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Program Snapshot

Study in English or Spanish in the safest country in Central America! Universidad Americana (UAM) offers a variety of courses including Spanish language. The International Programs office plans regular excursions throughtout Nicaragua, including fun beach trips! Discover life the Nica way!

Nicaragua is the largest republic in Central America. The capital, Managua, is near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other Central American capitals, it has no mountains enclosing it, allowing a gentle breeze. Nicaragua also boasts beautiful beaches, rivers, volcanoes, rain forests, and mountains within reach of Managua. The university is located in the new heart of the city, el Camino de Oriente.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very Good.
ISEP Direct chance of placement for all students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late February to December; Semester 1: February to June; Semester 2: August to December. Observes the Southern Hemisphere calendar.

Please note that the College of University Studies in English (CUSE) follows the Northern Hemisphere Calendar. Courses in odd semesters run from August to December and courses in even semesters run from February to June.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 2016-17: $20,050
U.S. Semester 1 2016-17: $11,050
U.S. Semester 2 2016-17: $10,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: July 15, 2016
SM2: December 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Managua, Nicaragua (pop. 650,000)
Student Enrollment: 2,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, English
University Home Page
Courses in Spanish
Courses in English
UAM Video with ISEP Student Interviews
International Programs Blog

Programs in Spanish: Faculty of Architecture: (Architecture); Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: (Marketing and Advertising, Business Administration); Faculty of Juridic and Social Sciences:(Law); Faculty of Diplomacy and interational Relations: (Diplomacy and International Relations); Faculty of Design and Visual Communication: (Design and Visual Communication); Faculty of Engineering: (Information Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering); Faculty of Medicine: (Medicine); Faculty of Dentistry: (Dentistry)

Please Note: Programs in Spanish are only open to students on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct students who have completed 4 or more semesters of university-level Spanish. See Language Notes for further detail.

Courses taught in English
The College of University Studies in English (CUSE), is an American style English language college within the University.

Degree Programs: Natural Resource Management, Strategic Marketing, Global Finance, Global Management, International Development.

For course descriptions and more information visit the College of University Studies in English (CUSE) Website.

Please Note: CUSE courses are open to both ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct students who meet the English language proficiency requirements detailed below. See Language Notes for detail.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Courses at the graduate level are offered in Latin American Studies.

Academic Notes
UAM offers courses in both Spanish and English (through the College of University Studies in English-CUSE). Students may register for classes in either language (or both). The ISEP Coordinator is also available to recommend courses that are appropriate for international students.

Students generally enroll in four to six courses per semester, and spend 15 to 21 hours a week in class. Semesters are 16 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released two weeks after the end of the academic term. ranscripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
ISEP Exchange:

Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll in courses in the College of University Studies in English (CUSE). 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll in regular couses taught in Spanish outside of CUSE.
Language Courses: Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester, and may be included in ISEP benefits. Students who wish to take Spanish courses will take an evaluation on arrival to determine their level.

ISEP Direct:

Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. ISEP Direct students with less than 4 semesters of university-level Spanish may only take regular university courses taught in English. Students with 4 semesters or more of university-level Spanish may take regular university courses in English or Spainsh.
Language Courses: Students on ISEP Direct will have access to Spanish as a Second Language courses for credit. Students with less than 4 semesters of university-level Spanish are required to take this course. Students with 4 semesters or more of university-level Spanish are not required to take this course, but may do so.

Non-native English speakers who wish to enroll in English language courses may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, by conducting an interview with the Dean of the College of University Studies once in Nicaragua or in advance of arrival. Non-native English speakers should also submit a Language Proficiency Report for Engilsh. Please contact the Program Officer for Nicaragua regarding this requirement.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Placement in the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry will require prior approval. Please contact the ISEP Program Officer for Nicaragua for more information

Special ISEP Application Instructions

ALL applications MUST include a Language Proficiency Report (LPR) regardless of language level or having a background as a native/heritage speaker.

Students should keep in mind that Universidad Americana is smaller university. Students should list be flexible in regards to the courses they can take, and list several alternative courses should a course(s) not be offered the semester they are abroad.

Hints for Researching Courses
For Programs In Spanish:
1. Click on: Courses in Spanish
2. Select a major you are interested in. Scroll down to the section that says "Descargar Archivos Adjuntos," to download the plan of study (plan de estudios) and course descriptions (discriptores de cursos).
3. Please note that the Programs in Spanish operate on the Southern Hemisphere Academic Calendar. Courses offered in semesters 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 will be offered from February to June and courses offered in semesters 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be offered from August to December.

For Programs In English:
1. Click on: Courses in English
2. Select "Undergraduate Programs" from the blue bar on the left.
3. Select a School from the next menu, and a degree title from the next menu.
4. You will then see the list of courses taught in that degree, and may scroll down to the bottom of the page to download course descriptions.
5. Please note that the Programs in English follow the Northern Hemisphere calendar, meaning semesters 1, 3, 5 and 7 are offered from August to December and semesters 2, 4, 6 and 8 are offered from February to June. This is different from the courses offered in Spanish.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed with host families. Students may eat breakfast and dinner with the host family, and receive a montly stipend for lunch. UAM provides money in the stipend for students to take recommend transportation from the host family to the university, and back.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at $350 USD. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Orientation is given by the ISEP Coordinators upon student's arrival. Orientation day will help students get acquainted with life at UAM and the education system. During this day, they will get to meet the staff and learn about the universityís procedure, in order to make their time at UAM and their learning experience, pleasant and effective. Students will also receive information about immigration requirements, volunteer opportunities, extracarricular activities and tourism in Nicaragua.

UAM will send a representative to pick the students at the airport and will take the student to his/her host family.

Student Activities
The university offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, ranging from arts, theater, poetry groups and a wide range of sports. The campus has attractive, new facilities for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, football and soccer.

Check out the International Programs Blog!

Universidad Americana (UAM), a private institution of higher education, was founded in 1992 by a group of university professors who shared a dedication to the development and improvement of higher education in Nicaragua. UAMís campus is new and its installations are equipped with the most modern technology, including four computer labs. Since the university is still so young, the library collection is not extensive; the collection housed at the university is extremely up-to-date and in many ways superior to many other library collections in Nicaragua.