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Pre-Departure Handbook

Your Country Handbook is your key to preparing for your program and understanding what to expect onsite. This tool is a result of constant feedback from student and parent evaluations as well as from the onsite directors who review these each year.

INTRODUCTION

Greetings from Sol Education Abroad,

You are about to embark on a life-changing experience. While abroad you will cultivate relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. Our mission is to provide you with an enriching and rewarding educational experience. As part of this mission we want to make sure that you have information about your program site before you leave.

Sol Education Abroad was founded under the principles of promoting cultural understanding and the lifelong study of foreign languages. While on your program you will learn about the unique cultures and people of the country you are studying in.

Please make sure you read this handbook, it is excellent preparation for your new adventure! Thanks for choosing Sol Education Abroad!

PREPARING FOR YOUR PROGRAM

Before you leave on your program we suggest you do some research about Argentina. It can make your experience that much more enjoyable and enriching!

SUGGESTIONS:

  • Read articles, books, and travel guides in order to familiarize yourself with the food, culture, and music (we recommend the Lonely Planet guidebook as a good source of information).
  • Study the maps of Argentina and Buenos Aires at the end of this handbook.
  • Keep a journal and blog documenting your experience abroad!
  • Read the local newspapers!
PASSPORTS

Your passport must be valid at least six months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. Some immigration officers may not allow you to enter the country otherwise. For stays under 90 days, you will be given a free Tourist Visa upon arrival in Argentina, allowing you to stay for up to 90 days on this Tourist Visa. Some immigration officers may attempt to give you less days than your stay (for example 25 days if you are staying 30 days) forcing you to renew your Tourist Visa in Buenos Aires, a procedure that is DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING. It is your responsibility to make sure the immigration officer gives you the full 90 days. If the immigration officer attempts to give you anything LESS THAN the days you are staying, you must ask for assistance from another immigration officer and demand enough days to cover your stay. Our onsite director cannot help you with this because you are still inside immigration. Therefore, if you have to later extend your Tourist Visa, you will be responsible for any fees incurred (of course, you will receive full director support).

TOURIST & STUDENT VISAS

For stays under 90 days you do not need a special visa to enter Argentina. You will enter under a 90 day Tourist Visa. This applies to Summer and Winter Break programs.

** SEMESTER STUDENTS ONLY: READ VISA INFORMATION BELOW **

Students staying the full semester (over 90 days) or academic year at the University of Belgrano must obtain a Student Visa. The onsite Sol Education Abroad directors will assist you in following the necessary steps to obtain their Student Visa. Instructions will be given by the University of Belgrano during the academic orientation. You are responsible for paying any associated fees such as the Criminal Background Check and the Student Visa fee. Both of these items must be paid in Argentina pesos and in cash. A Student Visa cannot be obtained in advance of entering Argentina. You must have this Student Visa in order to take your final exam. Approximate cost is currently $75 USD.

** NON-US CITIZENS **

If you are a non-US citizen, depending on you nationality you may need to get a special Tourist Visa before entering Argentina. If this is the case, our Austin, TX staff will assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation needed. If you would like to quickly check what requirements you may have as a non-US citizen here is a website we recommend: https://www.visahq.com/

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Sol Education Abroad recommends that all students register with the US State Department (this is now known as Smart Traveler Enrollment Program "STEP") while overseas. This is very simple to do. Please visit the website to enter in the requested information. You will need an address and a telephone number to register. Please use the following info:

Universidad de Belgrano
Zabala 1837
C.P. 1426DQG
Capital Federal Buenos Aires
Argentina
Telephone: +54-11-4788-5400

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Geographic Location Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay 

Climate mostly temperate; arid in southeast, sub Antarctic in southwest

Climate Argentina has the rich plains of the Pampas in the northern half, the flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in the south, and the rugged Andes Mountains along its western border.

Climate Buenos Aries is located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata and is opposite Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. The landscape of the city and surrounding province is mainly flat with two low mountain ranges: Sierra de la Ventana and Sierra de Tandil.

Highest Point Cerro Aconcagua 6,960 meters (22,834 ft) is located in the northwestern corner of the province of Mendoza and is the largest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas.

