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Summer: Rutgers- Language Learning and Community Engagement in Argentina
Rosario, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Greg Spear
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of Credits per Semester:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Crystal Marull
Enrollment Restrictions:
Language Learning Track: completed 2 semesters of college Spanish (101 and 102) or equivalent (121), Service Learning Track: completed 4 semesters of college Spanish (132) or equivalent
Non-Rutgers Students:
Service Learning:
Program Description:
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Please Note: the Language Learning and Community Engagement program in Argentina will not be offered in Summer 2017.  Applications for Summer 2018 will open in during the fall 2017 semester.

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Click below to follow one students' service-learning experience in Argentina!

    Mi Aventura en Argentina   
     by LaJuan Miller    
           Rising Senior, English and     Women's and Gender Studies   

The Program
  • Explore modern Argentinian culture and society in all its complexity, from national heritage to contemporary social problems, through a combination of community engagement, coursework, and intensive language immersion.
  • Intensify your Spanish language acquisition through a homestay with an Argentinian family; likewise, all coursework, service learning, and excursions are conducted entirely in Spanish.
  • Choose from two separate but integrated tracks: service-learning and community engagement track for students with advanced Spanish proficiency; intensive language-learning track designed to immerse beginner and intermediate Spanish speakers through intensive coursework and experiential learning opportunities in the Rosario community.
Your Host City: Rosario
Rosario is a lively, modern city with a diverse mix of cultural influences that are apparent in the neighborhoods, businesses, and architecture of the city.  Here in Argentina’s third largest city, you will find beautiful parks and beaches, and delicious cuisine that exhibit the deep roots of the country’s Italian and Spanish populations.  There are also many modern museums displaying the work of some of the most famous modern Argentinean artists, such as Rosario’s own Antonio Berni. 

The Language Learning and Community Engagement in Argentina program offers two different tracks to accommodate all levels of Spanish proficiency.  The tracks share the mutual goal of improving students' Spanish conversation and comprehension through authentic cultural immersion experiences and community engagement. 

Track 1: Service Learning in the Rosario School System
The Service Learning track is intended for students with advanced Spanish skills who are interested in promoting social justice and community development in a Spanish-speaking education setting. Students will work closely with the Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano (UCEL) and El Centro de la Comunidad La Paz (La Paz) to experience first-hand the challenges and complexities facing impoverished schools and communities in Argentina. Students will prepare lessons on social issues (e.g., bullying) and will support teachers in elementary and high school classrooms. The schools are located in economically disadvantaged neighborhood (25 minutes from the city center) where many students live below the poverty line in unstable family situations. This service will be complemented by excursions and seminars focused on cultural, political, and historical topics of Argentina.  *All majors welcomed.

Track 2: Intensive Language Learning
The Intensive Language Learning track is intended for students with a low-intermediate level of Spanish (Prereq: Span 101, 102, or 121) interested in improving Spanish language skills in an immersive and experiential learning environment. Students will take intensive conversation and language classes provided by the local faculty at the Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano (UCEL) complemented by excursions and seminars focused on cultural, political, and historical topics of Argentina. Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer at El Centro de la Comunidad La Paz (La Paz), to experience first-hand the challenges and complexities facing impoverished schools and communities in Latin America.  *All majors welcomed.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community.  Past excursions have included:
  • Rosario City Tour: Tour of the Paraña River, the Monumento de la Independencia, and all the barrios of Rosario.
  • El Museo Municipal de Arte Decorativo Firma y Odilio Estevez (Municipal Museum of Decorative Art): a museum that illustrates the richness of the European influences in Argentina during the 19th-20th centuries.
  • Buenos Aires: a trip to the capital will include visits to the City center, the Cinco de Mayo Plaza, and the Cathedral, among other sites.
  • Weekly cultural activities will be organized based on current shows, expositions, and activities offered in Rosario.
  • Las Pampas: visit to rural Argentina will showcase the lifestyles of rural Argentina, Gaucho country.

Academic Calendar

Academic Year: Early September  – Early August
Spring Semester: Late March – Early August
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the APU Academic Calendar web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirm
Accommodations and Meals
You will be a hosted by a local Argentine family during your stay in Rosario.  The purpose of the homestay is to create more opportunities for local interaction with residents of Rosario and to increase your Spanish proficiency.  This interaction will provide you with a different, more informal kind of Spanish language use.

Breakfasts and dinners are provided by host families but, in many cases, sharing duties such as cooking one of your favorite meals is also welcomed.  Argentine lifestyles differ from American ones in that most people in Argentina eat dinner rather late or go out to dinner after 9pm.

Financial Information
The Language Learning and Community Engagement program will not be offered in Summer 2017. 

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2016, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.