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Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish

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Spring

Feb, 2025

Jul, 2025

Oct 15, 2025

$15.700

Academic Year

Jul 8, 2024

Jul, 2025

May 31, 2024

$30.800

Fall

Jul 8, 2024

Nov 30, 2024

May 31, 2024

$15.700

Program Overview

Elevate Your Spanish and Engage with Argentine Culture! 

Our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in Córdoba, Argentina, tailored for both a semester and an academic year, caters to students seeking to advance their Spanish while exploring the liberal arts in a vibrant cultural setting. 

Directly enroll at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), integrating with Argentine students for a genuine academic experience. This immersion extends beyond the classroom, offering cultural activities, excursions, and daily life experiences, deepening your connection to Argentine culture.

Program Highlights:

  • Advanced Spanish Language Instruction: Tailored courses to refine your Spanish, emphasizing complex linguistic and cultural contexts.
  • Direct University Enrollment: Engage in courses at UNC alongside local students, fostering authentic academic and social integration.
  • In-Depth Liberal Arts Curriculum: Explore subjects like Argentine literature and Latin American history, enhancing your understanding of regional and global contexts.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dive into Córdoba’s rich cultural scene through organized activities and daily interactions, from family dinners to local excursions.

Córdoba offers an unparalleled setting for students dedicated to deepening their Spanish language skills and engaging with a rich academic and cultural environment. Join our program to challenge yourself in one of Argentina’s most historic and dynamic cities.

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🖼 Artistic Heritage

Córdoba, with its rich blend of colonial and modern art, offers a captivating exploration of Argentine culture. From the historical streets lined with colonial architecture to vibrant murals depicting the region’s history, students can immerse themselves in a city where every corner tells a story.

🍴 Gastronomic Exploration

Delve into the heart of Argentine culinary tradition in Córdoba. Begin your day with a light desayuno, enjoy the main event at almuerzo with dishes like empanadas, and partake in the late-night cena tradition. Experience the communal ritual of Yerba Mate, and discover vegetarian-friendly options in a city known for its meat-centric cuisine but also accommodating diverse dietary preferences.

📚 Cultural Learning

Embrace Argentine culture through immersive experiences. The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and PECLA offer programs that integrate students into local life, from history-rich visits like the Manzana Jesuítica to engaging with the community through volunteer work and cultural festivals.

🌿 Natural Escapes

Córdoba’s landscape invites exploration of Argentina’s natural beauty. From tranquil parks to the adventurous Andean foothills, the region offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation, reflecting Argentina’s diverse ecosystem.

🌟 Engaged Living

Living in Córdoba means adapting to the Argentine daily routine, where the rhythm of life slows down during siesta and comes alive at night. With a vibrant student population and friendly locals, Córdoba offers a dynamic environment for making new friends and experiencing Argentine nightlife, all while emphasizing the importance of balancing academic responsibilities with cultural immersion.

Your semester in Córdoba, Argentina, is set to be an immersive exploration, not just academically, but deep into the fabric of Argentine culture and history. We’ve tailored a series of cultural activities and excursions specifically designed to enrich your experience, connecting you with the unique heritage and vibrant lifestyle of this region. Here’s a glimpse of the enriching activities planned for your time in Córdoba:

🎨 Cultural Excursions:

Historic Journeys: Dive into the revolutionary past with a visit to Alta Gracia’s Che Guevara Museum, offering insights into the life of this iconic figure.
Human Rights Education: Engage with Argentina’s recent history at La Perla, a former clandestine detention center, in collaboration with the UNION group and Pecla.
Indigenous Legacy: Explore the rich pre-Columbian history in Jujuy and Salta through a visit to the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology (MAAM).

💃 Cultural Immersion:

Tango Passion: Experience the soul of Argentina with tango sessions led by dance experts, immersing yourself in this sensual dance.
Artistic Heritage: Visit the Palacio Ferreyra and other historical museums in Córdoba city to witness the artistic evolution of the region.
Architectural Marvel: Explore the Manzana Jesuítica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing the Jesuitic influence on education and architecture.

