For Whitman students wishing to study in a smaller city in the Southern Cone of Latin America, Whitman has partnered with the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University’s program in Mendoza, Argentina.  Students will enroll in an intensive Spanish language and culture course with a strong focus on the nuances of Argentine Spanish.  Program participants will take the remainder of their courses at the program center, at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, a public university known for its studio arts program, and/or at Universidad de Congreso, a smaller and newer private university in downtown Mendoza. All courses are taught in Spanish by Argentine professors.

“Living with a host family was such an amazing and helpful experience. IFSA does a really good job of matching students with host families. Some people lived with older single women, some with married couples, some with families with kids, and all with a variety of involvement and independence within the family (all of which you get to preference on the survey for family matching). Living with a host family was such a great way to improve my Spanish and learn about Argentine culture and family structure. I think the host family experience is crucial for study abroad if you really do want to integrate and immerse yourself in the language and culture of the country.” - Maria K. ‘17

Fields of study:

Spanish language and literature, studio art, art history, economics, politics, theater, history, geography, music, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and others


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

Four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent


15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Advanced Spanish & Argentine Culture (4 credits) 
Two to four elective courses at the Center and local universities (3-6 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA-Butler credit = 1 Whitman credit


None, however, non-credit volunteer opportunities are available




Host family provides two meals per day Sunday-Friday and one meal on Saturday

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


July–December (semester 2); February–July (semester 1)


IFSA-Butler Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA-Butler: Mendoza Universities Program