Mente Argentina
86% Rating
(13 Reviews)

Mente Argentina

Based in Buenos Aires, Mente Argentina is an organization founded to provide international education opportunities and top quality personal support for international students through dynamic, individualized immersion programs. We strive to provide innovative programming that allows students to enjoy Argentina in a unique and different way while, at the same time, facilitating academic achievement and promoting global competence and personal growth.

Whether it’s studying for a semester, pursuing a major degree, interning with an Argentine Organization or participating in a fun short course, Mente Argentina's programs are designed for students who want to experience Argentina from a local perspective. Explore Argentina, do what you enjoy most, and embark on this unforgettable journey with Mente Argentina

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Michael
Male
West Palm Beach, FL. USA
Fordham University

Mente Argentina

10/10

What a fantastic experience I had with Mente Argentina.
From the moment I arrived, to the moment I departed, the entire staff was very supportive and had a genuine interest in my having a positive experience in Buenos Aires; that was clearly their most important goal.
I just can't say enough about this dedicated team of individuals.
They handled all aspects of my programs with utmost accuracy and professionalism.
My DJ, Spanish, and Yoga programs were taught by experts in their respective fields and were greatly beneficial to me.
The weekly activities are also a great benefit on both a cultural and social level.
The program is well worth the cost, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Traveling alone, I would have been at a loss had I not enrolled in the program.
I would encourage anyone to take advantage of all that Mente Argentina has to offer on your next trip abroad.

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Taheela
Female
26 years old
Trinidad and Tobago
Other

Buenos Aires is a unique experience

10/10

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!

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Allison
Female
21 years old
Indiana, USA
Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne

A Month in Buenos Aires with Mente

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

They were wonderful! Really awesome people running this program.

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Carmia
Female
56 years old
Israel
Other

Studying Spanish in a Spanish speaking environent

9/10

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...

How can this program be improved?

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.

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Madeleine
Female
22 years old
Buckinghamshire

Mente Argentina Review

8/10

I personally had a really positive experience with Mente during my five months in Argentina. I originally arrived in Buenos Aires with the intention of doing an internship in an international holiday rental company. I did this for a month before deciding that it wasn't quite right; I had come to Argentina with the primary purpose of learning Spanish and the company mainly functioned in English. When I told this to Mente, the staff were exceedingly helpful in ensuring that I eventually found the perfect internship for me. Even though my home university in England was extremely strict in terms of what I could and could not do in Argentina, the staff at Mente were not fazed at all and continued to help me until all university documents had been signed and approved. I was very appreciative of all the support I received at this stressful time.
I ended up working in a public hospital and had an incredible time. Spanish was the only language spoken there and therefore I not only improved my language skills but also gained some very valuable work experience as well. Since learning Spanish was my main reason for coming to Argentina in the first place, I was really happy with Mente for helping me to achieve exactly what I had wanted to do.

Regarding the social side, I was also very satisfied by what Mente offered. I decided to travel to Argentina with a program because I didn't know anyone out there and wanted a little security too. Mente was perfect for this because I immediately felt safe in Buenos Aires; it was really nice having a local explain to you exactly how the city works, how to use the transport system and which areas to avoid. The social activities were well planned and always interesting. By the end of five months I had pretty much done every museum in the city, gone to loads of bars and events like Tango shows. Similarly, because of the way the social side of Mente is set up, I immediately made good friends and felt very much part of their social circle. Looking back now, I've made some very close friends through Mente who I'll continue talking to for many years to come.

How can this program be improved?

I only have two comments regarding the program. Firstly the accommodation could be improved; all the apartments could so with some basic renovations and modernisation. This wasn't too much of a problem for me personally but some people thought it wasn't quite good enough. If you're expecting Western standard accommodation then you will be somewhat disappointed. I think people on the program often forget that living in Argentina isn't going to be identical to living in London or Los Angeles, for example. My only other comment would be that the whole program seemed a little expensive once you consider everything. I think the price could be lowered a little to make the whole experience much more affordable.

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