Universidad del Salvador
Established in 1958, Universidad del Salvador (USAL) is a private Jesuit university with over 20,000 students in 74 undergraduate and 81 graduate degree programs. USAL is considered one of the finest academic institutions in South America as well as the largest in the Buenos Aires. Its main emphasis is on the study of Latin American business, culture and history.
Buenos Aires is a world class city nestled on the Rio de Plata in Argentina. Between ritzy boutique lined streets is the hustle and bustle Latin America’s second largest city. Often called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a European-like, cosmopolitan city with gourmet cuisine, shopping, and vibrant nightlife and of course tango. USAL is located in the heart of Buenos Aires’s downtown cultural and business center, with most of its building spread out over a 10-block area.
Students can choose to study abroad during
- This program is limited to students in the Mays Business School
- Have a classification of Junior or Senior by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in Spanish or English
- Must obtain a student visa
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
- Fall Semester (July to November)
- Spring Semester (March to July)
Classes at USAL are taught in Spanish with a select few in English. Students will take a minimum of five courses per semester. Class sizes generally range from 10-40 students per class and attendance is mandatory. Students will also have the option to enroll in Spanish language courses while studying at USAL.
Exchange students have an option of housing types including homestays or student apartments. If a student chooses, USAL arranges homestays for incoming international students within proximity to the university campus. Student residences house students in a dorm type setting. The accommodations are simple and may also have curfews. In terms of budget for housing, homestays usually cost around 3600 Argentine pesos per month (about $428) which includes breakfast and dinner. Student residences are 1800 pesos per month ($214) including breakfast.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.
- CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
- ROTC and Corps Scholarships
- The Study Abroad Fellowship
- International Education Fee Scholarship
Universidad del Salvador Homepage
USAL Exchange Student Webpage
USAL International Student Information
USAL Exchange Student Information
USAL Academic Information
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Buenos Aires City Guide
Argentina Travel Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
“I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity to go. It has changed my life in so many different ways. I am much more independent, traveled, and cultured as a result of the fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Philip ’14 Finance, Spring 2013 Mays Reciprocal Exchange in Spain
For detailed information about the exchange program at Universidad del Salvador (USAL), students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business. Students should contact the Mays Undergraduate Office or their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.