Governmental System Argentina has a presidential, republican, representative and federal government system. The country is divided into 23 provinces and one federal territory (the city of Buenos Aires) and each of them is self-governed.

Population of Argentina  44,688,864 (2018 estimate)

Population of Buenos Aires 2,891,000 (2013 estimate)

People Most people from Buenos Aires (called porteños) have European ancestry. Spanish and Italian descent is the most common. Other European origins include German, Portuguese, Polish, Irish, French, Croatian and English. In the 1990s there was a small wave of immigration from Romania and Ukraine. There is a small minority of mestizos, that date back to the Spanish colonial days, and has increased mostly as a result of immigration from the other provinces and from nearby countries such as Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay. There are also Arab (mostly Syrian and Lebanese) and Armenian communities in the city. The Jewish community of Buenos Aires numbers around 250,000 and is the largest Jewish community in Latin America. Most are of Eastern European origin. The first East Asian community in the city was the Japanese. Since the 1970s there has been an influx of immigration from China and Korea.

CLIMATE

The climate in Buenos Aires is strongly influenced by the ocean with hot summers and temperate winters. Humidity is high and precipitations are abundant and distributed over the year. Buenos Aires has a temperate climate and temperatures average around 35°C (94°F) in January to 10°C (50°F) in July. During the Northern Hemisphere summer months it is winter in Argentina. The winter days are normally mild and nice but a cold snap could come so always plan and pack accordingly!

Buenos Aires

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

93

81

117

90

77

64

59

65

78

97

89

96

Rainfall (inches)

3.7

3.2

4.6

3.5

3.0

2.5

2.3

2.6

3.1

3.8

3.5

3.8

Min Temp (°C)

17

16

14

11

7

5

5

5

7

10

12

15

Max Temp (°C)

30

28

26

22

19

15

15

17

19

22

25

28

Min Temp (°F)

63

61

57

52

45

41

41

41

45

50

54

59

Max Temp (°F)

86

82

79

72

66

59

59

63

66

72

77

82

SPANISH IN ARGENTINA

Spanish is the language that is spoken in almost all of Latin America. The accent in Buenos Aires is very unique and takes a little time to get used to. The two main differences are the use of "vos" to say "you" (normally "tu" in other countries) and the pronunciation of the Spanish "y" and "ll" (both of which are pronounced as the sound "sh" as in shout in English).

HOLIDAYS

Jan 1st

Año Nuevo (New Year's Day)

Floating

Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday). If the date falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the holiday is the preceding Monday. If it falls on a Thursday or a Friday then the holiday is the following Monday.

Floating

Viernes Santo (Holy Friday). If the date falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, the holiday is the preceding Monday. If it falls on a Thursday or a Friday then the holiday is the following Monday.

Floating Carnival

March 24th

Memorial Day (Anniversary of the coup d'état that started the dictatorial rule of the Proceso in 1976)

April 2nd

Día de las Malvinas (Tribute to the fallen in the Malvinas/Falklands War)

May 1st

Día del Trabajo (Labor Day)

May 25th

Revolución de Mayo (Anniversary of the first independent government)

June 20th

Día de la Bandera (National Flag Day)

July 9th

Día de la Independencia (Declaration of independence from Spain)

Aug 17th

Día del Libertador José de San Martín (The holiday is always the third Monday of the month)

Oct 12th

Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural

Nov 20th Día de la Soberanía Nacional

Dec 8th

Immaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception)

Dec 24th

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)

Dec 25th

Navidad (Christmas Day)

TIME

GMT/UTC minus 3 hours. 2 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time.

BUSINESS HOURS

In Buenos Aires, shops located downtown and in commercial areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM, Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Shopping malls open every day from 10 AM to 10 PM. Banking hours are 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday.

Traditional business hours in other areas of Argentina are from 8 AM to 12:00 PM. Then there is a 3-4 hour break when people go home for lunch and a short siesta. After siesta shops reopen until 8 PM or 9 PM.


PACKING RECOMMENDATIONS

Generally, Argentines dress very similarly to Americans. However, clothing brands and styles do set Argentines apart from Americans. We suggest you bring the clothes that you are normally used to wearing. The points below are a few things to keep in mind. Seasons are reversed in Argentina from what we are used to in the Northern Hemisphere. When it is winter in the US it is summer in Argentina and vice versa, please keep this in mind when packing. It is very similar to the winter weather in the Southern US. Definitely refer to the climate chart found at the beginning of this handbook. Also, in packing, remember that Buenos Aires is a very cosmopolitan city.

