Studying Spanish in Argentina
Argentina is one of the most popular destinations to study Spanish abroad.
The country’s high-ranked language schools, rich literary tradition, cultural attractions, varied landscapes, cosmopolitan environment and favorable exchange rate are big draws for Americans looking to learn or perfect their Spanish. Top rated public and private universities as well as numerous institutes specializing in Spanish as a second or foreign language provide a wide array of classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Argentines are known for being friendly and very welcoming, and love to host foreigners, allowing students the opportunity to make friends easily and practice the language with locals. Students can immerse themselves in Argentina’s culture and learn about local customs and traditions as well as the country’s often complex history.
Argentina is a leading cultural destination in Latin America. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is a sophisticated city home to countless bookshops, cultural festivals, historic cafés, majestic parks and vibrant nightlife. It has produced world-famous writers and is also known to be the theater capital of the Spanish speaking world. Buenos Aires offers the largest number of language schools and widest variety of classes in the country, but there are numerous other options for students looking to explore more of Argentina or looking to be closer to the great outdoors.
Córdoba, Argentina’s second largest city, is home to Argentina’s oldest university. The National University of Córdoba was established in 1613 and offers Spanish language programs for non-native speakers in addition to numerous other language schools in the city. Córdoba has a rich collection of colonial and contemporary architecture, friendly people who speak with their own distinct cordobés accent, a vibrant cultural scene and great nightlife. Just under an hour’s drive from the city lies the resort town of Villa Carlos Paz, on the banks of San Roque Lake, a popular destination for amateurs of sailing and other water sports.
The charming city of Mendoza – located at the foothills of the Andes and at the center of Argentina’s largest wine producing region – is home to prestigious universities and institutions. The city is a great alternative for lovers of wine and the outdoors with its tree-lined boulevards, art deco architecture, stately parks and world-class restaurants. Mendoza is also a great base from which to explore the rest of the province with its wild terrain, snow-capped peaks, wild rivers and canyons making it a popular playground for outdoor adventure lovers and adrenaline seekers. Mendoza was ranked amongst the top 10 Latin American destinations to visit in 2021 by Forbes.
Another great option for outdoor adventure lovers looking to combine Spanish lessons with world class skiing and other winter sports while exploring the mythical landscapes of Patagonia is the city of San Carlos de Bariloche Set on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi with its distinct Alpine-influenced architecture and artisanal chocolate shops, Bariloche is the main gateway to Patagonia’s lake district and has various Spanish language schools in the center of town.
In Argentina’s northwest, Salta is a beautiful colonial city with its well-preserved buildings, charming plazas and interesting museums. This is a region of stunning multi-hued landscapes and rich history and traditions, where indigenous and criollo (creole) heritage have left traces on the music, dance and handicrafts and the unique flavors of its cuisine set it apart from the rest of the country. Salta is an interesting alternative for those looking to experience Argentina’s cultural diversity and offers a great selection of Spanish language schools with personalized programs for students of all levels.
Additional information on travel to Argentina is available at: www.argentina.travel
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