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.

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Program Calendar 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016 (am) Recommended arrival in Buenos Aires
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Program housing first available
Saturday, May 14, 2016 (pm) and
Monday, May 16 (pm)
On-site orientation
Monday, May 16, 2016 Classes start
Friday, June 24, 2016 Classes end
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Program housing last checkout date
Additional events and tours
Week 1: Guided bus tour of Buenos Aires
Week 2: Day-long excursion to ranch
Week 3: Visit Museum of Bellas Artes
Week 4: Visit to Teatro Colón
Week 5: Visit to the Parque de la Memoria
Week 5: Walking tour of the murals of Buenos Aires (optional activity)
Week 6: Architectural tour of Buenos Aires (optional activity)


All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.). Courses must be taken for a grade. P/F is not an option. 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 students from other academic institutions: One Penn c.u. is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when transferred to another institution.

Accelerated Intermediate Spanish 
SPANISH 134 (2 c.u.) 

  • Taught by Jean Knight
  • Fulfills the language requirement in Spanish
  • Prerequisite: One year of college Spanish or equivalent

Spanish 134 is an intermediate-level language course that emphasizes the development of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) within the Argentine cultural context. Class time focuses on communicative activities that combine grammatical concepts, relevant vocabulary and cultural themes. Students participate in paired, small-group and whole-class activities to practice linguistics skills in meaningful contexts. Major course goals include: the acquisition of intermediate-level vocabulary, the controlled use of the past tense and the subjunctive mood, and development of writing skills in texts of multiple paragraphs with transitions.

Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film
SPANISH 224 (1 c.u.)

  • Fulfills general education requirement: cross-cultural analysis
  • Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish beyond 140
  • Exceptions made only for students fully functional in Spanish

Survey of major works of contemporary Argentine narrative (literature and film) relating to the political, social and cultural developments that have defined the nation.

Contemporary History of Argentina
SPANISH 229 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Ernesto Cussianovich of the University Torcuato di Tella
  • Fulfills general education requirement: cross-cultural analysis
  • Prerequisite: One semester of a 200 level Spanish course (the equivalent of an advanced/fifth semester college Spanish course)
  • Exceptions made only for students fully functional in Spanish 

The class explores the paradoxes of Argentina in the 21st century: the effects of rapid modernization and the neoliberal democracy of the 1990s; cultural survival and the financial default in 2001; Nestor Kirchner, financial recuperation, and economic growth since 2003; the presidency of Cristina Fernandez and the current unorthodox financial and economic policies in the context of the financial crises of the developed world; and the challenges of Argentine cultural and economic integration in Latin America. 2016 is the nation's bicentennial, and that important anniversary figures prominently in class discussions.


Students live with Argentine families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged through a local coordinator and all students are asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the host. Students are responsible for their own lunch.

Tuition & Fees

Please note: Summer 2016 program fee will be posted in February 2016. The program fee amount and Estimated Cost Sheet below are for 2015. 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 2016: $7,820
  • Program Fee for Summer 2015: $2,000
    Includes airport pickup (arrival only), home stay with breakfasts and dinners, local health insurance, cultural activities organized by the program, and administrative costs.
  • 2015 Estimated Cost Sheet

Information Sessions

Join the program team for an information session to learn more about the details of the Penn-in-Buenos Aires program.

All sessions are in Williams Hall, room 203:

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4 p.m.


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2016 will be opening later this year.

  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

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Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Program Director
Jean Knight

Romance Languages
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-8134

For assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 746-7075
Fax: (215) 573-2053