Study Abroad Program Overview
Looking for a quarter program in Spain that will allow you to feel immersed and at home in a short period of time? Looking for a short program in a walkable city with staff and instructors who know your name by the second day? Looking for a homestay experience
that really invites you to be part of the family?
Spend winter quarter in Córdoba
! The UCEAP staff and instructional team at the University of Córdoba will share their love of Andalucía through Spanish language and specialized courses in English about the art and culture of Southern Spain. Frequent excursions
in and around Córdoba and to other parts of Andalucía enhance the coursework and help you get to know fellow students as well as staff and faculty.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those who wish to dig a little deeper, and your homestay family will make sure you have a steady diet of delicious regional specialties to keep you going.
You can have it all and be back in time for Spring quarter!
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
- Non-language courses are taught in English
- Students focus on Spanish language learning while exploring Andalucia through art history and cultural studies in English.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-January to mid-March
During the last ten years, UCEAP staff members in Córdoba have developed very close relations with those families who open their homes to UC students. You will be placed in a prearranged homestay
to assist with your Spanish acquisition and integration into daily life. UCEAP staff members strive to match students with appropriate homestay settings.
Unlike many Spanish cities, the host families in Córdoba are very welcoming and genuinely interested in their student guests. The homestay includes three typical Spanish meals
per day, so you'll be able to enjoy the company of your Spanish family.
Volunteering locally is an excellent way for you to integrate into the community while abroad. Students have previously volunteered with the European Chapter of the World Fair Trade Organization, Asociación Andalusí de Enfermos y Trasplantados Hepáticos, Fundación Proyecto Don Bosco, Asociación Cordobesa de Paralisis Cerebral, and Córdoba Acoge, among others. The Program Coordinator at the Córdoba office can provide a list of current openings and help you choose the best option for your schedule and interests after you arrive in Spain.
Picture yourself in Spain
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by UC faculty and staff. The UC Faculty Director, who is responsible for all UCEAP Spain programs, maintains an office in Barcelona and visits Córdoba regularly. The Faculty Director and experienced on-site staff at the Córdoba office help students integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.
This program places special emphasis on Andalucía, one of the most culturally rich and diverse regions of Spain. Over the span of a quarter, instructors provide you with an in depth look at Southern Spain, examining the art and history of the region, its ties to North Africa, and the continuing influence of Andalucía on the rest of the country.
- Spanish language
required course; 6 UC quarter units
- Art History of Andalucía
elective taught in English, listed under Art History; 4.5 UC quarter units
- Cultural Crossroads: Andalucía Then and Now
elective, cross-listed under European Studies and History; 4.5 UC quarter units
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 15 quarter UC units; three courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internship opportunities for credit are not available for this program, but volunteer and community service opportunities may be arranged through the Study Center.
See the "Overview" tab for more information.
University of Córdoba
With its mix of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influences, it could be argued that Córdoba is the oldest center of learning in Europe. The University of Córdoba, however, is a modern institution founded in 1972. Drawing on pre-existing academic and research activities in Andalucía, it has become a major research institution in the region, focusing on science and the humanities. The UCEAP program is organized by UCOIdiomas and is situated in a new building conveniently located near the train station and many other downtown destinations. The UCEAP office is located in the same building as the classrooms.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Córdoba
- Homestay lodging and all meals
- Guided visits and entrance fees to Mosque-Cathedral, synagogue, several museums
- Excursions in Córdoba and other parts of Andalucia
- Arrival hotel and on-site orientation
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Pre-departure expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Course materials and access to labs and libraries
- Other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of no Spanish language instruction and a maximum of the 5th quarter or 3rd semester of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 5 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.50.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: