Expect to be impressed by this city’s European architecture and diverse neighborhoods inspired by centuries of immigrating cultures. Founded by Jesuits in 1622, the Universidad del Salvador is now located within the city centre, allowing it’s 28,000 plus students easy access to the constant buzz of urban life and cultural events. Choose classes from a wide variety of programs, including but not limited to health sciences, communication studies, international relations, political science, literature, history, and business.
Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens November 1, 2020
Areas of Study:
Accounting, actuarial science, advertising, agriculture, art history, business, drama, economics, education, environmental science, graphic design, history, human resources, international business, international relations, interpretation and translation, journalism, kinesiology, law, literature, marketing, music therapy, philosophy, physical therapy, political science, psychology, public relations, social work, sociology, and more. Most courses are taught in Spanish. However, USAL also offers some courses in English.
Programs and course descriptions are available online.
For Spanish language courses click here.
The academic system at USAL is highly structured and local students take almost all of their courses with the same group of students throughout their degree. Although exchange students are able to pick and choose from all of the courses offered, USAL suggests that you try to take as many courses as possible from the same major and year in order to better integrate with your classmates. Class size ranges from 10 to 40 students per class and attendance is mandatory. Students must take a minimum of 5 courses per semester.
The academic year at USAL is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from early March to early July and the second semester runs from late July to late November. For details check the academic calendar.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
Options available include: homestays, student residences or apartment rentals. Once accepted, the USAL will provide updated information about these options.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
Students must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent, although we recommend completion of Spanish 321 and 323 prior to going abroad as well.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.