Overview

Studying abroad with Greenheart Travel’s high school program in Argentina will give you a chance to live and study in one of the world’s largest Spanish-speaking countries. As an exchange student in Argentina, you will experience what it’s like to attend high school with your Argentine peers and receive the feast of cultural immersion, allowing you to gain a new perspective during your academic adventure abroad.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

Throughout the school year, there are optional trips you can join to see more of Argentina. The price of these excursions is not included in the price of the program and determined about a month prior to the trip. Exchange student may not miss school for travel reasons, unless the trip is organized by the school or program.

Potential Travel Options:

  • Trip to the Iguazu Falls – October
  • Trip to Buenos Aires – December
  • Trip to Ushuala – Summer
  • Trip to Barlloche – Summer
  • Trip to the Northwest – April

Social life is very important to Argentines, especially in the smaller communities. People come together to drink mate (typical South American tea), to talk about current events, and to watch soccer.  Argentina offers you the opportunity to participate in many different activities. In your free time, you can play soccer, rugby, basketball, go swimming, take dance classes, and more! If athletics do not interest you, you can participate in theater classes, tango classes, music schools, and a wide variety of youth organizations and cultural activities. Getting involved is the best way to meet people and make friends!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

The Argentine school year starts in March and finishes in December.  Students have a 3 month summer vacation, starting in December and in July students have 15 days of winter vacation. Classes are taught in Spanish from Monday through Friday, 7:15AM -1PM. Some days students may have class in the afternoons. Each class is about 45 minutes and modules are 1.5 hours, with a recess of 15 minutes after each module. You will have 3 obligatory subjects, history, language (typically English), and geography. Your schedule may be a bit different depending on the school.

Program Dates

Dates subject to change

Academic Year:
Dates: late July – mid July
Application Deadline: March 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb. 2, 2017

Fall Semester:
Dates: late July – December
Application Deadline: March 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb. 2, 2017

Spring Semester:
Dates: February – mid July
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Fall Trimester:
Dates: late July – October
Application Deadline: March 15

Spring Trimester:
Dates: February – May
Application Deadline: Oct. 15

 

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. You should also:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age (Check out our gap year option if you are older than 18 years)
  • Be from the United States or Canada
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental* and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community
  • Have at least 2 years of Spanish language instruction

*What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of high school program applications. Learn more in our FAQs section on the high school programs general page.

 

Costs

Academic Trimester: $4,950 (flight not included)
Academic Semester: $11,740
Academic Year: $12,950

Prices subject to change

Included in the program fee:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from Houston to Rosario, Argentina (Semester and Academic Year only)
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure Orientation and Preparation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • 5 Day Arrival Orientation
    • Greeting and Transfer from Airport to Orientation Site
    • Accommodation at Orientation Site and 3 meals per day
    • 20 hours of Spanish lessons
    • 6 hours of orientation workshops (covering school life, host family life, Argentine culture, etc).
    • 1 cultural activity per day (e.g. bus tour of Northern Rosario, boat tour of the Paraná River, etc.)
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Opportunities to volunteer in your host community through our Greenheart Club.
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Gap Year Option

Our high school in Argentina program also offers a unique opportunity for students who have already graduated to attend university abroad after a semester in Argentina. Contact us for more information on this gap year option and how to get started.

Overview of the Gap Year Option:

  • The student must have finished high school in his/her home country and be at least 18 and 9 months years old.
  • The student must successfully study and complete his/her first semester in an Argentinean high school.
  • The student must do special work in his/her school: for example give a talk about his/her home country’s culture or history, etc.
  • The student must volunteer in the community: for example participate in a cultural festival, participate in a play, etc.
  • Although universities are usually open to foreign students, we cannot guarantee that there will be a place for the student in the course he/she chooses. It is therefore possible that the exchange student will not be able to follow the courses he/she likes best and will have to consider another alternatives.

Please contact for more information and an outline of the full eligibility and study abroad requirements for this gap year opportunity. 

Accommodation

The best way to learn about a new culture and language is to be fully immersed in it and what better way to do that than to stay with a local family.  All Greenheart Travel high school abroad participants live with a carefully screened, local host family and are provided with 2-3 meals per day. All our host families are volunteers and will treat you as a member of their family. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local.

Your host family will probably be as nervous as you are when you first meet.  You can help to alleviate nerves by e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving in Argentina. Getting to know them will help break the ice when you finally meet in person. It will also show that you are as excited to live with them as they are to host you.

Most families try to eat lunch or dinner together. During weeknights families usually stay at home to talk about things that happened that day, to play cards, to watch TV, etc. Weekends are dedicated to trips and family get-togethers.

 

Application Process

You should apply by March 15 for a July departure and October 15 for a February departure.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. Please answer the application questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your best host family match.

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once complete, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager, who will send you a link to begin the application.
  • Step 2: Provide general information about yourself. Once complete, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application (5 minutes)
  • Step 3: Provide more detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience. Once complete you will receive a link in your e-mail for the final part of your application (2 hours).
  • Step 4: Submit your $1000 deposit and program documents. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.  Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad.  You will have 1-2 weeks to submit your remaining documents.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an acceptance packet via email within 4-6 weeks of submitting all application documents.