API offers students a wonderful opportunity for students to take a gap year in Argentina to study abroad or participate in community service programs abroad and experience the Argentine culture and way of life in Buenos Aires and Mendoza.

Study abroad classes are comprised of other foreign and American students at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, or at the Universidad de Congresso in Mendoza. Spanish language programs are available for students at all levels in the Intensive Language program, while students in the Argentine and Latin American Studies program can choose from more culture and content courses in Spanish, as well as courses in English.

Community service options may include working at a local food bank, working with young children or senior citizens, teaching English, or volunteering at local community organizations. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.

Argentina’s pleasures – stunning natural wonders, an elegant capital with a European-flavored sophistication, and a passionate culture – are as tempting as ever. The silver lining to the financial cloud is that it’s now one of the best travel bargains around. This is one Latin American country where Europeans and North Americans can feel at ease and travel relatively inconspicuously. An interest in soccer and some nimble foot skills may be all you need to blend in with the locals.