This four-week program serves as an ideal short-term study abroad experience. The summer program provices students with an intensive introduction to Spanish language and Argentine culture.
The Córdoba Summer Term consists of a four-week Intensive Language and Culture session and is located at Argentina's oldest university, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC). During this time, you take an intensive language and culture course, while discovering the culture and people of Argentina. Advanced students may also choose to participate in an internship or service learning opportunity during their summer term.
Spanish Studies facilitates a true cross-cultural exchange by inviting students to expand their world-view through intense immersion of the culture. At UNC, CC-CS 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
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.
The 4-week intensive term offers Spanish courses for every language level and content courses for more advanced students. The Summer Term aligns with the start of the Fall Semester program and the beginning of the second semester of the Argentine academic year.
Students studying for the Summer Term in Córdoba choose one 80-hour language course or one or two 45-hour content courses. Students may also participate in an internship or service learning opportunity during their summer in Córdoba for 3 credits:
Summer Term Course Descriptions
Since the Cordoba, Argentina summer abroad program does not occur during the regular academic year, Federal, State, and SMU institutional aid may not be applied to the program's costs.
Double occupancy room & full board
Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
Computer access & high-speed internet access
Spanish Studies transcript
Support of onsite staff
CC-CS has a scholarship program that is open to all participants. Award recipients are chosen based on the submission of an original essay in Spanish, an essay in English and a faculty recommendation. Students may receive awards up to $2,500.
Students should research the details of non-SMU scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.
Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary's required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136.
Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student's application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies. 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.
1. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
2. Attend all orientation sessions.
3. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
4. Purchase the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $25 in the Study Abroad Office.
5. Review the health information provided to you.
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.
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.