Spanish Studies Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2020 Córdoba Spanish Studies Spring Semester
    Feb 8, 2020 - Jul 4, 2020
    Oct 15, 2019
  • 2020 Córdoba Spanish Studies/Integrated Studies Calendar Year
    Feb 8, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020
    Oct 15, 2019
  • 2020 Córdoba Spanish Studies Fall Semester
    Jul, 2020-Dec, 2020 View Program Calendar
    May 15, 2020
  • 2020-2021 Córdoba Spanish Studies/Integrated Studies Academic Year
    Jul, 2020-Jul, 2021
    May 15, 2020
  • 2020-2021 Córdoba Spanish Studies/Integrated Studies Academic Year plus IRP
    Jul, 2020-Jul, 2021
    May 15, 2020

Course Catalog

Spanish Studies in Córdoba, Argentina

Program Information

Spanish Studies program in Córdoba, Argentina is a great way to experience life at an Argentine university while immersing yourself in the local culture. This program is designed for the student that has completed one semester of intermediate college Spanish. Students will attend classes with other international students at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) through their international department, the Programa de Español y Cultural Latinoamericana (PECLA). In addition to living with a host family, Spanish Studies students will participate in a variety of cultural activities and excursions around Córdoba and beyond.


    • Dedication to academic excellence
    • Semesters begin with an intensive language period (Monday-Thursday)
    • After the intensive period, classes generally meet Monday-Thursday, allowing for independent travel
    • Prerequisite: successful completion of one semester of intermediate college 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
    • 14-18 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 academic 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.


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