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When Universidad de San Andrés doesn’t have an exchange agreement with another university, its students can study at UdeSA as "free movers".

For more information please check our fact sheets:

Academics

Our program allows you to enroll directly in classes at the Universidad de San Andrés together with local students. All of the courses are taught in Spanish by full-time faculty. Students are allowed to register in any course provided they have sufficient academic background.

We recommend undergraduate students enroll in 3 or 4 courses per semester, 2 being the minimum and 4 courses the maximum. The normal load for graduate students is 3 courses per trimester plus 1 or 2 seminars.

For more information please check our fact sheets:

Academic Departments

You can get a sense of the university's academic departments and courses they offer by visiting their websites:

The catalog of courses includes a brief description, classroom contact hours, and a link to a recent syllabus as well as the semester in which the course is offered and year in degree when students take the course.

Spanish Language Courses

Students take one Spanish Language Course, either at the Advanced Intermediate or at the Advanced level. Your placement level will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival at Buenos Aires. Both classes, taught by local professors, are intended to improve your skills in the Spanish language in addition to providing you with an understanding of the most relevant aspects of contemporary Argentinean society

  • Upper Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish

Students whose Spanish is above these levels may take Escritura y Prácticas Discursivas Universitarias a course on academic writing skills designed for Spanish native speakers.


Calendar

  • Semester 1: From early March to mid July
  • Semester 2: From early August to mid December

Application Deadlines:

  • Semester 1: October 15th
  • Semester 2: April 15th

Estimated Program costs per semester

  • Tuition: USD $8000
  • Housing (estimated cost per semester):
    • Homestay including breakfast & dinner every day (except dinner on Sat) - USD $4050
    • Room in Shared Apt (no meals included) ‐ USD $2000‐$3200
  • Local Health Insurance (mandatory)‐ approximately USD $400
  • Public Transportation ‐ USD $300
  • Books and Supplies ‐ USD $150
  • Personal Expenses (lunches, laundry, cell phone, entertainment) ‐ USD $1500

Please note, Argentina’s inflation rate is currently approximately 40% per year. Estimates current as of June 2017. Spending will vary by student personal habits.

For more information on typical expenses please check our Fact Sheets:

Additional Estimated Expenses

  • Round-trip airfare: USD $1,000-1,600 Varies with point of departure and carrier
  • Meals: USD $700-900 Excluding those in meal plan
  • Others: $1,500 Including visa application fee, textbooks, local transportation, laundry, cell phone and some optional trips

* All amounts expressed in US dollars. All expenses, with the exception of tuition, may vary due to individual needs, spending habits and exchange rates.


Location

Undergraduate classes are taught in our Campus in Victoria, San Fernando. The Campus in Victoria is well equipped with a library, computer labs, study rooms, dining hall, green spaces, soccer fields, dormitories, locker room, student counseling center and student lounge.

Posgraduate courses are taught are taught at our San Andrés downtown facility in Buenos Aires, conveniently located just blocks from the historic Plaza de Mayo


Orientation

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, students attend an orientation session which covers topics related to health and safety, transportation, communications and cultural adaptation. They will also take a Spanish evaluation to place them in one of the Spanish Language courses.


Housing

Students have three options to choose from:

  • Homestays are the best option for those students who want to really immerse themselves in Spanish and Argentine culture, as they share everyday activities with family members. Homestays typically offer a meal plan which includes breakfast and dinner with the host family every day (except dinner on Saturday). Homestays are available both in the suburbs close to the campus or in Buenos Aires city.
  • The university residence halls are also a great option for those who prefer to live close to campus and get to know local students. Students share a double room with other students. Kitchen facilities are available.
  • The Office of International Programs also provides resources to help those students who prefer to rent a furnished apartment and share it with a roommate. However, studens are ultimately responsible for their

Health Insurance

The purchase of a local health insurance policy is required. Students may petition to waive this requirement if their international policy meets minimum requirements. After letter of acceptance is emitted, petitions will not be accepted. Estimated cost for a local policy is USD $90 per month / $450 per semester. Once admitted, UdeSA will send contact info for local policy which meets requirements including repatriation benefit and complete coverage at hospitals with international standards.


Sample List of Fields Trips and Activities

Throughout the Semester, students will be able to enjoy a quite diverse range of extracurricular activities under the guidance of our Student Coordinator and with the active participation of our local students.

  • Social and Volunteer activities: San Andrés offers extracurricular activities including an art workshop, choir, student magazine, and music groups. The university has many student organizations which international students are welcome to join.
  • Cultural Activities: Students can sign up during orientation to participate in a package of cultural activities including city tour, trip to the Delta, graffiti tour, tango activity, etc. These activities have an additional cost for exchange students.
  • Sports Program: San Andrés has a wide range of options for practicing sports. There are teams for football, running, basketball, grass hockey, swimming, archery , volleyball and students are invited to train with and join these teams.

SABE: San Andrés Building Excellence

The “SABE: San Andrés Building Excellence” scholarship, provides partial and complete tuition scholarships awarded to participants in the Program in Latin American Studies based on both merit and need. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 15 for the Aug-Dec Semester or Oct 15 for the Mar-July semester.

To apply for a SABE scholarship click here.

Visa Requirements

Students who study at UdeSA for a semester will generally enter the country as a tourist and then apply for a resident/student visa with the help of the International Programs Offices. Most students coming from partner institutions do not need to apply for a tourist visa. However, please check with the closest Argentine embassy for more information as certain nationalities must have a visa – http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/indexA.php?visas. At the international student orientation, students will begin the process to obtain a resident/student visa.


Reciprocity Fees for Certain Countries

Passport holders from the Australia and Canada are required to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina (varies $100 -$160 USD). This must be paid prior to departure and a printed receipt must be presented when going through Immigration. Please see more information at https://virtual.provincianet.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes and click on SIGNUP. The reciprocity fee for US passport holders was suspended in Mar 2016, however US citizens should check the latest information prior to departure for Argentina.

Visa Requirements

Students who study at UdeSA for a semester will generally enter the country as a tourist and then apply for a resident/student visa with the help of the International Programs Offices. Most students coming from partner institutions do not need to apply for a tourist visa. However, please check with the closest Argentine embassy for more information as certain nationalities must have a visa – http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/indexA.php?visas. At the international student orientation, students will begin the process to obtain a resident/student visa.

Reciprocity Fees for Certain Countries

Passport holders from the Australia and Canada are required to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina (varies $100 -$160 USD). This must be paid prior to departure and a printed receipt must be presented when going through Immigration. Please see more information at https://virtual.provincianet.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes and click on SIGNUP. The reciprocity fee for US passport holders was suspended in Mar 2016, however US citizens should check the latest information prior to departure for Argentina.

General Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Be in good standing at your Home College or University.
  • At least second year status at home university when program begins.
  • A minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.
  • Prior coursework related to intended studies at the Universidad de San Andrés.
  • Be nominated by Home University.