This exchange program is administered by the University of Maine – Farmington. Students work with the UMaine Office of International Programs to prepare for this experience.
The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), founded in 1613, is the oldest Argentine university and one of the most prestigious in Latin America. The university’s colonial building complex located in downtown Córdoba has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. UNC’s PECLA program is one of the best and most comprehensive programs in Spanish as a Second Language and Latin American Culture in Latin America, which has led to an established history of working with some of the leading American and other international universities in Latin American Studies.
Argentina is an enormous country, the eighth largest in the world and the second largest in South America. And a country this large has an incredibly diverse terrain and climate: climates range from tropical in the north to sub-Antarctic in the south. The magnificent Andes mountain range with its breathtaking, pristine scenery contrasts dramatically with the urban frenzy of Buenos Aires, one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities.
Córdoba is the city with everything. An important university center for centuries, Córdoba is known as “La Docta” (the Learned or Lettered City), for the influence that both its very large student population (approximately 110,000) and its prestigious academic community have exercised on its cultural life. Far from the urban complications of Argentina’s largest city, Buenos Aires, many of the recreational activities in the city of Córdoba are oriented toward the college-age population, with various opportunities to combine culture, sports, outdoors and night life. The city’s layout and youthful atmosphere make it very easy for students even with limited exposure to the Spanish language to enjoy the rich colonial setting of one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Sites.
Marisela Funes, Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Maine Farmington, coordinates this program.
This program is suitable for students with a major, minor or concentration in Spanish. It offers intensive Spanish language at all levels. Advanced Spanish speakers have the option of enrolling directly in UNC courses with Argentinean students.
Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
Fall semester ONLY – early July through early December.
All accepted students will take a total of 16 credit hours. Students will gain approval of all courses with their advisor and home college before going to Argentina. Courses will include: one 4-week intensive Spanish course at the beginning of the program (5 cr.); three semester courses (9 cr.); and one journal course (2 cr.).
Accepted students will take a language proficiency exam in order to be placed at the appropriate level of language courses. Advanced Spanish speakers have the option of enrolling directly in UNC courses with Argentinean students.
The final transcript will be issued by the University of Maine – Farmington. All credits and grades are based on the UMF system.
Program participants will stay with host families, the best way to experience Argentine language and culture. Host families will meet students at the airport and provide two daily meals and laundry service.
The University of Maine at Farmington, which administers this exchange program, handles all arrangements for group travel on regularly scheduled flights, Boston-Córdoba. Students are responsible for their travel to and from Boston.
Dr. Marisela Funes, Assistant Professor of Spanish, UMF: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Eustis, Assistant Director, International and Exchange Programs, UMF: email@example.com
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