Is this program right for you?
This program is designed for advanced Spanish language students who seek an independent study abroad program where they take classes in Spanish alongside local students directly enrolled in an Argentine University: Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).
UCA is a private university located in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. The university is fairly large with approximately 18,000 degree seeking students and it hosts about 200 international exchange students each term. Students that choose to study abroad at UCA have a wide range of courses in Spanish from which to choose. The University offers courses and degrees in: Economics, Commerce, Marketing, Business, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Philosophy, Literature, History, Music and Musicology, Education, Journalism, Institutional Communications, Advertising, Agriculture, and Theology.
In addition, students can take courses related to Latin American Studies topics in the "Programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos" (PEL) Program. These courses tend to have more study abroad students than Argentine students in them. Many students will mix and match these courses so that their schedule is comprised of some PEL program courses and some regular UCA departmental courses.
All students will benefit from the required intensive Spanish language course that occurs during the first three weeks of the program on-site. The course covers intermediate and advanced level Spanish language topics and includes some extracurricular cultural activities throughout Buenos Aires that help introduce students to their new city. During the semester UCA also offers semester long courses of Spanish as a foreign language at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students will be given a placement test upon arrival to Buenos Aires and those that don't reach high enough level in their assessment system will be required to take a semester long Spanish language course. Past experience has shown that most students end up being required to take a semester long Spanish course in addition to the intensive course.
Visit the UCA International website for further information about their program, courses, and more.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
The greater Buenos Aires area has a population of nearly 12 million people, and its character and look were molded by European immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Buenos Aires has magnificent buildings, monuments and parks and although it is a big city, its transportation system makes it easy to move around. There are many interesting neighborhoods to explore during the semester in Buenos Aires.
The "porteños" (as inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called) enjoy an active cultural and social life. Hospitality to foreigners is the rule, and the city is unique for its diverse and fun night-life.
Housing & Meals
In the tradition of most Latin American universities, UCA does not have student dormitories. Students attending this program are expected to secure their own housing for their semester/year of study. Using information provided by the UCA International Students Office and from alumni of the program, students can live in a variety of housing settings including homestays, apartments, group houses, or short- and long-term student residences. Unless meals are provided in a homestay setting, students are responsible for cooking and grocery shopping on their own or with their roommates.
AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Argentina. Please visit the Argentine Consulate's website and read the information provided to you by UCA in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Argentina.