Encompassing a large portion of the southern half of the continent, Argentina’s varied geography ranges from sun-baked mountains in the north to glacial valleys in the south. The country’s natural beauty includes the immense wind-swept pampas, the majestic Andean Cordillera, the wild splendor of Patagonia, and the world-famous Iguazú Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on the planet.
Spanish students visiting Argentina should be sure to visit a traditional estancia, where gauchos, or traditional Argentine cowboys will prepare a hearty asado (lamb or beef roasted over an open flame). The Chaco region is home to the beautiful chacarera dance, while Missiones is where the popular tea yerba mate is produced. In the south, beautiful Bariloche boasts a German influence.
Experience Buenos Aires
A dynamic city of over nine million, Buenos Aires is the bustling capital of the largest Spanish-speaking country in South America. The city’s French-style architecture, European cultural heritage, and general air of sophistication give it a distinctly elegant feel, earning it the nickname “The Paris of South America.” At any time of day or night–and any day of the week–you can find something to do in Buenos Aires. Dance the tango ’til the break of dawn; quietly sip green tea at the Japanese botanic gardens; enjoy a raucous game of South American soccer; or simply sip espresso at a corner café and watch the world go by.
It is among the inhabitants of Buenos Aires that you will find the true soul of Argentina. A lively, passionate people, Argentines take pride in their language, education, the beauty of their country, and their stylish customs. You will most certainly fall in love with the personality of the Buenos Aires residents, as well as with the city itself. And you’ll soon see why Buenos Aires makes an excellent place to learn Spanish and, perhaps more importantly, enjoy life like an Argentine!
Top 6 Reasons to Visit Buenos Aires
The Passion of Futbol
Dulce de Leche
Asado a la Parrilla
Tango Tango This city lives for tango! It is found everywhere in Buenos Aires, including in the streets!
This city lives for tango! It is found everywhere in Buenos Aires, including in the streets!
Activities and Excursions
To help students explore the fascinating city of Buenos Aires while practicing Spanish, Bridge arranges two guided afternoon excursions per week. We also organize a number of activities for Spanish students and teachers, including happy hours, movie screenings, tango lessons, and more. Samples of the many excursions we offer are described below. We invite you to participate in as many as possible to truly make the most of your time in Argentina!
Color, Tango, and History
On this excursion, students tour the first port of Buenos Aires—the famous La Boca. This neighborhood was built by poor immigrants who worked at low-paying jobs in the meat salting houses, lumber yards, and stores of Buenos Aires. Due to the poverty of the area, these immigrants had to resort to painting their homes with assorted colors of leftover paint.
These colorful houses characterize the neighborhood of La Boca, and are a big part of why it is now one of the city’s most visited neighborhoods. La Boca is also distinguished by its role as the home of the country’s most popular soccer team, the Boca Juniors, and its stadium La Bombonera.
One of Buenos Aires’ most traditional neighborhoods, San Telmo was home to many aristocratic families until the yellow fever epidemic of 1871. After the epidemic, many of the area’s beautiful homes were taken over by squatters and became tenement houses. It wasn’t until 1970 that these houses began to be remodeled and considered valuable pieces of architecture.
In addition to a walking tour of this neighborhood, you will enjoy visiting the local antique shops and the San Telmo Market, where both expensive and inexpensive antiques can be found, as well as artwork and crafts made by local street artists.
Jardín Japonés (Japanese Garden)
A Moment of Zen
A tranquil escape from the bustling metropolis, our excursion to the Jardín Japonés takes you to one of the largest Japanese gardens in the world. Meander across wooden bridges spanning streams and ponds, view artistically cultivated plant life, feed colorful fish, and enjoy a cup of tea—all without leaving the city.
A Slice of Paris in Buenos Aires
One of the most popular excursions among our Spanish students is a trip to the neighborhood known as a “slice of Paris” in Buenos Aires. Recoleta is a beautiful place to explore on foot and while there you’ll be given a guided tour of one of the city’s most visited cultural quarters, including many famous French-style buildings, large parks, and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Another spectacular sight in this neighborhood is the Recoleta Cemetery, one of the oldest in Argentina. A true “who’s who” of Argentinean history, the cemetery permits you to stroll among the impressive tombs of national heroes, former presidents, and the world-famous Eva Peron, better known as Evita.
Apartments and Hostels
Apartments and hostels are a great option for Spanish students looking for more independence.
Apartments are a great option for students looking for more privacy and/or the luxuries of home. If you have special requests such as a double bed, cable TV, and Internet, an apartment may suit you better than a host family. Apartments are also a good choice for those with very special diet needs.
If you prefer to rent a private apartment, you can research and reserve one easily online yourself, choosing the neighborhood that you prefer. I recommend visiting the following websites:
There are also many hostels available in Buenos Aires which offer a wide variety of amenities. Some students stay in a hostel the first few nights they arrive before moving into their host family’s home. Others stay for the full length of their Spanish program. I will be happy to help you arrange a hostel for your stay.
A great way to practice your Spanish skills outside the classroom!
I highly recommend that students stay with a local family during their course. It is a great way to practice your Spanish skills outside the classroom and to learn more about the country’s culture, people, and cuisine. Homestays allow you to fully immerse yourself in the study abroad experience and can be an integral part of your language learning.
Information about host family lodging
- Each student will have a private bedroom and a shared bathroom.
- Host families can provide breakfast and dinner, or breakfast only, depending on the housing package you select.
- All of our host families are middle-class by Argentinean standards, and live in apartments or homes in typical “porteño” neighborhoods.
- Many host families are individuals living alone, but some are couples with or without children. Very few families have young children, but some have grandchildren around quite frequently.
- Distances to the school vary from 20 to 60 minutes by public transportation.
- All families are carefully screened and visited to ensure that the accommodations are suitable for students.
- Many families have been with the program for years and have consistently received excellent student evaluations.
- Many families host several FD Languages Spanish students at the same time.
- Students may come and go as they please, but are asked to respect the routine and wishes of the host family.
Registration and deposit
A completed registration and $200 deposit must be received by FD LANGUAGES for confirmation. The deposit is non-refundable and is applied to the total balance due. To pay the deposit, please mail your check to the address below:
FD LANGUAGES LLC
7340 S. COSTILLA STREET.
LITTLETON, CO 80120
Payment of Balance
Payment of balance is made in full a month before the program in the form of a personal check, cash or credit card.
Cancellation and Refund
There is a $200 cancellation fee, and students are charged for classes taken at the weekly rate. There are no refunds for partial week of study.
$1500 per person
Luxury hotel accommodations (single or double occupancy), daily breakfast and lunch, airport transfers, excursions, guide services, daily classes, evening sunset conversation group
Dinners, airfare, gratuities for tour guides and transportation services.