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Córdoba, Argentina

The Spanish school in Córdoba

The school is situated at a very central location, only 2 blocks from the Plaza Central. You can choose between private and group classes of 4 hours per day. Groups in our group classes are never bigger than six students. In case of group lessons you will get a placement test on the first morning of classes to determine your level of Spanish. The school acknowledges 5 different tuition levels.
The school offers also Tango, Salsa of Folkloric dances for $ 50 per week (6 hours).

Activities

There is a weekly city tour for new students. Every week there is a football (soccer) game between the students and the teachers. Horse back rides, mountain bike tours and walks or more day treks are organized in the weekends in the surrounding mountains. Prices for these excursions are very reasonable, not to say low. Besides there are numerous activities you can arrange outside the school: canoeing, volleyball, tennis, golf etc.

The accommodation: a room in a shared apartment

You have a choice between to different kind of shared apartments in Córdoba.
You can stay in an apartment shared with local Argentinean students (A), 10 walking minutes from school or (B) to stay in a student residence at 5 walking minutes from school with students from all over the world, not only from the Spanish school.

Option A offers the advantage that you get to practice your Spanish with the local students.

Standard is accommodation in a shared room, you can get a private room at a surcharge of $20 per person per week. You will share the bathroom, living room and kitchen. The Argentinean students will be able to inform you on art, culture and student life in Córdoba!
No meals included in the price.

Host family

For an extra charge you can also stay with a host family where you will receive two meals a day. You'll have your own bedroom and your laundry will be done by the family. At some host families you can get your own bathroom. The families are located at a maximum of 15 bus-minutes from the school.

The trip

From Buenos Aires you can travel by bus or plane to Córdoba.
By bus: there are various comfortable night buses with chairs nearly as comfortable as a bed, which depart from Buenos Aires around 22.00PM from the RETIRO bus station. They arrive in Córdoba around 07.00 AM and a seat costs about $ 22. The school can reserve a seat, pay to be sure that you are on that bus and arrange to be picked up at the bus station in Córdoba.
You can also fly in one hour for about $ 90. Do take into account that you'll arrive in Buenos Aires at the International airport (Ezeiza) and will have to take a transfer to the National Airport (Aeroporque Jorge Newberry). There are good, regular busses between the two airports.
In case you'll arrive by air in Córdoba you will be met at the airport by someone from the language school who will take you to your accommodation. They also provide a transfer back to the airport after the classes.

Included in the standard package in Córdoba

  • Private or shared lessons of 4 hours per day, five days a week.
  • Placement test and Study material.
  • Registration fee.
  • Welcome lunch and city tour.
  • Social activities and tea and coffee.
  • WIFI Internet connection at school.
  • A tourist card discount Argentina touristcard
  • Shared room in the student apartment or student residence during the study period from Saturday to Saturday. For other accommodation options, check prices below.
  • lncluded in the accommodation: transfer from the airport of Córdoba to the accommodation and back to the airport.
  • Optional: bus ticket from Buenos Aires to Córdoba $  22.
2007 All prices are in $ US Dollars. hpd = hours per day
Argentina Classes hpd 1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks extra week extra night transfer
C�rdoba
shared room ap.
group 4 $ 275 $ 470 $ 665 $ 860 $ 220 $ 9 included
Córdoba
private room ap.
group 4 $ 295 $ 510 $ 725 $ 940 $ 240 $ 11 included
Córdoba
family + meals
group 4 $ 325 $ 570 $ 815 $ 1060 $ 270 $ 16 included
Córdoba
shared room ap.
private 4 $ 340 $ 600 $ 860 $ 1120 $ 285 $ 9 included
Córdoba
private room ap.
private 4 $ 360 $ 640 $ 920 $ 1199 $ 305 $ 11 included
Córdoba
family + meals
private 4 $ 389 $ 699 $ 1009 $ 1319 $ 335 $ 16 included
2008
Argentina Classes hpd 1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks extra week extra night transfer
Córdoba
shared room ap.
group 4 $ 295 $ 510 $ 725 $ 940 $ 240 $ 10 included
Córdoba
private room ap.
group 4 $ 310 $ 540 $ 770 $ 999 $ 255 $ 13 included
Córdoba
family + meals
group 4 $ 355 $ 630 $ 905 $ 1180 $ 300 $ 19 included
Córdoba
shared room ap.
private 4 $ 460 $ 810 $ 1190 $ 1570 $ 405 $ 10 included
Córdoba
private room ap.
private 4 $ 475 $ 840 $ 1235 $ 1630 $ 420 $ 13 included
Córdoba
family + meals
private 4 $ 520 $ 930 $ 1370 $ 1810 $ 465 $ 19 included

COUNTRY INFO

Argentina is, after Brazil, the largest country of South America and has a very diverse landscape: tropical rain forest, desert, savannas, mountains and the typical Argentinean pampa. The country has more than thirty national parks, most of which are on the west side of the Andes. One can take walks there, go mountaineering or skiing. On the pampas and in the Andes one will see a lot of guanaco's and vicuñas, members of the lama family. But Argentina has more than just beautiful nature; the Tango, tough cowboys (Gauchos) on the pampas, the legendary Carlos Gardel and of course Eva Perón who was portrayed by Madonna in 'Evita'.

