Universidad del Salvador

Explore countless cafés, parks, galleries, and of course, tango milongas, in Buenos Aires, the capital of South America’s 2nd largest country, Argentina.

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.

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2022-2023 applications

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 

Apply from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022 

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below. 

2023-2024 applications

Open November 1, 2022

Student experience

"[This exchange was] the best decision I could have made. It was the best experience and the highlight of my time at University. I met 2 of my best friends on this trip and many other friends from all over the world. My doors have been opened to so many countries and my life has been enriched by this exchange that I don’t think would have been possible if I did not do the semester in Buenos Aires.

What is one “must-do” experience you would recommend to future students?
First Trip that BAIS does. It is most likely going to be Iguazu and it is absolutely a must do no questions asked. It has the highest attendance for international students as the entire trip is high energy and happy times."

 - a Kinesiology student, Fall 2018

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Program details

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

Course Information:

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

  1. Costs

    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.

    Calgary vs. Buenos Aires cost comparison

  2. Funding

    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.


Check out the FAQs for exchange students on the partner website.

USAL also offers an intensive Spanish language course for exchange students. Those programs start earlier than the official semester. Please see the academic calendar for details. 

USAL's semester runs from early March to early July. 

Click here to view the courses for Winter 2021! 

Virtual exchange students at USAL are required to take a full-time courseload (4 courses). You will pay only UCalgary tuition fees. They have an online exam for student to prove their Spanish proficiency. (B2 level)

*Note: First-year UCalgary students are eligible to apply for this program!

USAL is hosting a webinar on their virtual program with course information and application information on Friday November 20 from 10-11am Calgary time (2-3pm Argentina time). Please fill out their participation form ahead of time. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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. Appointments are currently on zoom.

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.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Vivian Elzinga

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.

Application guide

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.