CLOTHING

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad!
  • Lightweight clothing (Argentine summer only)
  • Swimsuit (Argentine summer only)
  • Sun hat, sun glasses, sunblock (Argentine summer only)
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf, sweaters (Argentine winter months)
  • Fleece or sweater for any trips to the countryside (Argentine winter months in general)
  • Bring at least one outfit for going out. Argentines tend to dress up more when going out. Guys, make sure you have dressier shoes for this.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Make sure you break them in before your trip. Also, if you plan on jogging or doing any sports you’ll want to bring the appropriate footwear.
  • Flip flops, typically you have one pair for inside the home. House shoes are an important part of Hispanic cultures

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Small duffel or backpack for weekend or afternoon trips
  • Towel & Toiletries
  • Camera and batteries/charger
  • School supplies: Notebook, pens, pencils, English-Spanish Dictionary, planner for homework
  • Something to use as alarm clock
  • Compact umbrella

CARRY-ON

Bring an extra pair of clothes & toothbrush in case your luggage gets lost or delayed by your airline.

MEDICAL/SAFETY ITEMS

Bring any prescription drugs that you may use. Make sure they are labeled and if possible, carry your doctor's prescription in the event that customs officials question you about it. This is rare, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

EXCURSIONS

Excursions are a fundamental part of the abroad experience and are included in all summer and semester program unless stated as optional. We carefully select weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying and are selected based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. Entrance and transportation fees are always included. Before any excursion your director will go over the itinerary of the trip and what you should pack. If you have a guide book it can make it more interesting to read about the excursion before you leave; the Lonely Planet or similar guides are excellent options.

Argentine Cowboy Ranch

Escape from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires for a weekend excursion to the quiet of the southern Pampas, defined by peaceful villages and breathtaking terrain. This is an ideal excursion to the lands of the mythical Gaucho, or Argentine cowboy, a symbol of the Pampas. We will visit an area offering some of the most diverse and impressive landscapes found anywhere. Here you will experience wild scenery highlighted by valleys, inviting forests, and clear-flowing streams. It is the ideal location for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and biking. We will explore local parks and bike trails that wind through pristine forests. Later, we will visit a typical Argentine estancia, or ranch, and enjoy the famous asado, the Argentine barbeque. 

Colonia, Uruguay

Cross the immense Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world, into the Uruguayan town of Colonia. Founded in 1680, Colonia was the only Portuguese settlement ever established along the river. Here it served as a contraband port against the Spanish. Due to its Portuguese past, the town has a very different feel than that of any Spanish colonial city. Today, Colonia’s narrow cobblestone streets and colonial homes are reminiscent of historic Lisbon, Portugal and this unique flavor has earned the town the distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

El Tigre Boat Ride and the Delta Islands

Visit the fascinating river town of El Tigre, located on the banks of the Río de la Plata. Here, the Paraná and Uruguay rivers flow into Río de la Plata, making it the third largest estuary in the world. The region is known as the Delta and El Tigre is the main town. In the Delta, life is the river. People live on the hundreds of islands in the waters around El Tigre and to get anywhere, you must go by boat. We will visit the town of El Tigre, with its famous weekend Fruit Market, and the 200 year-old riverbank mansions of San Isidro. We will also take a boat trip along the mystical river passing countless islands covered with beautiful vegetation and rich in wildlife. Along the way you will see homes built on stilts, typical of the area. This is a unique experience and a voyage into a world unaffected by the bustle of modernity.

Iguazú Falls (may be offered as an optional excursion)

Do not miss this opportunity to visit the spectacular, one-of-a-kind Iguazú Falls. Located on the tropical border of Argentina and Brazil, this World Heritage Site is vastly larger than Niagara Falls and considered the world’s most impressive waterfall due to its inspiring panoramic views. The falls are actually a system of roughly 270 different waterfalls, all of varying heights and sizes that together create a breathtaking visual experience. On this excursion you will bus from Buenos Aires to the north of the country and spend three days exploring this fascinating and awe-inspiring region of South America. Besides viewing the falls, you will see such exotic animals as coatimundis, macaws, tapirs, and toucans.