An absolute highlight in Argentina is the Iguazú waterfalls (Foz do Iguacu), which are situated on the nexus of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It is spectacular to see the 70 meters high and two kilometres broad waterfalls. It is possible, via catwalks, to get close enough to get very wet. From Puerto Iguazú in Argentina you can take a 30 minute bus trip to Brazil to see the waterfalls from another side.
When the sun shines, there are rainbows everywhere and you can see little black birds diving in and out of the water very quickly. With a little luck you can also see toucans and it is possible to do a jungle tour here. On weekends you can taste a little of Gaucho life on the pampas by going to San Antonio de Areco. This is a trip of one and a half hour from Buenos Aires.

Another interesting sight outside of Buenos Aires is the pilgrimage town of Luján, where there is a painting of the patron saint of Argentina in a Gothic Basilica. Annually over four million Argentineans visit this holy place. From Buenos Aires you can take a boat and within three hours you arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Garbage here is still collected by horse carts and most cars are over 50 years old.

Argentina has become really cheap after the devaluation of the Argentinean Peso that followed the economical crises of 2002. There is no other cosmopolitan capital in the world where one can go to the theatre and international shows so cheaply. At this moment (March 2007) 1 us $ = 3,1 Argentinean pesos. A good mid-range hotel will cost you about ± $ 16, a room in a typical backpackers hostel ± $  5 and a good meal with a beer or glass of wine will put you back ± $ 5 but is also possible for ± $  3. Horseback riding is very cheap you can rent a horse with guide for ± $  3,50 per hour! Internet is available all over the country and one hour will cost you ± $ 0,33. To make a long story short, Argentina is after Bolivia probably the cheapest destination in Latin America.

The population of Argentina

About 85 percent of the Argentinean population is Caucasian, mostly descendant from Spanish and Italian immigrants. In the sixteenth century, Spanish colonialists came to the New World, bringing diseases and bacteria which killed a large part of the indigenous population, who being isolated for so long, could not physically cope with these diseases. In 1850, only half a million Indians remained in Argentina, mostly in Tierra del Fuego, in the utmost South. But these Indians were then made to wear Western clothing that had been collected in England. In the earlier days they walked around naked, even in the cold. Unfortunately, these clothes were infected with bacteria. This, together with having to wear clothes in the first place, affected their natural resilience and killed many of them. Now only a very small group of Indians are left in Argentina, mostly in Tierra del Fuego.

Activities Argentina

  • Learn to dance the tango.
  • Visit the waterfalls of Iguazú.
  • Visit the heart of the Lake District in the Andes: San Carlos de Bariloche. Here you can ski, take a boat ride, go fishing, take walks and go mountain climbing.
  • The ski area of Gran Catedral has a height difference of 1000 meters; the best period to come here is between the middle of June and the end of September. A ski pass and the rental of ski gear is much cheaper as in Europe or the US.
  • Visit the Nature Reserve on the peninsula of Valdéz (Patagonia) with penguins, sea lions and walruses.
  • Go to the beach of Mar del Plata from November to April.
  • If you like to go hiking go to Córdoba where one can make great hikes through the mountains and visit quaint villages. Click here http://www.aldealasperdices.com.ar/ for a typical 'estancia', a former farm where you can stay a few days and hike, do horseback riding, relax and enjoy the wonderful food served.
  • Go to the worlds most southern city: Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego.
  • Transport: Public bus, taxi or plane. Taxies are very cheap!

CITY INFO: Córdoba

Córdoba is, with 1,2 million inhabitants, the second largest city of Argentina and is older then Buenos Aires. The city was founded in in 1573 and became a base for the Jesuit missionaries who founded the first University in Argentina in 1613. The city still has several old colonial buildings, churches, cathedrals and monasteries that are well worth a visit. Córdoba has five Universities where 200.000 students from all over Argentina study. Therefore Córdoba is the ideal place to study Spanish for young people. The centre of the city has a beautiful pedestrian and shopping area where traffic is not allowed.
The amazing mountain range at 35 kilometres from the city is very inviting for day treks weekend excursions. You can also visit several nice small villages around Córdoba.
Activities Córdoba

  • Visit the beautiful lakes in the area.
  • Go for horse back trips, fishing or water sports.
  • Don't take to many clothes with you; you can buy for a third of the European price modern clothes.
  • Visit the underground Jesuit crypt on Av. Colon. There are held on a regular basis musical and theatre performances.
  • For the younger ones: go to a bar on Calle Rondeau in the student district. If you want to dance: it's not done to visit a discothèque before 02.00am.
  • Visit the tourist destinations Villa Carlos Paz, Villa General Belgrano or Cumbrecita. The last two are very German orientated.
  • Visit one of the many cultural and musical events in Córdoba.
  • Travel direction east and you will find yourself travelling back in time with the gaucho's in the "flat pampa".

CLIMATE

Argentina is situated in a moderate climate zone but large local differences do occur because of differences in altitude. In Buenos Aires, the average temperature in January is 23ºC and in July 10ºC. Córdoba has the perfect climate but avoid the winter months (June, July and August when temperatures don’t reach the 10ºC! The other months of the year the temperature will be between the 25ºC and 30ºC without much rain.

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