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Intensive Spanish at Universidad del Salvador
(CIE - Curso Intensivo de Español)
The Universidad del Salvador is a prestigious institution with fifty years of experience in providing the students with an integral and personalized education. A member of various international organizations, it is an Argentine pioneer in promoting faculty and student exchanges.
Students from around the world come to USAL to begin or further their studies. The Office of International Cooperation and Exchange Program has a variety of services to help students fulfill their academic and personal objectives.
The Spanish as a Second Language courses are taught by experienced language instructors who are also specialists in Argentina and Latin American literature and culture. They use modern and effective techniques, providing students with a comfortable and productive learning environment.
Students are welcome from all academic backgrounds. The program welcomes Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors. 3.0 GPA required and no previous language training is required.
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The Spanish as a Second Language Intensive Course (CIE), is an intensive four-week program that has been developed for those who wish to study not only the language in a Spanish-speaking country, but also its history, culture and social aspects.
This course guarantees the acquisition of the language through numerous activities, including written, oral and audio-visual exercises as well as arranged trips. The program seeks to develop communicative skills in different situations as well as to familiarize students about Argentine culture through the use of numerous complementary activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Classes meet Monday-Friday and includes 100 hours of class time (this includes social and cultural activities).
Classes are complemented by a series of outings: museums, typical "porteno" suburbs, cinema, theater, tango shows, all of which permit students to experience and learn about the history, culture and people of Buenos Aires.
There are three levels: Elementary, Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate. Students are assigned to a level based on a placement test which is administered at the beginning of the program.
Descriptions for each level can be found below. The descriptions are only in Spanish. Please bring them to your home campus language department for course equivalency purposes.
General course descriptions for the CIE program
- Prog Nivel Intermedio (Intermediate Spanish)
- Prog Nivel Inter Alto (Upper Intermediate Spanish)
- Programa de Literatura (Literature Course)
- Arte y Cultura (Art and Culture Course)
4 credits total for all components
1 SUNY credit per every 15 hours completed, reported as “horas totales”
48 hours = 3 credits
64 hours = 4 credits
Grades from the host university will be converted to SUNY grades as follows:
|8 and 9||Distinguido||A-|
|6 and 7||Muy Bueno||B|
|1,2,3||Aplazo - Desaprobado - No Aprobo||E|
General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
All students studying abroad should attend the pre-departure session at UAlbany prior to going abroad. Orientation is also provided by USAL upon arrival. The Office of International Cooperation and Exchange Programs at USAL also offers student support in any area necessary.
The University offers two types of accommodation for those that need a place to stay during the course:
- Student Residences: Students will live with Argentine university students. The residences are located near the university, and may include private bathrooms, kitchenettes, dining rooms with food service, study rooms, lounges, maid service, bed linen and towels. Residences are for women only.
- Homestay: Living with a family offers the student the opportunity to live with native speakers and experience many Argentine customs. Students are placed in family houses and apartments downtown.
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USAL otherwise known as Universidad del Salvador (USAL), is a private Jesuit University, founded in 1956. With 18,000 students, enrolled in 74 undergraduate and 81 graduate degrees, this large, urban university is located in the heart of Buenos Aires cultural and business center. This ideal location allows for immersion not only into the university culture but the rich and exciting city. For more information on the university, please visit their main site: Universidad del Salvador
In Pictures: Downtown Buenos Aires
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