Beach Excursion (Mar de Plata may replace Colonia, Uruguay during the Fall (in October) and Spring (in February) semester programs.)

Argentina shares miles of beautiful coastline with the Atlantic Ocean. Spend a weekend enjoying the amazing beaches just outside of Buenos Aires province. During the Argentine summer months, visiting these beaches is the most popular weekend activity for porteños (people from Buenos Aires). Spend the day relaxing in the sun, bathing in the tranquil waters of the Atlantic, and strolling along the beach. The coastal communities are designed for vacationers and have pleasant, tree-lined boulevards near the beach where you can visit local shops and find countless restaurants and cafés.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Cultural activities are an important part of your experience. You will learn so much by going to classes but you’ll learn just as much, if not more, outside of the classroom. These activities are designed to enhance your experience and show you more of what the site has to offer! Your director will announce the weekly cultural activities every week during your meetings. For summer programs there are 3 cultural activities a week. During semester programs they are more spread out and there are 1 to 2 cultural activities included a week.  Cultural activities include:

  • Tango Performance
  • Museum Visits
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Boca Neighborhood Tour
  • Recoleta Cemetery Tour
  • San Telmo Market Tour
  • Tango Dance Class
  • Argentine Cooking Class
  • Movie Night
AIRPORT INFORMATION

Arriving to an airport overseas is arriving into the unknown! Do not worry, one of your program directors will be there waiting for you when you arrive! This is why we request a photo of you before you depart! You will fly into the Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza (EZE) which is roughly 22 miles south of Buenos Aires. It is a major airport serving most international airlines as well as being the main hub for Argentina’s two largest carriers. Despite everyone’s best planning, flight delays, bad weather, and other unforeseen circumstances can impact your meeting with your director at the airport. If for whatever reason, you do not meet your director, just use the phone numbers given to you to contact them. Please stay at the airport until we find you. Here is some important information about the airport:

Terminals and Check-In:

The airport has two terminals: the International (A) and Aerolineas Argentinas (C) Terminals. The International (A) is for international carriers and Termical C is for Aerolineas Argentinas and some other international companies and regional carriers. There are no free shuttle services. 

Airport facilities:

The airport has a number of eating options. From small cafés to a more elegant dining experience. There are the usual shops plus a medical center located in Terminal A. There are also two pharmacies available.

Shopping and money:

Terminal A has an ATM on the lower level and money exchange services are also present in both Terminal A and C. There are also three banks on site.

Information:

The main information desk is located on the ground level of the International Terminal. However customer service staff is readily available (look out for staff wearing red jackets). Lost luggage claim is located on the ground floor of Terminal A next to customer service. Ezeiza Airport

MONEY

Argentina uses the Argentine Peso (ARS) the symbol is the $. To find the most up-to-date conversion please visit XE. We suggest that you travel with a credit or debit card. You could also bring some cash that you can exchange at the airport. Whenever you exchange money you will need your passport.

 ATMS

This is the easiest way to get local currency. ATMs are very common. Check with your bank beforehand to see if there are any international charges for extracting cash overseas, some banks may charge up to $5 USD every time you extract money. Although this may seem expensive, it is worth the convenience. We DO NOT recommend taking large sums out when you use the ATM.

 CREDIT CARDS

Credit cards are widely accepted. Some stores apply a 10% surcharge over the cash value. Check with your credit card company beforehand to see if there are any extra international charges and to let them know that you are traveling overseas. Credit cards have a foreign currency conversion fee which is usually from 1% to 3%. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in Argentina. Capital One is the only credit card at the moment that charges no foreign currency conversion fee.

 TRAVELER’S CHECKS

We recommend you DO NOT bring any traveler's checks, because they can be difficult to exchange. Debit/ATM cards are the easiest way to get local Argentine pesos. If for some reason your debit card is not working or is lost or stolen you can still use the Traveler’s checks. You will need your passport to exchange Traveler’s Checks.

 SPENDING MONEY 

You will want to bring some extra spending money with you. We suggest about $50-$100 per week. This money is for souvenirs & gifts, meals that are not included or extra activities that you may do during excursions.

