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Universidad del Salvador

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Program Snapshot

Located in downtown Buenos Aires, the Universidad del Salvador is a private institution of Jesuit heritage. It was the first university in Argentina to engage in international student mobility. Today, USAL has over 200 cooperation and exchange agreements worldwide and receives about 500 international exchange students per year. More than 30,000 study at USAL, in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

USAL offers strong programs in Medicine and Health-related disciplines, Law, Social Communication, International Relations and Political Science, Literature, History, and Business.

Additionally, USAL offers a program on culture, society and politics for beginner level Spanish learners - the Programa de Inmersion Cultural (PIC). The PIC delivers a coordinated interdisciplinary study of Argentina and the region for university students with limited knowledge of Spanish.

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a sophisticated metropolis, with one of the largest concentrations of Spanish-speaking people in the world. Situated on the Rio de la Plata, 100 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, it is a major port and the center of all activity in Argentina.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for single semesters only
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 Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: March through November
Semester 1: March through July
Semester 2: July through November
Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February or March. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses. For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February-March).

USAL offers two exciting ISEP Direct options! See the PROGRAMS section on the Academics tab.
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:

Regular Program
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $26,050
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $13,300
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $11,900

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: May 1, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Buenos Aires, Argentina (pop. 12 million)
Student Enrollment: 20,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
University Home Page
Regular Program Course Information (Option 1)
International Student Information

Option 1: ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Regular Courses
  • Agronomy
  • Business Administration (Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing)
  • Communication (Social Communication, Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations)
  • Asian Studies (Asian Studies, Contemporary China) Psychology & Education (Psychology, Educational Psychology, Education, Early Childhood Education)
  • Language and Literature (Spanish, English, Literary Style Correction, [Spanish], Interpretation [English/Spanish], Translation [English/Spanish, Portuguese/Spanish])
  • Health Related Disciplines (Music Therapy, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Phonoaudiology, Physical & Sport Related Activities, Physical Therapy)
  • Liberal Arts (Philosophy, History, Art History)
  • Arts & Design (Graphic Design, Digital Design, Architecture*, Theatre Studies, Drama)
  • Technology(Computing Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering)
  • Society & Environment(Environmental Sciences, Geography, Tourism & Hotel Management, Agronomy, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Law*
*Acceptance to these programs depends on the participant’s profile and previous knowledge.

Option 2: ISEP Direct: Courses in English

Students typically enroll in 6 classes per term which averages to 20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.

Courses Offered:

*2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent are required for this option.

English Courses 2016

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Masters in International Relations

Academic Notes
The university features excellent offers a wide variety of programs. Strong fields include Medicine and Health-related disciplines, Law, Social Communication, International Relations and Political Science, Literature, History and Business. Research opportunities are available in Enviornmental Studies, Social Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology, among others. The university offers a wide variety of graduate programs; acceptance to these programs depends on each graduate department. Students should contact the ISEP coordinator for more information.

ISEP students must maintain full-time status, which is a minimum of five subjects per semester for visiting international students.

Option 1: ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Regular Courses
Students typically enroll in 6 classes per term which averages to 20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.

Option 2: ISEP Direct: Programa de Inmersión Cultural (PIC) Semester
Students typically enroll in 5 classes per term which averages to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 18 weeks.


Transcripts are generally released by the end of September for Semester 1 and by the end of February for Semester 2. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Regular Courses
Language Requirement: A High Intermediate level of Spanish (B2) equivalent to a minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish, preferably including a Literature class. Furthermore USAL offers a selection of courses in English.
Language Courses: Non-intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for High Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Pre-session: A 4-week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee for Intermediate and High Intermediate level students.

Option 2: ISEP Direct Courses in English
Language Requirement: 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent

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
Industrial Engineering and Architecture are closed to ISEP participants.

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.

Hints for Researching Courses
Option 1:
1. Go to the Course Offering page for a list of the different types of courses students can enroll in and for useful information, such as a list of suggested courses.
2. For a list of the academic programs offered at USAL, click on Descripcion de cursos en USAL. Under each Facultad, click on the carreras (majors) to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. On the next page, click on the "Plan de Estudios" tab to see courses offered.
4. USAL also offers some courses for international students. Click on Cursos especiales para alumnos internacionales and Cursos de español durante el cuatrimestre page for more information.
5. If you are studying March-July, only the classes listed in the “Primer Cuatrimestre” will be available to you. If you are studying July-November, only the classes listed in the “Segundo Cuatrimestre” will be available to you. The annual courses are year-long courses instructed during the Southern Hemisphere academic full year (March – November)

Note: The courses may not be available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (March-November) and these are known as annual. The student will be asked to fill out a form with tentative courses prior to arrival. Official registration will be complete during the orientation period at USAL

Housing and Meals
Option 1: ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Regular Courses
Students are housed in private student residences or in homestays. A stipend is provided for meals according to the accommodation assigned. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner every day and students will receive a monthly stipend to cover lunches. The private student residence will provide breakfast from Monday to Friday and students will receive a stipend for the rest of the meals. No married student housing is available.

Option 2: ISEP Direct: PIC
Students are housed with host families. The PIC includes housing and partial meals. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner every day (14 meals/week). Students will not receive a stipend for the remainder of their meals.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at $1,000 - $1,300 USD.

Students receive a 1-2 day orientation course that covers academic advice, immigration requirements, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. Interviews with the academic advisor follow the orientation session.


Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be met at the Ezeiza Airport by USAL.

Student Activities
All international students have access to USAL's facilities and activities. International students also benefit from specially designed activities such as walking tours and the host student program.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Service learning is only available for PIC students through the elective course: Social Inclusion in the Contemporary Situation. In this course, PIC students learn to analyze society's inclusion/exclusion processes while volunteering at a local NGO.

Universidad del Salvador is one of Argentina's most highly regarded institutions. Facilities include classroom and administration buildings, computer labs, bookstores and libraries. The university also has a campus at Pilar (40 km from central Buenos Aires) where students may take some classes and enjoy a suburban atmosphere. Total enrollment: 20,000 (including 500 exchange students per year).

What Past Students have to Say
"I had very little understanding of Spanish and even less comfort speaking it when I arrived in Buenos Aires, and the PIC program helped me a great deal on both counts. The grammar course does a great deal to speed the process of acquiring fluency..., especially when one considers how patient the professors are and how open to whatever questions the student may present as to deepen their understanding of the rich culture that surrounds him or her. The PIC program not only makes the process of learning the language progress more rapidly and smoothly, it makes the process more interesting and fulfilling." - John Hathaway, University of Iowa, studied on the Programa de Inmersión Cultural (PIC) during February-July 2011 and is continued attending courses the following semester with local students and professors at USAL