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  • Locations: Cordoba, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

 

        

 

Argentina...from the inside!

The IPSL program in Argentina offers an exclusive opportunity for students to study, serve, and learn Spanish in Córdoba, an historic and cultural center in the heart of Argentina. Córdoba is a lively university city with many students from around the world. The beautiful historic center of the city is surrounded by leafy neighborhoods - Barrios- each with a distinctive charm, and Córdoba is only a short distance away from lakes, rivers and the foothills of the Andes mountains, which provide countless opportunities for outdoor leisure and recreation.
 
   
 
Experience Córdoba, Argentina from a Local Perspective

IPSL students study at Universidad Blas Pascal (UBP), an attractive private college, with Argentine and other students from around the globe. Living with a host family in a neighborhood close to campus, IPSL students learn Spanish quickly, immerse themselves in the local culture, and experience Argentine food and typical family life.

The semester-based curriculum combines required Spanish language and service-learning courses with a  wide selection of elective courses taught in either Spanish (if your level is advanced) or English. Service-Learning placements are organized at various NGOs, social service organizations, schools, centers for at risk youth and teenage mothers, organizations serving the needs of low income children and families, and more.        

Program Facts

Language of Instruction: Spanish and English

Affiliated institution: Universidad Blas Pascal (UBP)

Courses & Credits: Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are semester credits.

There are four required courses:

Intensive Spanish Language - 3 credits (offered during the first month of program)

Spanish Language (continuation at appropriate level) of intensive Spanish Language - 3 credits awarded for the rest of the semester

Institutions in Argentine Society (The IPSL Service-Learning Course) -  3 credits

Reflections/Service-Learning Practicum - 3 credits (taught online)

Electives (up to 2 or 3 additional courses for a total of 18 semester credits):

After the required Spanish Language Intensive during the first month (level determined by a placement exam given before arrival and an onsite oral interview) students can elect to take additional academic courses (aside from the required IPSL courses listed above) from the university's entire course catalog. Courses are offered in Law and Business, Communications, Journalism, Agriculture, Ecology/Environmental Studies, Accounting, Marketing, Tourism and Architecture. These courses are taught in Spanish and students must meet the language proficiency requirement as well as any content pre-requisites.

IPSL students may also choose to take additional electives from a list of courses taught mostly in English, but also with some Spanish.

Additional Electives offered in English are available and vary depending on the term. Please call IPSL for details. 

Service Opportunities: Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Home Building
  • Medicine/Healthcare

Housing: IPSL students live in Córdoba with local Argentinean families. Bedrooms are single occupancy and provide full board (three meals, seven days per week), laundry and internet. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers IPSL students the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in Spanish, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and all are experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, IPSL students become part of the community.

Why IPSL?

  • Accelerated language learning
  • International Work Experience
  • Making a difference to people in need
  • Full cultural immersion
  • Real cultural understanding
  • Meaningful growth and personal insight

Program Director: 

     

Fernando has worked for more than 20 years in intercultural education, making it possible for thousands of Argentine students and host families to experience the world through home stay and academic programs. He has trained and supported people of different organizations in intercultural learning, cultural values and dimensions, communication styles, cultural diversity and identity and cultural adaptation.

Eligibility: The IPSL program in Argentina welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential.  TOEFL equivalent 550.  There is no Spanish language requirement, but knowing the basics of the language will increase your service opportunities as well as assist in your coursework.

What's Included:  Fees include all instruction and University fees; University "tutor" to support social integration of international students; orientation (campus tour, welcome lunch and departure meeting); Intensive Spanish Language Instruction for one month prior to the start of academic coursework, homestay accommodations including full board - breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week; service placement and supervision; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival (arrive between 9AM and 6PM) and departure; academic excursions around other regions of Argentina; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials. 

What's typically NOT Included: passport, visa (payable upon arrival) and vaccine fees; airfare; books; personal spending money; optional cultural workshop classes (Argentine cuisine, music, dance); local personal transportation; local cell phone and independent travel.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.