🍴 Culinary Adventures:

Local Cuisine: Master the art of making empanadas in an Argentine cooking workshop, discovering the flavors that define this beloved national dish.

🗣 Social Connections:

Community Engagement: Participate in monthly social/cultural gatherings with speaking partners, enhancing your Spanish and fostering local friendships.

This curated selection of activities is crafted to ensure you not only learn about but also live the essence of Córdoba and Argentina. Most activities are included in your program’s cost, though some may require a small additional fee. Availability can vary based on the program schedule. These experiences promise a semester filled with cultural discovery, academic enrichment, and memories to last a lifetime in the heart of Argentina. 🇦🇷✨

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 Córdoba, the richest aspect of your experience will be getting to know another culture - which I’m sure you will fall in love with!
Patricia Maqueda RESIDENT DIRECTOR, ARGENTINA
Pat Maqueda
Resident Director, Córdoba, Argentina

Housing

Homestays

Homestays in Córdoba, Argentina, offer a unique gateway to deep cultural immersion, providing an invaluable perspective into the Argentine way of life. While enrolled in the intensive language and culture course or during the regular semester, students are placed with welcoming local families in proximity to the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. This arrangement not only facilitates early language acquisition but also offers a firsthand look into the everyday customs and traditions of Córdoba. Engaging with your host family over meals and through daily interactions allows for a deeper understanding of the nuanced, non-verbal aspects of Argentine culture, including values and beliefs that shape their way of life.

Included in your homestay experience are comprehensive amenities such as full room and board, along with laundry services and room cleaning. Should you have specific dietary needs or require special accommodations, arrangements can be made, though additional fees may apply. The Spanish Studies team takes great care in selecting host families that can provide a supportive and serene environment, conducive to both cultural immersion and academic success. Regular visits and discussions with host families ensure that standards for a positive and enriching stay are consistently met.

Remember, bringing a thoughtful gift for your host family is a wonderful way to express gratitude and start your homestay on a positive note.

Academics

Course Selection

The available courses for students vary by program and are distributed between the SSA center and local universities. Please see the selection below, and contact us for the most current course information:

Subject

Course

Courses

Marketing/Media/Communications

Explore narrative techniques and digital tools to craft compelling stories reflecting cultural contexts, with a focus on Spanish-speaking communities.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Art/Design/Architecture

This worshop proposes an approach to the culture of our city using biodrama techniques. The student will work on: physical and vocal training; improvisation; staging; theatrical production; review.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Art/Design/Architecture

This workshop is focused on the production and artistic creation of audiovisual works with the support of available devices such as netbooks, cell phones, digital cameras, etc. The student will explore the audiovisual language from a critical and creative point of view. The student will work on: audiovisual narrative (shot, scene, sequence, etc.); audiovisual writing (storyline, script, etc.); staging (lighting, costume, atrezzo, etc.); post-production; soundtrack; projection; audience.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Overview of the most important literary movements in Latin America in the 20th century. Special emphasis on narrative, poetry and essay writing.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Overview of contemporary writers, subjects and movements in Argentina’s national literature. Special emphasis on the works of Borges, Arit, Cortázar, Saer and Piglia.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

The objective of the course is to develop oral expression and strengthen fluency. Class activities include role-playing and oral presentations about Argentina and Latin America’s cultural issues. The course emphasizes the use of functional language in communicative contexts in Argentina.
Prerequisites: Completion of SPAN 350AN: Advanced Spanish I or SPAN 351AN: Advanced Spanish II during the Intensive Period.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This course is designed to develop written production of complex texts in formal and academic registers.
Prerequisites: Completion of SPAN 350AN: Advanced Spanish I or SPAN 351AN: Advanced Spanish II during the Intensive Period.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This course focuses on studying Spanish grammar in depth. It is structured so that students can have an approach to different text types, and to the discursive and linguistic strategies related to each of them.
Prerequisites: Completion of one semester of Advanced Spanish