LOST OR STOLEN CASH OR CREDIT CARDS

If you were ever in an emergency situation that you needed money (such as if you lost your wallet) just let your onsite director know! We will definitely assist you financially until your situation can be resolved.

TIPS

It is customary to leave 10% of the total bill as a tip at cafés, bars and restaurants.

ELECTRICITY

Argentina uses 220 V AC at 50 Hz. Argentina uses the European two-prong and the Australian slanted plugs on most wall electrical outlets.  If you bring an electronic device, you will need a converter and adapter plug. Be wary of plugging electrical items in from the US—check to make sure the item can handle the different electrical current. Hairdryers brought from the US, for example, often short out. We recommend you buy a hair dryer or straightener upon arrival. Most new electronics, such as digital cameras, and laptops are of the 110 V AC – 240 V AC range. If the electrical plug they use has a small box on the cord then you have the built-in converter. Make sure to read the label and manual on your device BEFORE plugging it in, the Argentine 220 V will destroy any other device if you do not use a converter. You can purchase an inexpensive adaptor plug locally in Argentina (this plug can be expensive to purchase in the US).

COMMUNICATION

EMAIL

All of the homestays have WiFi in order for you to use the Internet. Keeping in contact with friends and family is a great way to share your experience. Just remember, though, it can take away from your Spanish learning. Attempt to write as little as possible in English while you are there.

PHONES

LAND LINES

You can make and receive phone calls from your host family’s home phone. Out of courtesy please let your family know when you use the phone. Just make sure you use a calling card. Major calling cards can be used in Argentina. You can also purchase calling cards in Argentina as you need them. When talking with friends and family in the states we suggest calling collect and then having your friends and family call you back at the host family’s house. Rates are cheaper this way.

VOIP

Another option is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Skype is a great system and one you can use in Internet cafés. Skype

CELL PHONES

Most students use WhatsApp and Facebook on their US smart phones as a way to communicate and make plans. If you want to use WhatsApp while in Argentina to communicate with WIFI remember to download whatsapp and create your account with your US cell phone number before you leave!

CELLHIRE
(cellphone rental service)

Sol Education Abroad provides our students with a local cell phone rental option that will be delivered to your home before you travel. The cell phones are rented through Cellhire, based in Dallas, TX. SOL covers the rental fee for the basic Nokia pay-as-you-go phone and all you have to do is decide if you want to sign up for the phone or not!

If you sign up for the local phone, you will only be responsible for any of the usage charges (rate details located on the SOL-Cellhire webpage).  If you sign up for anything besides the Nokia option it is at your expense.

This option will be 30%-65% more cost effective than roaming with your domestic provider. Along with the local phone, Cellhire also has additional voice and data or data only options (iPhone SIM cards and mobile hotspots) that you can rent at your own expense.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Simply register online via this website: www.cellhire.com/sol
2) Select your program, and enter your corresponding promo code:
- SUMMER: summer19univ
- FALL: fall19univ
- SPRING: spring19univ
- WINTER: winter19univ

The phone will be mailed to your home address prior to departure so please make sure to allow yourself time to get the cell phone before you leave. For free shipping, you must register at least 3 weeks prior to your program start date. Any questions regarding the phones please contact Cellhire at: 877 244 7242 OR email education@cellhire.com

US CELL PHONES

Before departure please call your cellphone provider to find out what your current plan would allow for while abroad. We also suggest you do some research online to understand the current options available. 

If you have an unlocked tri or quad-band GSM cell phone you can buy a local SIM card in Argentina in order to have a local number and use local rates. 

PURCHASING A CELL PHONE

If you do not get Cellhire before departure and still want a phone pay-as-you-go cell phones are very inexpensive in Buenos Aires and there are many places to shop for them. They cost anywhere from about $25 US and up. This is a much cheaper option than renting one. Your director can assist you in obtaining a local cell phone.

HOST FAMILIES

The host family is one of the best parts of your experience in Buenos Aires! This will be your greatest and most intimate contact with the culture and people of Argentina. Families in Buenos Aires are middle-class by Argentine standards. Most people in Buenos Aires live in apartments rather than houses. Remember, you may not be the only foreign student in the home. Sometimes families work with other programs and if they have multiple rooms, they may have someone else living there. If this is the case, talk to you director onsite if you have any problems with the housing.

