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Buenos Aires Summer GE Program


With the unique opportunity to live with carefully chosen homestay families, students receive the most organic form of cultural immersion. The students will be able to embrace the culture, customs and language of the Argentine people within the comfort of a family unit. 

Program Dates

May 12, 2024 - June 28, 2024

*Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (equal to Malibu tuition per unit)

Housing and Food: $4,718

Program Specific Costs:

Global Health Fee: $175


Visa Information

If you are a U.S. passport holder, you do not need to obtain a visa.

If you are a non-U.S. passport holder, you will most likely be required to obtain a visa before arrival in Argentina. Please contact our office prior to applying for more information.


Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement. Students must take SPAN 121 if they have no previous Spanish language experience, even if they have met their GE language requirement with another language. Students that have already completed SPAN 151 or higher must enroll in HUM 295.

Please note that this is a two-month long program, and students with signed contracts for this program are required to be enrolled in classes for both months. As seen below, there are courses that last only one month (May or June), and there are courses that last two months (May-June). Over the two-month period, your course selection must add up to at least 8 units.

Summer 2024 Buenos Aires GE/Upper Division Spanish Textbook List

Course Offerings

May Only

PE 180 Beginning Tango (0-1) 

Buenos Aires Program only.

ARTH 251 Art in the City (3)

GE: Fine Arts

Introduces students to the visual arts within the context of a given setting. Through this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the art that they are exposed to while studying and living in one of our Pepperdine campuses worldwide. Students will learn to analyze paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture that they encounter in visits to museums, architectural monuments, art galleries, and on walking tours.

COM 180 Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis (4)

An introduction to the principles of public speaking and rhetorical analysis of public discourse. Practice in the preparation and delivery of speeches with an introduction to rhetorical theory and criticism. Application of the theory of public discourse to representative speaking situations. 

SPAN 152 Elementary Spanish II (4)

 Prerequisite: SPAN 151 or equivalent competency

Continued practice of basic conversation, reading, and writing; Spanish and Spanish-American culture. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.


June Only

HIST 320 Pre-Columbian Civilizations of the Americas (4) 

GE: World Civilizations

An examination of major Native American civilizations from prehistoric times to approximately 1600. Social and cultural aspects will be emphasized as archaeological, anthropological, and historical data are examined. Special attention will be given to the Native American cultures of Central and either North or South America.

HUM 313 Western Culture III (3) 

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisites: HUM 212

Focused on a particular topic in modern culture, the course will use historical narrative of the time period 1815 to the present as a background for investigation into a particular theme or themes. Students will engage with and assess varying cultural and historical interpretations. Students will achieve cultural literacy in the modern period and demonstrate their skill in synthesizing and evaluating diverse historical and cultural interpretations.

PE 193 Yoga (0-1) 

The purpose of this course is to impart knowledge about the basic technique and practice of yoga, including instruction in breath control, meditation, and physical postures. Also to develop physical competency and mental concentration.

SPAN 251 Second-Year Spanish I (4)

GE: Language

Prerequisite: SPAN 152 or equivalent competency

This course emphasizes language production skills and interactive language use with a concentration on conversation. The course also develops reading strategies and examines complex grammar structures. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.


May - June

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (0-1)

This course is designed to enrich the student’s international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

SPAN 121 Spanish Language and Culture (1) 

Teaches basic practical conversation and limited reading and writing skills. This course does not prepare a student to take SPAN 152. Taught only in international programs. 



Dr. Stella Erbes

Dr. Stella Erbes

Divisional Dean (Humanities and Teacher Education Division)
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College

Office: CAC 300

Stella Erbes is a Professor of Teacher Education and Divisional Dean of Humanities and Teacher Education at Seaver College. She has been teaching at Pepperdine since 2002, and regularly teaches first-year seminars, and education courses like Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Advanced Teaching Methods. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Master’s Degrees in Education and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated from Seaver College with a B.A. in Spanish and K-12 teaching credentials. Stella resides in Moorpark with her husband Richard, and they have two adult children, Joshua (PGBS & Seaver, ‘19) and Jacob (Seaver, ’22). Both sons also attended Seaver’s international programs (Heidelberg & Buenos Aires). In fall 2018, Stella and Richard served as the faculty family in Shanghai, China, where she taught COM 180 and EDUC 461. Stella is trilingual (English, Spanish, Korean), and her goal is to be fluent in five languages. She is currently learning Italian and plans to add French to her repertoire as well. She is excited to apply her Spanish-speaking skills in South America, and hopes to uncover some stellar stops to add to her food and travel blog (@stellarstops).



Updated: 08.08.23