Some Universities and other institutions offer courses of Spanish for foreigners. They could be helpful
to improve your Spanish before studying in a University or just to learn Spanish. In some cases they will
give you credits for your university. These institutions sometimes organises courses on other subjects as
an introduction to Argentine culture (Art, History, Society, etc.).
Before signing up for a course, read the description carefully, note all fees and try to determine
whether it suits your particular needs. Remember that small groups or individual tutoring offer the best
opportunities for improving language skills, but the latter is usually considerably more expensive.
Make your own choice:
a. Buenos Aires Herald. It is an Argentine newspaper written in English. Its Sunday
classified section offers several columns’ worth of possibilities, including individual tutoring.
b. Universidad de Buenos Aires Languages’ Laboratory: Good and cheap although not very intensive. Regular and intensive courses of eight, six and four hours a week at two different levels: Elementary (1-3) and Intermediate (4-7). Courses for Elementary 1 and 2 start every two months between January and October.
The regular courses start in January, February, March and August. Higher levels are developed through shorter courses, termed Specific Objective Courses, in which students deal with topics such as Humour, Hispano-American and Argentine Literature, Phonetics, History.
The Laboratory also offers courses in English language for foreign university students, taught by highly
trained graduated teachers. In these courses students have the chance of facing topics of academic interest
such as Argentine History and XXth Century Latin-American Political Movements. Regular courses aim at the
development of the four linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening through the use of didactic
material developed by teachers from the Institution and published by the University.
Students must sit for an
oral and written level test to get admitted. Courses imply the use of Laboratory and Video session, but do not
include material or lodging. Once finished the course and having met the 75% attendance requirements as well
as the written practice, students must sit for a final exam to get a certificate, where the four abilities
are tested, the passing mark being 6 over 10 points. Apart from the offer of courses, the
Laboratory grants certificates for Spanish Language level C.E.B. (Certificado de Español Basico) and
C.E.I. (Certificado de Español Intermedio) through exams given at the Institution twice a year. Certificates
are intended for those foreign students coming from countries where the official language is not Spanish and
who, for academic or working reasons, need to certify their knowledge in the Spanish Language. For further
information about the courses, contact Spanish Co-ordinators, professors Andrea Rabih and Silvia Luppino:
Address: 25 de Mayo 221 - Buenos Aires City
Phone: +54 11 4343 1196 / 4334-7512 / 4342-5922
Fax: +54 11 4343 2733
c. ILEE. Instituto de Lengua Española para extranjeros. Private classes cost U$S 27 per hour, while
group lessons (no more than four students) are U$S 22 an hour. Specialised instruction in areas such
as Latin America literature and commercial Spanish costs U$S 40 per hour. The institute also arrange
accommodations in a private home for around U$S 600 / 700 per month single, U$S 900 per month double.
Instituto de Lengua Española para Extranjeros
Lavalle 1619 7th "C" & Lavalle 1616 4th "A"
(1048) Buenos Aires - República Argentina
Tel: Tel. +54-11-47827173
d. Instituto Nacional de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas. Monthlong intensive courses, with
four hours of instruction daily at a basic, intermediate or advanced level cost U$S 450. Three month
courses, with four hours of instruction weekly, cost U$S 50 per month.
Instituto Nacional de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas
Carlos Pellegrini 1455
(1011) Buenos Aires - República Argentina
Tel: +54 11 4393 7351
e. Argentina Spanish Learning Centre -C.E.D.I.C. Courses Available 40 Hours:
Fees : Small groups (2 to 5 students) 40 hours: US $320 (each student)
4 weeks/10 hours per week, or
3 weeks/13.5 hours per week, or
2 weeks/20 hours per week.
Specific Courses: Business, Economics, Latin American Literature, Argentine Literature.
Accommodation: C.E.D.I.C. can help foreign students arrange accommodation in students residences, family
houses or hotels. Accommodation rates (monthly): •Students residences, from US 500 (shared rooms). •Single
rooms in family homes, from US 550; no meals provided; access to the kitchen. Social Activities: For
students of all ages: Museums, artistic events, visits to the city districts. Contact with argentine students.
Contact: Prof. Martin Duh or Lic. Susana Bernardi
Reconquista 719, 11 E - 1003 Buenos Aires - Argentina.
Tel/fax: +54 11 4315 1156.
f. University of Belgrano: Spanish in Argentina.
Fees: 4 weeks / 5 hours a day: U$S 700.
4 weeks/ 3 hours a day: U$S 650.
8 weeks/ 3 hours a day: U$S 1150.
14 weeks/3 hours a day: U$S 1.800.
They also organise short seminars in English (focusing different subjects: economy, history, society
and arts). One week. Around 1500 dollars including meals and accommodation (air ticket
not included). Further information about these courses and seminars:
Universidad de Belgrano
Department of International Relations.
Zabala 1837. Piso 17. Oficina 8. (1426) Buenos Aires.
Phone: +54 11 4788 5400
Fax: +54 11 4576 3912
g. Berlitz School of Languages: Argentine branch of the famous languages schools
chain. Contact person: Mrs. Julia de Sábato. Fax: +54 11 4814 4541.
h. Español del Plata. Individual price: U$S 26,50. In groups: U$S 14. They also offer complementary social activities.
Phone and Fax: +54 11 4382 2190
i. BUENOS AIRES CENTRE offers super-intensive Spanish courses, which take place in
comfortable hotel /University Housing settings or in places of interest if that is the student´s will.