Mendozaurbana Plazaespaña

We invite you to study in Mendoza, located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This program allows you to improve your Spanish language skills while enrolling in courses in English in a variety of disciplines, including Argentine culture and society, development & sustainability studies, economics, gender studies, politics, and viticulture. Opportunities abound in Mendoza, including (but not limited to!) community service, internships, and a wide array of outdoor activities for nature lovers and adventure seekers!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Completion of oral interview (if coursework with Argentine students is desired)
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with proof of payment of reciprocity fee and supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 1, 2023 - May 25, 2023 $17,500 Dec 1, 2022 No Extension Dec 31, 2022
Fall Aug, 2023 - Nov, 2023 $17,500 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023
Academic Year Aug, 2023 - May, 2024 $32,900 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Mendoza programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • San Rafael

    San Rafael, developed from the desert, is an oasis similar to Mendoza due to its network of canals. By 1900, San Rafael had become a major destination for European immigrants, drawn by the developing fruit orchards, olives groves, and vineyards. San Rafael is now an important economic hub in the southern part of the Mendoza province. The torrential Atuel and Diamante Rivers have led to the creation of a number of hydroelectric dams, as well as a large reservoir and lakes, which have become major tourist sites. The lakes and rivers offer wonderful opportunities for water sports and great scenery. San Rafael also has a dazzling canyon formed by the Atuel River, with incredible rock formations.

  • Spa Day Termas de Cacheuta

    Termas de Cacheuta is located only 30 km from downtown Mendoza the middle of the mountains. This excursion allows students to have a relaxing and peaceful break during their stay in Argentina.

  • Trekking in the Andes

    The Andes Range Mountains is one of the most spectacular landscapes that Mendoza offers. This activity introduces students to the native fauna and flora, while offering students the opportunity to experience some incredible mountain views.

  • Winery Excursion

    Nearly two-thirds of all the wine produced in Argentina comes from the province of Mendoza. Students will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and learn how the wine is produced.

  • Potrerillos

    Potrerillos is a district in the Mendoza province of western Argentina. It's set in the Andean foothills, within the Luján de Cuyo wine region, known for the Malbec grape variety. The Mendoza River, with its whitewater rapids, winds along the eastern edge of Potrerillos town. It runs into the huge, trout-filled Potrerillos Dam, which is ringed by trails.

  • Spa Day Termas de Cacheuta

    Termas de Cacheuta is located only 30 km from downtown Mendoza the middle of the mountains. This excursion allows students to have a relaxing and peaceful break during their stay in Argentina.

  • Trekking in the Andes

    The Andes Range Mountains is one of the most spectacular landscapes that Mendoza offers. This activity introduces students to the native fauna and flora, while offering students the opportunity to experience some incredible mountain views.

  • Winery Excursion

    Nearly two-thirds of all the wine produced in Argentina comes from the province of Mendoza. Students will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and learn how the wine is produced.

  • San Rafael

    San Rafael, developed from the desert, is an oasis similar to Mendoza due to its network of canals. By 1900, San Rafael had become a major destination for European immigrants, drawn by the developing fruit orchards, olives groves, and vineyards. San Rafael is now an important economic hub in the southern part of the Mendoza province. The torrential Atuel and Diamante Rivers have led to the creation of a number of hydroelectric dams, as well as a large reservoir and lakes, which have become major tourist sites. The lakes and rivers offer wonderful opportunities for water sports and great scenery. San Rafael also has a dazzling canyon formed by the Atuel River, with incredible rock formations.

  • Spa Day Termas de Cacheuta

    Termas de Cacheuta is located only 30 km from downtown Mendoza the middle of the mountains. This excursion allows students to have a relaxing and peaceful break during their stay in Argentina.

  • Trekking in the Andes

    The Andes Range Mountains is one of the most spectacular landscapes that Mendoza offers. This activity introduces students to the native fauna and flora, while offering students the opportunity to experience some incredible mountain views.

  • Winery Excursion

    Nearly two-thirds of all the wine produced in Argentina comes from the province of Mendoza. Students will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and learn how the wine is produced.

  • Potrerillos

    Potrerillos is a district in the Mendoza province of western Argentina. It's set in the Andean foothills, within the Luján de Cuyo wine region, known for the Malbec grape variety. The Mendoza River, with its whitewater rapids, winds along the eastern edge of Potrerillos town. It runs into the huge, trout-filled Potrerillos Dam, which is ringed by trails.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Students in this program have the option of completing Spanish language coursework in combination with elective courses in English related to a variety of disciplines, including Argentine culture and society, economics, politics, and viticulture. Coursework is designed for visiting international students, though elective courses in English are also open to Argentine students at the Universidad de Congreso.

Advanced-level Spanish speakers have the option to complete coursework in Spanish alongside their Argentine peers. As the standard Argentine academic calendar may begin or end on a different date for local students, taking courses with Argentines will require an additional fee and may affect your program dates.

COMMUNITY SERVICE/INTERN/VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

Students interested in hands-on experience with “mendocinos” as the local inhabitants of Mendoza are called, are welcome to volunteer at local NGOs committed to the protection of wildlife, the environment, and at-risk children. Students who wish to gain professional experience while earning academic credit are recommended to select the internship course offered by the Universidad de Congresso.

ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS

The Argentine academic calendar follows the calendar year. The first semester in Argentina is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Argentina are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall). Students selecting either the Academic Year or Calendar Year options will have approximately a 2-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive their transcript from the Universidad de Congreso upon completion of their program.

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    Kayla Cole

    Kayla Cole will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Rodrigo Lemos

    Rodrigo will be your Resident Director in Mendoza and a resource for you while you are in Argentina!

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Most students will complete a total of 4-5 courses. (The amount of courses you can take is dependent on your language level.) All courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits, or 45 contact hours.

Advanced-level Spanish speakers will have the option to take courses with local Argentine students. Although you will not know what courses are available with Argentines (courses are offered based on students interests') until you arrive in Argentina, we would like to know if you are interested in exploring this academic option. (Remember that integrated courses will require you to stay past the standard program end date, through the integrated exam period). Please indicate you are interested in taking courses with Argentines on your Course Form during your application process and your Program Coordinator will follow up with you.

Courses at Universidad de Congreso (Social Sciences, Spanish Language, and Latin American Culture in Argentina Program)

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Courses at Universidad de Congreso (Social Sciences, Spanish Language, and Latin American Culture in Argentina Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability and class syllabi for this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Universidad de Congreso (Social Sciences, Spanish Language, and Latin American Culture in Argentina Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability and class syllabi for this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Highlights
  • Classes in Spanish and English
  • Internship opportunities
  • Volunteer and community service activities

In Mendoza, students live with local host families. As API places two students per family household. Host families serve as a unique introduction into the Argentine culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with three meals per day (except on weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students typically live in the 5th or 6th neighborhoods of Mendoza, which are approximately 15-20 minutes from their host university.

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