Academics, Application and Selection
What are the selection criteria? Students will be selected based on general academic performance, performance in Spanish courses at Princeton, engagement in the program (participation in language tables, conferences, and events promoted by Spanish instructors), possible interest in being either a concentrator or a certificate student in Spanish, maturity and openness to new experiences and international traveling. All candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee composed of Princeton faculty.
I am also interested in other programs. Can I apply to more than one? Yes, you must submit an application for each program that you want to apply for. As part of the application form in GPS, you will be asked to select whether you are applying to more than one program and which program is your first and your second choice.
In the application, do I select which course I am applying to (208S or 342S)? How do I know which course I belong in? Yes, based on your current Spanish course/language placement you will select which course you are applying to. Please check the Spanish Course Sequence. If you are not sure, please contact the faculty director or visit the Language Learning page to find important information and contact information for the Spanish Language Program.
Does SPA 342S/ LAS 342S fulfill a distribution requirement? Yes, it counts as an LA. SPA 208S does not fulfill a distribution requirement.
Can the courses be taken pass/fail? No.
Travel and Logistics
Do I need a passport and/or visa to travel to Argentina? U.S. citizens need only a passport for stays of up to 90 days. Make sure your passport is current and valid six months from the date of your return. You must obtain or renew your passport prior to the trip. Some non-US citizens may need a visa in addition to a passport and will need to cover visa fees and courier services to get immigration documents sent from Argentina should this be needed. Those costs usually range between $200-250. Visa information can be found on the Consulate’s web site. Passport and visa processing may take weeks; please apply early.
When should I plan to arrive and depart Buenos Aires? Students must arrive in Buenos Aires (EZE) on Saturday, May 30. Students may depart following program activities on Friday, July 3rd or they may stay and depart on Saturday, July 4th at the latest.
May I arrive to the program late? No. The program is very intensive and group orientation from the beginning is very important. No exceptions will be made.
Which airport should I fly into? Ezeiza airport (EZE)
How will I get from the airport to my homestay? Homestay families will pick up students from the airport.
What are the details of the homestays? The host families generally live in apartments or houses in Belgrano or neighborhoods nearby, such as Barrio Norte and Palermo. Families will provide breakfast and dinner everyday of the week. Each student is provided with a room of his or her own with WIFI access.
Do I need to purchase health insurance?
No need to purchase health insurance. All University members on University sponsored trips are automatically enrolled in the International SOS coverage. Please visit the International SOS website for more information.
What additional costs will there be? You will need to pay for your roundtrip transportation to/from Argentina, approximately $900-1,300 (cost may vary depending on place of departure to Argentina.) You may have to pay fees to obtain or renew your passport or visa. These fees vary. Lodging and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) are provided seven days a week. You should have approximately $800 for meals on your own, refreshments, local public transportation, toiletries and other incidentals. These daily expenses are relatively cheap in Buenos Aires, considering the actual exchange rate. For example, you can have lunch at the University or in the neighborhoods close to your homestay for $5-10, depending on the menu. Subways and buses are less than $0.50 a ride, and taxis and Uber will get you home for less than $5.
Please note that this estimate does not include additional expenses for students who may want to do independent travel on weekends and/or outside of the program.
Will financial aid cover the summer program? Please view the Financial Assistance page for detailed information.