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. In addition, students participate in various cultural activities in Buenos Aires, where there are countless theatres, museums, markets, and cafes in which to experience the local culture.
|Depart the U.S. for Buenos Aires||Friday, June 21, 2013|
|Arrive in Buenos Aires||Saturday, June 22, 2013|
|On-site Orientation||Saturday, June 22, 2013|
|Classes Start||Monday, June 24, 2013|
|Classes End||Friday, August 2, 2013|
|Depart (final day with host family)||Saturday, August 3, 2013|
All students register for a total of two course units (CUs). Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit required pre-departure documents.
Note for Visiting Students: One 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. Taught by Jean Knight, University of Pennsylvania
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 in a Cultural Context
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.
Taught by Jorge Salessi
Survey of major works of contemporary Argentine literature relating to the political, social and cultural developments that have defined today’s profile of Argentina. The course focuses on the tensions and solutions of Argentine modernity: Buenos Aires and the provinces, agricultural and industrial groups, neoliberalism and protectionism, ecology and development.
History of Argentina
SPANISH 229 (1 CU)
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish beyond 140. Exceptions can only be made for students fully functional in Spanish.
Taught by Ernesto Cusanovich, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
The class explores the paradoxes of Argentina in the XXI Century: the effects of fast cultural 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 face of the crisis of the developed world; the challenges of Argentine cultural and economic integration to 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 and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
The application for Penn-in-Buenos Aires 2013 is now open!
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation
Penn Summer Abroad Office
for assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information
Penn Summer Abroad
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335