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Buenos Aires has excellent universities and higher education establishments that accept foreign students.

Government-run Website Estudiar en Argentina (estudiarenargentina.siu.edu.ar) contains information on exchange programs and long-term study.

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Language schools are popping up all over town. Many advertise online or in the Buenos Aires Herald, but not all employ qualified teachers. The city tourism site (www.bue.gov.ar/servicios) has reliable school listings, and below are some we recommend.

Two of the most established Spanish schools are affiliated with the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Teaching levels at both are excellent, and prices are reasonable, but be aware that you generally need to enroll in advance and to be available for level-testing several days before classes start.

The Centro Universitario de Idiomas (www.cui.edu.ar/secretaria/espanol) runs regular one- and four-week (three hours per weekday) courses in several locations. They also organize one-on-one sessions, homestays, and cultural activities.

The classes at the Laboratorio de Idiomas (www.idiomas.filo.uba.ar/extranjeros/ingles/extranjeros.htm) are popular with exchange students, but less practical for short-term stays. Semester-long courses of four hours per week start in March and August; intensive four-week courses of 15 hours per week start every two months. They also run a Spanish certification program.

The approach at the nonprofit teaching organization Asociación Argentina de Docentes de Español (www.espanol.org.ar) is ideal if you're interested in grammar as well as communicating.

Private language school Academia Buenos Aires (www.academiabuenosaires.com) stands out for the range and flexibility of its classes. They also offer combination Spanish and tango courses.

Personalized classes with a strong focus on local culture and customs are the draw at small language school Che Vos (www.che-vos.com.ar), which also arranges short-term apartment shares with locals in their 20s and 30s.

The lively four-day beginner courses at Español Andando (www.espanol-andando.com.ar) take place on the streets: a lesson on transport culminates with getting real information from a ticket salesperson, for example.

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A local chef runs Latin American cooking classes in English at Try2Cook (www.try2cook.com), based in the southern suburb of Adrogué (transport here is provided). Argentine options include making empanadas and doing a full-blown asado (barbecue). There are also tours that include visits to bakers, butchers, and a produce market.

Maneras Argentinas (www.manerasargentinas.com.ar) runs food- and wine-related courses, including cooking classes, a mate appreciation class, and wine-tastings.

Private wine-tasting classes in English can be arranged by contacting stellar local sommelier school CAVE (www.cave.com.ar) several weeks before your trip.

Alex Audisio organizes tailor-made classes on Argentine wine at Terroir Fine Wines (www.terroir.com.ar), one of the city's best wine shops.

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