LMU's signature program in Latin America is located in Córdoba, Argentina. The first LMU study abroad program directly reflecting the Jesuit values and our institutional mission, "Casa de la Mateada" engages the Ignatian ideal of "well-educated solidarity" on all levels from the types of courses offered to the ways in which students are housed and engage with one another and with host country citizens. In LMU's "Casa de la Mateada" program, you will spend a semester immersing yourself in the complex social, political and historical realities of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, and challenging yourself to grow and develop as a person for others.
Casa Program Structure
Originally designed by Santa Clara University, "Casa" programs are rooted in four “pillars”: Accompaniment, Academics, Community and Spirituality. LMU's Casa program offers a rare and transformative opportunity for students to experience praxis, community living, critical analysis and reflection, and spiritual formation in the dynamic city of Córdoba, Argentina.
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How do I know if the LMU Casa de la Mateada is right for me?
By taking a moment and reading the four pillars of any Casa study abroad opportunity, a student can see the deep intellectual and spiritual commitment needed for this particular type of program.
If you are interested in experiencing a spiritual and intellectual journey, while earning credits overseas in the unique context of Argentina, then LMU's Casa program is right for you!
Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina and the main urban development in the central region of the country. It is surrounded by breathtaking towns, mountains, rivers and lakes only a few kilometers away. This beautiful city has a large student population and is also a major tourist destination because of its fascinating history, impressive landscapes, eye-catching sites and rich culture.
LMU's "Casa de la Mateada" collaborates with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, which is the oldest private university in Argentina. Founded in 1956 by the Jesuit Order, the traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all UCC programs. As a critical partner with LMU Casa de la Mateada, students will take coursework from both LMU and UCC faculty. Additionally, UCC has over 9,000 students with whom Casa de la Mateada students can engage and learn. For a video introduction of the UCC campus, click here.
Argentina is a beautiful and geographically diverse country that offers many opportunities for exploring its breathtaking nature and cosmopolitan cities. The country combines Latin American and European traditions into a distinctive, edgy and captivating culture. With so much to explore throughout Argentina and its neighboring countries, you won’t want to leave!
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include a field placement or what we refer to as "praxis site". In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Argentine people.Through this immersive learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices while working to promote human dignity. You will become part of this Argentine community not as a volunteer, but as a learner. Your praxis site will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience. Students typically spend two days a week throughout the semester in their assigned praxis site.
Housing & Meals
Another key element of this program is communal, simple living. Students will be housed in safe, but simple communal situations with one another. This means that students will share bedrooms, have group meals and are likely to conduct many of the daily functions of life (laundry, cleaning, etc.) in simple ways. Each house will also have a "CC" or community coordinator along with other local staff to aid in navigating daily life in Córdoba.
PSYC/THST/CATH 398 Contemplatives in Action: Psychology, Spirituality, and Liberation
(3 units + 1 unit fieldwork)
This course meets the Integrations level LMU core requirement in Interdisciplinary Connections and carries an Engaged Learning flag. It may also be used as an upper division elective in Psychology, Theology, or Catholic Studies.
LIBA 398 Praxis Seminar
A weekly seminar providing a space for student reflection, problem-solving, logistical coordination, and integration of praxis site experiences with their life experience. Videos, readings, and guided discussions will also be used in the seminar.
SPAN 398/FNLT 398 Argentina: Culture, Language, and Literature
(3 units plus 1-unit fieldwork) Upper division elective. This cours may be used a Foreign Literature in Translation (FNLT) elective
NOTE: If students are at a less advanced level of Spanish, an appropriate Spanish course (Spanish 198) may be offered as needed. This course is graded Credit/No Credit only. Completion of SPAN 102 or the equivalent is required or consent of the instructor.
POLS/ECON 398 Poverty in Comparative Perspective
(3 units plus 1-unit fieldwork)
The Course fulfills LMU Core explorations requirement in Understanding Human Behavior as well as an engaged learning flag.
PHIL/THST 398 Faith and Reason Interdisciplinary Course
(3 units plus 1-unit fieldwork)
The Course details are still being developed and will be reviewed to fulfill the LMU Core Integrations requirement in Faith and Reason.
For a full list of the course descriptions, please reference: Casa de la Mateada Course Descriptions for Fall 2014
* While the language of instruction is English, we recommend that participating students have an intermediate level of conversational Spanish (equivalent to SPAN 203 or higher) in order to participate in praxis community life. Spanish language abilities will greatly aid in the immersion aspects of this program and as part of the required course load students will take the Spanish electiver course at the appropriate level. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses at LMU prior to departure or to enroll in online courses.