Universidad del Salvador (USAL)
Argentina has always been heavily pulled towards its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires. Often referred to as "the Paris of South America", Buenos Aires flaunts its European heritage with its grand boulevards and impressive architecture. Home to immigrants who never returned "home", the people of Buenos Aires or "porteños" are in love with theater, red wine and beef, public debate and the spectacle of politics.
Experience vibrant Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina. Dance the tango and enjoy nightlife in this city that stays up into the wee hours of the morning. You can dine at famous steakhouses and try culinary delights amid the backdrop of the city’s European architecture and colorful murals. Buenos Aires’ quality of life was ranked among the highest in all of Latin America. Study abroad here and enjoy all that this city has to offer.
Are you thinking about studying in Buenos Aires? La Universidad del Salvador has over 24,000 students, 3,000 international students, and over 500 incoming exchange students per year.
It is important to note that there a very few courses in English. This program is mainly geared towards students fluent in Spanish, however, you can take elementary, intermediate and advanced leveled courses.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
While at USAL, you can takes courses in English, including
- Seminar on Urban Inequalities with Service Learning Experience
- Argentine and Latin American Politics
- Argentine and Latin American History
- Spanish Translation.
If you are fluent in Spanish, you can take courses in Accounting, Economics, Education, History, Journalism, Law, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology and many more.
Review Universidad del Salvador’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
USAL does not offer accommodation, you are responsible for finding your own lodging. The Office of International Students at USAL can assist you in finding housing in residences, at private homes or by renting an apartment in the vicinity of the University. The cost of the lodging will be paid directly by you either to the host family or landlord. It is important to note that it is ultimately your responsibility to reserve, pay for and follow through with housing arrangements. Further housing details are shared with you when you have been accepted.
Since you will be living off campus, you will be responsible for your own meals. If you do not already know how to cook, you should start learning. You also have the option to eat at restaurants but it will be at your own expense.
Academic Year 2019/20
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
To apply to this program, you must have high intermediate Spanish language skills. Advanced and or fluent Spanish language skills is ideal. You must have taken at least 5 semesters of college level Spanish, or the equivalent.
A 3.0 GPA is required. This program is very competitive and requires that you have a strong desire to compete at the academic level with native students in disciplines other than just language and culture classes. You must be independent, self-reliant and pay attention to details in order to succeed at USAL.
When you go to Buenos Aires, make sure to visit a number of places. For example, you might want to go to La Boca, Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, or the Obelisco de Buenos Aires. This is your opportunity to also go outside of Buenos Aires and go to places like Mendoza, Argentina. Explore all sides of Argentina while you are there.
Student Clubs and Organizations
USAL offers you the opportunity to participate in a number of social and cultural activities organized by the international office and the University as a while. This will allow you to meet other students from different countries and open your eyes to new things.
You will benefit from being part of “El Programa de Anfitriones de la USAL” which is a host program in which students from USAL volunteer to participate in a program to help with the integration of international student coming to their country. This program aims to establish relationships between both sides of students.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“In Argentina, I met lifelong friends and made memories with them that I will never forget. During my experience abroad, I also tried so many new things that I would’ve otherwise never imagined myself doing such as taking tango lessons or getting lost in a crowd of Argentine soccer fans at a World Cup Qualifier match. I had such an awesome experience abroad that it is all I ever talk about now. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a memorable experience, find their true self, gain a ton of independence, meet a ton of friends, and to create endless memories that will last a lifetime!”
Nicholas B., Atmospheric Science
About the City
Argentina has always been heavily pulled towards its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires. Often referred to as “the Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires flaunts its European heritage with its grand boulevards and impressive architecture. Home to immigrants who never returned “home”, the people of Buenos Aires or “porteños” are in love with theater, red wine and beef, public debate and the spectacle of politics.
Founded more than 400 years ago, the great city of Buenos Aires was recreated at the end of the 19th century after their great success in the “beef boom” of the 1880s. The once Hispanic, colonial buildings were leveled and replaced with the now striking architecture which echoes the image of Paris. Today, Buenos Aires is equally, a city of sights, if not more of atmospheres, where the main pleasures lie in peaceful strolls along the city street, engaging conversations in one of the many cafes or abundant “parrillas” or steak houses, or an exciting visit to the many theaters across town where viewers sit in awe of the passionate dancers of the Tango.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. The entry into Argentina for U.S. Citizens requires a 90 day tourist stamp but since your program is over 90 days, you will have an additional fee to stay in the country longer. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2018/19
July to November (TBD)
March to July (TBD)
About the Program
USAL otherwise known as Universidad del Salvador (USAL), is a private Jesuit University, founded in 1956. With 18,000 students, enrolled in 74 undergraduate and 81 graduate degrees, this large, urban university is located in the heart of Buenos Aires cultural and business center. This ideal location allows for immersion not only into the university culture but the rich and exciting city.
The University at Albany has an exchange partnership with the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This program is only offered during the academic year, and is for Advanced/Fluent Speakers.
Universidad del Salvador operates on a tradition of academic excellence offering coursework to international students with a high level of Spanish language fluency. Immersion into regular classes with degree seeking students will allow international Students to improve their knowledge and understanding of local and regional affairs, to concentrating on Latin American arts, culture, history, politics, Spanish business, and literature. Students will find USAL to be a perfect match to suit and achieve their academic goals within these areas.
Since Argentina is located below the equator, their seasons are opposite from ours and perhaps more importantly, their academic year begins in our spring and ends in our fall. If you are interested in participating in the fall semester, the program runs from late July to early November. If you wish to participate in the spring semester, the program begins in April and runs through the end of July.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Universidad del Salvador, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Universidad del Salvador’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.