Study Spanish Abroad
in C贸rdoba, Argentina

Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969

Overview

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

Cultural Information

  • Population: 1,493,000
  • C贸rdoba Province
  • Peso
  • Universities, Tango, Las estancias jesuitas, Mate

As the capital of C贸rdoba Province and the seat of Argentina’s second largest metropolitan area, the city of C贸rdoba is a bustling educational and commercial center set at the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in northern Argentina. Founded by Jer贸nimo Luis de Cabrera in 1573, C贸rdoba 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).

Vegetarians/Vegans: 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 C贸rdoba 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鈥檒l 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, C贸rdoba鈥檚 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 C贸rdoba (UNC) who will help to orient you to the university and daily life. Spanish Studies and UNC's Programa de Espa帽ol 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 C贸rdoba鈥檚 population. Not surprisingly, there are lots of options for students鈥 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 C贸rdoba.

Spanish Studies

Take courses in Spanish specifically designed for study abroad students. Attend classes with other international students studying Spanish language, culture, history, social sciences, and more. Spanish Studies Abroad on-site resident directors and local professors teach a cultural reflection course to help you understand and integrate with the culture.

Integrated Studies Programs

Advanced students enroll in one or more regular courses in Spanish at the host聽university to complement the Spanish Studies Program curriculum. Sit side-byside聽with local students. We provide you with all the benefits of direct enrollment,聽including access to campus resources and integration into the university community.聽On-site resident directors assist each student individually with course selection and聽registration, and select a tutor for academic support.

Internship & Service Learning Programs

Gain hands-on experience side-by-side with local workers and volunteers while聽earning credit and learning Spanish. Learn through experience and reflection.聽Spanish Studies Abroad draws from its extensive network of collaborators to find the聽most appropriate placement for each student.

Short Term Programs

If you can鈥檛 get away for a full semester, short-term programs are the best option.聽Courses offered at all levels of Spanish, in most disciplines: general Spanish language,聽Spanish for the professions, literature and history, business and economics, education聽and health sciences, social sciences, and more. We offer January, May, and/or Summer Terms.

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Excursions

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.

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Iglesia de la Compa帽铆a, C贸rdoba, Argentina

Local study visits may include:

  • The Iglesia de la Compa帽铆a, a historic Jesuit church in downtown C贸rdoba
  • The old聽rectorado聽building and the rare book collection of聽Universidad Nacional de C贸rdoba
  • Art exhibits, concerts, and evenings at the theater
  • City tour

Day and overnight* excursions may include:

  • Las estancias jesuitas
  • San Luis, Mendoza or Entre Rios
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Las estancias jesuitas, C贸rdoba, Argentina

Housing

Homestay

Cross-Cultural Learning 鈥 seeing the world as others see it 鈥 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 C贸rdoba. This early immersion in Argentine language will help you gain an understanding of daily life and customs in C贸rdoba. There too, sharing in family conversations, you begin to learn “unspoken language” 鈥 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.

Local family

University

Your learning and immersion experience in the communities of UNC is supported by the presence of the Resident Director, who will be both guide and teacher as you make your cross-cultural journey. The Resident Director helps you to synthesize your experience through the special Cultural Realities course, and through personal contact and cultural activities throughout your stay.

We work with:

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Founded by the Jesuits in 1613, the UNC’s history is closely intertwined with the city of C贸rdoba. Located in the center of historic downtown, it is home to rich historical sites, architecture and resources, such as the old rectorado building and a rare book collection unique in the Americas. Students also have easy access to museums, theatre, nightlife, shopping, and public transportation.
Because of UNC’s central role in the development of C贸rdoba, the city is popularly known as la Docta (the Scholar). Its prestige attracts about 100,000 students from all over Argentina and South America to study at the institution. By studying at UNC, you have the opportunity to meet a variety of Argentine and South American students in the classroom and through daily interaction. Each year, UNC also welcomes approximately 300 study abroad students to its campus who come to C贸rdoba for semester, academic year or summer programs. The great majority of these students are from Western Europe and Asia.

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聽With a small English-speaking presence in the university and the city, Spanish is generally the prime language of communication for everyday life, which gives you a great opportunity to build your language and cultural skills.

At UNC, Spanish Studies Abroad works in cooperation with the Programa de Espa帽ol 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.

While you will select a number of courses from the curriculum offered by PECLA, all Spanish Studies students enroll in one regularly-scheduled course at UNC. As you share the classroom and interchange ideas with your Argentine peers, you will find yourself immersed in both academic and cultural learning.

Testimonials from students

Meet your Resident Director

This is a great moment to live an experience that you will keep in your heart, throughout your personal and academic life. I expect that students will open their minds and hearts to other forms of knowledge. While excellent academics is the main reason to study at Universidad Nacional de C贸rdoba, the richest aspect of your experience will be getting to know another culture – which I鈥檓 sure you will fall in love with!

Patricia Maqueda

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