Casa de la Mateada
is a different kind of study abroad experience. It offers a rare and exciting opportunity for students to experience praxis, community living, critical analysis and reflection, and spiritual formation in the dynamic city of Córdoba, Argentina. Offered in partnership between Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (LMU) and the Universidad Católica de Córdoba (UCC), this program reflects and embodies the Jesuit values at the heart of these two universities. Especially important is the Ignatian ideal of a “well-educated solidarity,” a concept students in the program engage on many different levels--from the types of courses offered, to the intimate setting in which they are housed, and to the direct way they engage the Argentine communities with whom they work. Students spend a semester immersing themselves in the rich and complex cultural, social, political and historical realities of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, while also being challenged to grow and develop as persons for others.
Paseos or short excursions are woven into the fabric of the Casa program. During the course of the semester, students will have an opportunity to encounter places in and around Córdoba that provide insight into the social, political, cultural and spiritual reality of Argentina. For example: the Jesuit Estancia and Che Guevara museum in Alta Gracia; the annual folkloric festival in Cosquin; “La Perla”—the former clandestine detention center from the period of ‘La Dictatura’—now a ‘site of memory’ Alla Arriba, the retreat center in the mountains above La Falda where students will stay for their silent retreat; Paseo de los Artes, a weekly gathering of artists, craftspersons and musicians near La Cañada in central Córdoba; and occasional hiking trips out to Las Sierras Chicas (La Bolsa, Agua de Oro).
Program classes* are offered through a partnership between Loyola Marymount University and Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, and the classes come from a number of disciplines that try to expand upon Jesuit ideals of solidarity with others. Classes are offered in specific semesters (fall/spring), and information about the classes available can be found here: http://academics.lmu.edu/casa/program/academics/
* While the language of instruction is English, we recommend that participating students have conversational Spanish (completed 2 semesters of beginning Spanish or equivalent) 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 elective course at the appropriate level. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses at Marquette prior to departure or to enroll in online courses.
Students live in a community with other U.S. students in a shared house in Cordoba. Great emphasis is placed on developing a supportive and healthy community focused on simple living. Shared meals, common work, and the chance to accompany one another in the work of adjusting to a new culture and language all contribute to the spirit of community living that is a hallmark of the Casa program. The student house has a community coordinator in residence—usually a former participant of the Casa program—who accompanies students and supports their community-living experience. Read more about the living environment here.
Please see the Fall and Spring budget sheets listed above.
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!