After looking at all the relevant universities in Buenos Aires , I quickly made the decision to go to Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) for various reasons: On the one hand, I am Catholic myself, which is not a requirement and does not particularly affect everyday student life expresses. Also, for all I know, the UCA is considered the best and most respected private university in the country. During my time in Buenos Aires, I also got to know students from the other universities in the city, and almost all of them reported good things about their studies.
According to Top-Mba-Universities, the Universidad Catolica has modern buildings with connected cellars in a prime location right on the marina of Buenos Aires. The Puerto Madryn district is the most modern part of the city and has numerous restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity of the university . The university buildings themselves are comparatively modern and well equipped . Free WiFi, as well as projectors and computers, are available in large numbers. There are also several cafes and shops for office supplies on campus . There are also several libraries , a chapel and lounges .
The offer for international students consists of two different types of courses: The regular university courses in Spanish and with the local students and the so-called PEL courses , which are taught in English and are almost exclusively attended by the internationals. Although the offer of English courses as a whole is smaller but has exciting courses in many different areas and has the advantage that these courses very small and are therefore much discussion can be. Also lectures and excursions include a standard component.
The semester began with two introductory days and the opportunity to try out all courses in the first two weeks and then choose afterwards. In addition, there is a compulsory Spanish course for all foreign students , for which a placement test is taken at the beginning of the semester . The Spanish course was at the highest level for me and helped me enormously . The UCA is one of the few universities in South America where you can study without any significant knowledge of Spanish . I myself worked my way up from an absolute beginner to language level B1 in just five months .
In addition, the Universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires offers a wide range of sporting activities (including tennis , sailing and archery ), which I have not made use of myself. However, I know of fellow students that this highly recommended are.
The courses themselves differ significantly from what I was used to from German business administration lectures: Instead of overcrowded lecture halls and disinterested professors, there are small courses with the opportunity for exchange , as well as joint excursions and guest lectures . That made the semester a welcome change for me personally, also academically. The grading is also different, as the final grade is not only made up of the final exam, but instead consists of more school- related elements, such as oral participation and homework, results. The level of the courses was higher than I had expected in advance, but lower than I am used to at a large German university. Perhaps I should also mention that attendance is compulsory in all courses and that the participant must attend at least 80% of the hours specified in the syllabus in order to pass the course. Some of them did not actually manage that for me during the semester, although a justified absence, such as a medical certificate, is tolerated.
Finally, I can recommend the Universidad Catolica to anyone who wants to spend an experience-rich and at the same time academically advanced semester abroad in Argentina . I would especially recommend this university to everyone who is not yet very familiar with the Spanish language and therefore may have doubts about going to South America at all . That’s what happened to me during the preparation period , and in retrospect this decision was probably one of the best in my career so far! You have to know for yourself whether the not insignificant tuition fees are worthwhile for you, but because the UCA every semester at a distance gets most of the international students, at least one can say that it is worthwhile for many.
After thinking about it for a long time, a negative point actually occurred to me: Unfortunately, the university does not yet have a structured internal network for its students, which is why each professor distributes his documents differently (Dropbox, Google Classroom, etc.). There are for the care of foreign students but its own office in the middle of the campus, in which one (almost) any time to help find!