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Universidad Blas Pascal


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.

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

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

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very Limited.
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 November
Semester 1: February through June
Semester 2: July through November
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).

The Intensive Spanish Pre-session Program (not included in ISEP benefits) takes place twice a year, one starts in February and the other starts in July.

UBP offers one exciting ISEP Direct option! See the COURSES section above.
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:
4-week Summer 2016: $3,800
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $19,050
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $10,500
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $10,950

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 15, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Summer Program
Spend a summer experience Argentine culture and learning Spanish at the intermediate and advanced levels through Universidad Blas Pascal. This program offers students the opportunity to live with host families; engage in cultural workshops such as Latin American Rhythms, horseback riding, cooking lessons; and take advantage of a number of exciting excursions in and around Córdoba. This 4-week program totals 60 hours (usually 4 US credits, depending on the home university's transfer policy)..

Fast Facts
Córdoba, Argentina (pop. 1.2 million)
Student Enrollment: 2,400
Language of instruction: Spanish
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Additional Course Offerings for International Students
International Office Homepage

Business (Accountancy, Business Administration, Human Resources); Health and Education (Educational Psychology, Physical Education); Liberal Arts (Architecture, Audiovisual Communication, Graphic Design, Institutional Communication, Law, Journalism and New Media); Sciences (Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Environmental Management, Tourism)

Academic Notes
The UBP is particularly strong in Business Administration and Accountancy, Computer Engineering, Environmental Management, Institutional Communication, Law, Telecommunications Engineering, and Tourism. Research opportunities are available in Accountancy, Educational Psychology, Environmental Studies, Law and Telecommunications Engineering. In addition to its academic and research activities, the university boasts an excellent Teleport to meet the international technological and economic requirements of an interconnected world.

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

Transcripts are generally released by the end of July for Semester 1 and by the end of December for Semester 2. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
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 is offered before the Argentine spring semester (July).

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 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.

Sophomores can apply.

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.

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.


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 $1,000 Argentine pesos.

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.


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 horse-back 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.

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.