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Universidad Americana

Universidad Americana
Universidad Americana (UAM), a private institution of higher education, was founded in 1992 by a group of university professors who shared a dedication to the development and improvement of higher education in Nicaragua.
Managua, Nicaragua
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Latin American Studies
Global & International Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study in Spanish or English in Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America
  • Immerse yourself in Nicaraguan culture by living with a host family
  • Open to students who have completed at least 2 semesters of Spanish
Program Summary: 

Study in English or Spanish in the safest country in Central America! Universidad Americana (UAM) offers a variety of courses including Spanish language. The International Programs office plans regular excursions throughtout Nicaragua, including fun beach trips! Discover life the Nica way!


Nicaragua is the largest republic in Central America. The capital, Managua, is near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other Central American capitals, it has no mountains enclosing it, allowing a gentle breeze. Nicaragua also boasts beautiful beaches, rivers, volcanoes, rain forests, and mountains within reach of Managua. The university is located in the new heart of the city, el Camino de Oriente.

Academic Information: 

Programs in Spanish: Faculty of Architecture: (Architecture); Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: (Marketing and Advertising, Business Administration); Faculty of Juridic and Social Sciences:(Law); Faculty of Diplomacy and interational Relations: (Diplomacy and International Relations); Faculty of Design and Visual Communication: (Design and Visual Communication); Faculty of Engineering: (Information Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering); Faculty of Medicine: (Medicine); Faculty of Dentistry: (Dentistry)

Please Note: Programs in Spanish are only open to students on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct students who have completed 4 or more semesters of university-level Spanish. See Language Notes for further detail.

Courses taught in English
The College of University Studies in English (CUSE), is an American style English language college within the University.

Degree Programs: Natural Resource Management, Strategic Marketing, Global Finance, Global Management, International Development.

For course descriptions and more information visit the College of University Studies in English (CUSE) Website.

Please Note: CUSE courses are open to both ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct students who meet the English language proficiency requirements detailed below. See Language Notes for detail.

Language Notes
ISEP Exchange:

Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll in courses in the College of University Studies in English (CUSE). 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll in regular couses taught in Spanish outside of CUSE.
Language Courses: Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester, and may be included in ISEP benefits. Students who wish to take Spanish courses will take an evaluation on arrival to determine their level.

ISEP Direct:

Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. ISEP Direct students with less than 4 semesters of university-level Spanish may only take regular university courses taught in English. Students with 4 semesters or more of university-level Spanish may take regular university courses in English or Spainsh.
Language Courses: Students on ISEP Direct will have access to Spanish as a Second Language courses for credit. Students with less than 4 semesters of university-level Spanish are required to take this course. Students with 4 semesters or more of university-level Spanish are not required to take this course, but may do so.


Students are housed with host families. Students may eat breakfast and dinner with the host family, and receive a montly stipend for lunch. UAM provides money in the stipend for students to take recommend transportation from the host family to the university, and back.

Life Abroad: 

Orientation is given by the ISEP Coordinators upon student's arrival. Orientation day will help students get acquainted with life at UAM and the education system. During this day, they will get to meet the staff and learn about the university’s procedure, in order to make their time at UAM and their learning experience, pleasant and effective. Students will also receive information about immigration requirements, volunteer opportunities, extracarricular activities and tourism in Nicaragua.

UAM will send a representative to pick the students at the airport and will take the student to his/her host family.

Student Activities
The university offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, ranging from arts, theater, poetry groups and a wide range of sports. The campus has attractive, new facilities for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, football and soccer.

Check out the International Programs Blog!

Further Reading: 

Contact Melody Stratton for more information at melodystratton@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott.

ISEP website with more information on UAM


Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

See list of programs below:


Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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