Study Abroad on the Mendoza Universities Program in Argentina
With the option to take courses at two excellent universities in Mendoza, students on the Mendoza Universities Program can tailor their course schedule to meet their diverse academic needs. The Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNC), located in beautiful San Martín park, and the Universidad de Congreso (UC), located in the heart of downtown Mendoza, offer two uniquely Argentine academic experiences for IFSA-Butler students.
What Mendoza Universities Program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Mendoza Universities Program?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Click here to download all program course syllabi or on the individual title below for the corresponding syllabus.
Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (4 U.S. semester credit hours)This mandatory intensive Spanish class is designed specifically for IFSA-Butler students studying on the Mendoza Universities Program. It is taught intensively by Argentine instructors during orientation and is continues less frequently throughout the course of the semester.
Regional Development (3 U.S. semester credit hours)This optional course emphasizes the study of regional development issues of the Cuyo region and is divided into two parts. The first part will cover the following sections: development theories, society and cultural perspectives of development. For the second part of the course, you will choose to focus on one of the four following topics: Argentine and regional economy, development and gender, development and childhood, or development and human rights.
University InfoUniversidad Nacional de Cuyo
The Universidad Nacional de Cuyo's (UNC) campus is located in the beautiful San Martín Park on the western-edge of Mendoza. The large campus is very similar to a U.S. style campus where most buildings, libraries and university facilities are in the same location. With an enrollment of approximately 35,000 students, UNC offers a large variety of subject areas to choose from. Popular subjects include studio art, fine art, art history, political science and education, among others. UNC also offers abundant student activities, clubs and intramural sports.
Universidad de Congreso
Where can I find a list of courses that the Mendoza Universities Program offers?
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
Universidad de Congreso
**To access courses at UC's Institute Frederic Chopin, click here.
If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for more information. Course availability changes every semester.
What Universidad Nacional de Cuyo courses am I eligible to take?
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
All other UNC departments are closed to IFSA-Butler students with the following exceptions:
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo?
What Universidad Congreso courses can I take?
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take at the UC?
For both UNC and UC, keep the following in mind:
How are courses I will take on the Mendoza Universities Program different from the courses at my U.S. university?
Additionally, you might notice that your Argentine classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States, but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.
I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.
How will I register for courses?
Additionally, there is a shopping period the first few weeks of the semester which allows you to "try-out" different courses at both UNC and UC. This allows you time to meet your professors, talk with fellow classmates and see if the course will be a right fit for you.
While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Argentine educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these issues at orientation but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester.
Keep in mind that the educational system in Argentina is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site.
What if I need to take a required course?
Science and engineering courses require a high level of expertise, and students should be prepared for the increased challenge of studying these disciplines in Spanish. As these are fields in which there are generally few international students, visiting students may feel that a support system is not readily available. However, previous visiting students on the Mendoza Universities Program have found science and engineering course professors to be helpful.
What are the registration conditions?
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
Areas of Study
On the Mendoza Universities Program, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. Most departments at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and the Universidad de Congreso are open to IFSA-Butler students. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions. IFSA-Butler hopes that students will be able to take courses for their U.S. institution degree requirements in order to stay on track for graduation.
Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Mendoza during past semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are hundreds of courses in Mendoza from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalogs for each university.
* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Mendoza Universities Program. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the universities' online course catalog will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.
Exploring Community & Culture
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) in Mendoza is designed to take your study abroad experience to another level. It encourages you to get the most out of your time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local communities and cultures. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.
The C&C certificate program will be a complementary addition to your courses with the Mendoza Universities Program. The C&C seminar will meet throughout the semester and will include opportunities to explore in-depth the many exciting neighborhoods of Mendoza.
Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know Mendoza and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences there.
Click here to view the C&C syllabus.
What are my housing options?
In addition to the program application, be sure to click on the "Forms" tab to download and complete your Family Placement Form. Once finished, submit your Family Placement Form to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying in Mendoza, Argentina
Dates & Fees
Mendoza Universities Program Dates
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* Mendoza Universities Program students begin orientation in Buenos Aires. Independent travelers should make flight arrangements to Buenos Aires, not Mendoza. IFSA-Butler arranges and pays for all students’ travel to Mendoza, regardless of travel plans.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. Argentine exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
Mendoza Universities Program Fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Reciprocity Fee: Please note that in addition to the cost of the student visa, all students with a passport from the U.S., Canada or Australia are required to pay a reciprocity fee of approximately $160 prior to arrival.
Please note: As of March 24, 2016, the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended for a period of 90 days. Unless there is an extension, U.S. citizens who travel after June 24, 2016 may be subject to the $160 reciprocity fee before departure.
Meals: The Mendoza Universities Program includes three meals per day Monday through Saturday and two meals on Sunday.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Mendoza Universities Program use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Mendoza Universities Program must complete one additional form as a part of the application process:
Please submit this form with the remainder of your program application. It can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.
If you have already started an application to the Mendoza Universities program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Argentina:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler for 11 years, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident staff.
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Volunteering while studying abroad in Mendoza is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of challenges that face the country. Opportunities to volunteer are available for IFSA-Butler students in many different fields, as you can see below.
IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you, as a visiting student, can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.
Past students have volunteered in the following areas:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for volunteer placement until orientation.