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Study Abroad on the Mendoza Universities Program in Argentina

  • Location: Mendoza
  • GPA requirement: 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Spanish requirement: 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for semester 1 (Feb-July)
    November 1 for calendar year (Feb-Dec)
    April 1 for semester 2 (July-Dec)
    April 1 for academic year (July-July)
  • Program advisor: Jennifer McKibben
    **Due to Argentine visa deadlines and requirements, IFSA-Butler recommends that non-U.S. citizens apply early to this program.
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Program Snapshot


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

  • Excellent academics 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
  • UC has a very strong reputation in the social sciences
  • Many opportunities for qualified students to participate in music and dance activities
  • Numerous student clubs, intramural sports and outdoor activities
  • Volunteer opportunities available to integrate into the local community
  • Option to participate in IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program


  • IFSA-Butler arranges housing with a carefully selected host family
  • Only one IFSA-Butler student lives with a host family for maximum cultural and language immersion
  • Program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday


  • Program includes three IFSA-Butler program classes: Advanced Spanish & Argentine Culture (mandatory), Regional Development (optional), and Argentine Historical Narrative of the 20th Century: Borders Between Reality and Fiction (optional, only available semester II)
  • Students complete their enrollment with integrated university courses from one or both universities for a total of 15-18 U.S. semester credit hours
  • All courses taught in Spanish by Argentine professors
  • Academic tutors are available on an individual basis


Academic Structure

What is the academic structure of the Mendoza Universities Program?
IFSA-Butler offers a semester and full year study abroad program for the Mendoza Universities Program (MUP). The program allows you to enroll directly in classes at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNC) and the Universidad de Congreso (UC) with local students. In addition, it offers two program classes (one mandatory and one optional) designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Argentina what it is today.

Program Courses

What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the Mendoza Universities Program. You are required to enroll in the mandatory Spanish language class; your placement level will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival in Argentina. Additionally, you can choose to enroll in one additional program course.

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.

Argentine Historical Narrative of the 20th Century: Borders Between Reality and Fiction: Borders Between Reality and Fiction (3 U.S. semester credit hours, only available semester 2) 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.

University Info

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.

University Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that the Mendoza Universities Program offers?
Follow these steps to access the online course catalogs for the two universities in Mendoza:

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

  1. Click here to access UNC's online course catalog
  2. Click on the facultad (listed under Areas) in which you are interested (i.e. Area Ciencias Sociales y Humanas)
  3. Next, select a carrera (major) that interests you (i.e. Licenciatura en Sociología)
  4. On the next page, click on the link under "Titulo" (i.e. Licenciatura an Sociología)
  5. Scroll down to the middle of the page for a list of course offerings

Universidad de Congreso

  1. Click here to access UC's online course catalog
  2. On the left-hand side of the page, click on one departments under "Carreras de Grado"
  3. There you will find a list of courses offerings

**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?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you may enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. Additionally, you may enroll in open courses as long as you meet any prerequisites and have the adequate level of Spanish. Additionally, students can choose to take all of their courses at one university or can divide them up between the two universities. Please see following list of available departments and course restrictions for both UNC and UC:

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
Students can take courses in the following departments:

  • Artes y Diseño
  • Ciencias Económicas
  • Ciencias Políticas y Sociales
  • Educación Elemental y Especial
  • Filosofía y Letras
  • Ingeniería
  • Ciencias Médicas (see note below)
  • Derecho (see note below)
  • Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (see note below)

All other UNC departments are closed to IFSA-Butler students with the following exceptions:

  • Ciencias Médicas: Only some courses in this department are available to IFSA-Butler students.
  • Derecho: Students can take some courses in the law department, such as history and politics courses.  Since Argentine law is different from U.S. law, it is not recommended that students take actual Argentine law courses.
  • Ciencias Exactas y Naturales: Only some courses in this department are available to IFSA-Butler students.
  • Instituto de Ciencias Básicas: Most of these classes are not open to IFSA-Butler students, as they are annual classes. The only classes IFSA-Butler students can take at the institute are semester-long courses. If a student is staying for the entire year, then annual classes can be taken.

Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo?
Only the departments listed above are open to IFSA-Butler students.  The following facultades 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).

What Universidad Congreso courses can I take?
Students can take classes in the following departments at UC:

  • Abogacía
  • Administración
  • Arquitectura
  • Ciencias de la Educación
  • Comercialización
  • Comunicación
  • contador Público
  • Economía
  • Fonoaudiología
  • Gestión Ambiental
  • Psicología
  • Psicopedagogía
  • Recursos Humanos
  • Relaciones Internacionales
  • Turismo
  • Instituto Frederic Chopin

Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take at the UC?
IFSA-Butler 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.

For both UNC and UC, keep the following in mind:

  • Some classes are not offered both semesters.
  • Yearlong courses cannot be taken for just one semester.
  • Course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester.