Contact Hours: 38

Credits: 3

Business/Management/Economics

Explore Argentina’s economic development and urban structures, analyzing regional disparities and urbanization processes in a historical and contemporary context.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This course explores cinematic production in Argentina from its beginnings. Students will study how film follows the country’s political processes and changes, as well as themes such as the quality of production, topography of the land, and cultural diversity of the country.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Art/Design/Architecture

This course approaches some of the key historical moments in the development of art in the region. Topics include the relationship between characteristic features of national cultures and other tendencies of the region, pre-Columbian cultural forms and colonial art, art crafts at the time of national independence movements, development of modern art programs, plastic arts in the second half of the 20th century, and, finally, current debates about identity in Latin American art.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Art/Design/Architecture

This course relates art history to cultural history from a sociological perspective of art. Students study the characteristics of Argentine art and how it defines itself in the international context. The relationship between visual arts, audiovisual arts, and music will be especially considered.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Politics/Social Sciences/Criminal Justice

An approach to the region related to distribution of population, quality of life and poverty. The course will cover social movements: the landless, the Latin-American megalopolis, the new reality of rural areas, South America’s integration into the Mercosur Region.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

A study of the history of the region from Spanish conquest and colony to the 20th century. Special emphasis on present-day issues.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

The course studies the most important historical periods in Argentina in the 19th and 20th centuries. Special emphasis on historical issues of the last 50 years.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This course integrates the study of the five Argentine regions (metropolitan areas, the “pampa”, the Andes, Patagonia and Entre Ríos) from different perspectives: physical and political geography, economy, politics and culture.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Overview of the most important historic and cultural processes of the region, from pre-Columbian times to nowadays. Special emphasis on South American culture.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Overview of Argentine art and culture of the 20th century. Special emphasis on music (folklore, tango, rock and roll), cinema and literature.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Students develop skills in using Spanish confidently and effectively, focusing upon improvement in the rules of grammar and politeness in Spanish, and self-correction. Classes are taught from a communicative point of view to develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Class activities and assignments (practical grammar exercises, role plays, pair work, and debates) deal with functional language contents in real life situations. Class and extracurricular activities combine to foster cultural immersion. Students participate in several cultural events, such as cinema, theater, exhibits, music shows, and museum visits.
Prerequisites: SPAN 350AN (Advanced Spanish I) or the equivalent.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Students reflect upon the main grammatical structures, becoming fluent in Spanish, so as to only hesitate in unknown contexts or in expressing nuances or subtleties in the language. Classes are taught from a communicative point of view to develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Class activities and assignments (practical grammar exercises, role plays, pair work, and debates) deal with functional language contents in real life situations. Class and extracurricular activities combine to foster cultural immersion. Students participate in several cultural events, such as cinema, theater, exhibits, music shows, and museum visits.
Prerequisites: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Course work at this level focuses on the improvement of accuracy and fluency. Classes are taught from a communicative point of view to develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Class activities and assignments (practical grammar exercises, role plays, pair work, and debates) deal with functional language contents in real life situations. Class and extracurricular activities combine to foster cultural immersion. Students participate in several cultural events, such as cinema, theater, exhibits, music shows, and museum visits.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Taught by Resident Director, this course seeks to guide the student through the cultural adaptation period, leading them to a profound analysis of their experiences in Argentina. Through discussion, journaling, and oral presentations students reflect upon their own adaptation with the eventual goal of integration into Argentine culture. Students explore Argentine culture, society, labor, religion, economics, and leisure, with the purpose of better understanding their own cultural journey and managing culture shock.

