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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad Católica de Córdoba

 

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.

Universidad Católica de Córdoba’s oldest campus is in the heart of the historical district in Córdoba city and only a five-minute walk from the commercial district. The largest campus is located about seven kilometers from downtown.  Strong fields include architecture, agronomy, business administration, political science and international relations, social sciences, education, philosophy and humanities, engineering and medicine.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba 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 - A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent

Program Dates

Fall 2018: July to December

Spring 2019: February to July

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
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program.
  • 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 Good.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Location

Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina, is located in the center of the country. It is surrounded by breathtaking towns, mountains, rivers, and lakes only a few kilometers away. The city’s mild climate, low cost of living and relaxed style of life draws tourists all year round and are further attractions for international students. Its central geographic location attracts tourism, industry, and commerce. The city offers cultural activities, sports facilities, music, and theaters. Nearby lakes and mountains allow for many kinds of summer and winter recreation. Córdoba is home to the highest concentration of university students from all over Argentina and neighboring countries. Universidad Católica de Córdoba’s oldest campus is in the heart of the historical district in Córdoba city and only a five-minute walk from the commercial district. The largest campus is located about seven kilometers from downtown.

Academics

Argentina’s oldest private university. Strong fields include architecture, agronomy, business administration, political science and international relations, social sciences, education, philosophy and humanities, engineering and medicine.

The UCC is particularly strong in agronomy, computer engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, international relations and business administration, and medicine. All UCC regular courses are included in ISEP benefits; an additional Spanish language learning course is available for an additional fee. Other languages such as English, Portuguese, Italian and French are also available for an additional fee for beginners and intermediate level students.

Lecturing is the principal method of instruction in Latin American Universities, with one final exam or paper counting as the only grade in the class. Still, some professors will also give midterm exams or papers. In most Latin American countries, the grading philosophy is that the student starts at 0 (has no knowledge of the subject) and needs to work hard to obtain a good grade. The student’s grade rises as he proves his gain of knowledge throughout the semester. As such, Latin American universities tend to be severe in their grading and a grade of sobresaliente (10 - the highest grade possible in Argentina) is rarely awarded. In most classes, the majority of students will receive either aprobadoor muy bueno (from 4 to 6)

Professors tend to be more formal than in the United States.  In addition, class sizes may be much larger.  Students typically enroll in 4 classes per term which average to 20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.

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

 

PROGRAMS

  • Architecture
  • Agronomy (Veterinary & Food Technology)
  • Economics and Administration (accounting & business)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering (civil, computer, electrical-electronic, industrial & mechanical)
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy and Humanities (Psychology, educational sciences)

 

An Intensive Spanish language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for Intermediate and Advanced levels. This course is NOT included in ISEP benefits. Approximate Cost: $300USD Contact hours: 60. To view the course description, please download here 

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

1. Go to the Carreras page to find a list of the majors offered at UCC.
2. In the left-hand column, hover over the word “Carreras” and click on each major to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. On the next page, scroll down to the bottom and click on “Plan de Estudios” to see courses offered by semester. You can click on the pink “Abstract” button next to the course name and a brief course description will appear in a pop-up window. 
4. If you are studying February-July, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. If you are studying July-December, 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 – December)

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

 

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

UCC developed a voluntary project for international students in which participants from different countries can meet, work, learn and exchange with local people concerning issues about environmental conservation, social justice, education, human development, etc. Community volunteering refers to volunteers who work to improve community enhancement efforts and play a key role in certain areas. Participating in these groups can enable students to succeed in a variety of areas, which connect social, environmental, and economic boundaries. Volunteers can conduct a wide range of activities. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they are studying, such as education or architecture. For more information, please click here

Student Life

Universidad Católica de Córdoba (UCC) is the oldest private university in Argentina. The activities of the University are carried out at the main building in Córdoba’s downtown; at the 200-acre campus where seven schools and sport fields are located; at the School of Medicine and Reina Fabiola Clinic in General Paz area, and at the four farms (13,590 acres; 5,000 head of cattle) for research and experimentation on farming and animal husbandry, located in the province of Córdoba. Total enrollment: 6,000 including 200 foreign students.

 

ORIENTATION

The orientation program is an obligatory course for all incoming students concerning academic issues, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. This program consists of four 3-hour-a-day sessions during which participants will meet one another and be given an explanation of university procedures for enrollment, grading system, and class schedules. A tour of campus will help students get acquainted with UCC facilities and information on tourist sites in downtown, and information on academic, cultural, athletics, commercial, and tourist activities will be provided. A welcome cocktail is offered every semester.

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 Taravella.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Students can participate in additional activities for FREE, such as tango lessons, Argentinean folklore, salsa and belly dancing, creative writing, painting, photography, and sports among others. Students will be advised of these workshops and more information will be provided during the orientation period. Additionally, UCC offers a non-credit program, TANDEM, which pairs students with locals to improve language skills, while at the same time, helping locals improve their English.

Housing and Meals

All students are housed with host families and receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the host family. Universidad Católica de Córdoba does not have dormitories for exchange students. Instead, the Área de Intercambio Académico (AIA) gives advice regarding housing options through its housing database and students choose a host family based on their preferences.

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 program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in the ISEP Direct to Cordoba, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but not meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 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

 $400

 $400

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

$1,200

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

 $900

$900

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $3,435

$3,075

Total

 $30,947

 

$30,927

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 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.