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ISEP Exchange - Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing: home stay, residence halls Current Class Standing: Junior, Sophomore
Area of Study: Accounting, Business Administration-General, Business Administration-Management, Business Administration-Marketing, Criminology, Economics, Education, Fine Arts-Art History, Fine Arts-Visual Arts, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Politics, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology Program Category: Featured
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Universidad del Salvador

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 20,000 study at USAL, in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

USAL offers strong programs in history, literature, international relations, Latin American studies, liberal arts, psychology, physical and music therapy, social communication, and theater arts.

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: Academic semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester, and summer

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

Program Dates
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).
Academic year: mid-March to November; Semester 1: mid-March to July; Semester 2: late July to November.

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, and Partial Meals

Tuition, Housing, and Meals

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2013: $4,025

Intensive Spanish Program (PIC)
U.S. Semester 1 13-14: $12,250
U.S. Semester 2 13-14: $13,050

Regular Program
U.S. Full Year 13-14: $21,700
U.S. Semester 1 13-14: $11,450
U.S. Semester 2 13-14: $12,250

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, 2013
SM2: November 1, 2013

Summer Program
See summer program information
Fast Facts
Buenos Aires, Argentina (pop. 12 million)
Student Enrollment: 20,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
International Student Information
Regular Program Course Information (Option 1)
PIC Program & Course Information (Option 2)

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: Academic Year or Semester - Regular Courses
  • Agronomy
  • Business Administration (business administration, human resources, information systems, marketing)
  • Education and Social Communication (communication, journalism & advertising)
  • History, Philosophy and Literature (art history, English, environmental sciences, history, interpretation/ translation [English/ Spanish], literary style correction, literature, philosophy, tourism & hotel management)
  • Juridical Sciences (law)
  • Health Related Disciplines (deaf & language disorders, music therapy, nutrition, occupational therapy, phonoaudiology, physical & sport related activities, physical therapy)
  • Psychology and Educational Psychology (drama, early childhood education, educational psychology, psychology)
  • Social Sciences (international relations, political science, social work, sociology)
  • Veterinary Medicine
Option 2: Programa de Inmersión Cultural (PIC): Argentina and the Southern Cone Region: Society, Politics and Culture

The PIC delivers a coordinated interdisciplinary study of Argentina and the region for University level students who have completed an Elementary level of Spanish. The program is made up of two parts: an intensive introductory 3-week course followed by a full time interdisciplinary semester program that includes a mandatory language and culture course plus three elective classes. Students may choose these courses from a selection on Argentine culture, theater, history, economy, social and politics of Argentina and the Southern Cone region. Sophomores may apply.
For more information, see PIC Program & Course Information.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Masters in International Relations

Academic Notes
The university features excellent offerings ranging from art history to philosophy. Strong fields include history, literature, international relations, Latin American studies, liberal arts, psychology, physical and music therapy, social communication, and theater arts. Research opportunities are available in environmental 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.

Six courses per semester are the normal load and some courses run the full academic year. ISEP students placed for a semester should discuss with their professors exam content and a schedule for examinations. ISEP students must maintain full-time status, which is a minimum of five subjects per semester for visiting international students.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: Academic Year or Semester - Regular Courses
  • A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish, preferably including a literature class, or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
  • Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the semester for High Intermediate and Advanced levels.
  • A 4-week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee for Intermediate and High-Intermediate levels.
  • Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.
Option 2: Programa de Inmersión Cultural (PIC): Argentina and the Southern Cone Region: Society, Politics and Culture
  • This course is designed for students who have little previous knowledge of the language. 2 to 3 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
For more information on courses and language options, see the following:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Special Academic Conditions
Industrial engineering is closed to ISEP participants.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
USAL does not accept sophomores, except in their PIC program.

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For Option 1: Regular Courses click here

For Option 2: PIC click here, then click on "About the PIC."
Housing and Meals
Students in the regular program (Option 1) 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 two meals every day and students will receive a stipend for the rest of the meals. 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.

Students participating in the PIC (Option 2) are housed with local host families. The PIC includes housing and partial meals. Students will receive two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) from their host family (14 meals/week). Students will not receive a stipend for the remainder of their meals.

Students participating on both Option 1 and Option 2 receive a one-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 if given notice at least TWO WEEKS before the official arrival date. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions included in the acceptance packet.

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, the host student program and the language exchange program.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Service learning is only available through the 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



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