Universidad de San Andrés
- Take classes with Argentine and other international students at Universidad de San Andrés
- Live with an Argentine host family to improve Spanish language skills
- Open to Spanish majors and minors who have completed SPAN 340 and students from a variety of other majors
The University of Kansas program in Buenos Aires, Argentina offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses at the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA). Students will take three courses with Argentine students and one course with other international students while living with host families to further advance their Spanish language skills. Additionally, UdeSA will give students the opportunity to participate in excursions and cultural activities as well as volunteer placements.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is located on the Río de la Plata. It is a 500-year old cosmopolitan city renowned for its cuisine, architecture, and rich cultural and historical heritage. Each neighborhood has its own characteristics and style; for example, San Telmo is famous for tango, La Boca for its colorful houses, and Recoleta for its ornate cemetery, museums, and parks. Buenos Aires has a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers. It’s important to keep in mind that Argentina’s seasons are opposite of the U.S. because they are in the southern hemisphere.
Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA)
UdeSA is a small, private, liberal arts university that is internationally recognized as a premier institution of higher learning and research and is regarded as one of the top universities in Argentina and Latin America. UdeSA has more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Each semester, San Andrés hosts approximately 50 international students. The UdeSA main campus is located just 30 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires. It is well equipped with a library, computer labs, study rooms, dining hall, green spaces, student counseling center, student lounge, and soccer field. Take a virtual tour of the campus.
KU students will be enrolled in the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS). According to interest, students will choose to focus on one of four tracks: (1) Latin American Literature, Arts, and Culture, (2) Latin American Society and Politics, (3) Latin American Economics and Business, or (4) Service Learning in Latin America.
Students typically take four courses while at UdeSA. All students will take one Latin American Culture and Spanish Language course with other international students. This course is designed specifically for international students and will help them not only improve their language skills, but also better understand Latin American and Argentine culture. Students will take two courses in Spanish within their academic track, and one elective course in Spanish. Exceptionally, students may take the elective course in English, but there are a very limited number of English language courses available and cannot be guaranteed.
Undergraduate courses are offered in art history, accounting, business administration, cinema studies, communication, economics, gender studies, history, human rights, international relations, journalism, Latin American studies, literature, political science, and Spanish. Students will receive between 12 and 15 credit hours.
Since Argentina is on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar, please remember that “primer semestre” is the Spring semester and “segundo semestre” is the Fall semester.
To get an idea of how courses have transferred back to KU, please view the UdeSA-KU Course Equivalency Log.
Intensive Spanish Immersion Program
Students who would like to improve their Spanish skills prior to their semester abroad can participate in a four-week intensive Spanish immersion program for an additional fee. Depending on their Spanish level, UdeSA may strongly encourage some students to participate in the program to strengthen their Spanish skills prior to direct enrolling at the university.
UdeSA will place students with host families in the safest, most desirable, and conveniently located neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Students can choose if they prefer to live in Buenos Aires and take public transportation to campus or in the suburb near campus. Host family accommodations include 13 meals per week.
UdeSA has a Study Abroad Office that will arrange the students’ host family and be their main point of contact. Students will attend a two day orientation prior to the start of the semester and will meet other international students and the Study Abroad staff. A Student Life coordinator is available 24/7 and will also accompany the students on the cultural activities such as a city tour, trip to the Tigre Delta, a graffiti tour, tango activity, etc.
The office organizes social events such as meetings and day trips to encourage interaction between local and international students. The Anfitriones, or buddy program, matches Argentine and international students to help the international students adjust to life in Argentina. There is a very active social calendar throughout the semester including a sports day and an asado.
Students who would like to join a sports team are welcome to do so. There are teams for soccer, basketball, field hockey, swimming, archery, volleyball, and running. There are also tournaments for chess, golf, and tennis. Other extracurricular that San Andrés offers include an art workshop, choir, student magazine, and music groups. The university has many student organizations that focus on topics such as environmental and social issues and provide volunteer opportunities. There are also groups for tango and photography that charge a small fee.
Students should have a minimum 2.75 GPA, six semesters or the equivalent of college Spanish, and have taken coursework related to intended studies at UdeSA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.
San Andrés Building Excellence (SABE) scholarships
San Andrés offers students partial and complete tuition scholarships (up to $8,000) awarded based both on merit and need. The application and deadlines are available on the UdeSA Study Abroad website (see link above). The scholarship is administered through UdeSA, so for more information students should contact UdeSA Study Abroad.