UNIVERSITY OF CONGRESS (UC) is the youngest of the universities of Mendoza. Sponsored by the Graduate Congress Foundation, UC began operating in the academic year 1995 , developing its Institutional Project , progressively and selectively integrating different disciplines through professional careers and diverse activities of university extension and research.
The UC is a relatively small school community with about 12.500 students enrolled annually , of which about 8% are international students for academic exchange . These numbers allow a close relationship between teachers and students and the application of methodologies for teaching tutorials as distinctive note.
The incorporation of environmental issues and sustainability in all areas of study of the UC , placing these in the spinal cord of them. The Institute of Environmental Management conducts a profuse activity.
The internationalization of UC, effect of the numerous programs and bilateral agreements with universities in different countries of the world
The early employability of students and graduates , result of numerous agreements internships in the public and private sectors.
Each year , the University of Congress benefits countless students with full and partial scholarships and " college credit " , while maintaining the lowest college tuition fee among private universities in the Province of Mendoza.
With the vision of creating a differentiating bias to the University of Congress , from its beginnings an Office of International and Institutional Relations is created , achieving bilateral agreements with foreign universities , in addition to actions of various kinds . In 2013 it is attributed to this area the category of Secretariat , in recognition of its career and generated work, giving greater hierarchy within the institutional scheme.
Today , the area handles over 70 agreements , which all include the academic exchange of students and most of them include the exchange of teachers and staff , as well as the possibility of joint research and professional practices. Currently , students in our university can make exchanges on all continents except Oceania.
The International Cooperation Secretariat is in charge of disseminating international study grants undergraduate, graduate, etc. , offered by institutions around the world such as universitites, governments and foundations.
In September 2014, the Intercultural Institute of Foreign Languages joined the UC . This incorporation aims to enhance the teaching of languages in all the careers and enrich the field of multiculturalism of the university through the Institutes´ multilingual offer.
The Mendoza province sits in the western-central region of Argentina, just over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) west of Buenos Aires. The province shares a border with the provinces of San Juan, San Luis, La Pampa and Neuquén. Its capital is also Mendoza, a city famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. The western edge of the province shares a natural border with the Andes Mountains; Santiago de Chile (Chile’s capital city) is about 235 miles (380 kilometers) further west.
GENERAL GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Mendoza, is located in central west Argentina. It is in a mild climate zone where temperatures average 24ºC in the summer and 9º in the winter; it rains in the summertime. The characteristics of its weather and wildlife are due to the presence of the Andes Mountains. The scarce rainfall leads to a shortage of water in all of the province. Glacier and snow melt from the high mountains provides water to the many streams that start in the mountains. They supply the rivers that go through the mountainous chains through steep slopes. "Zonda" wind is typical of this type of weather and geography, generating big snowfalls in the high mountains, strong winds in the plains and temperatures that range from 25ºC to 28ºC in wintertime.
Situated in a desert area and receiving fewer than 10-days of rain per year, Mendoza is surprisingly green. Lining the streets are rows of trees that provide essential shelter during the hot summer days. The notable greenery is a consequence of an artificial irrigation system, which waters the trees and also creates a natural cooling system. Irrigation in the region dates back to the per-Hispanic era, and the early Spanish settlers saw an opportunity to plant vineyards throughout the region. Wine has been sold from Mendoza since the early 18th-century and today the city is synonymous with wine-production and wine tourism in the form of bodega tours and tastings.
GENERAL WEATHER INFORMATION
The Mendoza region is pleasant to visit all year round. The summer months, from mid-December to late-February, are both the high season and hot season. Expect temperatures of over 90°F (32°C) during the daytime and mild nights of 59-64°F (15-18°C). Don’t be surprised if the days hit the 104°F (40°C), either. The end of summer is harvest time, when the grapes reach full ripeness. Late spring (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to June) offer cooler temperatures and generally fewer tourists. Autumn is particularly agreeable as, with the change of the season, the countryside becomes a blanket or orange and red. Winter temperatures range from 35-57°F (2-14°C). While mornings can be cold, clear skies and sunshine make afternoons enjoyable. The ski season runs from mid-June to October.
200.000 in the City and 2.000.000 in the greater Mendoza area
Today, Mendoza is one of the most popular year-round tourist destinations in Argentina and from here you can travel to just about anywhere in the country. The Terminal del Sol (cnr Av. Videla and Acceso Este) is the central bus station, situated about 10 blocks from the city center. It’s on the corner of busy freeway so you’re best bet is to get a taxi rather than walk. Among other destinations, buses connect with Bariloche (18 hours), Buenos Aires (15 hours), Córdoba (11 hours), Neuquén (12 hours) and Tucumán (15 hours). There’re also international bus services to Montevideo (21 hours), Santiago de Chile (8 hours) and Lima (60 hours). In the winter months, services to Chile are dependent on the weather conditions.
Alternatively, Mendoza has an international airport – Francisco Gabrielli International Airport – that receives regular flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, as well as Córdoba, Iguazú Falls, Rosario and Salta. The airport is about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) north of the city center.