls, as well as two day-trips to closer destinations.
The excitement begins during Orientation week, and as you become more familiar with your new surroundings, you can take advantage of cooking or tango lessons that Expanish offers. Opportunities to volunteer can also be arranged by Expanish -- these range from "volunteer days" for those that may only want to commit for a few hours at a time, to placements with an organization that would require a regular time commitment over the course of the semester.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. On this program UCEAP students have a range of support providers. The staff at Expanish is available to help you integrate into the culture of Buenos Aires and provide assistance with course registration, housing, safety, and other issues. Academic support is provided by both the University of Belgrano and the UC faculty resident director in Chile who will visit periodically and be available via e-mail.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.
Courses are divided into two sequential "blocks." All students take a language placement exam to determine the level of instruction once they arrive in Buenos Aires and register for the two consecutive language levels they will take over the course of the semester.
Spanish language classes are offered at all levels on this program, from beginning to advanced:
- Spanish 70, Beginning
- Spanish 80, Intermediate I (Beginning Intermediate)
- Spanish 90, Intermediate II (Advanced Intermediate)
- Spanish 110, Advanced
- Spanish 120, Advanced Composition & Conversation
Two courses are required for all students:
The following four level combinations are possible on the Intensive Spanish Language program:
- Spanish 70 + Spanish 80
- Spanish 80 + Spanish 90
- Spanish 90 + Spanish 110
- Spanish 110 + Spanish 120
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Most UC campuses have strict rules regarding the repetition of a course and duplicate credit. To ensure that you receive credit for all courses taken on this program, language levels may not be repeated from one block to the next.
You will enroll in two sequential classes to meet the program requirement of 22 quarter units (equivalent to 14.7 semester units) of UC credit.
All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Opportunities to conduct internships, research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program.
University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Founded in 1964, Universidad de Belgrano (UB) is a young university that has rapidly become one of the largest private universities in Argentina. It is also the institution most dedicated to serving international students; of its current enrollment of 13,000 students, some 2,500 are from other countries. The university is situated in an attractive urban area surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods and close to the commercial center of Belgrano, a suburb in northeast Buenos Aires. The large campus is equipped with modern classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, and Internet facilities, most of which are housed in one 20-story building.
The Office for International Students is a distinct department among the many that the UB houses, and the UB program in Spanish as a Second Language is well established and widely attended by students from all over the world. Intensive instruction is offered by a staff of Argentine professors with expertise in applied linguistics and experience with foreign students. UCEAP students attending the university are invited to all the events sponsored by the Office for International Students and also have regular access to the library, bookstore, study areas, restaurants, computer labs, and athletic events.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||14||22||14.7||$9,400||$7,550 - 9,250|
|Spring||14||22||14.7||$9,400||$8,600 - 9,900|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Belgrano
- Accident and medical insurance
- Lodging with 2 meals per day (without meal plan may be more expensive)
- Weekend excursion to Iguazú Falls
- Day trips to Colonia, Uruguay, and a traditional Argentine estancia
- City tour
- Guided trips to museums and other cultural sites
- Coordination of additional cultural and social activities
- Conversation partner (intercambio)
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- Airport pick-up and on-site orientation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 5 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.50.
* The minimum language GPA of 2.50 is required for students who have previously taken Spanish language courses. Students with 5 quarters / 3 semesters of Spanish need to carefully evaluate their goals for this program and consider the impact that 22 units of Spanish will have on their academic plans at UC.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines: