English Language Programs

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To reach many outstanding students who do not have access to quality English training, the U.S. Embassy has had the privilege of launching the English Access Micro-Scholarship program which enables eligible students to attend English courses at various binational centers across Argentina.

This worldwide program was started by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, in 2004 and since its inception 95,000 students have participated in it from over 85 countries. Access provides a foundation of English language skills to talented high-school students from disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions for two years. It also gives students an opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values.

It is the hope that graduates will successfully contribute to the socio-economic development of their countries in the future, and improve their chances of taking part in U.S. educational and exchange programs. This high profile, public diplomacy initiative demonstrates the United States’ dedication to education and cultural understanding. The Embassy is proud to offer this program in Argentina.

Since 2009, 1,520 scholarships have been awarded through Bi-national centers in Argentina. In 2015 a total of 200 scholarship students will participate in Access at binational centers in 10 cities throughout Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Salta, Mendoza, Santa Fe, San Francisco (Cordoba), Comodoro Rivadavia, San Rafael, Santiago del Estero, Cordoba, and  Parana.

For information on how to postulate for the program, you should contact the Binational Center for your city:

The U.S. Embassy in Argentina is sponsoring a free English training program for journalists.  The courses are offered in three formats for elementary and intermediate levels in the form of two 10-week modules during the year.  The courses are for a limited number of participants and are designed for:

  • Working journalists
  • Journalism or Communications students in their last year of studies

In both cases, participants must have elementary-intermediate English skills to apply for the course.


  • Improve English interviewing skills of journalists
  • Improve interaction with English speakers
  • Develop hearing and reading skills to enhance conversational skills


  • Since its inception in 2006, more than 300 journalists from all ages have participated in the program with highly positive results
  • Participants have been able to conduct interviews in English with important State Department officers
  • Participants have built networks with other participants

Course formats

Courses are given in three formats:

  • Face to Face: in-class program for journalists who reside or work in or near the city of Buenos Aires.

The course is given at ICANA downtown headquarters (Maipú 672), Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The course includes an on-line component of 2-3 hours work per week and an interactive lab component to practice hearing comprehension.

  •  Full Online: for journalists across Argentina.

This on-line course is designed for participants who cannot attend weekly classes at Bi-National centers and is given in the form of videoconferences from ICANA- Buenos Aires and with written exercises

Additional activities

  • The program includes videoconferences from the United States and Buenos Aires
  • Participants will be invited to interview U.S. speakers.
  • Many of our students have been invited to participate in seminars and international exchanges

English Placement Test

The English placement test consists of a written and an oral component. To be selected for the program, applicants must take the written part of the test at http://www.icana.org.ar/periodistas/ and follow the instructions. Following the written exam, applicants must complete the personal data requested and schedule the oral component that consists in a phone interview by selecting date and time.

For more information, please contact our Press Office
Phone: (011) 5777-4658
E-mail: BuenosAiresPress@state.gov

English Language Teaching and Learning is one of the U.S. Embassy’s top priorities. English language skills are necessary to compete in today’s global market. The worlds of science, technology, and international business use English as their common language.  English Language skills are also important to understanding U.S culture and values in Argentina and to help promote dialogue and discussion between our two countries. More