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.
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.
Students generally take four courses a semester:
* These courses are subject to availability.
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.
You can get a sense of the university's academic departments and courses they offer by visiting their websites:
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:
* All amounts expressed in US dollars. All expenses, with the exception of tuition, may vary due to individual needs, spending habits and exchange rates.
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.
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.
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.
Students are provided housing options in the safest, most desirable and conveniently located neighborhoods within the city of Buenos Aires. They may elect to live close to campus in the beautiful neighborhoods north of the city along the Rio de la Plata. There are many affordable transportation options to get around and to arrive at campus.
San Andrés staff assist with housing arrangements for students based on student preference for one of the following options:
Many students opt to stay with carefully selected local families in order to immerse themselves in Argentine culture. This option includes breakfast and dinner every day except dinner on Saturdays.
San Andrés provides resources and recommendations for students to find a rented, furnished apartment, usually shared with a roommate.
San Andrés has a limited number of newly constructed dormitories on campus.
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.
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.
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.