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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Spring-Fall
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  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • Restrictions: NC State applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
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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.
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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 (not available) 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

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 (not available) 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

The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Universidad del Salvador.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive.  Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad.  Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.

About ISEP

ISEP is an organization of over 100 institutions which have agreed to participate in student exchanges. NC State's participation in ISEP allows you to attend universities in 39 countries worldwide.

ISEP locations include ISEP Direct sites.

  • ISEP Direct
    • Students pay tuition, room and board directly to ISEP.
    • Cost for ISEP Direct programs is available on the ISEP Direct website.
    • Not competitive as long as a student meets the minimum requirements.
    • Best option for out-of-state students. This is not available for every program. Please see the ISEP Direct website for a list of ISEP Direct sites.
    • Some ISEP Direct programs have an extended deadline - check with your Study Abroad Advisor for details.
  • This country follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar; therefore, when applying for an academic year program, students will find it beneficial to begin their studies during the U.S. second term. The Southern Hemisphere academic calendar runs from March to December, March to July, or late-July to December.

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring-Fall 2020 09/15/2019
09/29/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 02/15/2020 TBA TBA

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