Students with all levels of Spanish may study in Argentina through the Universidad de Belgrano. Students may elect to take an optional, month-long Spanish intensive course prior to the semester.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: April 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript: Unofficial or Official will be sufficient.
  • Release and Credits Form: This must be completed with your study abroad coordinator.
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation: Only if student’s GPA is below 3.0.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Northeastern University students should not pay the $150 program deposit at time of application. They should apply online without making a payment and then call ASA to pay the $50 application fee. The $100 program deposit will be covered by Northeastern University GEO.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

This program will transfer back 16 NU credits. During the semester students will enroll in one Spanish language course at their level and choose 3 additional electives taught in either Spanish or English.  Students may combine English & Spanish electives, but an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is always required to take electives in Spanish.

  • Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
  • Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters of college level Spanish.
  • Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish.

In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish may also take electives in Spanish, as long as they complete the 8-credit Spanish language intensive course, as described in Option #4.

It is strongly recommended that students get a total of 8 electives approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts.

Classes worth 4 semester credits will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Beginning Spanish classes will meet three times a week for 90 minutes each session.

Students can choose from the following 4 curriculum options, depending on their level of Spanish:

Open to all language levels:
1. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students will take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 electives taught in English.  Note: taking Spanish language is mandatory with this option.

2.  Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 6 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in English. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives taught in English.

Open to Intermediate and Advanced levels:
3. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course will take 4 electives.

4. Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 8 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish course plus 3- electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

     

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: October 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript: Unofficial or Official transcript will be sufficient.
  • Release and Credits Form: This must be completed with your study abroad coordinator.
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation: Only if student’s GPA is below 3.0.
Submit to Host University
  • Online ASA Application: Northeastern University students should not pay the $150 program deposit at time of application. They should apply online without making a payment and then call ASA to pay the $50 application fee. The $100 program deposit will be covered by Northeastern University GEO.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • 16 credits per semester at ASA Buenos Aires, or 240 contact hours at Universidad Belgrano, is a full-time course load
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (ASA Buenos Aires: Northeastern), or 1 contact hour: 0.0667 NU credits (Universidad Belgrano: Northeastern)
  • Check the ASA Buenos Aires course website for credit information
  • Credits per course at ASA Buenos Aires vary, but are typically 2 or 4 credits each
  • A 4-credit ASA Buenos Aires course will come in as 4 NU credits
  • If a student takes 16 ASA Buenos Aires credits abroad, they will receive 16 NU credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

During the semester students will enroll in one Spanish language course at their level and choose 3 additional electives taught in either Spanish or English. Students may combine English & Spanish electives, but an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is always required to take electives in Spanish.

  • Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
  • Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters of college level Spanish.
  • Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish.

In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish may also take electives in Spanish, as long as they complete the 8-credit Spanish language intensive course, as described in Option #4.

It is strongly recommended that students get a total of 8 electives approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts.

Classes worth 4 semester credits will meet twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Beginning Spanish classes will meet three times a week for 90 minutes each session.

Students can choose from the following 4 curriculum options, depending on their level of Spanish:

Open to all language levels:
1. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students will take a Spanish language course plus 3-4 electives taught in English.  Note: taking Spanish language is mandatory with this option.

2.  Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 6 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in English. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives taught in English.

Open to Intermediate and Advanced levels:
3. Students do not participate in the month-long intensive course and arrive at the start of the regular semester. Students can take a Spanish language course plus 3 electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course will take 4 electives.

4. Students arrive a month early to complete a one-month intensive Spanish language course for 8 credits. Upon completion of the intensive course, students can take a Spanish course plus 3- electives taught in Spanish. Students who do not wish to take a Spanish language course during the semester will take 4 electives.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

     

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Destination

Located on the southern tip of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the cultural and economic center of Argentina. With around 3 million people living in the city and over 12 million in the greater metropolitan area, its influence over the country cannot be underestimated.

The residents of Buenos Aires, known as porteños (people of the port), come from a large number of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. While most porteños are of Spanish or Italian descent and are Roman Catholic, other European countries such as Portugal, Germany and France have imparted waves of immigration.

Porteños are certainly not limited to European ancestry or Roman Catholicism, as Syrian, Lebanese, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities also play an important role in the city, as do the Jewish and Muslim communities. With a Jewish community of over 250,000 in Buenos Aires, it is the largest in South America.

The city of Buenos Aires is divided into distinct areas, such as Belgrano, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, and many others. While there are no clear borders between each district, the vibe of each area is very different.

In the Las Cañitas district, for example, students will find wealthy socialites gathering at night, while in Palermo Hollywood and Palermo SoHo there are ethnic restaurants and funky boutiques. In Belgrano, there will be residential areas alongside busy commercial avenues, while in Recoleta one will find its famous and hauntingly beautiful cemetery, right in the center of the district.

Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in North America. The hot summer months of December, January and February can see temperatures climb to over 100°F, while the colder winter months of June, July and August tend to be in the high 40s to lower 50s. Snow is very rare in Buenos Aires during the winter, but rain and hail are not.

Porteños have a love of music and dance, and of course, Buenos Aires is the city where Tango was born. Originally found in the poorer suburbs of Buenos Aires, Tango wasn’t truly respected until it became popular in Paris in the 1920s. Still loved by porteños today, it plays a vital role in Argentine culture.

One of the biggest advantages for North Americans living in Buenos Aires is the exchange rate. A taxi ride across the city will cost about $5, while a subway ride is about $0.20. Want to go out for a nice dinner with friends? Plan on about $10 per person.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus through Program: There are no meals included in this option. Rooms are double or single occupancy. For me information, please visit the ASA: Buenos Aires page directly here.
  • Homestay: Students can choose to live with an Argentine host family (includes daily breakfast & dinner). Rooms are double or single occupancy. For me information, please visit the ASA: Buenos Aires page directly here.

Host University or Organization

Located in the quiet residential area of Belgrano, the university was established in 1964 and now enrolls over 13,500 students, including 2,000 international students. The university is divided into 13 different schools that offer 33 different undergraduate and 20 graduate majors. ASA students at the Universidad de Belgrano have multiple course options to supplement their Spanish studies, from simply taking electives taught in English or Spanish, to combining electives in both languages.

ASA encourages all students to participate in the one-month intensive Spanish language program that is offered before the regular semester courses begin. This intensive program accomplishes two very important goals that will help any student maximize his or her time in Buenos Aires. It will not only earn students 8 semester credits, but it will also help prepare students for life in a Spanish-speaking city, making for a smoother transition into Argentine culture and improved Spanish communication skills.

There are wireless Internet zones throughout the Universidad de Belgrano, so students may wish to bring their laptops. The library is divided into multiple sections based on subject area and contains both general study areas as well as study rooms where no talking is allowed. Students will find books on almost all subjects related to their courses and may take full advantage of the library’s services as an enrolled student at the Univeresidad de Belgrano. ASA offers multiple options for students who wish to study in Buenos Aires.

While we encourage all students to participate on programs that begin with an intensive month of Spanish, it is not required. We also allow students to take their electives in English, Spanish or a combination of both. Students who feel they are fluent enough in Spanish to take courses with Argentine students may do so and should contact ASA for more information on program dates and course availability.

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