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BUS Study and Intern in Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring Semester
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Host Family
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Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The Universidad de Congreso
Program Description:

BUS: Study and Intern in Argentina

Program Overview
Nested in the foothills of the Andes mountains, Mendoza welcomes you to Argentina’s wine country. Those seeking a less hectic metropolitan setting than Buenos Aires will fall in love with Mendoza’s beautiful parks, art galleries, and excellent restaurants.  The Centro Academico Sur de los Andes (CASA) program at the Universidad de Congreso offers classes in both English and Spanish, in subject areas such as language, culture, economics, and politics.  Host families and community service options enable students to spend a semester developing a closer understanding of the region, of Argentina and Latin America.   Available spring and fall.

Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, the vibrant city of Mendoza is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Considered one of the world’s seven wine capitals, Mendoza is at the center of Argentina’s wine industry.  Glamorous wine bars and 700 wineries (bodegas) dot the city as a part of Mendoza’s thriving wine tourism industry.  Each year, Mendozians celebrate the harvest between February and April with the Grape Harvest Festival and many other festivities.  Despite the dry desert climate, a network of irrigation canals dating back to Inca times delivers fresh water from the mountain snowmelt into the city and vineyards.  Sometimes these canals are jokingly called “yanqui traps” as tourists occasionally fall into them.
Extreme sports thrive in Mendoza.  Skiers, mountaineers, bikers, rafters, trekkers and hikers will all feel right at home.  Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as well as 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 lies at the heart of western Argentina, well-connected to the rest of the country through bus and train routes.  Meanwhile, Santiago, the capital of Chile, is only 90-minute plane ride away.
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Where you will study 
The Universidad de Congreso is a small private university in downtown Mendoza.  Take a stroll down the surrounding leafy pedestrian streets to the numerous cultural attractions of the city, such as the cafés where mendocinos gather to drink coffee and chat.
In its second decade of inspiring students to become leaders in their field of study, Universidad de Congreso’s aim is to position itself regionally as a leader in internationalization.   Its academic strengths are in international relations, environmental studies, and economics. With 2,400 undergraduate students, you will find it relatively easy to make friends among your Argentine peers. 
You will be a part of the Centro Académico Sur de los Andes Program (CASA), which is part of the Universidad de Congreso. Argentine Universidad de Congreso students can enroll alongside CASA students in the CASA English track.Congreso’s international students come from the United States, Europe, South America and Mexico.  Compared to other private universities in the region, it has the highest percentage of international exchange students relative to total enrollment. 

For more information on Universidad de Congreso, please see the asttached Mendoza Prog Presentation for SA.ppt.
Students will take a Spanish class, a Wine and Tourism class, an elective (most are courses about the economics of Argentina), and an internship course.  
Courses will be taught in English. Students will also enroll in a Spanish language class.  There is no Spanish requirement for this program, but students who speak Spanish will have more internship opportunities.
There are a limited number of courses available through the CASA program.  Past U.S. students have enjoyed courses like: Population Ecology, Evaluation and Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, History of International Relations, History of Argentina within the Latin American Context, Argentine Foreign Policy, Contemporary International Politics, and Theory of International Relations.  Most business students will be receiving elective credit for this program.  
All of our internships are:
-Quarterly (lasts two months)
-Credit internships

The types of internships we offer are the following:
• Research internship: With this kind of internship a student does research for a particular company or institution.
 Cultural Heritage research
 Historical research
 Environmental Management research

• Work experience internship: This way the student gains work experience in their field of study or interest. As follows, there are various types of internships that are classified by industry;
 Accounting internships
 Architecture & Design internships
 Communications(Advertising, Publishing)internships
 Construction Industry internships
 Cultural Management internships
 Environment internships
 Finance internships
 Hospitality & Tourism internships
 Journalism internships
 Legal internships
 Logistic internships
 Marketing internships
 Office & Administrative internships
 Software industry internships
 Technology internships
 Wine Industry internships

Cultural Events

This program offers many cultural events and excursions throughout the semester.  The costs of these excursions are included in the program fee.   
The many cultural events may include options such as the following:
  • Argentine cooking class at the foothills of the Andes
  • Vines and Wines - visit to a large industrial winery and to an organic one. Transportation, lunch, and tasting included
  • Open Air Bus – City of Mendoza guided tour
  • Walking history tour of Mendoza
  • Annual wine harvest festival (Spring Semester)
  • Farewell Dinner
Some of the planned excursions throughout the semester will include:
  • Adventure weekend trip to San Rafael: Includes accommodation, meals, and excursions to Atuel Canyon and Valle Grande. Optional at students’ expenses (at their own risk): rafting, zip line, horseback riding
  • Two-day excursion: alternates each semester to either Valle de Luna, Córdoba, or Chile. Transportation, accommodation, and meals included
Many community service and volunteer opportunities are available through the Universidad de Congreso’s Commitment to Excellence in Environmental Studies. 

Each Illinois Center has an on-site resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad.
Your resident director during your time in Mendoza will be Carolina S. Suárez Garcés.  She holds degrees in Journalism and Advertising and has worked in a variety of fields, including education, tourism, public relations, and administration.  Her passions include traveling, language-learning, and cultural immersion, and she is dedicated to providing her students with these important experiences in Mendoza.
In addition to the resident director, this program offers a group flight option as well as airport pick-up for group flight travellers. There will also be a 3-day on-site orientation that includes transportation, accommodation, and some meals.
The members of CASA’s on-site support staff are highly qualified, trained, and experienced.  They speak English and are available 24/7.  The staff advises on the visa application process.  One hour per week of free language tutoring is available upon request.  For additional assistance, on-site staff can help students arrange additional tutoring at the student’s expense.

Host families serve as a unique introduction into Argentine culture. In Mendoza, students live with carefully chosen local host families, one U.S. student per home. Host families can consist of a traditional two-parent household, a retired couple, or a single woman with or without children. Students are provided with three meals per day (except on the weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students live in downtown or the 5th or 6th neighborhoods, which are generally 15-20 minutes from their host university.


This program has a limited number of courses available, and students should expect to receive mostly elective credit for this program.



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Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
Students must be in the College of Business at time of application

This program is not open to freshmen, and it is strongly recommended that students in their last semester not participate, because their graduation will be delayed.
For more information on this program, contact
Business International Programs
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This program is currently not accepting applications.