Program in Latin American Studies

About

Designed for students who are interested in learning first-hand about Latin America, the Program in Latin American Studies offers the possibility of choosing among a wide range of courses in different disciplines with significant Latin American Studies content. Our courses are taught by Universidad de San Andrés faculty who are accomplished scholars with research agendas and experience teaching in foreign universities.

Intended for students at the intermediate Spanish-language level and above, our program complements classroom learning with periodic field trips and cultural activities that introduce students to diverse aspects of life and culture in Argentina. Social events such as meetings, parties and day trips are organized to encourage interaction between international and local students.

Many students also take the opportunity to visit some of Argentina’s most spectacular natural sites, such as Iguazú Falls in Misiones, the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, world-famous wineries in Mendoza, or the beautiful mountains of Bariloche for skiing, mountaineering, fishing and other outdoor sports.

Academics

Our program allows you to enroll directly in classes at the Universidad de San Andrés together with local students. Most of the courses are taught in Spanish by full-time faculty. In addition, the program offers Spanish Language and Culture classes at different levels that are designed specifically for international students.

Areas of study

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Cinema
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Service Learning
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Typical Semester

Students generally take four courses a semester:

  • Two courses with latin american content.
  • An elective in any academic discipline area. For full list of courses click here.
  • A Spanish language course (Upper Intermediate or Advanced) which provides students the tools to quickly hone their language skills and get to know Argentinean culture. Students who pass out of the Spanish language course may also take a course on academic writing skills designed for Spanish native speakers.

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

Academic Departments

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

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.


Orientation

Prior to the start of the academic semester, students attend a two-day orientation designed to facilitate their transition to Buenos Aires. Students attend a variety of informative talks with topics that include public and personal safety, immigration and historical and cultural aspects of Argentina.Extracurricular activities are also planned to get to know other students and the city.

Housing

Students have three options to choose from in terms of housing:

  • 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?visa. 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.
  • 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) and in good standing at your Home College or University.
  • At least second year status at home universitywhen 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.