Sol Education Abroad recognizes the importance of knowledgeable, friendly, and well trained onsite staff. Our onsite directors and staff are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist you with any needs. Our goal is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while abroad.
Each of our programs involves homestay. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a homestay is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their hosts well beyond the conclusion of the program. Our homestays make up an important part of our team. Hosts are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience.
Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays and on weekends breakfast is included and dinner is included on Sundays. Meals are a great way to spend time with your hosts and experience the local cuisine. We can accommodate most dietary requirements, such as gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Your onsite director will inform you which meals are included during your excursions.
Travel outings are fundamental and included in all programs. We carefully choose weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying. We select trips based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. All entrance and transportation fees are always included.
Cultural activities are an integral part of the Sol Education Abroad experience, providing you further exposure to the language and cultural facets of the country. Cultural activities are planned each week; examples include cooking and dance classes, city tours, museum visits and much more!
In Buenos Aires we have several unique volunteer opportunities available. Placements include assisting with English classes at a local bilingual school, helping build a house over the weekend or serving food to the homeless. If you are intersested in doing service while on the program the onsite staff can assist you in participating in one of these placements. Community service is one of the best ways to give back to the community.
When you arrive at your study abroad destination, our onsite staff will provide you with a welcome orientation. This will cover important topics such as health, safety, academics, your homestay, and cultural awareness. It will include a tour of your host city. We will help you exchange money and get a subway and bus pass as well.
We welcome you to your host city with an activity to meet the other participants and your directors. And, of course, a farewell activity is provided as a chance to say goodbye to friends and celebrate your new experience.
Interaction with locals is an important aspect of our language program. We strive to create cultural and language exchange opportunities at each of our sites. For Argentina, you will participate in a language exchange through "Maté Club".
We accept any financial aid or scholarships and will assist you with any necessary paperwork. For more information on the process and a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please see our scholarships page.
Approximately one month prior to start date you will be sent an online language assessment to complete. Then, upon arrival, you will be given an onsite assesment. The language assessment is intended to ensure you get the best Spanish instruction possible while participating in our program.
For students participating in our semester programs at the University of Belgrano that are over 90 days you will need to obtain a Student Visa once in Argentina. You are responsible for the cost of any fees (estimated at $110 USD). Our onsite program directors will assist you in the steps necessary to obtaining the Student Visa. Any program under 90 days (such as Summer or Winter Break) does not require a Student Visa. However, if you are a non-US citizen you may need a special Tourist Visa to enter Argentina. If this is the case, our Austin office will assist you in obtaining any needed documentation.
Through a partnership with Cellhire, Sol Education Abroad covers the rental fee for a basic Nokia cell phone that has an international plan. This is an optional service. The details for this are sent approximately 4 weeks prior to program start date. You are responsible for any usage (from texting or calls).
It is not customary for people to do laundry at home in Argentina. Instead, people use neighborhood drop off laundry service. Laundry is not done by the homestay. Your homestay will let you know where the nearest laundry service is. Laundry can cost $3 - $5 USD per load. If you drop it off in the morning it will be ready for pickup by the afternoon.
Upon arrival we will assist you in purchasing a SUBE card. This is a pass that covers transportation via the subway and buses. You are responsible for purchasing the card and putting money on it for travel.
For students participating in our semester programs at the University of Belgrano that are over 90 days, you will have to obtain a Student Visa once in Argentina. You are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining the Student Visa. You will pay for the Criminal Background Check and the final Student Visa fee. All fees must be paid in Argentina pesos and in cash. You will be given instructions regarding this during the University of Belgrano orientation. Total cost currently estimated at $110 USD.