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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad Blas Pascal in Argentina

 

You’ve heard of Evita, the tango, the pampas, and you know that soccer is a national obsession. But by studying at an ISEP member university, now you have the chance to discover more of what Argentina has to offer. The culture of this vibrant nation blends European and American traditions to form a unique heritage all its own. Argentina is home to stunning architecture, a thriving rock music scene, a popular film industry, and world-renowned works of art and literature. From Iguazú Falls in the northeast to the rugged peaks of the Andes mountain range in the west, and from the glaciers of the south to the breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic coast, you will never run out of places to explore in Argentina.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about the Universidad Blas Pascal here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll

Locations

Cordoba, Argentina

Languages of Instruction

Spanish - 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent

Program Dates

Fall 2018: July to November

Spring 2019: February to June

All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Must have a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker 

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Limited.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Location

Córdoba is Argentina’s second largest city as well as the capital of the province with the same name. It has become a recognized historic and cultural center due to its strategic location in the heart of the country. Córdoba, known as “La Docta” (from the Latin docere, meaning “to teach”), has become the home to more than 130,000 students from around the world who seek to gain not only academic knowledge but also cultural immersion.

Experiencing Córdoba’s surrounding nature and wildlife destinations is an absolute must. The nearby lakes and rivers attract water sports enthusiasts from around the world, while local mountains and valleys are ideal for hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hand gliding, and other outdoor activities.

This modern city, with its state-of-the-art shopping centers and 5-star hotels, stands out among other important capital cities worldwide. The Cordobés charm cannot be missed in the numerous nightlife activities, which include restaurants, shows, dance clubs, and pubs. In terms of industry, Córdoba is known for its automotive factories, cement and aeronautical production, oil and dairy manufacturing, among other businesses.

Córdoba, with its warm and inviting inhabitants, offers students the unique experience of being fully integrated into Argentine lifestyle and customs.

Academics

The UBP is particularly strong in Business Administration and Accountancy, Computer Engineering, Environmental Management, Institutional Communication, Law, Telecommunications Engineering, and Tourism.

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term which average to 20-30 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.

Language Courses: Non-intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for High Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Pre-session: A 4-week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee for Intermediate level students. A 6-week pre-session, intensive Spanish Language, and Culture course are offered before the Argentine spring semester (July).

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

1. Go to Carreras Presenciales to find a list of the majors offered at UBP.
2. Click on each major to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. Click on “Plan de Estudios” to see courses offered by semester.
4. If you are studying February-June, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. If you are studying July-November, only the classes listed in the EVEN-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. The annual courses are year-long courses instructed during the Southern Hemisphere academic full year (February – November)

You can also check out the Additional Course Offerings for International Students to get a list of Hispanic Language and Culture courses.

Note: The courses may not be available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (February-November) and these are known as annual. Upon receipt of your application, the ISEP Coordinator at UBP will confirm whether or not your desired courses are available during your requested study period.

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Research opportunities are available in Accountancy, Educational Psychology, Environmental Studies, Law, and Telecommunications Engineering. 

Student Life

Blas Pascal University is a private institution of higher education dedicated to the training of future highly competitive professionals, via theoretical knowledge put into practice under the motto “to know and to know how.” UBP aspires to develop creative professionals prepared for a growing competitive market, emphasizing the value of solidarity and ethical commitment to sustainable development in Argentina.

UBP is committed to educational innovation and change in teaching and learning models, using the most up-to-date technological resources. Blas Pascal University offers traditional on-campus educational as well as distance learning for students not residing in the province of Córdoba. Additionally, it is the only educational institution with an on-campus Student Residence. The International Relations Center helps the exchange student adapt to Argentine society and facilitates shared cultural experiences, which is the primal objective of our programs. 

 

ORIENTATION

During orientation, the ISEP Coordinator and staff from the International Office will go over academics, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. Orientation consists of three 3-hour-a-day sessions during which participants will be given an explanation on university procedures for enrollment, grading scales, and class schedules. A campus tour will help students get acquainted with UBP facilities. On the last day of orientation, students take a placement test to determine their level of Spanish for the semester, and they will go on a tour around the city to become familiar with the most important sites of Cordoba.

ARRIVAL DETAILS 

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be picked up by a member of their host family at the Córdoba Airport Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravela.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome lunch.
  • International Club.
  • City Tour.
  • Excursions to the Hills.
  • Free access to all campus facilities (library, cafeteria, weight-lifting room, tennis courts, etc).
  • Tango and horseback riding lessons.
  • Farewell party.

Students also have the opportunity to pair up with a tutor, in the form of a buddy program. Tutors are local students who accompany, guide and help the international students during their period in Argentina.

 

Housing and Meals

All students are housed with host families and receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the host family. Housing benefits include laundry service.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Universidad Blas Pascal in Cordoba includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  These meals include both those served by the host family as well as a stipend to purchase other food on your own.

For students that participate in ISEP Direct to Blas Pascal, the program fee will be $5,305.  This fee includes housing, meals, and insurance.  Many of the other estimated out-of-pocket costs will be similar.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

EXCHANGE

Amount

DIRECT 

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

 $5,100

$5,440

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512 

$27,852

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

$325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

$250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

(included)

Additional Meals

$500 

$500 

Estimated Airfare

$1,500 

$1,500

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

$700 

$700

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

$3,635

$3,275

Total

 $31, 147

 

$31,127

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.