Information in English

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICE (DCI)
 
Contact Information
 
Address                    Tucumán 1699, C1050AAG, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
Phone Number        (+ 54 11) 4372-3016 / 4372-3034 / 4372-2758
 
Opening hours        Monday to Friday from 9am – 7pm
 
General e-mail         internacional@usal.edu.ar
 
 
Staff
Director                    
María Soloeta          msoloeta@usal.edu.ar
 
Contact Staff for Incoming Students
Coordinator of Incoming Mobility      
Flavio Virgara            fvirgara@usal.edu.ar
 
Academic Advisor
Emilce Longo          emilce.longo@usal.edu.ar
 
Administrative Assistants
Natalia Cuadra        natalia.cuadra@usal.edu.ar
Pablo Milano           pmilano@usal.edu.ar
 
 
 
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2018 (tentative)
 
Regular Exchange – First Semester 2018
 
February 28th – Official Arrival Day
 
March 1st and 2nd – Arrival Orientation
 
March 5th – Semester begins
 
March 26th, 27th and 28th – Online course registration
 
March 29th and 30th – Easter Weekend. National Holiday
 
April 2nd – Day of Malvinas’ Veterans and Fallen. National Holiday
 
May 1st – National Holiday
 
May 25th – National Holiday
 
June 20th – National Holiday
 
June 29th – Semester ends
 
June 30th – Last day of benefits
 
Regular Exchange – Second Semester 2018
 
July 25th – Official Arrival Day
 
July 26th and 27th – Arrival Orientation
 
July 30th – Semester begins
 
July 31st – St. Ignatius of Loyola. The University will be closed.
 
August 15th – Assumption of Mary. The University will be closed.
 
August 20th – National Holiday
 
September 21st – Students’ Day. The University will be closed.
 
October 15th – National Holiday.
 
November 16th – Semester ends
 
November 17th – Last day of benefits
 
 
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURE
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
Step 1:
Coordinators must nominate their students by e-mail to alumnointernacional@usal.edu.ar, indicating full name, period of exchange and major/minor of each student.
 
Step 2:
Once students are nominated, they must complete the online application form
 
Step 3:
Students have to send to alumnointernacional@usal.edu.ar the following supporting material (*):
-          Valid passport
-          Copy of Academic Transcript
-          Letter of intent in Spanish (250 words)
-          Tentative list of courses (students must take a minimum of 5 classes at USAL to fulfil our requirements)
-          Spanish Level Report: an intermediate level is required (please check our language indicators at Intermediate level
-          Medical form: completed and signed by student
(*) Files must be send as PDF or JPG.
 
We recommend students to have all the listed documents before starting the online application.
USAL will not accept incomplete applications.
 
Application deadlines:
First semester (march – july):  October 15th.
Second semester (july – november): April 15th.
 
ACCEPTANCE
 
Our office sends the official acceptance letter by email.
 
 
 
ACADEMIC SYSTEM
 
The University’s academic structure is made of facultades (Schools) and Escuelaswhere one or more academic degrees are offered. Our academic system is based on mandatory curricula. 
 
Our regular students are given a structured study plan every year of their degree.  Argentine students take all their courses with the same group of classmates.
The main language of instruction is Spanish.
 
Academic Year
It consists of two semesters:
        First semester: March –July                                 
        Second semester: July –November
 
Classes
  • There are semester-long and annual courses. International students may register in either.
  • International students can choose any subject offered in almost any major according to their interests, academic background and Spanish proficiency.
  • International students should register in a minimum of 5 courses.
  • The teaching methodology varies according to the professor: lecture type classes in groups no larger than 40 students, small group courses with active interaction between faculty and students and classes specially designed for international students.
  • Courses meet once or twice per week.
  • Class attendance is mandatory. Students must have at least a 75% attendance rate.
  • Student assessment varies: midterm exams, final exams, research work, term papers, etc.  Examinations can be oral or written. Exams for international students are given within the semester and before classes end.
  • Our grading system is from 0 to 10.  10 is the highest grade. 4 is the lowest passing grade and anything below it is a Fail. 
  • The language of instruction is Spanish.
  • Transcripts are sent to the student’s home university at the beginning of the following semester:
  • Students who have completed USAL’s First semester: academic transcripts will be mailed by September. Second semester: academic transcripts will be mailed by February.
 
