Buenos Aires Upper Division Spanish

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*Non–US Passport Holders interested in the Buenos Aires Program must speak with the International Programs Office before submitting an application to discuss the visa process.

The Buenos Aires Upper Division Spanish Summer Program

This Upper Division program is perfect for students looking to further their knowledge of the Spanish language. With the unique opportunity to live with carefully chosen homestay families, students experience the most organic form of cultural immersion. The student will be able to embrace the culture, customs and language of the Argentine people within the comfort of a family unit. In their classes, students are expected to read, learn, and speak solely in the Spanish language.

Program Dates

May 10th, 2020 - June 19th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745.00 per unit

Room & Board: $3,420.00

Program Specific Costs:

  • Mandatory Health Fee - $30.00 USD (Charged to student account)

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy and Homestay Form: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements:

8 unit minimum requirement. Students must take SPAN 380 and will choose between one of the two other course offerings (SPAN 440 or SPAN 350) for a total of 8 units.

Course Offerings

SPAN 380 - History and Culture of Latin America (4 Units)*

Prerequisite: SPAN 252 or equivalent competency

*Required course

  • Latin American history and culture from the indigenous civilizations to the present. Students attend lectures, participate in discussions, and do field work in the environs of the country in which they are studying.

SPAN 440 - Latin American Texts (4 units)

GE Literature

Prerequisites: Two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence.

  • A survey style course that highlights key texts, movements, foundational authors, genres, and themes in Latin American culture.

SPAN 350 Advanced Conversation (4)

Prerequisite: SPAN 252 or equivalent competency.

  • A follow-up to the more basic Conversation and Phonetics course. Provides continued conversational practice in a native setting with emphasis on the nuances and vocabulary of the culture in which it is taught. This is a performance and practice course which may be repeated. Only four units can be counted toward the major.

Required Textbooks

Buenos Aires Summer 2020 Textbook List 

Faculty in Residence

Professor Cristina Roggero

Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College


Office Location: PLC 189

Office Hours: Click here to schedule an interview

Cristina Roggero is a Professor of Hispanic Studies and has been teaching at Pepperdine for 17 years. She has been the Faculty in Residence for the Madrid and the Buenos Aires program. She is from Argentina and she was born and raised in Buenos Aires, in the same neighborhood where Pepperdine's Casa Holden is located. The students know her by the passion for the culture of her country. She truly enjoys and considers a blessing teaching "at home", in Buenos Aires, where she can led her students trough different historical and cultural explorations, to discover authentic places in the city of Buenos Aires and in other provinces of Argentina while facilitating the student's interaction with Argentine people in different settings.




Updated: 2.27.20