Some suggestions when living with your family:

  • Bring photos of your family/friends/hometown to share.
  • Make sure you let your host family know if you won’t be home for a meal.
  • Spend time with your family. If they invite you to do something take advantage of this. The more time you spend with your family the better your Spanish will get.
  • Be respectful. You are a guest in their home.
  • Utilities are expensive in Argentina! Turn off lights when you are not in a room; please be conservative of your water use when taking a shower.

Your director will go over host family rules and regulations more extensively onsite.

HOST FAMILY GIFT

We encourage you to bring a small gift for your host family to present to them when you arrive. A gift is a nice way to break the ice and share some of your local US culture with your Porteña family. Some examples of gifts students have given in the past are family-style board games that don't require a language, local treats (preserves, candies, maple syrup, etc.), a coffee-table photo book of their hometown, dry baking mix (blueberry muffins, biscuits, scones, etc.), or a throw pillow or blanket.

MEALS

You will share most of your meals with your host family. You will eat what they eat!  They will accommodate any needs or preferences you may have.  However, please remember that the food will be different to what you are used to eating in the US. Dinner is much later in Argentina than in the US.

Lunch is not included as part of the program because in Argentina it is not customary for host families to provide lunch as people are usually working during mid-day and are not home to prepare a meal. There are many affordable cafés around the university where you can purchase lunch! A good lunch can cost around $7 USD.

LAUNDRY

Your host family only will wash your sheets and towels once a week.  Host families are not responsible for your personal laundry. There are plenty of laundromates, which generally charge about $4 per load for your laundry. Ask your host family to tell you where the best options is.

CULTURAL DO’S AND DON’TS

DO´S

  • Talk with older people. Older people are respected in Argentina and have lots to share.
  • Say “yes” if people offer you food in their home, unless you really, really don’t want it.
  • Share your experiences in conversation.
  • When greeting women give a kiss on one check (their right cheek).
  • Make an effort to speak Spanish.
  • Interact with your host family (for example, hang out with them on a Sunday afternoon).
  • Try the foods your host family gives you before deciding if it's something you don’t like.
  • Ask to use the phone first.

DON’TS

  • Do not slam doors (especially car doors!).
  • Do not feel completely safe when on the streets. Do not assume things since you are a traveler in a foreign country.
  • Do not say that you are American (Americano); you are from the United States (Estados Unidos).
  • If you are female do not go out alone--especially with all guys.
  • Be aware of Argentinean driving habits. Let the cars go first, Argentineans do not necessarily stop for pedestrians.
  • Do not trust strangers or walk home alone after 10 PM. It’s best to take a cab.
  • Do not walk in the house barefoot. Make sure you have a pair of flip flops for wearing inside.
TOILETS

In some older buildings in Argentina plumbing often has very low pressure and small pipes. Because of this you should not put toilet paper in the toilet as it can easily clog. If this is the case you will see a trash can next to the toilet for you to dispose of toilet paper. This is less and less common but something to be aware of.

TYPICAL DAY

This is an EXAMPLE of a typical weekday. Some classes start earlier or later than listed below.

8:00 AM                Wake up and have breakfast with your family

8:45 AM                Leave for class

9:00 AM                Classes begin

10:45 AM              Mid-morning break

11:15 AM              Return to class

12:00 PM              Classes end 

12:30 PM              Lunch

2:00 PM                Meet for a cultural activity

ACADEMICS

You will find that the teaching style in other countries is different than what you are used to in the US. If you have any concerns or questions about this when you are in Buenos Aires, please ask your director. Our directors are always available for tutoring and any other assistance you may need concerning the academic component of the program.

Your classes are at the University of Belgrano. Classes are in a modern building in the Belgrano neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Classes are normally 10 to 15 students per teacher.

Academic Year Students: Make sure to keep your Student ID when you return for your second semester. Otherwise, the University of Belgrano will charge you to get a new one. 

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY SERVICE

Our programs include volunteer and community service opportunities. We believe there is no better way to give back and develop a deep cultural understanding than by doing volunteer work while abroad.

We offer several unique volunteer opportunities at each site, such as assisting at nutrition centers, teaching English, or any other local service-oriented program. Community service is one of the best ways to give back to the community.

