Buenos Aires, Argentina (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Universidad del Salvador (USAL)
Buenos Aires, ArgentinaUniversity Highlights
The University and LocationThe Universidad del Salvador (USAL) is a private university of Jesuit heritage and one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Argentina. With a total student body of around 27,000, the university receives about 500 international exchange students per year. With courses primarily taught in Spanish, Loyola students with adequate Spanish abilities can have an immersion experience studying alongside Argentinian students.
USAL is located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, the vibrant metropolitan capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires is a major port and center of all activity in Argentina. It hosts one of the largest concentrations of Spanish speakers in the world. Know as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is also a hub for excellent cuisine, the Tango, European Architecture, and a lively nightlife.
AcademicsLoyola students with a minimum of five semesters of Spanish can directly enroll with Argentinian students to study a myriad of subjects taught in Spanish including Business, Communications, Music Therapy (under medicine), Graphic Design, Theatre, Psychology, Social Sciences, Latin American Studies. Click here to see classes. From there, to see a specific program, click on Plan de Estudios.
Spanish Language Courses
For High Intermediate and Advanced level students, non-intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes throughout the semester and academic year. For Intermediate and High Intermediate level students, there is a 4-week intensive pre-session Spanish language course offered before both semesters.
For students with limited Spanish. Students can take content courses in English designed for second language students in addition to the language classes. See PIC program page under Useful Links.
Credits and Grading
The average course load is 5-6 courses per semester. The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
Fall Semester: mid-July through mid-November
Spring Semester: beginning of March through beginning of July
At the beginning of each semester USAL hosts a mandatory orientation for international students to meet the staff and learn about registration and life in the city. Loyola students are required to participate.
More information can be found on USAL’s International Exchange webpage, located in the Useful Links section below. Click on Alumnos aceptados, then Jornadas de orientación.
Student LifeFinances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of fall.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending USAL are responsible for securing their own housing. Students live in home stays, private apartment rentals, or student residences (owned and managed by private corporations).
Detailed information about the different housing options can be found on USAL’s International Exchange webpage, located in the Useful Links section below. Click on Alumnos aceptados, then Alojamiento para estudiantes internacionales.
Visa RegulationsUS citizens will enter the country on a tourist visa and then be required to switch to a student visa once in Argentina. Make sure to read about the requirements before your arrival, some documents may need to be secured in the US before departure.
More info can be found on USAL’s International Exchange webpage, located in the Useful Links section below. Click on Alumnos aceptados, then Requisitos migratorios.
ISEP Overview of Argentine Visa
Useful LinksUSAL’s International Exchange webpage
PIC Program webpage
ISEP Argentina Country Handbook
US State Department: Argentina Travel Guide