Argentina, "the land of silver," is a country big enough to fascinate you endlessly, yet intimate enough to make you love it forever. Spend a year, summer, or semester learning Spanish and exploring the culture, history, and landscape.
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Summer students to Argentina have the unique opportunity to be truly immersed in Argentinian culture by living with a local host family and attending a summer Spanish language institute. For the first six weeks of the eight-week program, YFU students attend immersive Spanish language classes. Prior to departure, students will take a Spanish placement exam to determine their appropriate class level. Language classes are 5 hours/day or 20 hours/week, which gives students plenty of time to learn Spanish and explore their temporary home. Typically, 5-7 students from around the world participate in the summer program. During the last two weeks of the summer program, YFU students attend a local Argentinian high school in order to put their newly improved Spanish skills to the test! Students may attend a private or public school depending on the host family's location. Outside of classes, students are encouraged to get involved in their communities by joining clubs, sports, and other local organizations.
During your time in Argentina, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:
School: YFU students attend both public and private schools. The type you attend will depend on your host family. One major difference that you will discover is that teachers change classrooms during the day, instead of students. In Argentina, your classmates are with you all day, giving you a chance to make good friends quickly. With your classmates, you will study 12 to 15 compulsory subjects two to three times a week. You can choose from four fields: humanities, sciences, business, or technical.
Extracurriculars:Outside of regular classes, you can choose to play sports or take computer or art classes.
Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Students also have an arrival orientation in Buenos Aires. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.
Additional Costs: School uniforms, textbooks, and other school materials are not included in the program tuition.
Visa Information: The visa process for year and semester students to Argentina can be complicated. A copy of your full passport will be needed several months in advance of departure, as YFU Argentina will need to report you to their Immigration Department early in the visa process. Students staying in Argentina more than 6 months will need an FBI Background Check, which should be submitted as soon as your participation is confirmed in the program. Failure to do so may result in delays in your visa application, which might impact your departure date. As part of your visa application, YFU Argentina will send a letter with host family and school information called a "Permiso de Ingreso" directly to your consulate. Students will need to bring with them to Argentina a copy of their passport, visa, and parent authorization to give to YFU Argentina for their records. Your Admissions Counselor can provide additional information about the visa process.
Important Information: YFU recommends that students are vaccinated against yellow fever, especially if they would like to go on a trip to Iguaçu Falls.
Placement with a host family
Enrollment in a local Argentinian high school (or Spanish language classes for summer students)
Domestic and international travel
All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
Support from an Area Representative in Argentina while on program
The application deadline for all 2016 winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1, 2015. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1, 2015. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15, 2016. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!
Students must be born between December 31, 1997 and February 5, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
Spanish. Previous language study is not required, though some knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended.
Host Family Placement
Students to Argentina may be placed with families in suburban areas, small towns, or rural areas. In the past, most students were placed in small cities and rural towns. Students are normally not placed in large urban centers.
School starts in March, with a two-week break in July for winter holidays, and ends in November. Students will not be placed in IB schools.
An optional 10-15 day camp in February is available to YFU students from all over the world for an additional fee (usually around US $550.00) This fee includes meals, lodging, and activities. Students will travel to the Argentina's southern lake district, where they will be stationed in Bariloche. They will explore the area while developing group spirit and intercultural understanding.