apply nowSociety, Development, and Spanish Language Program
HOST INSTITUTION: Universidad de Congreso
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: No previous study of Spanish required to take coursework in English.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Host family located within city center. Meals and laundry service included. All students have a private bedroom. 

Academic Program



12-15 semester credits

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 begins earlier than the session for international students, taking courses with Argentines will require an additional fee and affect the program start date.

Community Service/Intern/Volunteer Options

Students interested in hands-on experience with "mendocinos" as the local inhabitants of Mendoza are called, are welcome to olunteer 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 Year/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 a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program and are not required to travel or return home during the semester break. In contrast, students selecting the Academic Year option (Fall/Spring) will have a 3-3.5 month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided. Both Fall and Spring Early Start options include an intensive-month Spanish course prior to the start of the semester.


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

DATES & PRICES: Fall 2018:
August 1 - November 23, 2018
  Academic Year 2018-2019: August 1, 2018 - Late May, 2019 $27,980
  Spring 2019: Early February - Early June, 2019 $TBA
  Calendar Year 2019: Early February - Late November, 2019 $TBA


Mendoza, located in western Argentina, is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, the site chosen for filming of the movie “Seven Years in Tibet,“ this vibrant city is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Travel within Argentina from Mendoza is facilitated by multiple plane, train and bus routes, and Santiago, Chile, is only an hour and a half away by plane. It is an ideal location for those who want to have easy access to outdoor activities and sports.

Mendoza was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century from an arid desert area. Its productivity is maintained through a series of interesting irrigation canals which run alongside the sidewalks (sometimes jokingly called “yanqui traps,” as tourists have been known to fall into them) invented during Inca times, which carry melted snow from the Andes throughout the region and into the city itself.

Mendoza’s excellent restaurants and night life, beautiful parks, and important cultural activities with both public and private universities, museums, a major symphony, and many art galleries create a welcoming alternative to the more hectic pace of Buenos Aires, and is the choice of many who want to enjoy the people-friendly atmosphere of a less overwhelming metropolitan setting. Skiers, mountaineers, bikers, rafters, trekkers and hikers will all feel right at home. Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as is mountain rescue training. Mendoza is brimming with young European travelers looking to experience the beautiful Andes and all the opportunities for adventure that are available. Many youth hostels provide affordable and eclectic lodgings for young people.

Mendoza is at the center of Argentina’s wine industry and considered one of the seven wine capitals of the world with over 700 wineries or bodegas located near the town. Glamorous wine bars dot the city and the harvest, which takes place between February and April, is a major event. Since the 1990’s, wine tourism has become another sizable industry.

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