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Strengthen your Spanish skills in energetic, urban Buenos Aires.

All courses in this intensive six-week program offer University of Pennsylvania credits and are taught in Spanish. You will live with an Argentine family to experience linguistic and cultural immersion, expand your cross-cultural views, and deepen your Spanish language skills. In addition, you will participate in various organized activities in and around  Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan place with countless theatres, museums, markets, and cafes in which to experience the vibrant local culture.




Program Calendar 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 (a.m.) Recommended arrival in Buenos Aires
Friday, May 19, 2017 Program housing first available
Friday, May 19, 2016 (p.m.) and
Saturday, May 20 (p.m.)
On-site orientation
Monday, May 22, 2017 Classes start
Thursday, June 29, 2017 Classes end
Friday, June 30, 2017 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 Tango class and show
Week 4 Visit the Parque de la Memoria
Week 5

Visit Museum of Bellas Artes

Week 6 Walking tour of the murals of Buenos Aires


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.

Accelerated Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 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 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 as well as development of writing skills in texts of multiple paragraphs with transitions.


Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film
SPAN 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 Argentine History
SPAN 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 XXI 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 with its unorthodox economic policies in the context of the financial crises of the developed world; the current administration of Mauricio Macri; 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 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: the information below is for Summer 2016. Summer 2017 tuition and fees will be posted in February 2017. 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 2017: $8,144
  • Program Fee for Summer 2017: $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.
  • 2016 Estimated Cost Sheet (PDF)

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 421:

  • Friday, November 18, 2016 at 4-5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4-5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4-5 p.m.


  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity


Contact Information

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

Jean Knight

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

Tel: (215) 898-7326
Fax: (215) 573-2053

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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