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Guide for exchange students



Córdoba, Argentina’s second largest city is bursting with life. Home to seven major universities, Córdoba has a young population that ensures an excellent nightlife and a vibrant cultural scene. It also boasts a fascinating history, owing its architectural and cultural heritage to the Jesuits.

The rolling hill country outside of town is dotted with places that could grab your attention for a day or a month; including five Jesuit missions that each makes for an easy day trip. Adventure buffs head to the hills for stellar paragliding and trekking in a couple of national parks nearby. The hippie towns of San Marcos Sierras and Capilla del Monte give a glimpse into Argentina's alternative lifestyles. Further southwest, the Valle de Conlara and the Sierras Puntanas offer a chance to get away from the crowds and into the heart of the countryside.

Check the following links for more information related to Córdoba:

 Ser estudiante en Córdoba
 Agencia Córdoba Joven
 Agencia Córdoba Cultura
 Agencia Córdoba Turismo
 Dirección de Turismo de la Ciudad de Córdoba


Studying abroad is certainly a great opportunity to achieve academic, intercultural and personal growth. You can spend one or two semesters at the UCC, and dare to have the experience of your life, surrounded by other students who have chosen the same path as you have.

The UCC was founded in 1956 and it was the first private university in Argentina. Moreover, it is the only one in the country coordinated by the Jesuits. That is the reason why our university not only cares about the academic performance of its students, but also about their integrity as human beings—body, mind and soul. We seek to nurture “man and women for others.”

With more than 29.000 graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and a population of more than 9.500 students from Argentina and all over the world, the UCC conducts teaching and learning within ten faculties and at two other University entities:

 Faculty of Agronomic Sciences
 Faculty of Architecture
 Faculty of Business and Administration
 Faculty of Chemistry
 Faculty of Education
 Faculty of Engineering
 Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
 Faculty of Medicine
 Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities
 Faculty of Political Science and International Relations
 ICDA- Business School
 Department of Formation

UCC’s facilities

 Specialized labs: Bioclimatics; Edaphology; Microbiology; Quality Control; Biogenetics; Microelectronics; and Experimental Surgery, among others.
 Computer centers (access to all UCC students).
 Sporting facilities: male and female soccer fields, rugby court, hockey court and changing rooms on Campus.
 5 Fields for agricultural research and experimentation distributed in the Province of Córdoba with a total of 7,500 hectares and 3,500 heads of cattle and 4 pedigree huts of the following breeds: Polled Hereford, Fleckvieh Simmental, Tuli, and Aberdeen Angus with a total of 150 heads.
 Well-equipped libraries with internet facilities.
 Highly complex polyclinic (Clínica Reina Fabiola) with numerous medical specialties.


First Semester

 Arrival date: end of February 
 Orientation session: the week before classes begin . Attendance is mandatory.
 Beginning of classes: first days of March
 End of classes: last days of June 
 Final examination dates: July 
 Winter holidays: second week of July
 Official end of the academic exchange: last days of July

Second Semester

 Arrival date: end of July
 Orientation session: the week before classes begin. Attendance is mandatory.
 Beginning of classes: first days of August
 End of classes: mid-November
 Final examination dates: November and December
 Official end of the academic exchange: last days of December
 Summer holidays: January


Admission Requirements

All students that apply for a course at the UCC for one or two semesters must satisfy the following mandatory requirements:

 To be regular college students and keep such status during the entire period of the academic exchange.
 To give proof of proficiency in Spanish at an intermediate/intermediate-advanced level.
 To satisfy any other administrative, academic and/or linguistic requirement that may be established by the UCC.

Students who meet these requirements must complete the online application forms, print them, have them signed and sealed by an authority from their University and send them to UCC along with the other documents required according to their status as exchange students (students from universities that are/ are not UCC partners, Double Degree students, ISEP students).

Admission Process

NOMINATION: The international academic mobility coordinator of the home university must send us the nomination of students interested in participating in the mobility program with the UCC in order to start the admission process. Nominations must be sent to the following e-mail: cooperacion.sai@ucc.edu.ar

ON-LINE ADMISSION: immediately afterwards, each student must make the online admission on our website.

PAPER FORMS: Once the online admission is completed, the student must print out the forms, complete them, and have them signed and stamped by the head of international mobility at their home university. Then, you must enclose the following documents in ORIGINAL:

 2 passport photocopies;
 OFFICIAL transcript of records. In cases where the original certificate is not issued in Spanish by the University of  Origin, it must also be attach an official translation into Spanish. Important: scanned, photocopied, downloaded or faxed certificates are not accepted.
 Intermediate-advanced level certificate of Spanish language, if applicable.
 Letter of recommendation from a professor of your university.

POSTAL SHIPPING: All complete documents must be sent by postal mail to the UCC at the following address:

Milton E. Escobar
Área de Cooperación Internacional e Intercambio Académico
Secretaría de Asuntos Internacionales
Tel.: +54 351 4219000 int. 3
Obispo Trejo 323
X5000IYG - Córdoba

DEADLINES to receive all the paperwork through postage:

 March 30 for students starting in July, and
 October 30 for students starting in March.

ACCEPTANCE: once the documents have been received by postal mail, we will process the request and send an official acceptance e-mail to the mobility coordinator and in copy to the students, indicating the documents that each student must bring with them and deliver without exception during the welcome and orientation week.


