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Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated February, 2020

Academic information

Language of instruction

The majority of courses are in Spanish.

Course informationPontificia Universidad Católica Argentina building

UCA offers courses and degrees in: Economics, Commerce, Marketing, Business, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Philosophy, Literature, History, Music and Musicology, Education, Journalism, Institutional Communications, Advertising, Agriculture and Theology.


Spanish Language CoursesPontificia Universidad Católica Argentina campus

All incoming exchange students will have to sit a Spanish Placement Exam at no cost. Students who do not reach a B2.4 level or higher will be required to study Spanish within the UCA-ELE course structure, a programme especially designed for international students. 

The Semester Program "Spanish as a Foreign Language" offered at UCA is extended throughout the semester (twice a week, two hours each day, 64 hours total). The course grants 5 UCA credits. It has a reduced cost for exchange students and students must arrange payment directly to UCA.

Spanish as foreign language

Semester dates

  • Academic Year: February - December
  • First Semester: February - July
  • Second Semester: August - December
  • Academic Calendar

Course load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum course load: 12 credits.
  • A regular UCA student takes 15-20 credits per semester.
  • 1 UCA Credit is equivalent to 1 course hour per week (1 course hour = 45 minutes).

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Accommodation and the cost of living


Students have a choice of home-stay, student residences or flats. There is no campus housing at UCA. The International Office will provide help in finding a place to live, but students are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements.
Accommodation Information

Estimated cost of living

Estimated cost of living in 2020: ARS 85,000 per semester - includes accommodation, meals, study materials, insurance, local transport, electricity, personal expenses

Additional information

UCA International Office

UCA Fact Sheet 

Student Visa and insurance

Student Visa and insurance information 

Living & Travelling in Argentina

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Exchange experiences

The University, city and region

The UniversityPontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Campus Building

One of the finest and largest private universities in Argentina, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is located in Puerto Madero, an architecturally-acclaimed US $2.5 billion urban-renewal project in the old port of Buenos Aires, which includes movie theatres, luxury restaurants, a Hilton hotel and the headquarters of many multinational corporations. Since its foundation in 1958, UCA has been a pioneer in many fields and attracted leading scholars in each academic discipline to its faculty. UCA fosters academic excellence, personal growth and a passion for truth and justice. The central campus is accessible by colectivo (bus) and subte (metro), and is a short walk from the city's historical and financial districts, yet offers quiet surroundings. It is only a few blocks away from a 1,000-acre natural reserve.

UCA has the most modern urban campus in Argentina, made up of four impressive buildings, the first of which opened in 1996. There are five computer labs with full Internet access for the students, four university cafeterias, and a beautiful esplanade along the River Plate. The facilities also include three multimedia auditoriums, a bank, medical attention, Xerox machines, an open-air amphitheatre, a comfortable open-shelf library and Argentina's best on campus TV and Radio studios. All the buildings are connected by an underground tunnel.

UCA International

The city of Buenos AiresTango in Buenos Aires

Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and offers great geographic variety. The capital, Buenos Aires, is the one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Americas and its character and look were moulded by European immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. BA has magnificent buildings, monuments and parks and although it is a big city, its transportation system makes it easy to move around.

The "porteños" (as inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called) enjoy an active cultural and social life. Hospitality to foreigners is the rule, and the city is unique for its diverse and fun night-life. Travelling to Argentina’s extraordinary destinations (Iguaçu Falls, The Andes & Patagonia, Córdoba...) is also a must for exchange students.

Life in Buenos Aires

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email