Study Abroad Program Overview
Live and study in one of the oldest and most historically important cities in Spain! Declared a World Heritage Site as a compendium of diverse cultures, Córdoba
has been the capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Empire, as well as the capital of the Muslim world during the Umayyad Caliphate.
With classes available for both heritage language speakers as well as those studying Spanish as a second language, Córdoba is the logical place to build language skills and explore the culture of Spain.
Córdoba is a modern city, but the areas in which students ciruculate give it a small-town feel that is very comfortable for most. At the same time, the high-speed AVE trains connect you quickly to all major Spanish cities and from there, to the rest of Europe (and the train station is right across the street from UCOidiomas, your branch of the University of Córdoba). The city is particularly appealing during the spring semester when the festival calendar is busy with cultural events.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
- Regular social and cultural activities in and around Córdoba coordinate with all classes
- Four-day excursion to Morocco is really eye-opening and also tied into classes
- Awesome instructors and personalized attention
- Homestays with families who will welcome you into their households
- Opportunities for service learning projects
- It doesn't have to end after one semester: fall in love with Andalucía and extend to UCEAP Granada!
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
- Electives are available in English
Students may focus on Spanish language and literature or dedicate more time to electives like art history, political science or cultural studies. Special instruction is available for heritage speakers as well as students learning Spanish as a second language.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to mid-December
mid-January to early May
Qualified students may extend their participation from the fall option of the Language & Culture program to the UCEAP spring semester in the University of Granada
program. In either case, you will need to plan in advance for your visa.
During the last fifteen 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.More information on housing
Service learning is an excellent way for you to learn from the community in which you live 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 oppotunities and help you choose the best option for your schedule and interests after you arrive in Spain.
Students embark on a four day student and cultural exchange
program in Morocco. Beyond introducing you to the sites and landscape of the country, this program will allow you to engage and make meaningful connections with Moroccan students, families, and people of the countryside. While exploring Rabat’s Andulusian houses and the bustling life of the medina market, you will exchange ideas and get to know local students from the University of Rabat. Through interaction and meals with Moroccan families in both Rabat and a rural Rif Mountain village, you will learn about family life, economic hardships, education, and customs. Current Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright scholars will also be on hand to share their experiences with you.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.
The Language & Culture program at the University of Córdoba focuses on Spanish language and culture, while also placing special emphasis on Andalucía. Language training is offered both to heritage speakers and at two levels to students who have only learned Spanish in school. The program looks closely at the politics and history of the region, as well as the cultural ties to North Africa.
All courses are worth 6 UC quarter units.
- Spanish language
required course, offered in two tracks depending on placement
- Spanish for Heritage Speakers
required course for appropriate students
- Spanish Art History
elective taught in English, listed under Art History (not always available)
- Spanish Culture and Civilization
required course, listed under History, upper division
- Spain and the Contemporary World
elective taught in English, cross-listed under History and Political Science
- Cultural Crossroads: Andalucía Then and Now
elective, cross-listed under European Studies and History
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
With advanced planning, it may be possible to prolong your stay in Andalucía by extending to the UCEAP spring semester of the University of Granada
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units; four courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internship opportunities for credit are not available for this program, but service learning 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
- Excursions outside Córdoba, including four days in Morocco
- Guided visits and entrance fees to Mosque-Cathedral, synagogue, several museums
- Excursion to Granada and entrance to the Alhambra
- Arrival hotel and on-site orientation
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Predeparture 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.
All participants in this program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of the beginning series 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 no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed above. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with formal study of Spanish.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 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: