Buenos Aires

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



Some options available in English. See details below.


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Priority Deadline January 10, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

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 including ones in history, geography, social sciences; education and social communication, modern languages, psychology, and business and management.

Please note that the following Schools need to assess the student’s academic background before allowing him/her to take courses: Architecture, Economy, Education of the Deaf and Speech Pathology, Musical Therapy, Nutrition, Physical and Sports Activities, Physical Therapy, Veterinary.

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.

First semester: early March to early July

Second semester: late July to late November.

For details check the academic calendar.

(Scroll down to the international student section, click "Calendario Academico" section and the Academic Calendar will appear as a pop up)

  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 several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

Options available include: homestays, student residences or apartment rentals. Once accepted, the USAL will provide updated information about these options.

Housing resource: https://dcii.usal.edu.ar/dcii/alojamiento

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 2.5.

Students must have completed 5 semester courses at the university level of Spanish, which translates to a B2 level in the European common language framework. Specifically for UCalgary student we recommend 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.

This is the criteria they typically operate on.

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.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program 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

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Veronica V. Cardoso

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 global learning 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 Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.