Buenos Aires

Penn-in-Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Thrive in Argentina this summer as you strengthen Spanish language skills and explore the lively urban culture of Buenos Aires.

All courses in this intensive six-week program offer University of Pennsylvania credits and are taught in Spanish.  Students live with Argentine families to experience linguistic and cultural immersion, expand their cross-cultural views, and deepen their Spanish language skills. In addition, students participate in various organized cultural activities in Buenos Aires, a city with countless theatres, museums, markets, and cafes in which to experience the local culture.

Program Calendar 2014

Depart the U.S. for Buenos Aires Friday, June 13, 2014
Arrive in Buenos Aires Saturday, June 14, 2014
On-site Orientation Saturday, June 14, 2014
Classes Start Monday, June 16, 2014
Classes End Friday, July 25, 2014
Depart (final day with host family) Saturday, July 26, 2014

Course Information

All students register for a total of two course units (CUs). Course offerings are subject to change.

Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Note for Visiting Students: One course unit (CU) is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when Penn coursework is transferred to another institution.


Accelerated Intermediate Spanish 
SPANISH 134 (2 CU)
Fulfills the Language Requirement in Spanish. Prerequisite: 1 year college Spanish or equivalent.

An intensive intermediate-level language course that covers the equivalent of the two semesters of second-year Spanish at Penn (Spanish 130 and 140). The course emphasizes the development of functional language skills within the Argentine cultural context. Class time will focus on communicative activities that combine grammatical concepts, relevant vocabulary, and cultural themes. Major course goals include: the acquisition of intermediate-level vocabulary, the controlled use of the past tenses, major uses of the subjunctive, and the development of writing skills.

Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film
SPANISH 224 (1 CU)
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish beyond 140. Exceptions made only for students fully functional in Spanish.

This class explores the main narrative genres of contemporary Argentine literature and film from the 1940s to the present and situates this exploration in the context of different sociopolitical problems. Genres covered include detective fiction and film noir, fantasy, horror and thrillers, realism, and Westerns and literatura gauchesca.

History of Argentina
SPANISH 229 (1 CU)
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish beyond 140. Exceptions made only for students fully functional in Spanish. 

This class explores the paradoxes of Argentina in the XXI Century: the effects of rapid cultural modernization and the neoliberal democracy of the 1990s; cultural survival in the face of financial default in 2001; Nestor Kirchner, financial recuperation, and economic growth since 2003; the presidency of Cristina Fernandez and current unorthodox financial policies in the context of the crises of the developed world; and the challenges of Argentine cultural and economic integration in Latin America.


Students live with Argentine families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged through a local coordinator and all students will be asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Weekday breakfast and dinner are provided by the family.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2014: $7,228 ($3,614 per CU)
  • Program Fee for Summer 2014: $2,100
    Includes airport pickup (arrival only), home stay with daily breakfasts and dinners; local health insurance, cultural activities organized by the program in Buenos Aires and administrative costs.
  • Click here to view the Penn-in-Buenos Aires 2014 Estimated Cost Sheet.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be scheduled shortly. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office with any program-related questions at summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu.


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be opening later this year.

Contact Information

Program Director
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation

Jean Knight (profile)
Romance Languages
University of Pennsylvania
E-mail: jknight@sas.upenn.edu
Tel: 215-898-8134

Penn Summer Abroad Office
for assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information

Penn Summer Abroad
College of Liberal & Professional Studies (LPS)
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: 215-746-7075
Fax: 215-573-2053
E-mail: summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu