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.
Although steeped in history, Córdoba is part of the modern world 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. The city is particularly appealing during the spring semester when the festival calendar is busy with cultural events.
- With some effort, you can complete up to a year of Spanish in one semester
- Regular social and cultural activities in and around Cordoba coordinate with all classes
- Four-day excursion to Morocco is really eye-opening and also tied into classes
- Awesome instructors and personalized attention
- Opportunities for community service projects
- It doesn't have to end after one semester: fall in love with Andalusía and extend to UCEAP Granada!
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
- For spring 2014, EAP will offer the political science elective in English!
Students may focus on Spanish language and literature or dedicate more time to electives like art history, political science or cultural studies.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to mid-December
late January to late May
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. The homestay includes three meals per day, so you'll be able to enjoy the company of your Spanish host 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.
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 at the Centro de Estudios de la Universidad de California in Madrid. 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. It looks closely at the art and history of the region, as well as its ties to North Africa. Students who demonstrate a firm command of first-year Spanish language may select more elective courses to accompany the required grammar and history courses.
- Spanish language
required course, offered in two tracks depending on placement, 6 UC quarter units
- Spanish Art History
elective, listed under Art History, 6 UC quarter units
- Spanish Culture and Civilization
required course, listed under History, upper division, 6 UC quarter units
- Spain and the Contemporary World
elective, cross-listed under History and Political Science, 6 UC quarter units
Beginning spring 2014, an additional upper division course will be offered:
- Cultural Crossroads: Andalucía Then and Now
cross-listed under European Studies and History, 6 UC quarter units
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 will enroll in four courses to meet the program requirement of 24 quarter units (equivalent to 16 semester units) of UC credit.
All students complete a full-time course of study while abroad.
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 Andalusia, 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 modern building on the Campus Menéndez Pidal. The UCEAP office is conveniently located in the same building.
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 Non Resident 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 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Córdoba
- Accident and medical insurance
- 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.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
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
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.
Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines: