• Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
52+ weeks
Program Tags
Language Immersion

Program Details

Apartment Host Family Hostel
Primary Language
Aug 14, 2019
Mar 03, 2020
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About Program

Mente Argentina provides a Spanish program for students who want to learn Spanish and get academic credit, as well as for those students who just want to learn Spanish in a fun and open environment in Buenos Aires. Our program can accommodate students with all Spanish levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Mente Argentina provides two different options for learning Spanish in Buenos Aires. Each program provides exceptional instruction, but the best option depends on your specific needs and interests. 1) University Spanish Program at Top local Universities (Fixed starting date / Monthly courses). Courses are taught at top Universities in Argentina. 2) Mente Argentina Intensive Spanish Program\ (Weekly courses / Flexible starting date). Classes are given at our private language institute which allows for more flexibility. If you are not concerned about earning academic credit, this might be the right option for you!

Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.6
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 4.4
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Mente Experience

I have nothing but positive acclamation for my experience with Mente. During my time with Mente, I did the intensive Spanish program for 3 months and I loved it. VOS (the Spanish school) help my Spanish immensely. With small classes I never had more than 5 in my class. This gave me the opportunity to speak more during class. Which really helped my Spanish improve. The school also had fun activities during and after class that allowed us to explore the city and practice our Spanish in a real life setting. I loved all of my teacher because they were all very personable and willing to put in the extra work when you we struggling. After the first week, it felt like a family.

Life with Mente really allowed me to explore new foods, new parts of the city, and meet fellow people from Mente. Each week there is at least one or two dinners and/or activities that Mente puts on and pays for. I always took advantage of the free food and activities. The program coordinators were the best. They are all young and have been in the city for quite some time so they give you a little bit of a locals perspective. I made a lot of great memories and friends with these meetings.

The housing is simple. They give you all of the essentials which was perfect for me. If I ever had an issue, the program had it fix with in a day or two as well so that was very comforting. The program also gives a lot assistance in pretty much all aspects including providing a public transportation pass which gets you pretty much every where you want to go. They also have detailed maps to/from school, hospitals, Mente headquarters, and your housing. All of the housings are in safe areas. Going to a big city in South America, I was a bit concerned about safety, but I always felt safe in my apartment and out on the streets around my apartment.

I think that this program really gave you, your money’s worth. You Could totally find your own housing and a school/language program on your own but I feel like sense the security of this program and how stress free I felt from the moment they picked me up from the airport made it 100% worth it. You can really take the security of your own city and culture for granted, so having a program to ease the transition made all of the difference in the world. Highly recommended!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wouldn’t have brought so much stuff! BA is a great hub to travel South America during weekend trips(or after your programs as well) so it is best to go with the bare minimum. I also went during the summer and it is very hot so you don’t really need any warm clothes. If you travel to Patagonia you will need warm clothes though
29 people found this review helpful.
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Buenos Aires is a unique experience

I arrived in Buenos Aires with great expectations and the city absolutely blew my mind. There were wonderful buildings and people, everyday there was something new to learn and discover. I can really say there was never a dull moment. Mente gave me the opportunity to have a great network of friends from all across the globe and I am more than grateful to have shared this experience with such awesome people. I'm definitely returning soon!

32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Month in Buenos Aires with Mente

Mente Argentina is the perfect program for those looking for a full immersion experience, weekly events/activities, and are working with a budget. My boyfriend and I were able to strengthen our Spanish skills at a highly challenging and personalized school with this program, and they also coordinated our homestay, airport pickup & dropoff, and tons of weekly events including tours through the city, trips to Tigre, Colonia (Uruguay), and Iguazu Falls. If one of the events they coordinate is not planned during your stay, they even compensate you for what they would have covered had you gone with the group. The welcome "kit" they describe is more than a few maps and pamphlets, we received backpacks, souvenirs (a traditional Mate cup), a reloadable subway and SMS card, and more. Absolutely incredible, they go above and beyond their students' needs while charging a price lower than you'll find anywhere else. They also offer to exchange USD to Pesos with no fees, and give you a free "International Student" card that gives you even more miscellaneous discounts. Thank you Mente for an awesome experience!! I highly recommend your program to anyone interested in visiting Buenos Aires.

What would you improve about this program?
They were wonderful! Really awesome people running this program.
35 people found this review helpful.
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Studying Spanish in a Spanish speaking environent

We learned Spanish in a Spanish speaking environment which is the best way to learn a language. We felt safe knowing that we always had who to turn to if we had a problem in a foreign environment. You really think about everything: pick up from airport, first meeting with your representative with all the important details ,transport ticket, information about your specific transportation, transfer to airport, social activitids...

What would you improve about this program?
The only shortcoming for us was the lack of afternoon tours. Since we studied every day in the morning we missed out on most tours.
Also it would be beneficial if the map of the town was in color or bigger, like the one they give in hotels.
32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Experience Argentina

I came here without knowing one word of spanish but after 8 weeks of intensive spanish course I'm very proud to say that I manage to have a conservation with native spanish speakers. For me this was an amazing experience, as I naturaly don't learn new laguages easyli. But not only I learned a language, also I learned a lot about history and culture of Argentina which is a once in a lifetime chance!

What would you improve about this program?
My roommates fortunately came form all over the word, therfore it was easy to not speak my native language at home, but some other appartments I know the people came all from the same country, therefore intercultural exchange was a bit less, but it seemed to be rather an exeption
28 people found this review helpful.

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