Study Abroad Program Overview
Advance your Spanish language skills in Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in South America. Buenos Aires, often called the “Paris of the Americas,” has a European feel with a fascinating Latin American twist. Some 12 million residents enjoy life in this vibrant world capital. You can too!
In one intensive semester, earn the equivalent of nearly two years of university Spanish starting at the beginning or intermediate level. Weekly activities and excursions enhance language skills and introduce Argentine culture through travel, tango, delicious local food, polo and more. The Torcuato Di Tella University, your host for Spanish as a Second Language courses, is located in the Belgrano neighborhood just twenty minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
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. InSitu 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. Click here for more information on housing.
The InSitu 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 InSitu offers. Opportunities to volunteer can also be arranged by InSitu -- 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.
The International Programs Office at the Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) also sponsors several cultural and social activities to promote the interaction between domestic and international students. Students are encouraged to participate in the UTDT's sports teams, and to attend the art exhibits, seminars, and social activities offered by the different academic units and student center. Volunteer opportunities also exist through the student group Acción Social.
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 UTDT 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.
This program emphasizes intensive Spanish language acquisition and students quickly move through two levels during the semester. In addition to language, you also take a course on Argentine history and culture. All students take a language placement exam to determine the level of instruction upon arrival in Buenos Aires.
Three courses are required for all students:
- Spanish language (two consecutive levels)
offered at various levels, 8.5 UC quarter units each:
Activities and outings are interwoven into the academic program, providing you the opportunity to take advantage of the city to further develop your language skills and to experience the cultural elements discussed in the classroom. Site visits to to well-known neighborhoods and museums include: La Boca, Plaza de Mayo, the Evita Museum, Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, La Casa Rosada, and the Haroldo Conti Cultural Center for Memory, among others.
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 are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Three courses for a total of 22 quarter/14.7 semester UC units are required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Opportunities to conduct internships, research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program.
Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires
Founded in 1991, the Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) is a young, research-based institution that has rapidly become one of the most prestigious private universities in Argentina. The university is located in the neighborhood of Belgrano, an attractive urban area surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods, close to the commercial center. Students easily commute to school by subway, commuter train, or bus. The new campus is equipped with modern classrooms, library, computer lab, study rooms, student lounge, gym/sports fields, a cafeteria, and a café.
The UTDT International Programs Office provides services to incoming and outgoing students. The office offers a "buddy system" and organizes several cultural and social activities to promote the interaction between domestic and international students. International students are also encouraged to participate in the University's sports teams, and to attend the art exhibits, seminars, and social activities offered by the different academic units and student center.
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||$11,900 - 13,050||$4,350 - 4,450|
|Spring||14||22||14.7||$12,000 - 13,150||$6,000 - 6,150|
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same 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 Torcuato Di Tella University
- 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.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of no Spanish language instruction and a maximum of the completion of the beginning series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish.
- This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.50.
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
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
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 Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: