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Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Program Description

This 9-credit academic program is open to students of all majors. It is also open to non-JMU students.

Program participants will hone their knowledge of Spanish in a two-week intensive language instruction course while they solidify those skills in everyday life throughout the program. Students will take either SPAN 300, SPAN 320, or SPAN 400 during these first two weeks.

During the last 4 weeks of the program, students will take an Argentine literature course (that can count as SPAN 446 and/or as HUM 200); will give students an opportunity to read works by a variety of world famous writers while they also explore cafés and restaurants frequented by generations of Argentine artists. Students will also take a course in Argentine politics and society (that can count as either HIST 341, POSC 371, or SPAN 447). This course explores Argentina’s past and present with an eye toward its political and economic future.

IBUS majors should note that this program fulfills the international experience requirement for the international business major at JMU.

Location Description

This 9-credit study-abroad program is designed to introduce students to the dynamics of the fifth largest country in the Western Hemisphere – Argentina. The program is housed in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, one of the world’s most vibrant cities with a population of 13 million people. Group activities and excursions in Buenos Aires and beyond provide multiple opportunities to learn about Argentine society from a variety of angles.

The group will also travel to Misiones province in northeast Argentina to visit Iguazú Falls and the Jesuit ruins in San Ignacio between July 3rd and July 6th; right after this trip, students will have 5 days for personal travel before classes resume on July 12th.


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The residence hall is located in the heart of the Palermo district of Buenos Aires. Roughly 60% of the residents in this facility are university students from Latin America with the remaining students coming from various countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Students live in double rooms with private baths, a telephone for receiving calls, and cable TV. Pending availability, students can request a single room for an additional cost beyond the standard program fee.

Weekday breakfasts are provided by the residence hall. All other meals are covered by a meal allowance paid out from within the program budget.

Additional Items to Consider

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Argentina. Until early 2016, visitors from the USA needed to pay an entry fee in advance of their departure. The entry fee was equivalent to the money the U.S. government charges Argentine citizens to apply for a visa to travel to the United States. This entry fee was waived for U.S. citizens in early 2016 until further notice. If Argentina were to restore the fee, prospective students and participants would be notified by the co-directors of the JMU in Argentina program.

This program is targeted towards sophomores through seniors, but first-year students who meet the language requirement have also enjoyed the JMU in Argentina program.

Students from a variety of majors have succeeded in the JMU in Argentina program. The common characteristic shared by successful students is a desire to improve their Spanish and their cross-cultural competencies by living in Buenos Aires for two months.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: SPAN 232 (or equivalent course such as SPAN 212) prior to the start of the program.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SPAN 300: Grammar and Communication (3 credits)

SPAN 320: Oral and Written Communication (3 credits)

SPAN 400: Advanced Conversation (3 credits)

HUM 200: Great Works: Argentine Literature (3 credits)

SPAN 446: Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Argentine Literature (3 credits)

SPAN 447: Special Topics: Argentine Politics and Society (3 credits)

HIST 341: Selected Themes in World History: Argentine Politics and Society (3 credits)

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics: Argentine Politics and Society (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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