In 1992, CUI was aimed to fulfill students’ needs regarding foreign language learning. However, shortly after and as the result of a university extension project, these language courses were made available to the community at large.
Today, more than twenty languages are taught at CUI: English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Spanish for foreign students and six aboriginal languages, Mapuche, Quechua , Guaraní, Toba-Qom, Tehuelche and Wichí, among others.
All language programs at CUI are a natural extension of university activities. Course contents at CUI have been duly approved by the Superior Council of the School of Agronomy of Universidad de Buenos Aires. CUI is well known for the quality of its programs and for the professionalism of its teaching staff. Teacher training is constant during the year, whether in seminars inside CUI or outside. A distinct feature of CUI is the outstanding diversity in terms of ideology, educational background, life experience, and age of its student population. These are key factors that contribute to enrich classroom activities and help promote discussion and debate as a means of language acquisition.
To meet the needs of its nearly twenty thousand students, CUI offers an extensive time schedule, ten venues strategically located around the city and in the suburbs, spacious classrooms, a bookstore, a multimedia workshop, a cafeteria, a library, and a variety of services, all of which help optimize study and recreational time.