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UMD Exchange: Universidad de San Andres (Argentina)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Emily Garcia
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Universidad de San Andrés (UDESA) is ranked as one of the top universities in the country and has been providing students with intercultural experiences for over a decade.  Students take classes with Argentine students and receive support from staff who assist international students in having a successful study abroad experience.  San Andrés is similar to a small liberal arts college, with dedicated full-time faculty that brings together highly-renowned local and international professors and researchers.  The University was founded in 1989 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now has more than 1,900 students enrolled.  Graduate and postgraduate programs in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences are offered.

Host City
Universidad de San Andrés is located on a picturesque and secure campus just half an hour from downtown Buenos Aires.  Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina with a population of 13 million.  One of South America's most sophisticated capital cities, the city has a strong European influence. Known today for its European-style architecture and active cultural scene, Buenos Aires is an exciting destination for study abroad.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • Students must have completed SPAN203 before participating in the exchange.

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


The Latin American Studies Program at UDESA is designed for students who are interested in learning about Latin America through a wide range of courses in different disciplines, such as arts, literature, and cinema to communication, history, political science, business, and economics. All courses are taught by full-time faculty and are intended for students at the intermediate Spanish-language level and above.  Academics are supplemented with field trips and cultural activities that introduce students to diverse aspects of life and culture in Argentina.

The primary language of instruction is Spanish. Very few courses are taught in English.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at  Universidad de San Andres will be converted as follows:

San Andres Credit UMD Credit
1 San Andres course 4 UMD credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on December 4, 2014.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Universidad de San Andres Grade UMD Grade
5 = C- C -


Students can choose to live with local families in homestays or to share a rented, furnished apartment with a roommate. There are also a limited number of dorms on campus. Homestays are the best option for those students who want to really immerse themselves in Spanish and Argentine culture. Homestays typically offer a meal plan, which includes breakfast and dinner with the host family every day, as well as linens and towels, and sometimes the use of laundry facilities.  Students apply for housing with their exchange application.

For more information, please see the following website:

All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
  • If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline. 
Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
San Andrés has a wide range of sport training and student organization offerings that exchange students are welcome to join.

International Welcome/Orientation
Upon arrival, students must attend a two-day orientation session where they learn more about their new surroundings and take a Spanish evaluation. A buddy program is available for international students to participate in.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

*This resource guide provides general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 02/13/2023 02/15/2023
Fall 2023 02/13/2023 02/15/2023
Spring 2024 09/11/2023 09/15/2023