Spring 2016

Offered in spring semesters of even numbered years, next offered in Spring 2016

The faculty director for the Spring 2016 Argentina program is Professor Mark Bates.

UCEL is Simpson's partner institution in Argentina.

UCEL is Simpson’s partner institution in Argentina.

Simpson College’s Spanish-language semester-long study abroad experience for students is based in Rosario, Argentina, a city of about 1 million people approximately 180 miles from Buenos Aires. Argentina is a very eclectic country with diverse climates, geographical features and foods. From the staggering beauty of the Iguazú Falls in the north, to the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier in the south, from the impressive Andes Mountains in the west to the lights of the charming capital city of Buenos Aires in the east, there is no shortage of intriguing places to explore.All Simpson students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in this program. Given that Spanish is the language of communication in Argentina and the language of instruction at UCEL, participation in the program carries a prerequisite of SPAN 111 (two semesters of college-level Spanish). Even this minimal language background will prime participants to make faster linguistic progress in country.

Street scene in Rosario

Street scene in Rosario

Students on the program take a daily 2-hour “Spanish as a Foreign Language” class, with 2 of these days in Spanish lab sessions for 6 credits. In the afternoons, students will take two classes (3 credits each) out of three possible options on a MWF rotation. The content of the subject areas will vary from one academic year to the next and will be offered specifically for international students by UCEL professors, the Argentine History and Culture course carrying a GP designation. In addition, for 2016, Professor Bates will offer the course, “The Changing Face of Ethics and Values in Argentina under Pope Francis” which will fulfill the Ethics and Value Inquiry (EV) requirement of the ECC.  The director will also lead a 2-credit reflection course (required of all Simpson students in the program), which will allow the Simpson group to debrief and help each other better understand the cross-cultural experiences they are having. Simpson students will also be permitted to enroll in regularly offered classes at the University with the instructor’s permission, as per their language level, academic interests, and curricular needs.

Students will live with host families and the students’ morning and evening weekday meals, as well as all of their weekend meals, will be provided by their hosts. A stipend will be provided to students cover the cost of their weekday lunches on or near campus.  Additionally, this program offers field trips, excursions, and cultural activities throughout the semester which provide students the opportunity to learn even more about Argentina and Argentine culture.

Cost of the program 

To participate in the program, students pay their regular Simpson tuition, room and board (as if they were living on campus) plus a program fee of $3,000.  In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Argentina at a cost of $1,562 from Des Moines.


Simpson and UCEL students working together

Simpson and UCEL students working together

Students must take a one-credit hour orientation course during the fall semester preceding the semester in Argentina. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.5 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad. And as mentioned previously, students must have successfully completed SPAN 111.

To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by 4:30pm on Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015.  An application includes:

  • Creating an account on the new online application system, and then completing the online application process on that site.
  • Writing a one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
  • Providing the names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor) on your skills, abilities, and character.

Then, upload the following to your Simpson SC Connect account:

  • a copy of your Simpson College degree audit.  Once you’ve obtained your degree audit on your SC Connect account, right click within the web browser and “Select All”. Then right click again and select “Copy”. Open a new document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to Landscape. Then Right click in the document to “Paste” the Degree Audit into the new Word document. Save this document as a .pdf file by selecting “PDF” from the “Save file type” drop down menu which is located below the file name.  Then upload the file
  • a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out). Please note: you are not required to submit that completed passport application, the supporting documentation or the associated processing fee to the Warren County Recorder’s Office or any other passport application processing site until you’ve received notification that you have been accepted into a travel course.
  • Proof that you’ve made a $200 non-refundable deposit to the Simpson College Business Office.  This deposit is applied to the program cost, upon acceptance to the program, and will be credited back to the student’s account should they not be accepted into the program.
Experiencing Argentina's natural beauty is a highlight of the program.

Experiencing Argentina’s natural beauty is a highlight of the program.

When you complete your application materials, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the International Education Coordinator, which will take place soon afterwards.

Students will be notified of their status in the Argentina program during the week of Mar 30, 2015.   A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by October 15, 2015.

Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board by January 4, 2016.

For more information, contact:
Mark Bates
Professor of Spanish
(515) 961-1827


Jay Wilkinson
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288