Spanish Translation and Linguistics in Buenos Aires
Developed in Cooperation with the University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies
Focus your studies on Spanish translation and linguistics in one of the world's most exciting and cosmpolitan cities. Program courses designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler students, combined with an integrated elective at a Buenos Aires university, provide a unique academic experience.
What the Spanish Translation and Linguistics in Buenos Aires program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the program?
Can I attend this program for the full year?
The following courses comprise the curriculum for the Spanish Translation and Linguistics in Buenos Aires program. All courses are required and worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours each.
Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture The objective of this mandatory program class is to enrich the knowledge of Spanish language in the following four areas: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and reading comprehension while analyzing the cultural context in which the language was developed and is currently spoken.
Introduction to Spanish Translation This course has dual objectives. On one hand it aims to help students improve their grasp of the Spanish language by completing assignments based on translations between Spanish and English, emphasizing grammatical issues as well as discursive (vocabulary, particular structures, record variety and dialects, etc.). On the other hand this course gives students an up close examination of the world of translation. Students will study fundamental aspects of translation theory and perform exercises that highlight the hurdles of such tasks.
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics The objective of this course is to expose students to a level of linguistic information that will allow them to consolidate their competency in Spanish and become familiar with other important aspects of contemporary Spanish linguistics. Students will begin with an exploration of the sounds of Spanish language and its theoretical representation. Followed by a discussion of several aspects of Spanish syntax and morphology. Finally, there will be a brief introduction to regional and social variations as well as relevant characteristics throughout the Americas and especially Argentina.
Seminar on Methodology of Translation Students choose a practical component (internship or writing workshop) where they will spend 60 to 80 hours in the semester. The seminar introduces methodology and theory of literary studies and is aimed at supporting the internship or writing workshop, along with the preparation of a final paper where students analyze their experiences, the goals they were planning to achieve, the challenges they faced and their achievements. The course includes intensive student participation and ongoing reflection about the internship and other cultural experiences through writing, individual presentations, in-class discussions and individual meetings with the professor to monitor work progress and final paper preparation.
Universidad Católica Argentina
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Universidad del Salvador
See the "Electives" section for more information about the range of electives available.
How many electives do I take?
Where do I take my elective course?
What electives are available?
Where can I find a list of available electives?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
I need to provide a course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Online Course Catalogs
Students on this program take one elective at a university in Buenos Aires. Below are instructions for navigating the online course catalogs for the three participating universities:
Universidad Católica Argentina
The following UCA departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
The following UBA-CS departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
**You can also view the curricular ladder for each major by returning to the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales home page, clicking on one of the majors listed at the top of the page and then clicking on "Plan de estudios." When the page loads, you can click "Ver Plan de estudios" in order to view the curricular ladder.
Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
The following UBA-FL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
Universidad del Salvador
The following USAL departments are open to IFSA-Butler students:
How will I register for courses?
What if I need to take a required course?
What are the registration conditions
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
Will I have final exams after the program has officially ended?
It is very important that you check your elective syllabus and with your professor for your final exam schedule. All coursework must be submitted before you leave Argentina, and exams cannot be rescheduled.
Should you need to remain in Buenos Aires after the program end date to take a final exam, IFSA-Butler housing and services are guaranteed until that time. It will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for any changes in your return flight once final exams are complete.
Do I need to take a placement exam at the Universidad de Buenos Aires?
Grades rank from 1 to 5. A 4 is a passing grade. If you get a 1, you cannot enroll in the facultad. Although there are no academic consequences for not reaching a 4, if you receive a 2 or 3, you must take an additional exam. At the end of the semester, Ciencias Sociales will issue you a certificate as proof of your progress in the Spanish language according to UBA (although the certificate is not worth credit).
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
You will be required to meet with your academic advisor at least once a month. They are available on a rotating schedule each evening of the week; you have access to all the academic advisors (not just the one to whom you are assigned) who can assist you if you encounter any difficulties with the content of your classes.
The availability of academic advisors on this program is an especially important feature given the difficulties of studying in a different academic system in a foreign language. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.
Exploring Community & Culture
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) in Buenos Aires is designed to take your study abroad experience to another level. It encourages you to get the most out of your time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local communities and cultures. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.
Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know their host communities and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences.
What are my housing options?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Meals: The IFSA-Butler program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal per day on Saturday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Buenos Aires:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Senior Resident Director Mario Cantarini.
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Volunteering while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Argentines on a daily basis.
If you are interested in participating in volunteer work, you can attend an informational session at the start of the semester in which the on-site volunteer coordinator will give a presentation on the different options and requirements for each organization.
IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.
Examples of places where students may volunteer:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.
Students can choose to do an internship while in Buenos Aires. The internship is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
Possible internship placements includes newspapers, small editing companies, small translation companies and other companies for students with more specific translating interests such as financial and technical work.