IFSA Mendoza Universities Program

Mendoza, Argentina


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent

Finance Options

Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Mendoza Universities Program

From the heart of wine country at the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is the perfect mixture between a broad academic offer, particularly strong in fine arts, and breathtaking landscapes. Focus on developmental theories of gender, childhood, or human rights. You'll fall in love with its endless outdoor activities and abundant cultural life.

Mendoza Universities Program Benefits

  • Live and learn in a beautiful, small-city environment at the base of the Andes mountains
  • UNC has one of the most widely recognized fine and applied arts programs in South America and UC has a very strong reputation in the social sciences
  • Qualified students have many opportunities to participate in music and dance activities
  • Engage with other students through numerous student clubs, intramural sports and outdoor activities
  • Add to your resume and give back to the community through volunteer opportunities 
  • All courses taught in Spanish by Argentine professors
  • Academic tutors are available on an individual basis

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.

You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.

More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.

Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.

Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.

You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Mendoza Universities Program


Combine the best of both worlds by taking courses with locals at one of two Argentine universities along with IFSA program courses designed exclusively for you. In addition to the mandatory IFSA Spanish course for this program, you will register in approximately 2-4 courses at UNCuyo or UC with the opportunity to take 1-2 optional IFSA program courses to complete your 15-16 credit hour semester. Please note that IFSA courses require minimum enrollment to run.


Program includes three IFSA program classes:

  • Advanced Spanish & Argentine Culture (mandatory)
  • Regional Development (optional)
  • Argentine Historical Narrative of the 20th Century: Borders Between Reality and Fiction (optional, only available Fall semester)

Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture (4 U.S. semester credits)

This mandatory intensive Spanish class is designed specifically for IFSA 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 credits)

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.

Argentine Historical Narrative of the 20th Century: Borders Between Reality and Fiction: Borders Between Reality and Fiction (3 U.S. semester credits, only available U.S. fall semester)

This optional course aims to present in a comprehensive way the issues that govern literary study in Argentina in recent decades. The proliferation of the historical narrative has been steadily growing, deepening a phenomenon that began in the mid-twentieth century and which seems endless. The inventiveness of writers—with their curiosity and their explorations of the past—multiplies and diversifies, inviting readers to dismantle pre-established schemes of access to the texts.

Note that if you have native or near—native Spanish reading and writing skills and would like to be considered for an exemption from the Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture course, please speak with your Program Advisor.

Courses are taught at two universities in Mendoza:

Universidad 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

The Universidad de Congreso (UC) is a small, private university located in downtown Mendoza. Popular subject areas include economics, international relations, architecture, tourism and others. UC also offers the possibility to take classes in the Instituto Frederic Chopin, specializing in subjects related to art such as dance (tango and folkloric dance), acting, drawing and culture.

Course Restrictions

The following facultades at UNCuyo in which students are not allowed to take classes are: Ciencias Agrarias, Ciencias Aplicadas a la Industria, Ciencias Médicas (only select courses are available), Odontología, Derecho (only select courses are available) and classes at the Institutos (with the exception of the Instituto de Ciencias Básicas, where some courses are available).


At UC, IFSA students cannot enroll in classes at the law school, and students are only allowed to take one class at the Chopin Institute each semester. Available courses are limited in the Abogacía department.

Experiential Learning


Volunteering 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.


IFSA has prepared a list of places where you, as a visiting student, can undertake 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: Assisted in an orphanage (playing with children and helping with homework) • Visited cancer patients in the hospital • Engaged in fundraising efforts for various causes • Assisted people with disabilities • Recorded books in English for a university library • Provided data entry support for various organizations


*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.



In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA organizes one-on-one tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester, which may be scheduled at various times during the week. To take advantage of this exclusive IFSA opportunity, meet with our local resident staff to express your interest.


After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Subjects offered at Mendoza Universities Program
Accounting Anthropology Architecture and Design Art History Asian Studies Biotechnology Business Business Psychology Ceramics Civil Engineering Classics Communication Science/Disorders Communications Computer Science Cultural Studies Dance Ecology Economics Elementary Education Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Science/Studies European History Film Production Finance French Geography German Graphic Design Hebrew History Hospitality & Tourism Industrial Engineering Information Technology International Business Italian Jewelry Making Journalism Latin American Studies Media/Multimedia Studies Middle Eastern Studies Music Performance Music Studies Natural Resource Management Painting Petroleum Engineering Philosophy Political Science Psychology Sculpture Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Statistics Studio Art Theater/Drama Translation Viticulture and Oenology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
Program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Mario Cantarini

Senior Resident Director, Argentina

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Residence Permits
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 27, 2018
Program End Date
December 8, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs