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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange / Direct Enroll
Recommendation Requirement: 1 required; refer to the Eligibility section below for details
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)


  • Watch this video to learn more about Argentina
  • With 12,000 students, UCA is one of the largest and best universities in Argentina.
  • Available courses in humanities, business and law
  • UCA's campus is located in Puerto Madero, a renovated district close to downtown featuring movie theatres, luxury restaurants, hotels, and the headquarters of many multinational corporations.
  • El Centro Cultural at UCA offers a plethora of cultural activities including art, film, tango lessons, volunteer opportunities. There are also sports programs available to students. 
  • UCA PAL Program pairs international students with a local UCA student who serves as a resource and cultural guide. This is a great way for students to get connected immediately with local students. 
  • First Catholic university in Argentina
  • Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris" of South America. The city offers students endless attractions and entertainment with many sights of historic and contemporary significance. As the capital city, there are many opportunities to travel to other locations in Argentina as well as South America.
  • Opportunity to volunteer through the "Puentes" project, specifically designed for international students who wish to actively participate in social change.
  • More information is available online on UCA's International Office web page
  • For more information about UCA, visit their website
  • For more information about Buenos Aires, click
  • Meghann, a UR student studying at UCA in Fall 2017, kept a blog of her time in Argentina. To read Meghann's blog, click here.
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Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.

Non-Spanish majors and minors

  • Completion of at least two 300-level Spanish language courses or the equivalent
  • Recommendation from LALIS faculty member required *unless student is a native Spanish speaker
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Junior or Senior year standing *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis

Major or minor in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies (LALIS)

GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students are outlined on the LALIS web page  Students are advised to read this inforamtion carefully prior to application.

Prior to submission of the study abroad application, LALIS students must meet with the LALIS faculty study abroad advisorA copy of the LALIS study abroad approval form should then be given to OIE and will be filed with the study abroad application.

All Students applying to UCA must obtain one recommendation from a UR faculty member. The online application will explain how to request the recommendation.  

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Departments that have many semester courses are Spanish, Literature, Philosophy, Economics, Business, Journalism & Media Communications, Advertising, and Political Science.

Most courses in Law, Engineering, Psychology, Music and Education are year long only. It is sometimes possible to take the yearlong courses for one semester only. Students should check with Patrick Schweiger in the International Education Office at Richmond regarding this possibility prior to applying.

You can find a list of departments for regular undergraduate UCA classes as well as the course catalog. While it may not be up to date for the following semester, it can serve as a guide for the types of courses offered. At the end of the course catalog, you will find the courses listed for the PEL program.  

"Programa de Estudios de Latinoamericanos" are courses specifically taught for international students on topics concerning Argentina and Latin America. Most courses are taught in Spanish.

All courses are listed by facultad. In general, students will not earn credit forUCA-penguins the required Spanish course at UCA unless they place at a higher level than they have taken at Richmond. Students should consult with the advisors in LALIS.

Prior to each semester, students are required to attend a pre-semester Spanish language and Argentine culture course. The tuition for this program is paid by Richmond and is required of all students unless exempt by LALIS. No credit is granted for this course as it is an orientation review course.

Additionally, UCA offers courses of Spanish as a foreign language at the initial, intermediate and advanced level. Richmond will pay the fee for these courses. If a student wishes to earn credit, approval must be granted by LALIS.


To determine the unit value of an UCA course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's office: UCA credits/3.5, rounded up to nearest tenth of a unit =equivalent units. Therefore, UCA courses will transfer as follows:

3 UCA credits = .9 units
4 UCA credits = 1.2 units
5 UCA credits = 1.5 units
6 UCA credits = 1.8 units
7 UCA credits = 2 units
8 UCA credits = 2.3 units
9 UCA credits = 2.6 units
10 UCA credits = 2.9 units

Students must register for a minimum courseload of 12 UCA credits or 192 hours of class time.


UCA's grade scale is from 0-10. Below is the standard conversion used to translate Argentine grades to the US system.  A satisfactory grade of "C" or better must be earned in order to receive course transfer to Richmond.

  UCA Grade Description U.S. Grade Equivalent
10 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A+
9 Distinguido (Distinguished) A
8 Distinguido (Distinguished) A-
7 Bueno (Good) B+
6 Bueno (Good) B
5 Aprobado (Pass) B-
4 Aprobado (Pass) C
0-3 Insuficiente/Reprobado (Insufficient/Fail) No transfer credit

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Student Residence

UCA does not own or operate campus housing.  Argentine students typically live at home or in privately owned resident halls or flats. EnjoyBA is a company specializing in international student housing that Richmond has worked with for several years.  Richmond students are required to live in homestays arranged through EnjoyBA and have been very happy with the host families they have lived with through EnjoyBA in years past.

Dates and Costs

Click UCA Dates to see dates and cost information for UCA.



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Visa information

U.S. citizens: semester and year long students will enter Argentina as a tourist and then apply for the student visa once they get to Argentina.

Non-U.S. citizens may need to obtain a student visa in the U.S. or in their home country. Contact the Argentine consulate in the U.S. or in your home country for more information.

For more information

Please see Patrick Schweiger, Office of International Education.

Robins School students are required to attend a study abroad information session specific to business majors.  Sessions are conducted by Ms. Fae Bell Students should check the International Business web page, Spider Bytes, and the TV monitors in the business school for dates, times, and locations for study abroad information sessions for business majors.
Though not required, students wishing to meet with Dr. Thomas Cossé, Associate Dean for International Business, should contact Ms. Bell or Mrs. Kim Duren to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cossé.


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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.