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  • Locations: Mendoza, Argentina
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Vineyard in Argentina
Study about wine in South America, and travel to continue learning in the heart of Argentina's wine country. Geography 350: the World of Wine and Modern Languages 298: Special Topics, Argentina will take students to Argentina’s Mendoza region in December, 2020 to attend a wine course at Universidad de Mendoza. Students take GEO 350 and MOL 298 on campus (15 hours each in fall quarter) and then take 30 hours of instruction at the Universidad Mendoza in Argentina in December. In both Buenos Aires and Mendoza, the DePaul professors will continue to expand on the fall learning experiences through tours, lectures, and assignments.

GEO 350: the World of Wine, provides students with information on grape botany, fermentation, history, culture, and techniques of winemaking in areas of the world currently well-known for wine (S. Africa, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, France, US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand). Students 18 or older by the end of November of the year in which the course is taught will be allowed to participate in the STSA since the legal age for alcohol consumption in Argentina is 18. During fall quarter, optional wine tasting will be off-campus for students 21 or older. GEO 350 will count towards students’ JYEL requirement.

MOL 298’s chief objectives are to familiarize students with: major developments in the history of Argentina; common features of contemporary Argentine daily life and culture; recent and current economic conditions in Argentina; the historical and economic role of the Mendoza area in Argentina; and the development and role of the wine industry in modern Argentina. The number 298 in the Department of Modern Languages is reserved for Study Abroad courses. Using this generic number will allow students to articulate the course to a domain-approved course upon their return.

The course in Mendoza will allow them: to deepen their understanding of all aspects of winemaking; to understand Argentina’s winemaking tradition; and to have experience working in a vineyard. All courses are taught in English, including the one in Mendoza.

As part of Geography 350, students will be offered optional experiences, prior to departure and while in Argentina, to assess tasting samples of some of the wines discussed in the Mendoza wine course. Students who choose to take advantage of these experiences will be trained in professional tasting techniques, including assessing color, smell, and mouth feel. Participating in these wine tasting activities is not required for participation in the course. Additional fees for participation in the wine tasting experiences may apply. Students wishing to participate in the wine tasting in the US must be 21 years old at the start of the program. Students wishing to participate in the wine tasting in Argentina must be 18 years old (the legal drinking age in Argentina) at the start of the program. By participating in the wine tasting experiences, students acknowledge that they do not have any health reasons that would make consumption of alcohol inadvisable.


Clara Orban, Ph.D. is professor of French and Italian at DePaul University. She has published widely on Italian and French literature and culture, has written a novel, and published two books on wine including, Illinois Wines and Wineries: the Essential Guide (2014).
Glen Carman, Ph.D. is professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University. His primary area of research is Renaisssance historiography, and he is currently focusing on the 16th-century debates over the wars of conquest. His articles have appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, Modern Language Studies, and Journal of Hispanic Philology, among others. He is the author of the book Rhetorical Conquests: Cortés, Gómara, and Renaissance Imperialism (Purdue UP).

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
Course GEO 350/MLS 350, The World of Wine
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Liberal Studies Domain: Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Professor Clara Orban
Course description Wine is one of the few agricultural products that reflect geography in great detail. Perhaps unique to higher education, this course is linked to a Short Term Study Abroad, during December. In 2020, we will go to Argentina to explore wine production at Universidad de Mendoza, in the premiere wine producing area of that country. This course will introduce students to the basics of wine making and introduce the main wine producing areas of the world with an emphasis on South America. During the December Study Abroad, students will add to this basic knowledge by continuing in a 30 hour English language course at Universidad de Mendoza. Students will also have the opportunity to work in a vineyard for first-hand experience while in Mendoza.
Course Meeting Dates & Times: Thursdays 4:20-5:50PM in LPC
Course MOL 298/SPN398, Special Topics: Argentina
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Class meeting times Tuesdays 4:20-5:50PM in LPC
Taught by Professor Glen Carman
Course description An introduction to the culture and history of Argentina for students accepted to participate in the December 2020 short-term study abroad program in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina. Class sessions of MOL 298 will use English; class sessions of SPN 397 will use Spanish. Any combined class sessions will use English. Each course uses the same syllabus and delivers the same content; both continue in Argentina. This course consists of 15 contact hours (both in class and online) at the Lincoln Park Campus during Autumn Quarter 2020 AND 15 contact hours during the short-term study abroad program to Mendoza, Argentina, from 30 November to 12 December 2020.
Course Meeting Dates & Times: Tuesdays 4:20-5:50PM in LPC
  *Graduate level course options will be determined directly with each graduate participant. No specific course has been outlined for now.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students will be housed two to a room in a modest hotel in the center of Buenos Aires. Students will be housed two to a room in an apart-hotel about seven blocks from the campus in Mendoza.

This trip includes one and a half days in Buenos Aires, touring major sites. Seven days in Mendoza, with special classes at the University of Mendoza and tours of local winery operations.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Argentina program who are US citizens might need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Go ahead and check a bag- that way you can bring back as much as you’d like.
  • Upgrade your flight if you want to and are able- 12 hours is a long time in an airplane.
  • It is difficult to eat in Argentina if you are vegetarian or gluten free. Plan ahead and ask questions!
  • Don't try and go out as a large group. Restaurants, bars, and clubs will turn you away if you're a group larger than 10 unless it's organized and approved in advanced.
  • Cash works much better than card. If you can keep US dollars on you, you can usually get a discount. They would rather get USD than Pesos.
  • Exchange your money in the EZE airport for a better exchange rate.
  • Pack lightly, but be prepared for seasonal weather.
  • Bring warm clothes, as it can get very chilly.
  • Mind your volume in public areas.
  • Brush up on your Spanish so you can communicate with locals easier.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.