Cordoba, Argentina:Iglesia Catedral
Iglesia Catedral, Cordoba. Córdoba, Argentina.
Cordoba, Argentina: Stone Arc
This stone arc, was the old entrance from the route to Córdoba, Argentina
Cordoba, Argentina:Palacio de Justicia
Palacio de Justicia, Cordoba. Córdoba, Argentina.



Host Institution(s):
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Contact Information

Mitchell Lawson
Director of Study Abroad & Career Services Associate
700 Terrace Heights #51
Winona, MN 55987
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Fall semester
Spring semester

Program/University Overview:

The Center for Cross-Cultural Study(CC-CS) offers semester programs in Córdoba, Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC). CC-CS 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. 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.

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Unique Aspects of Program:
Some features of the program include: U.S. compatible curriculum, mentoring by local Argentine students, native Argentine professors, low student-professor ratios, on-site Resident Director and staff , internships, all-inclusive day and overnight study trips, weekends for independent travel , and on-site cultural activities.

Country and/or City Information:
Argentina has an area of 1.1 million sq. mi., which is about the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. It is the second largest country in South America. Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina with a population of 1,300,000 (10% of the population are college students). It is in the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in Northern Argentina and is surrounded by lakes and rivers, making it a perfect location for water sports, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. Córdoba is also recognized as a center for arts and learning with many universities, museums, and theatres.

Córdoba, 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 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and 1 peso coins. Paper money comes in denominations of: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

More Information
Buenos Aires Herald -
Embassy of Argentina -
Embassy of the United States Argentina -
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US Department of State Consular Information Sheet Argentina -
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Admission Requirements:
To be eligible, you must have completed 3 semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent and have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish course work.

Courses Offered:
The CC-CS program begins with a required one-month Intensive Language and Culture Session. This intensive course prepares you with practical language study at the advanced-intermediate and advanced levels. It also introduces you to the culture and people of Argentina. You earn 4 semester credits for this class that prepares you for the regular semester. During the regular semester, students generally earn 16 - 20 credits per semester (including the intensive language and culture course). Students have the opportunity to choose integrated courses from a broad spectrum of disciplines at UNC.

During the one-month intensive language and culture course, you live with a local family which will help you gain an understanding of daily life and customs. The homestay includes full room and board and laundry once a week. There is one student per home. For the remainder of the program, you have the option of living in a residence hall or continuing to live in a home. Student residences include double occupancy rooms with a kitchenette, two meals per day Monday - Friday, in room high speed Internet connection, laundry facilities, television room, study room, pool access, and use of the sport facilities.

If you are a student at one of the US Lasallian universities or colleges, you will remain enrolled at your school and pay tuition and program fees there. Tuition is based on your campus tuition rates and may include an additional surcharge depending on the program. Contact the person on your campus responsible for study abroad.

Scholarship Information:
CC-CS has a scholarship program that is open to all participants. Awards 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. For an application, go to

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Application Details:
Must complete Lasallian Consortium and a CC-CS application.

Please be sure to include a printed copy of all your application pieces in the packet to be sent to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Student Testimonial:
"At first I was reluctant to commit to traveling to and living in a foreign country. In hindsight, CC-CS offered me the most valuable experience of my entire life. The faculty, staff, fellow students and locals are all incredible people that accompany you through out this life-changing adventure. Give this experience everything that you have, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!"