A land with a passion for tango and soccer and unique landscapes. Dance to the beat of candombe or the murga and surrounded by beautiful beaches. Argentina & Uruguay are a great place for a study abroad experience. Discover the country’s sophisticated and lively cities, first-rate museums, music, theatre and magnificent café scene.

Teenagers in Argentina & Uruguay have active social lives: hanging out at friends’ homes and at local cafés, going to the movies or dancing. Most students participate in sports teams (soccer is very popular) or go to the gym in the afternoon.  To get around teenagers generally walk, bike or, when in major cities, take public buses.

People & Community

The land of gauchos and tango, home to rainforests, glaciers, and penguins, to the beat of candombe or the murga and surrounded by beautiful beaches. Discover the country’s sophisticated and lively cities, first-rate museums, music, theatre and magnificent café scene.

Teenagers in Argentina and in Uruguay have active social lives: getting together at friends’ houses or in the central town square, going out to eat, see a movie, dance or just hanging out in the local café. Most students participate in sports teams (soccer is very popular) or go to the gym in the afternoon. Many teenagers also study a second language at a language school. To get around teenagers generally walk, bike or, when in major cities, take public buses.

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Host Family & Community

Parents and children tend to have an open relationship in which they discuss their opinions and plans, and the parents usually have the final say. Don’t miss out on the family dinners and the opportunity to improve your Spanish while chatting about the events of the day. 

School

You will most likely be placed in a public school where classes run from Monday through Friday either in the morning (8 am to 1 pm) or in the afternoon (1 pm to 6 pm). The school year starts in March and runs through December. There are usually around 35 students in each class and you will probably wear a uniform.

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Language

Spanish is the official language of Argentina & Uruguay, and many people also speak English, Italian, German, French or Portuguese. Having a basic knowledge of Spanish will be an asset, although you don’t have to know or speak it to participate in the program. You will be encouraged to participate in language lessons, and AFS local volunteers may help arrange independent language study for you during the first months.

Food

Beef is the staple of the cuisine, and it can be found in dishes like parillada (featuring different cuts of beef) or milanesas (breaded fried cutlet), the chivito and empanadas that also reveal the strong influence of Italian cooking styles. Unlike other Latin American cuisine, food is not spicy in this country. Argentines are also known for their love of drinking mate, the local green tea, which is often a social occasion.

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Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Year Exchange PROGRAM

Program Date: August 24, 2018 – July 17, 2019
Birth Date Range: August 24, 2000 – February 24, 2004

After your host parents greet you with traditional Argentine hospitality, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community.  By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in Argentine language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture. You could also have the adventure of living in neighboring Uruguay, rather than Argentina.

Program dates may vary and are meant to help with general scheduling only.
All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and programs are filled first-come, first-serve.

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