Contact Hours: 15

Credits: 1

Internships/Service Learning

Engagement in the culture through community service in a local organization.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Separate application required. See www.ssabroad.org/service-learning.html

Contact Hours: 113

Credits: 3

Internships/Service Learning

Practical experience in international business, tourism, communications, or other fields through placement in a local business or organization.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Minimum of one previous language course at the advanced level and separate application required. See ssabroad.org/programs/internships/

Contact Hours: 113

Credits: 3

Academic Institutions

The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), founded by Jesuits in 1613, stands as one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious institutions. Nestled in the heart of Córdoba’s historic downtown, UNC is a beacon of academic excellence and cultural heritage, boasting significant historical sites and resources, including the old rectorado building and a rare book collection unique in the Americas. Known as “la Docta” due to its central role in Córdoba’s intellectual life, the university attracts around 100,000 students from across Argentina and South America, offering a vibrant campus life enriched with museums, theaters, and nightlife. Each year, UNC welcomes around 300 international students, providing a rich environment for cultural and linguistic immersion. In collaboration with the Programa de Español y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA), UNC offers a wide range of courses tailored to meet the academic needs of international students, fostering a deep engagement with Argentine culture and Spanish language proficiency.

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Language/History/Cultural Studies

El curso tiene como objetivo fundamental aproximar al alumno a la realidad española contemporánea y los diversos aspectos que la conforman, lo que ayudará a los alumnos a comprender la compleja situación socio-política y cultural de “las Españas” de hoy, así como el carácter de los pueblos que las habitan. Curso impartido en inglés.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Living the Culture

In this introductory cooking course students learn the basics of traditional Spanish cuisine, especially that of the coastal region. Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses.
Prerequisites: Additional fee applies

Contact Hours: 15

Credits: 1

Global Peace/International Relations

The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning, as well as its connections with the Mediterranean area. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level. The role of Spain in the EU and the EU´s relationships with the countries in the Mediterranean area will be analysed. Issues of intercultural communication between both sides of the Mediterranean sea will be discussed.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 379UAS-E is a course that provides a comprehensive survey of Spanish art. Through lectures, discussions, and visual analysis, students explore significant artistic movements, styles, and works of art from various periods in Spanish art history. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, social, and historical contexts that shaped artistic production in Spain. Topics may include medieval art, Renaissance art, Baroque art, modernism, and contemporary art. By studying key artists, artworks, and art theories, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of Spanish art across different epochs and regions.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

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The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), founded by Jesuits in 1613, stands as one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious institutions. Nestled in the heart of Córdoba’s historic downtown, UNC is a beacon of academic excellence and cultural heritage, boasting significant historical sites and resources, including the old rectorado building and a rare book collection unique in the Americas. Known as “la Docta” due to its central role in Córdoba’s intellectual life, the university attracts around 100,000 students from across Argentina and South America, offering a vibrant campus life enriched with museums, theaters, and nightlife. Each year, UNC welcomes around 300 international students, providing a rich environment for cultural and linguistic immersion. In collaboration with the Programa de Español y Cultura Latinoamericana (PECLA), UNC offers a wide range of courses tailored to meet the academic needs of international students, fostering a deep engagement with Argentine culture and Spanish language proficiency.

Why This Program?

The Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish Program in Córdoba, Argentina, for a semester or academic year, is specifically tailored for students who have reached an advanced level of Spanish and are eager to challenge themselves further in a fully immersive environment. Situated in the heart of Argentina’s cultural and historical richness, Córdoba offers an exceptional backdrop for deepening linguistic proficiency and understanding the diverse tapestry of Latin American cultures, histories, and societies through a wide range of courses taught exclusively in Spanish.

📚 Rigorous Spanish Language Enhancement:

This program stands out for its commitment to providing advanced Spanish speakers with a challenging academic environment and deep cultural engagement, making it an ideal choice for students dedicated to achieving a profound understanding of Spanish language and Latin American studies within the stimulating context of Córdoba, Argentina.

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Oct 15, 2025

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Jul, 2025

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May 31, 2024

Jul 8, 2024

Jul, 2025

$30.800

May 31, 2024

Jul 8, 2024

Nov 30, 2024

$15.700

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