AFS Year and Semester High School Abroad in Argentina

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Immerse yourself in Spanish language and Argentine cultures by living with a volunteer host family and studying at a local high school. You'll be so much more than a tourist, but there are endless, stunning places in Argentina to explore. From Iguazú Falls in the rainforest to glacier-topped mountains in Patagonia, Argentina will take your breath away. Sophisticated and lively Buenos Aires offers a variety of entertainment. As Jorge Luis Borges said, "Without the streets or dusks of Buenos Aires, a tango cannot be written." Whether you want to learn to tango, savor asado, or sip mate, you'll find many opportunities to socialize with Argentine friends and meet other AFS exchange students from around the world.

Argentina values culture, tradition, and hospitality. Like anywhere in the world, all Argentina families are different. While culture shock is real and challenging, it won't take too long before you feel at home with your host family and can navigate your new life with ease.

  • Immerse yourself in the Spanish language - the best way to become fluent in the second most-spoken language in the world
  • Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Argentine culture - they'll likely become a true second family you won't want to leave
  • Explore Argentina's stunning landscapes and bustling city streets.
  • Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from around the world.
  • Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume.

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It costs $12,900 for semester spring 2019 and $15,250 for year spring 2019.


based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 10
  • Support 7
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9
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6 years later and still would say best year of my life

My year in Argentina truly was life changing. I made life long friends and another family (host family). I still use my Spanish quite regularly. I ended up studying global studies with a focus on Latin America and a dual degree with Spanish in college (if that tells you anything about impact my exchange year had). Even though it’s been 6 years I think about my study abroad year almost daily. I would encourage anyone that has the means and ability to study abroad with AFS. I also ended up study abroad in college for a semester in Madrid because study abroad ended up being such an important thing to me. If you study abroad it will leave with lifelong memories and skills, you will have a global understanding. I even wrote a blog when I was abroad

How can this program be improved?
Honestly there is not much AFS Argentina could do to improve. I do however think my host city chapter AFS Formosa could improve.
Yes, I recommend this program
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My first week I was invited over to a classmate's house with some other girls, and we baked a pizza from scratch. I was excited because I knew Argentina has some pretty good pizza and was looking forward to making and trying it. We then all went out together and it was a great first experience.

How can this program be improved?
Could probably be safer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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I had never spent so long

in the middle of nowhere. I grew up in the suburbs of NYC, where everything is accessible all the time, and so I panicked when I got my family assignment and googled their town and it barely seemed to exist. There were no pictures on Google Images! But small places are the best place to do your exchange - there, you get to be special. People pay attention to you or, in my case, all know your name. So I got lucky!

How can this program be improved?
The volunteers were absolutely awful - they played favorites, placed exchange students in families they already knew were bad, and did less than my amazing host family did to try to get me into the school by my house, even though there is a law in Argentina that mandates all public schools to accept exchange students within their jurisdiction.
Yes, I recommend this program


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