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.

Program at a Glance:

What do our alumni say about their experience in Argentina?
When I first arrived to my family in Argentina, I was filled with anxiety and excitement. Right off the bat, my host parents and siblings made me feel apart of the family! The first weekend they invited all their family members and friends over for a barbecue just to meet me! I felt extremely welcomed and was overjoyed from the pride my family had in having me as a foreign exchange student. With my fellow class mates, it was the same way! My host brother had sent a group message to the class of about 20 students inviting them to come to the park and to meet me. My foreign exchange experience was extremely fruitful and I’m grateful that this program placed me in a family that made me feel like I was home even away from home.” — Blake, high school abroad Argentina alumni

Program Dates

Can’t go for a full month but still want to learn Spanish? Check out our 2-4 week summer language camp options in Costa Rica or Spain! 

Short Term Dates (4, 6 or 8 Weeks)

Term Approximate Dates Deadline to Apply
Spring February – May October 15th
Fall Late July – October March 15th

 

Trimester Option:

Term Approximate Dates Application Deadline
Spring Late July – October October 15th
Fall February – May March 15th


Semester Option:

$500 Early Application Discount for Spring 2018: Apply by June 24

Term Approximate Dates Application Deadline
Spring February – Mid July October 15th
Fall Late July – December March 15th

 

Academic Year Option:

Term Approximate Dates Application Deadline
12 months Late July – Mid July March 15th

Please note: Dates subject to change.

Academic Info

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.

Before You Go Abroad

You should meet with your US high school before you leave and share the general curriculum guidelines of your host country with your guidance counselor and/or teachers. Please consult with them about the credits they will potentially grant you for the classes you take while abroad.

Because the curriculum will vary by country, it is important that you arrange required classes required for your graduation, such as U.S. History, before or after your time abroad. There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country.

Once You’re Abroad

Please keep in mind that the grading system in other countries is different than the US. Most host schools will not grant grades or transcripts as it is too difficult to evaluate your work due to the language barrier. If your host school is able to award you grades, they won’t be an exact match to what you would get in the US.

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!

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

Program Fees (flight included):

  • 4-Week Immersion: $6,350
  • 6-8 Week Immersion: $7,920
  • Academic Trimester: $8,680
  • 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 which is why all Greenheart Travel high school abroad students live with host families. All our host families are volunteers and will treat you as a member of their family.

Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In fact, many of our current host families have hosted students in the past, showing what an impactful experience it was.

In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
  • Agree to and pass a home inspection

By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local. 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. Your host family will probably be as nervous as you are when you first meet. You can help to alleviate nerves, we will connect you with your host family prior to your arrival in your host country. By e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving, it 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!

Placement FAQs:

Can I choose where I will be placed with my host family?
No. You can choose your destination country, but you must be flexible about where you are placed within that country. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region, and we match based on compatibility with the host family and availability. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that is the best match for you.

I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?

This is possible as long as we have a network in the family’s host community and there is an available nearby host school.

Will I be placed in a city?

No. It is very unlikely you will be placed in a city. A majority of our families live in small to medium sized towns outside of major cities, and it is important you be open-minded to small town life.

Will I have a host sibling my age?

There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home. Regardless of the age of your host siblings, they’ll be excited to welcome into the family!

What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. However, once you are on the program and if issues arise, we will handle them on a case-by-case basis and will make changes if necessary.

For Parents

The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! For us, it is important that parents be involved in the decision from day one.

We want to make the process of studying abroad as fun and painless as possible for you and your child, while also ensuring that it is a successful and life-changing adventure! You can learn more about our values and the services we provide to you and your child here.

Below are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider our study abroad program:

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 a 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 all high school abroad applicants.

Therefore, we cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Debilitating anxiety
  • Eating disorders

If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

 

What kind of assistance will my child receive while abroad?

There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your child’s time abroad is successful. This includes the Greenheart Travel program manager in the U.S., the natural parents, the local coordinator abroad in country, the host school, and the host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by the local coordinator and/or host family according to a robust chain of communication, explained prior to departure.

 

Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?

Yes. Every year we offer various scholarships for select high school program destinations. There are two Early Bird Deadline discounts offered each year as well. See our Discounts and Deadlines section for more information. If you have hosted a student for CCI Greenheart, you are also eligible for a Greenheart Host Family discount.

 

My child’s school requires service learning in order to graduate. How will they do that abroad?

Greenheart Travel is proud to offer the Greenheart Club for all of our students. The Greenheart Club challenges our participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism. As a member of the Greenheart Club, your child will receive guidance in strategizing creative ways to give back to their community, have access to tools for tracking their impact and receive incentives for their efforts as a global leader. This is a great chance for your child to get to know the local community outside of the classroom while they study abroad.

 

Can friends study abroad together?

Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together in the same host town. Don’t worry though; making friends in the new host country will happen quickly!

 

Can my child come home to visit or can we visit them while abroad?

No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, you should plan to meet your child after your program is completed. In this instance, Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.

 

Does my child need to be fluent in another language?

No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while living overseas. The host family and school will not expect your child to be fluent when they first arrive and will help them improve their language skills. As long as your child tries their best, they’ll pick up the language sooner than you might think!

 

Can my child take the SATs while abroad?

You child will not be able to take the SAT’s while abroad.  We highly recommend taking the SAT’s prior to or after the program.

 

My child has already graduated, are they still eligible?

On a case by case basis, we can accept graduated students for Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

 

Can we speak to current high school students or alumni?

Yes! Check out our blog or your child can join our exclusive teen  programs Facebook group to talk to current and past students.