Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, known locally as "The Land of the Six Continents" for its geographic and climatic diversity, has a long and fascinating history and is a major economic and political power in South America.
The capital city, Buenos Aires, famous for its 47 historically and culturally distinctive neighborhoods such as La Boca and La Recoleta, is arguably the most cosmopolitan city on the continent, largely as a result of a wave of European immigration in the early 20th century. Almost half of the population of 36 million Argentines are said to live in Greater Buenos Aires and its province. Even so, the city is renowned for its parks and squares, which give it a sense of spaciousness. A major economic and political center, it is also a lively and cultured city with a European feel. Tango was, of course, invented here and is today a virtual obsession; that and a wide variety of other musical styles are at the very core of the local, "porteño" culture along with the "gaucho" heritage of freedom and independence. Yet, Buenos Aires is also home to innumerable art galleries, some 100 museums, countless historical and architectural monuments (including art deco), a cemetery that rivals Paris' Père Lachaise, over 90 theaters, classical music groups and orchestras, ballet, and opera (the Colón Theater is ranked among the top three in the world), while the ubiquitous sidewalk cafés offer unparalleled opportunities for people-watching.
While in Buenos Aires, students take courses alongside their Argentine peers at one of three of Argentina's most respected universities: the Universidad Católica Argentina, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella.
Córdoba is located at the base of the Andes known as the Sierra Chica, at the northern tip of a triangle between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires. Once the Cultural Capital of the Americas, Córdoba is a hive of activity with concerts, art exhibitions and theatrical performances covering every second of every day. The city's many churches span the spectrum of European architecture – from simple brick structures rinsed in pink paint to a cavernous temple whose wooden roof resembles an inverted ship's hull. Founded in 1573, Cordoba is now the second largest city in Argentina. It is also the country's second most important city, with an economy mainly based on industrial activity and tourism. Surrounded by hills, lakes and valleys, its location provides the ideal setting for many adventures and/or extreme sports.
Students on the Middlebury program direct enroll alongside roughly 110,000 students at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Available subject areas span the spectrum from the humanities to the social sciences to the natural sciences, and they host Schools specifically dedicated to Psychology, Architecture, Science, Health, and foreign languages.