Study Abroad / Affiliated Programs / Language Programs

Cordoba, Argentina

Spend a semester in Cordoba, Argentina!

Spanish Studies Abroad offers semester programs in Córdoba, Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC).

Spanish Studies facilitates a true cross-cultural exchange by inviting students to expand their world-view through intense immersion of the culture. At UNC, Spanish Studies works in cooperation with the Programa de Espanol y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA), which offers a broad variety of courses in language, literature, history, and culture. PECLA’s courses are designed to serve the needs of the international students who come to UNC to study. Some features of the program include:

  • U.S. compatible curriculum
  • Mentoring by local Argentine students
  • Native Argentine professors
  • All classes taught in Spanish
  • On-site Resident Director and staff
  • Internships and independent research projects
  • All-inclusive day and overnight study trips
  • Weekends for independent travel
  • On-site cultural activities

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Founded by the Jesuits in 1613, UNC’s history is closely intertwined with the city of Cordoba. Located in the center of historic downtown, it is home to rich historical sites, architecture and resources. Students have easy access to museums, theater, nightlife, shopping and public transportation.

Visit the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC) website


Spanish Studies Abroad offers an exceptional opportunity for cross-cultural study at the distinguished Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), a descendent of the oldest university in Argentina.

Three programs are available to undergraduate students.

Semester/ Academic Year Program Options


During the one month intensive language and culture course, students live with a local family which helps them gain an understanding of daily life and customs.

For the remainder of the program, students have the option of living in a residence hall or continuing to live in a home. The homestay includes full room and board and laundry once a week. There is one student per home. Student residences include double occupancy rooms with a kitchenette, two meals per day Monday through Friday, in room high speed Internet connection, laundry facilities, television room, study room, pool access and use of the sport facilities.


Contact the Director of Study Abroad to discuss program fees and financial aid.

The Cordoba, Argentina semester abroad is an Saint Mary’s Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in Saint Mary’s institutional aid may be applied to the program’s costs.

Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight and local study visits and cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Computer access and high-speed internet access
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff
  • Scholarship Information

Scholarship and Funding Information

Students should research the details of non-Saint Mary’s scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.

Program Dates/Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a student visa.

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Application Procedures

To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework.

Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary’s required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, International Center, the Heights.

Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student’s application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies.

Next Steps

After acceptance, complete the following required items.

  1. Pay $500 non-refundable program deposit payable to Saint Mary’s.
  2. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
  3. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
Culture/City Information

Argentina’s second largest city and the region’s early capital, Córdoba is a bustling educational and commercial center set at the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in northern Argentina and is surrounded by lakes and rivers, making it a perfect location for water sports, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.

Founded as a Jesuit city by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera in 1573, Córdoba today is recognized as a center for arts and learning in Argentina with its many universities, theaters, and museums.

Learn more about the culture of Cordoba

Cordoba, Argentina is known for its good weather and healthy climate. The average annual temperature is 50 °F-64°F (10 °C-18 °C). Rainfall is seasonal in summer with an average of 31“ a year. There is a dry season lasting from May through November.

When Central Standard Time is in effect in the United States, Argentina is two hours ahead.

The currency in Argentina is the Peso. There are 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent and 1 peso coins. Paper money comes in denominations of: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

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