Examples of Volunteering can be (but are not limited to):

  • Un Techo Para Mi País: working alongside local students to construct wood homes for low-income families in Buenos Aires Province. 
  • Local School: teaching English to Argentine children in a bilingual school.
  • Ronald McDonald House: assisting in the preparation of meals and snacks for the children. Doing arts and crafts or baking activities with the children.
  • Soup Kitchen: serving food and conversing with people who are houseless. 
SOL DIRECTOR

 Your director is there to help you with many aspects of the program! Their main duties include:

  • Orient and guide the students in Buenos Aires
  • Airport transfers
  • Making sure that your accommodations are suitable and that you are happy with your family
  • Make sure that your classes are appropriate
  • Organize cultural activities
  • Organize excursions
  • Support students in finding volunteer work
  • Support students in finding activities and events that interest them
  • Accompany students to the doctor
  • Your director is available to listen to any comments, suggestions and complaints about the program
  • Director availability: Your director will normally be available every other day and during activities and excursions.  Your onsite director will always be available via an appointment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY

Argentina is a very healthy country for travelers! The main things you should be aware of are personal safety and theft as Buenos Aires is a large city but no more dangerous than any other city such as Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

HOSPITAL

The closest hospital to all of our Host Families is:

Sanatorio Finochietto
Avda. Córdoba 2678 - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Telephone: 3752-8000

PICKPOCKETS

You should never carry around large amounts of cash, your passport, or credit cards unless you have to and whenever you travel, you should be wary of pickpockets. Despite our warnings, every year students get pick pocketed.  Guys, NEVER keep money in your back pocket.

THEFT

Never leave things unlocked and try to keep valuable items out of sight when walking around the city or if you leave them at your home. Never be too trusting!

UNWANTED ATTENTION

It is not customary in Argentina to smile at people you do not know. Argentinean men could interpret this the wrong way. Never walk home alone at night. Cabs are very inexpensive in Argentina, whenever in doubt always take a cab. Avoid walking in large groups of foreigners. Use the buddy system especially at night!

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

While with Sol Education Abroad you have the option of using your own health insurance or using the Sol Education Abroad policy (included in your program price). If your insurance provider DOES cover you internationally, make sure to only use your policy and not ours (insurance companies do not allow you to have two policies). If your insurance provider DOES NOT cover you internationally, make sure you specify this in the form called "Insurance Verification". Sol Education Abroad’s insurance policy will cover absolutely any medical expenses internationally up to USD $50,000 with MultiNational Underwriters. To verify your coverage, simply call your US insurance provider and tell them that you will be overseas and they will let you know whether or not you are covered internationally and the amount of coverage. Provide your insurance company the exact dates of the program in which you are enrolled. Get the details from them in the event you need to go to the doctor while abroad. If you do use the Sol Education Abroad insurance please note that pre-existing conditions are not covered, so check with your domestic provider about this before leaving. If you take prescription medication with you make sure that you have a doctor’s prescription in the event that customs officials question you about it. This is rare, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

VACCINATIONS

Many of the vaccinations that some physicians may recommend (malaria, yellow fever, or typhoid) are not necessarily required nor needed. Thousands of American students study in Argentina every year and these vaccinations are not necessary. We do recommend that you are up-to-date on the immunizations that your US university requires. We suggest that you have your Hepatitis A and B vaccine.

For the most up-to-date health & safety information, visit:

U.S. Department of Travel Website: www.travel.state.gov

HELPFUL WORDS & PHRASES

GREETINGS:

Hello = Hola

Good Morning = Buenos días

Good Day = Buen día

Good Evening = Buenas tardes

Good Night = Buenas noches

How are you = ¿Cómo estás?

Fine = Bien

Very well = Muy bien

So-So = Más o menos

What’s your name? = ¿Cómo te llamas? (Como se llama usted?)

My name is _____ = Me llamo _____

I live in = Vivo en

I am from = Soy de

This is my = Este es mi _____.

