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Our School

Expanish Spanish School

Learn more about our school, our staff, and your first day here.

Our Spanish school is located in a historical and newly-renovated building at just a short distance from Casa Rosada, Puerto Madero, and the Obelisk. We are located in the city center (“centro”) so the area is filled with restaurants, cafes, and nearby parks to enjoy lunch with new friends. We are also just a few steps from the subway line “B” so you can easily take public transportation to other neighborhoods.
The Expanish floor is bright and spacious, lined with inviting colors and decor. You will enter the school and be greeted by a professional team of highly trained teachers and a passionate international staff who are excited to bring the students together and bond over Spanish learning. We have a student lounge, a Nespresso machine, computers, WiFi throughout the floor, a cafeteria area, and snacks for sale. You are welcome to hang out before or after class, have a cup of coffee or mate, do some homework, and use the computers during office hours.

  • Computers and wifi
  • Central Location
  • Heating and AC
  • 16 Classrooms
  • Luggage Storage
  • In-room Multimedia
  • Coffe and Snack Bar
  • Lounge and Dinning Area

Our Students

The international experience begins with our eclectic student make-up, offering a broad age range and cultural diversity.

Nationality Mix

3%

aus
16%

bra
2%

can
3%

DNK
5%

FRA
12%

DEU
3%

ITA
2%

JPN
2%

RUS
5%

SWE
14%

CHE
5%

NLD
2%

TUR
7%

GBR
10%

USA
9%

Others

Age Mix

Our Team

Get to know the Expanish Spanish school staff. Our staff do everything they can to assist our students in and out of the classroom, whether helping in their Spanish studies to advising them on exciting activities in the city, Expanish is here to help.

Murphy Expanish Staff

Murphy Scott | Commercial Manager

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Murphy has been living in Argentina for over 10 years working in international education. As Commercial Manager, Murphy is in charge of sales and institutional relations. He works with travel agencies, companies and universities to help bring students to study Spanish in Argentina and Spain. Murphy graduated from Whitman College where he studied Foreign Languages & Literatures. He recently completed an MBA at Torcuato Di Tella University. In his spare time, Murphy enjoys watching Argentine film and making ceramics.
Gabriel Expanish Staff

Gabriel Aragona | Spanish Director

Gabriel Aragona was born and raised in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires and is always eager to introduce students to his native language. He studied at IES N°1 and graduated with a teaching degree in Spanish, Literature and Latin. He received the International House Certificate in Teaching Spanish and has over eight years of experience as an instructor. As the Spanish Director, Gabriel is in charge of program development, student placement, and assessment. He stays active in the language learning community through participation in American Councils on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys reading books and listening to music.
Milva Expanish Staff

Milva Santa Cruz | Students Services Coordinator

Originally from Buenos Aires, Milva graduated from the Universidad del Museo Social Argentino as a trained interpreter and a literary translator. She loves meeting new people, especially from different parts of the world and learning about their countries and their cultures. She speaks English, Spanish and Argentine Sign Language – she loves communicating! In her role at Expanish, she serves as the Student Services Coordinator, attending student at reception, organizing activities and managing all the students housing. In her spare time, she enjoy musicals, theatre and being with her family.
Lucia Expanish Staff

Lucía De Dominicis | Aadmisions Advisor

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Lucia is currently finishing her degree in Communication in the University of Buenos Aires. She loves learning about different cultures and interacting with people from all over the world. This has lead to her study of both English and Portuguese. She enjoys traveling in Latin America and bringing her experiences back to the office. In her role as Admissions Advisor, Lucia handles day-to-day communication and manages the admission process. In her free time, Lucia writes articles for an online magazine and enjoys reading and watching movies.
Carina Expanish Staff

Carina Ciapponi | Finance & Administration Manager

Carina Ciapponi, Finance and Administration Manager, was born and raised in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. She graduated from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional with a degree in Industrial Organization and she also completed coursework in Literature, Design, and Psychology. After graduation, she gained extensive experience in administration and accounting in various organizations, in both large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and a bank. She manages all financial aspects and serves as the accounting contact. She loves learning languages, making handicrafts, spending time with friends and drinking mate.