 
ACADEMIC OFFER IN ENGLISH 2018 (tentative list)
 
SEMESTER 1 (March-July)
SEMESTER 2 (July-November)
School of Social Sciences
History of International Relations
History of International Relations
Argentine History: Social and Political Predicaments
International Politics in Latin America
Contemporary International Politics: Latin America and China – economic relations and politicial approaches
Contemporary International Politics: Geopolitics and the Middle East
Compared Latin American Political Systems: The Reversal of Development in the Southern Cone
Public Policies and Gender
Urban Inequalities in Latin America (service learning)
Urban Inequalities in Latin America (service learning)
School of Management and Economics
Accounting
Coaching
 
Contemporary International Agenda
 
Political and Social Processes in Latin America
 
Society, Culture and Argentine Politics
School of History, Geography and Tourism
History of Art in Argentina and Latin America
History of Art in Argentina and Latin America
Tourist Geography
 
School of Education and Communication Science
Introduction to Journalism
Consumer behavior
Introduction to Public Relations
 
Education Science
 
School of Philosophy, Literature and Eastern Studies
Contemporary Latin American Literature
Contemporary Latin American Literature
School of Psychology
Basic Psychological Processes II
Neuroscience
School of Design
Introduction to Marketing
 
School of Modern Languages
English Normative
English Normative
English and North-American Culture
English and North-American Culture
English Literature
English Literature
Linguistics
Linguistics
Methods of Translation
Methods of Translation
Methods of Interpretation
Methods of Interpretation
Comparative Structures (English and Spanish)
Comparative Structures (English and Spanish)
School of Engineering
 
Systems of Information
 
 
ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
 
- Host Student Program (Buddy Program):this is an informal group organized by USAL students to provide a friendly environment for international students, especially during their first weeks in the city. They plan asados, nights out and cultural activities together.
Find out more:
 
- Sports:the university offers a variety of sports, such as men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, tennis, rugby, etc. Sports are one of the best opportunities for international students to make friends who share the same interests and to travel for tournaments and matches held in other parts of the country.
Find out more:
(+54-11) 4815-0260 Mon to Fri 12-4pm
 
- Choir and Orchestra:this is a great activity for students interested in playing an instrument or singing in a renowned University Choir.
Find out more:
 
- Library
Find out more:
Address: Tte. Gral. Perón 1818 - Subsuelo
Mon to Fri 9am-8.30pm
(+54-11) 4371-0422 int. 1229
 
- Pastoral Activities:these activities are organized by the different Schools. Students who choose to participate in them will have a unique opportunity to approach an entirely different social situation while making a difference in another person’s life.
Find out more with the Academic Advisor of any of the Schools where you are taking courses.
 
- Life in Buenos Aires:
 
 
 
STUDENT VISA
Argentine Immigration Authorities (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones de Argentina) have set out different student visa requirements according to the nationality of the prospective students, length of studies and nature of the course. According to Regulation 20.699/2006 students pursuing a student exchange lasting longer than 90 days will have to apply for a visa directly in Argentina at the Direccion Nacional de Migraciones within thirty (30) days from the date of enrolment.
In order to apply for that visa:
 
- Students coming from MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay, Bolívia, Paraguay and Venezuela. Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Guyana and Surinam) will need to bring with them a Clear criminal record certificate from their home country, with the apostille from The Hague or the Argentine Consulate. They might need to validate this certificate at their country’s Consulate in BA.
 
- Students from outside MERCOSUR, staying for 12 months: will need to bring with them a Clear criminal record certificate from their home country, with the apostille from The Hague or the Argentine Consulate. They might need to validate this certificate at their country’s Consulate in BA.
 
- Students from outside MERCOSUR, staying for 6 months:these students will not need any extra documentation.
 
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Argentine Consulate at your country of residence: https://www.mrecic.gov.ar/en/representaciones
 
Students who do not comply with Argentina’s migratory legislation will have to be dismissed from the program and will not receive an academic transcript. USAL will notify the National Migrations Departmentand the home university.
 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION
 
USAL does not have on-campus accommodation. Students are responsible for booking their own accommodation during their stay in Argentina.
Below is some useful information to help you find accommodation in Buenos Aires.
 
We suggest staying in a hostel or a hotel during the first few days while you look for the best accommodation. This will allow you to visit the different options. Once you have decided on one, we recommend you sign a formal contract.
 
There are several options for accommodation in Buenos Aires
 
        Homestay accommodation: You would be living with a person or a family and probably other guests. Benefits usually include a single or double room with or without meals. For more information and recommendations, please contact internacional@usal.edu.ar
      
       Student Residences:Most of them offer shared rooms with breakfast. They usually provided cooking facilities.
 
