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Universidad Católica de Córdoba

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Program Snapshot

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.

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 hearth 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.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for single semesters only
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: February through December
Semester 1: February through July
Semester 2: July through December
Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February or March. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses. For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February-March).

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $22,750
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $11,950
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $12,450

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 11, 2016
SM2: October 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Cordoba, Argentina (pop. 1.3 million)
Student Enrollment: 9,810
Language of instruction: Spanish
University Home Page
International Office Home Page
International Student Guide

  • 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)

Academic Notes
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. Other languages such us English, Portuguese, Italian and French are also available for an additional fee for beginners and intermediate level students.

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


Transcripts are generally released 45 days after the last day of exams. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

To view a list of course offerings, please click here.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Language Courses: 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

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
UC Córdoba does accept sophomores (First year must be completed) an intermediate/advanced Spanish level is mandatory.

Architecture classes are annual (year-long). Students will get credits for the actual number of contact hours they take. In these cases, students are strongly recommended to start their program during the first semester (February- December).

Special ISEP Application Instructions

ALL applications MUST include a Language Proficiency Report (LPR) regardless of language level or having a background as a native/heritage speaker.

To study at UCC, students must have Junior standing. If you apply as a sophomore, you will be required to send an updated transcript showing Junior standing (completion of four semesters of courses) before classes begin.

If ISEP places you at UCC, you will be required to register online and mail certain documents to the university before your placement is confirmed. Instructions will be emailed to you upon placement.

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.

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.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at $700 Argentine pesos.


Incoming student package $600 pesos (around US$50)

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.


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 participe in additional activities for FREE, such us: tango lessons, Argentinean folklore, salsa and belly dancing, creative writing, painting, photography and sports among others. Students will be advised about 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 impove their English.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
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

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.