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Cordoba, Argentina

Group picture of Clemson students and faculty and staff in Cordoba, Argentina

"Real People, Real Language, Real Culture"

In 2006, the Clemson University Córdoba Center (CUCC) was established to offer a new language and cultural immersion experience through the Clemson Spanish and Internships in Argentina program. The success of the program rests in our commitment to offer the most meaningful experience abroad for Clemson students. This program run in spring and fall semesters with the option of a year-long program.

Universidad Blas Pascal (UBP) is our hosting institution. CUCC Resident Director, Prof. Alejandro Rojas and his office are located on the UBP campus. In conjunction with the UBP’s International Student Office, Resident Director Rojas is there to support and supervise all students from Clemson through personal contact in all daily and academic activities and issues (classes, exams, cultural and social activities, housing, health, lost property, emergencies, etc.).

This program has two distinct parts: the Intensive Language and Culture Session, held during the first month, and the regular Academic Semester, when you will be taking UBP courses with Argentine students as well as specially-designed courses for CUCC students. Classes are held Monday through Friday, although during the semester your schedule will depend on the courses for which you are registered. As all courses are taught in Spanish, it is essential to have a certain mastery of the language.

You also have the opportunity to participate in an internship or in volunteer work depending on the discipline.

IMPORTANT: the prestige and continued success of this program depend heavily upon its total immersion, in the culture, and in the language; because of that the students are not allowed to speak in English in the hosting institution, in academic tasks, and in the daily life with the families. When you start your academic activities, you will sign "SOLO ESPAÑOL" (a kind of contract which states you will only communicate in Spanish).

The Complete Course List for Cordoba

Students live with an Argentinean family, a fundamental component for the immersion experience. They also have a mentor who helps with the adaptation process and linguistic improvement.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in an internship or in voluntary work depending on the discipline.

For more information, please contact College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities Office of Global Engagement (aahglobal@clemson.edu)

The Clemson Córdoba

Clemson University Córdoba Center has been offering the most successful internships in International Trade. The program of internships aims to create future professionals in the area of Business, Tourism and Applied International Economic. Also to complete the experience we open classes for L&IT students (SPAN 3160 and SPAN 4160, Spanish for International Trade I and II)

Testimonials

"It met and exceeded ANY goal or expectation I had before. The people, especially in Cordoba, are marvelous; they have a magical way about them. My family that I lived with became so dear to me, and I consider them to be some of the best friends I have ever had. We still keep in touch. I met some of my best friends there. I miss them more than words can describe. My Spanish excelled further than the people who were better than me before we left! My joy came through becoming a 'Cordobesa' instead of traveling all the time and just sticking around the American students; I didn’t want that kind of experience – I wanted to LIVE there... so that's what I did." -Laurie Beth Wilson

"The things that I take away from my experience from Argentina are invaluable. I have learned to change and adapt to a culture within weeks so that I can become an effective speaker and human being." -John Hinson

"My experience in Cordoba was nothing short of life changing. Argentina is a country with a very rich culture and lots of things to do and see. I chose Cordoba because it was out of the ordinary. My spanish improved exponentially because of the complete immersion that this program offers. The staff was very friendly and helpful and I was placed with a caring and patient family. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would do it again tomorrow." -Gracen Pittard

"After studying abroad in Córdoba, Argentina, I not only discovered a second language, but also a second home. I spent my time there trying my hardest to live as a local, and the city embraced me, teaching firsthand the language, tastes, dances, customs, and culture of Argentina. I entered as a Clemson student, and left as a local with eyes opened to the world and the uniqueness of the human spirit. Since I have been back, I have learned that the confidence, independence, passion, and wisdom I gained from spending time abroad drastically influenced who I am and what I believe, percolating throughout my everyday life. I will forever be a Cordobesa." -Holly Bracher

"My goal when studying abroad was to become as proficient as possible in Spanish, and this program allowed me to do just that. Between living with a woman who spoke no English, having classes just in Spanish, and surrounding myself with other people from Clemson with the same goal, I learned so much about myself as an international student and traveler. I felt welcomed immediately, and over the five months I developed friendships and understood life through the eyes of people with very different backgrounds and opinions than me. I wear my 'argentinidad' proudly, took over 5000 pictures, and know that I will always have another 'familia' to go to on the other side of the world." -Katherine Weschler