Some of them are:
-          Residencia Bendersky
-          La casa del Girasol
-          Hostel La Porteña
-          Residencia Agata Convert 
-          Residencia Master 
-          Proyecto Alfa 2000  
-          Residencia Siglo XXI 
-          Residencia La Casa Grande
   
       Shared appartments: You will be living with other argentine or International students on a temporary rental basis. The most popular websites to look for this kind of lodging are Airbnb, Craigslist y Comparto Depto.
 
If you are interested in receiving detailed information on accommodation options, please e-mail us to internacional@usal.edu.ar.
 
 
 

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PERSONAL SAFETY AND TRAVELLING

 
In case of a medical emergency:
 
1)       Contact our staff at any time.
2)       Go to the nearest hospital if necessary.

Emergency contact information

 
DURING OFFICE HOURS
(Monday to Friday, 9am – 7pm)
 
OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS
 
4372-3034
4372-3016
4372-2758
 
15 5669 3567
 
 
For safety reasons, we ask students to inform us if they will be travelling within or out of the country.
 
Daily Precautions
 
Protests and Demonstrations
During your stay in Buenos Aires you will probably encounter many protests and demonstrations in different parts of the city. The most common concentration areas are: Plaza de Mayo, Congreso (Congress), and the Ministry of Education (100 metres from USAL’s International office).  If you find yourself in a place where a protest or a demonstration is occurring we strongly recommend staying away. Sometimes police intervene and take cautionary action.  
 
Robberies and street crime
Foreigners and tourists are the main targets for street crime. That is why it is best to be cautious. We recommend taking a small amount of money on you, and always leave your original passport at home (it is enough to carry a copy of it). If you are confronted in the street do not resist. Your physical and personal safety is top priority at all times.   
 
In Buenos Aires, as in any big city, robberies in public places, streets, and transports are quite common.  The “arrebato” is the most common felony. It is a type of robbery in where the thief snatches your bag and runs away with your personal belongings (bag, cell phone, or cameras). Sometimes it is taken to a higher level whereby the offender may go past on a motorbike, snatch a bag/phone out of your hands and make a fast getaway.
At subways or trains do not stand close to the opening doors of the platform as the offender may snatch your bag and then quickly jump on or off the train. Valuable technology items such as iPhones are very expensive and not easily accessible in Argentina. You need to have special care with them.  In public transport such as subways and trains, where many people are together in a small place, be aware of the “carteristas” or “chorros”. If you are going to carry your phone with you make sure that, if it is in your bag, it is held close to your body at all times. If you are wearing a backpack or a handbag make sure that it is strapped around the front and highly visible to you at all times.
 
Do not leave items unattended in public places. Make sure that your wallet is carried in a position where you can see it (for example, in your front pockets). Never carry items behind you.   Always be alert and wary of people who are standing too close to you or ask you questions as this may be the start of a street crime. Two people may be working together.
 
Parks and remote areas
We strongly recommend that you avoid walking through parks particularly at night. If you plan on going to a remote area make sure that you consult a trusted local friend or an USAL Academic Advisor at the International office to ensure that it is safe to go to that particular place at that time.   This does not mean that it is not possible to freely walk around Buenos Aires but you need to take the necessary precautions.  
 
In Buenos Aires, the safest areas and the most insecure ones are located close to one another. The safest neighbourhoods are Belgrano, Recoleta, Barrio Norte and Palermo.  
 
Taxis
Often tourists can be robbed or by taxi drivers. We strongly recommend that you use only radio taxis. We also suggest that you make a phone reservation through one of the companies listed below:
-ALO 4855-5555
-CITYTAX 4585-5544
 
ATM – Bank Teller Machines
You need to exercise a lot of caution when you withdraw money from al ATM as someone may be watching from the outside waiting for you to go out. We strongly recommend that you use the ATM in the university building on Rodriguez Peña 714.
 
Police Stations and Consulates
If you have been victim of a felony you may ask for assistance at the Tourist Police Station where the police speak various languages: Address: Av. Corrientes 436 CABA Buenos Aires Phone number: 01143465748. If you require any Consular Assistance (if your Passport has been stolen or if you are missing any important document from your home country) do not hesitate to contact your Consulate. If you need to know its address or phone number please check it on:
 
Medical Emergencies
Before arriving in Argentina make sure you are well aware of how your medical insurance works.   If you require medical assistance in Buenos Aires we recommend that you go to:
-Hospital Alemán in Avenida Pueyrredón 1640. Phone number: 4827-7000
-Instituto Argentino de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento in Marcelo T. de Alvear 2346. Phone number: 4965-6500.