International exchange students can take courses in all the different careers of the UCC. A list with the courses offered will be sent attached to the acceptance e-mail. At the time of choosing courses students should take into account that:

 For students coming for only one semester who select annual courses, they will get only half of the total hour load.
 For students coming during our Second Semester, they must select second semester courses (S2);
 Some courses may not be available for exchange students (Ref. D).
 The UCC does not use the ECTS credit system, but rather certifies contact hours. It is the power of the sending institution to convert contact hours to ECTS credit.
 All the courses of the UCC are taught in Spanish language.

During the orientation week we will give the students a registration form in order to enroll to the courses.

During the first day of the "Welcome and Orientation Week", each student must submit:

 Photocopy of the first sheet of the passport and page with the stamp of entry to the country;
 Photocopy of the international health insurance policy;
 Other missing documents, if it has been requested in the official acceptance e-mail.

Advanced Spanish Course

International students can also take Advanced Spanish semester course offered by the Secretariat of International Affairs. This course has an additional cost; to receive more information, please contact to: internacional.sai@ucc.edu.ar.

Double Degree Program

Students taking part in the Double Degree Program must translate all the requested documents in Córdoba, by an official public translator immediately after their arrival.


Incoming Student Package (ISP)

Once in Cordoba, exchange students must pay the Incoming Student Package. This does not correspond to an academic fee, but includes all activities and expenses incurred by this Secretaría regarding the reception and management of students’ exchange (orientation week, welcome and farewell meeting, visa paperwork, extracurricular activities, transcript of records’ shipping).

The ISP for annual and semester students is mandatory and must be paid, without any exception, on the enrollment day.

Tuition fees and fees for free movers

International students from universities that have not signed a mobility agreement with the UCC can apply as free movers, and must pay the corresponding tuition and academic fees.


Before arriving, students must get an international health insurance with coverage from the time of leaving the home country till the end of your exchange period. The insurance must cover at least the following items:

 repatriation or sanitary transportation of injured/wounded and sick people (the total cost);
 repatriation or transportation of mortal remains (the total cost);
 defense of criminal liability (up to 3.000 €  - expenditures + bails or equivalent);
 24h personal accidents (Death: 3.000 € o equivalent | Disability: 3.000 € or equivalent currency);
 Private civil liability (6.000 € or equivalent currency).                                                                                                     

Also, the UCC University Clinic Reina Fabiola* offers free medical assistance through accident & emergency department (“guardia médica”). However, medical specialist consultations have a cost.

There is also free medical assistance on Campus, which is placed in the hall of the Engineering School.

* Reina Fabiola Clinic is located in Jacinto Ríos 571, B ° Gral. Paz / Tel.: 351- 414 2121


Since the University does not have its own dormitories or residences for exchange students, we provide you with a housing database from which you can choose where you would like to live during your stay in Córdoba.

These lodging options are available at different prices, depending on many factors such as: the distance from city center, the housing facilities, the type of rooms (single or shared), and so forth.

Students are expected to choose accommodation accordingly, taking into account their own preferences. They take full responsibility of the place in which they will be living at, and sign a rental contract with their landlords. They contact the host family or residence directly by e-mail or phone, and make their own reservations. Once they have done so, they have to send their accommodation details to the following e-mail address: movilidad.sai@ucc.edu.ar (at least one month prior the official arrival date).

Universidad Católica de Córdoba does not assume any civil, criminal, and administrative responsibility as well as any other responsibility related to lodging. The UCC will not be liable for any claim or loss that any of the parties may incur.


Due to new immigration regulations in Argentina, students may enter our country as tourists (only with their passport) and change their status to student once in Cordoba. Consequently, it is not necessary to get a visa in their home country. Once in Córdoba, we will explain the corresponding procedure.

The additional documents required to process the visa depends on the home country and the exchange period, as indicated below:

 Natives of MERCOSUR member countries and their ASSOCIATED STATES, and
 Natives of EXTRAMERCOSUR countries that do NOT require visas to enter as tourists, whose period of exchange is more than 6 (six) months, must bring a FEDERAL or NATIONAL certificate of no criminal records issued in their home country or in the countries where they have resided for the last three (3) years, legalized by the respective Argentine consular representation, or with the Hague Apostille stamp. In the event that the country of origin does not extend this type of certificate according to its local legislation, it must be attached a consular proof of this fact.

The certificate of criminal record must be translated in Cordoba by an official public translator, immediately after the arrival.

For native students from EXTRAMERCOSUR countries that require VISA to enter as tourists, the procedure will be initiated by the UCC in Argentina and the foreign student must request the visa to the respective Argentine Consulate, fulfilling the established requirements for that purpose.

Free movers

Students from universities that do not have an agreement with the UCC can apply as free mover students, paying the corresponding tuition and academic fees. They must bring the following additional documents:

 FEDERAL or NATIONAL certificate of no criminal records issued in their home country or in the countries where they have resided for the last FIVE (5) years, legalized by the respective Argentine consular representation, or with The Hague Apostille stamp.
 Diploma and official transcript of records of the Secondary School, with the Hague Apostille stamp.

In addition to the above documentation, students born in EXTRAMERCOSUR countries that do not require a visa to enter as tourists must bring:

 Birth certificate duly legalized by the respective Argentine consular representation, or with The Hague Apostille stamp.


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