How are courses I will take on the Mendoza Universities Program different from the courses at my U.S. university?
The system of higher education in Argentina is more specialized than the U.S. liberal arts curriculum, which means that Argentine students enter the university with some background in the subjects they wish to study. Therefore, local students take most, if not all, of their courses in one faculty and receive a degree in one field. In the U.S. system, students take a little of everything and usually don't specialize until a couple of years into their studies.

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?
If course descriptions or syllabi are not available online, contact your program advisor for assistance. Please provide the following information in your request:

  • University
  • University department/facultad
  • Course title and number (if available)

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?
Course registration will not take place until you are in Argentina. You, along with the help of the IFSA-Butler staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation. Before leaving for Argentina, it is a good idea to start thinking about the courses you want to take while you are abroad. Be sure to discuss your courses with your U.S. university academic advisor.

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?
Because of the universities' schedules, it is difficult to confirm course availability before you depart. If you are flexible in your course choices, you will probably be able to find a course that fits your needs. Keep in mind that if you need a specific course to fulfill your home institution's requirements, we may not be able to confirm the availability of that course or enroll you in it even if it is available. Both academic flexibility and patience are requirements for studying in Latin America.

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?
You must take a full university course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. The number of courses you will take depends on the individual value of the courses you select. Please be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home university or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

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?
Due to the difference in academic systems, your exam schedule will not be available until after you register for courses. Be sure to confirm exam dates with your professor at the beginning of the semester. You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record appeal on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Argentina.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned on the Mendoza Universities Program during your study abroad semester or year. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.

Academic Tutors

What if I need academic help during the semester?
In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA-Butler organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester or year. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Please meet with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.

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.

Art History:

  • Pre-Columbian Art History
  • History of American and Argentine Art
  • History of Argentine Culture and Theater
  • History of Contemporary Art


  • Anthropology
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

Business Studies:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Organizational Communication


  • International Economics
  • Monetary Theory

Fine/Studio Art:

  • Ceramic Modeling and Color
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Engraving


  • Finance Administration
  • Financial Calculation
  • Public Finances


  • Ecology of Arid Zones
  • Evaluation and Management of Natural Resources
  • Health and Environment
  • Management of Urban Forest Parks


  • American Colonial and Independent History
  • Argentine and Latin American Political History
  • History of Mendoza
  • Political and Social History of Argentina
  • Political History of Argentina and Latin America

Music Studies:

  • Argentine Music and Dance
  • Argentine Popular Music
  • Choir Singing
  • Musical Analysis and Morphology
  • Piano
  • Popular Latin American Music
  • Specialized Choral Singing
  • Vocal Techniques


  • Introduction to Philosophy

Political Science:

  • Doctrine and Political Ideas
  • Social Politics
  • State and Politics


  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of Art


  • Contemporary Culture
  • Contemporary Social Processes
  • Cultural Resources
  • Social Control and Violence Problems
  • Social Psychology

Spanish Studies:

  • Argentine Literature (20th Century)
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Linguistic Communication
  • Methodology and Analysis of Texts
  • Seminar on Introduction to Investigation (Modern Literature Orientation)


  • Acting
  • Body Language (Folklore)
  • Improvisation
  • Introduction to Artistic Languages

* 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.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program. One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.


Program fee includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation with your host family while classes are in session and during short university breaks. If you are studying abroad for an entire year, you will need to find alternate housing during the semester breaks. You will be responsible for the any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Argentina for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is ready.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
The Mendoza Universities Program does not require a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate on the Mendoza Universities Program must live with a program approved host family for the duration of the program.

Location Info

Living and Studying in Mendoza, Argentina
Population: 1 million
Location: Western Argentina, two hours by plane from Buenos Aires

City features

  • Located in the heart of Argentina's wine country
  • A beautiful, green city with a bustling downtown and tranquil, well-kept neighborhoods
  • Offers a lively atmosphere with great dining and entertainment scenes
  • Access to museums, theatres, outdoor markets and nightclubs
  • An excellent bus system
  • A great destination for lovers of the outdoors
  • Picture-perfect surroundings thanks to its location at the foot of the Andes Mountains

Do more!

  • Take advantage of the great skiing in the Andes
  • Go mountain climbing, mountain biking on nearby Mount Aconcagua
  • Enjoy opportunities for rafting and hiking at parks and nature reserves nearby
  • Travel to Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile

Argentina Tourism
Paginás Mendocinas: Mendoza
Gobierno de Mendoza
Mendoza tourist information

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.

** The first two weeks of class at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and Universidad de Congreso allow students to “try out” different courses before committing to a schedule.

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
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services, housing and some meals.

Each student lives with a carefully selected host family. The program fee includes three meals per day Monday through Saturday and two meals on Sunday.

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.

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.

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:


jenniferProgram 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.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.



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.

rhondaUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Student Network

Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Volunteer Opportunities

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:

  • 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. 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.

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