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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (Media and Journalism)
On this program, UNC School of Media and Journalism (MEJO) students directly enroll at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Argentina (UCA) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in vibrant Buenos Aires. You may apply as an exchange
student or as a non-exchange/studyabroad
student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UCA students and participate in all aspects of student life.
The Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA) is a private university, located in the center of Buenos Aires along the Rio de la Plata. Even with a student body of about 15,000, class sizes tend to be small. Especially strong departments at UCA include music, economics, literature, history, political science, and communications, in addition to the School of Journalism where students will be enrolled.
The city of Buenos Aires, often called the Paris of the Americas, is the cultural, political, and commercial capital of Argentina. An excellent public transportation system makes it easy for students to take advantage of Buenos Aire's cultural riches, such as visiting the opera or ballet, going to a soccer match, or touring one of the city's many museums. Students will also have many opportunities to experience the rest of Argentina through independent travel as well as excursions organized by the international student office.
The language prerequisite is 5 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
All courses are taught in Spanish. Students participating on the JOMC-UCA Exchange Program will directly enroll into courses offered through the School of Journalism at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Argentina. Students will be able to take courses that satisfy UNC Journalism major requirements, while studying in Spanish alongside Argentine students. Additionally, international exchange students at UCA are welcome to take courses in any of the various departments and facultades at UCA. Course registration occurs after arrival in Buenos Aires, and final course offerings will not become available until this time. Program participants will have access to university libraries and computer labs.
NOTE About Language Placement Tests: If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language test (this is not the language placement test that you may have already taken). Send your name, PID, and email to Elizabeth Bruno (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
There is no on-campus housing at UCA. Participants on this program are responsible for making their own housing arrangements upon arrival in Buenos Aires. The International Relations Office at UCA provides international students with a listing of contact information for possible accommodations. Accommodation options on this list include: student residences, apartments, and home stays.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access