Integrated Studies Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2020 Córdoba Integrated Studies Fall Semester
    Jul, 2020-Dec, 2020 View Program Calendar
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  • 2020-2021 Córdoba Integrated Studies Academic Year
    Jul, 2020-Jul, 2021
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  • 2020-2021 Córdoba Integrated Studies Academic Year plus IRP
    Jul, 2020-Jul, 2021
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Course Catalog

Integrated Studies in Córdoba, Argentina

Program Information

The Integrated program through Spanish Studies Abroad combines the best of both worlds - specially designed coursework taught in Spanish and integrated courses with Argentine students at the local university. Immerse yourself in university life at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) while receiving academic support and cultural guidance to achieve the maximum language acquisition and cultural integration. Make friends with locals and international students alike, practice Spanish with your host family over empanadas or mate, and experience the best of Argentina and your host city through cultural visits and excursions. This program has it all!

The Integrated program is based upon Spanish Studies' unique Guided Direct Enrollment Model in which students benefit from three levels of cultural integration:

  • Programa de Español y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA): Students enroll in one mandatory 5-credit class in the Intensive Period and then have the option of taking 1-3 classes designed for international students through UNC's PECLA program.
  • Direct enrollment at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Students enroll in 1-2 integrated courses with Argentine students at UNC. Each integrated course is worth 6 credits.
  • The Resident Director guides students to consciously synthesize their cultural experience through a Spanish Studies-designed Cultural Realities course and one-on-one interaction.


  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Classes held Monday to Friday
  • Prerequisite: the completion of two semesters of advanced college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or native/near-native speakers of Spanish.
  • Students must have a high school diploma and be at least 17 years of age in order to enroll at UNC.
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish language coursework
  • 17-22 credits per semester (includes intensive language and culture course)*
  • Options for experiential learning:

*Note: Students interested in completing an academic year in Argentina have three options: the American academic year (Fall to Spring), the Argentine calendar year (Spring to Fall), or the American academic year plus an Independent Research Project during the January break.


All courses are taught by Argentine university professors. Please consult our Recommended Course Guide for more information on available courses at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.


All students live with local host families.

Costs Include

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Housing Information


Cross-Cultural Learning – seeing the world as others see it – begins with life outside school. During the one-month intensive language and culture course and the regular semester, you live with a local family near Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. This early immersion in Argentine language will help you gain an understanding of daily life and customs in Córdoba. There too, sharing in family conversations, you begin to learn "unspoken language" – the family values and subtle beliefs that underlie actions.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

Cultural Information

Population: 1,493,000

Region: Córdoba Province

Currency: Peso

Famous for: Universities, Tango, Las estancias jesuitas, Mate

As the capital of Córdoba Province and the seat of Argentina's second largest metropolitan area, the city of Córdoba is a bustling educational and commercial center set at the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in northern Argentina. Founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera in 1573, Córdoba today is recognized as a center for arts and learning in Argentina with its many universities, theatres, and museums.

Argentine Daily Routine:

Breakfast (Desayuno) is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch (Almuerzo) is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 12:00 and 2:00PM.

Dinner (Cena) is a smaller meal than almuerzo and is generally eaten after 8:00 PM and possibly as late as 11:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:00 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Argentines eat with their families, sleep, or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Argentine Dishes:

Empanadas are dough turnovers, either baked, fried, filled with ground beef, ham and cheese, chicken, spinach, and all sorts of other things.

Yerba Mate is a tea made from the leaves of a plant native to the tropical Litoral region of Northeastern Argentina. The tea is served in a mate and passed around for everyone to sip from the same bombilla (metallic tube or straw).


There are relatively few vegans and vegetarians in Argentina. In addition to a variety of salads available at most restaurants, Argentina offers some delicious bread and cheeses, and a number of great pasta dishes. There are also some vegan and vegetarian cafes around Córdoba and in other Argentine cities.

How to Dress in Argentina:

Like in Spain, Argentines tend to dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Since Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are the exact opposite of those we experience here in the Northern Hemisphere. Overall, Córdoba’s climate is temperate, with distinct dry and rainy seasons.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Argentines tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself to new Argentine friends. You may choose to have a local speaking partner at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) who will help to orient you to the university and daily life. Spanish Studies and UNC's Programa de Español y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA) also offer several cultural activities designed to help you integrate with your Argentine classmates.

With seven public and private universities, students make up a substantial percentage of Córdoba’s population. Not surprisingly, there are lots of options for students’ free time including cafes, pubs, and clubs. Spanish Studies wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Argentine nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. Argentines often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Check out La Voz, a popular website that lists music, theater, and other events currently happening in Córdoba.


To enhance your cultural experience in Argentina, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout the semester. These activities include local day trips as well as overnight excursions to Rosario, Santa Fe, and Parana. They are coordinated to enhance your class studies and designed to expand your vision of Argentine arts and culture.

Local Study visits include:

  • The Iglesia de la Compañía, a historic Jesuit church in downtown Córdoba
  • The old rectorado building and the rare book collection of Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
  • Art exhibits, concerts, and evenings at the theater
  • City tour

Day and overnight excursions include:

  • Las estancias jesuitas
  • San Luis, Mendoza or Entre Rios