Ines Schuber | Marketing Coordinator

A french globetrotter, Ines studied Marketing and International Business in Bordeaux, France. During the course of her degree she studied 4 languages, including Chinese, and had the opportunity to practice them while living in various countries abroad including Scotland, and the USA. Ines also spent 6 months in Hong Kong for a university exchange program where she had the opportunity to put her Chinese to the test. Upon graduating Ines decided to make her next adventure Argentina, to start her career as well as perfect her Spanish. During her free time, she likes to run and completed her first marathon in Buenos Aires, more importantly she is passionate about cooking and tries to pick up gastronomic influences from all the places she has visited to create her own gastronomic style!

Accreditations and Recommendations

Arrival and First Day

You will enter the school and be greeted by a professional team of highly trained teachers and a passionate international staff who are excited to bring the students together and bond over Spanish learning. We know the first day can be nerve-wracking, so here is an idea of what you can expect:

How to get to the City (from the airport) Expanish recommends the following forms of transportation:
  • Private Car (Remis) Hiring a private car, or remis, is the easiest and safest way to arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfers can be arranged prior to arrival and a flat fee will be charged for the service.
  • Expanish Airport Transfer Secure and reliable airport transfer by remis is available through Expanish. An Expanish driver will be waiting at the airport and will drive directly to your housing.
  • Manuel Tienda Leon (Shuttle) Shuttles run every half-hour to downtown Buenos Aires. Students will have to find their own way from the terminal to their accommodation.
Expanish discourages using the following forms of transportation:
  • Public Bus The public bus operates near both airports; however, Expanish does not recommend this option as it runs infrequently, is difficult to manage for newcomers and there is insufficient space for luggage.
  • Taxi Flagging down a taxi from outside the airport can be risky. These taxis sometimes take advantage of foreigners by charging higher fees than the standard rate.
If there are any problems upon arrival either at the airport, in the city, or at the selected housing, Expanish staff are always available at the 24/7 emergency number. This number is provided in the program information packet.  

First Day at Expanish

8:00-8:45:
Placement Tests

You will take a Spanish written test prior to arrival and oral one on the first day at the school. This test allows for the assessment of Spanish knowledge and appropriate placement with students of the same level.

8:45-9:00:
Welcome Packs

You will receive a welcome pack on the first day at Expanish which includes tourist information about Buenos Aires, program and class information, a student benefit card (used for our discount program), and an Expanish eco-bag to store your class materials.

9:00-9:30:
New Student Orientation

On the first day of classes, Expanish staff will provide all new students with a short orientation that includes information about Spanish classes, activities, excursions, and Buenos Aires in general. This orientation is also a great way to meet fellow students and our friendly staff.

13:00-14:30:
Security Talk and Walking Tour

To finalize the activities of the day, new students will assist a security talk and will have the possibility if they want, to take a short walking tour of the surrounding areas to get to know the location of the school and get helpful tips like where to buy a cell phone, how to add money to your public transportation card and where to exchange money.

What to bring?

Students should bring school supplies like a pen and paper for notes. We will be providing course materials, welcome pack, and eco-tote on your first day.

Location & Transportation

Address

25 de Mayo 457, 4th Floor
1002ABI Buenos Aires
Argentina

Subte (Metro)

Expanish is two blocks to the Leandro N. Alem station (B line) and six blocks to Catedral station (B line).

Local Bus

There are a number of bus routes to Expanish. The main bus lines are: 6, 22, 28, 33, 45, 50, 56, 62, 74, 91, 115, 126, 130, 140 and 152.

Taxi

Our street address is 25 de Mayo 457 between Lavalle and Corrientes Av.