Nice to meet you = Mucho gusto/Encantada/o

Thank You = Gracias

Friend = Amigo/a

Mother = Madre/mamá

Father = Padre/papá

Brother/Sister = Hermano/a

Roommate = Compañero/a de piso

Teacher = Maestro/a

Uncle/Aunt = Tio/Tia

Grandfather/Grandmother = Abuelo/a

You’re Welcome = De nada

Excuse me (usted) = Perdone/Disculpe

 

THE QUESTION WORDS (INTERROGATIVES):

Who? = ¿Quién?

What? = ¿Qué?

When? = ¿Cuándo?

Where? = ¿Dónde?

How? = ¿Cómo?

How much? = ¿Cuánto/a?

How much does it cost? = ¿Cuanto cuesta?

How many? = ¿Cuántos/as?

Which ones? = ¿Cuáles?

 

DIRECTIONS:

Where is _____? = ¿Dónde está?

Excuse me, where is the _____? = ¿Disculpe, dónde está el/la _____?

Where are the taxis? = ¿Dónde están los taxis?

Where is the bus? = ¿Dónde está el colectivo?

Where is the subway/metro? = ¿Dónde está el subte?

Is it near? = ¿Está cerca?

Is it far? = ¿Está lejos?

Go straight ahead = Siga recto.

Go that way = Vaya en aquella dirección.

Go back/return = Vuelva

Turn right = Gire a la derecha

Turn left = Gire a la izquierda

Take me to this address, please. = Lléveme a esta dirección, por favor

What is the fare? = ¿Cuánto es la tarifa?

Stop here, please. = Deténgase aquí, por favor.

Does this bus go to Los Osos Street? ¿Pasa este autobús por la calle de los Osos?

A map of the city, please. = Un plano (un mapa) de la ciudad, por favor.

A subway map, please. = Un plano (un mapa) del subte, por favor.

 

SHOPPING:

How much does it cost?  ¿Cuánto cuesta?

What time does the store open? ¿A qué hora abre la tienda?

At what time does the store close? ¿A qué hora cierra la tienda?

What would you like? ¿Qué está buscando?

Can I help you? ¿Necesita alguna ayuda?

I would like this Me gustaría esto.

Here it is Aquí lo tiene.

Is that all? ¿Es todo?

I'd like to pay in cash Me gustaría pagar en efectivo.

 

 

 

I'd like to pay by credit card Me gustaría pagar con tarjeta de crédito.

Women's clothes ropa para mujeres/damas

Men's clothes ropa para hombres

blouse, skirt, dress blusa, falda o pollera, vestido

pants, shirt, tie pantalones, camisa, corbata

shoes and socks zapatos y medias

jeans vaqueros/Blue Jeans

bookstore librería

bakery panadería

market mercado

supermarket supermercado

 

 

 

Can you recommend a good restaurant? ¿Me recomienda algún restaurante?

A table for two, please Una mesa para dos, por favor.

The menu, please La carta, por favor.

appetizers primer plato

main course plato principal

dessert postre

I would like something to drink Me gustaría algo para beber/tomar.

A glass of water, please Un vaso de agua, por favor.

A cup of tea, please Un té, por favor.

A coffee with milk Un café con leche.

I am a vegetarian Soy un/a vegetariano/a.

Do you have a vegetarian dish? ¿Tiene algún plato vegetariano?

That's all Eso es todo.

The check, please la cuenta, por favor.

Is the tip included? ¿Incluye la propina?

Breakfast desayuno

Lunch almuerzo

Dinner cena

Snack merienda

Enjoy the meal ¡Buen provecho!

To your health ¡Salud!

It's delicious! ¡Está riquísima!

It tastes good es muy rico

Plate plato

Fork tenedor

Knife cuchillo

Spoon cuchara

Napkin servilleta

Cup/mug taza

Glass vaso

Bottle botella

Ice hielo

Salt sal

Pepper pimienta

Sugar azúcar

Soup sopa

Salad ensalada

Bread pan

Butter mantequilla

Noodles fideos

Rice arroz

Cheese queso

Vegetables verduras

Chicken pollo

Pork cerdo

Meat carne

Beef 

MAPS OF ARGENTINA AND BUENOS AIRES

"Argentina Map" City: Buenos Aires, Country: Argentina, Author: Sol Education Abroad.

"Argentina Map" City: Buenos Aires, Country: Argentina, Author: Destination 360.

Argentina Map City: Buenos Aires, Country: Argentina, Author: www. gotolatin.com