UC Davis Study Abroad, Quarter Abroad, Argentina, Spanish Language and Culture in Mendoza, Overview Page

Quarter Abroad Argentina - Courses

Language and Culture in Argentina

On this Quarter Abroad program, you can:

  • Earn 18-21 quarter units
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities

Note to Non-UC Davis Students:

Students from other UC campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.

Host Institution

Students will take language classes at the Centro de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera (CELE), located at the Facultad de Filosfia y Letras at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.

Students on Quarter Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Quarter Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.

The program carries a total of 18-21 quarter units. Students will be enrolled in the courses listed below. Auditing is not an option. Contact your program coordinator to inquire about special course options for graduate students.

Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.

Courses (18-21 units)

Level 1 - Total Units: 21

Review of grammar sequences and practice of language skills through cultural texts. Develop the grammar, vocabulary and composition through exercises and reading of modern texts. Toward the end of the course students will focus on more difficult grammatical concepts and further practice in composition and language skills. 

Level 2 - Total Units: 19

Students will focus on difficult grammar concepts, and continue to develop composition skills. Authentic materials, literary texts and videos will be used to develop writing skills. Toward the end of the course students will work on advanced writing skills, with particular emphasis on how to write argumentative prose, essays and papers. 

Level 3 - Total Units: 18

Study of Spanish American literature and culture, along with the major developments in the arts and social institutions of Spanish America. Readings, lectures, and discussions will be in Spanish. 

*Students at all levels will take SPA 148S "Cinema in the Spanish-Speaking World" (GE:ArtHum,Div.), which is taught in English, for four (4) units, and SPA 98/198 for two (2) units.

SPA 98/198 Directed Group Study - Taught by Professor Cecilia Colombi (P/NP grading) (2 units)
This course examines the cultural, academic and personal experience of studying in Mendoza, Argentina through narratives and group discussions. Special emphasis will be given to the language development as well as the cross cultural experience of living with a host family. This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.


This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements


Level 1

Completion of SPA 2 or the equivalent.

Level 2 

Completion of SPA 21 or the equivalent.

Level 3

Completion of SPA 24, 33, or the equivalent.

Equivalents may include: AP credits, a placement exam into SPA 3, 22 or 100, or an interview with the Faculty Program Leader if you are a native speaker of Spanish.

  • Prerequisite Equivalents for Students from Other UC's
  • UC Berkeley
         Level 1: Spanish 1
         Level 2: Spanish 3
         Level 3: Spanish 102A
    UC Irvine
         Level 1: Spanish 1B
         Level 2: Spanish 2B
         Level 3: Spanish 3A
         Level 1: Spanish 3
         Level 2: Spanish 5
         Level 3: Spanish 25 (Advanced Conversation and Composition)
    UC Merced
         Level 1: Spanish 2
         Level 2: Spanish 3
         Level 3: Spanish 103 (Spanish Composition and Conversation)
    UC Riverside
         Level 1: Spanish 2
         Level 2: Spanish 5
         Level 3: Spanish 101A (Advanced Oral and Written Composition)
    UC Santa Barbara
         Level 1: Spanish 2
         Level 2: Spanish 5
         Level 3: Spanish 25 (Advanced Grammar and Composition)
    UC Santa Cruz
         Level 1: Spanish 2
         Level 2: Spanish 5
         Level 3: Spanish 114 (Advanced Conversation and Composition)
    UC San Diego
         Level 1: Spanish 1B/1BX
         Level 2: Literatures in Spanish 2A (Intermediate Spanish I: Foundations)
         Level 3: Literatures in Spanish 2C (Intermediate Spanish III: Cultural Topics and Composition)