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Cultural Immersion Program in Argentina:
PIC Option at USAL
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.
The PIC Option (Cultural Immersion Program) combines the study of Spanish with an interdisciplinary study of the region. NOTE: USAL is currently working on its web site.
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The fall semester runs approximately from mid July through the first week in November. The spring semester funds from mid February through the first week in July. Students who wish to spend a year in Argentina should consider spending the calendar year there (Spring + Fall).
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Students are welcome from all academic backgrounds. The program welcomes Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students should have taken at least one Spanish course at the college intermediate level or have comparable preparation.
The Program delivers a coordinated interdisciplinary study of Argentina and the region for University level
students who have limited knowledge of Spanish. It is made up of two parts:
Part I: Introductory Spanish Course
A 13-day introductory course designed to improve language skills through lectures and linguistic activities. (52 hours total).
Part II: A full time interdisciplinary semester that includes:
A literature and culture mandatory course (4 hours p/wk): Contemporary Latin-American Literature and Culture
+ 3 Elective courses (3 hours p/wk p/course) from the following elective courses:
- Contemporary Argentine Art
- Latin-American Reality: Political Leadership
- Popular Sectors in Contemporary Argentine History
- Contemporary Argentine Theater Workshop
- Social Inclusion in the Contemporary Situation
After completing the PIC Option, students who wish to remain at USAL should be adequately prepared to take regular USAL courses.
Credits from the host university will be converted to SUNY credits as follows:
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 foreign 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.
Once in Argentina, students on this program will be met at the airport by program sponsors. Some tours arranged by USAL are also part of the program.
Students live with host families. Living with a family offers the student the opportunity to live with native speakers and experience many Argentine customs.
Argentina has always been heavily pulled towards its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires. Often referred to as "the Paris of South America", Buenos Aires flaunts its European heritage with its grand boulevards and impressive architecture. Home to immigrants who never returned "home", the people of Buenos Aires or "porteños" are in love with theater, red wine and beef, public debate and the spectacle of politics.
Founded more than 400 years ago, the great city of Buenos Aires was recreated at the end of the 19th century after their great success in the "beef boom" of the 1880s. The once Hispanic, colonial buildings were leveled and replaced with the now striking architecture which echoes the image of Paris. Today, Buenos Aires is equally, a city of sights, if not more of atmospheres, where the main pleasures lie in peaceful strolls along the city street, engaging conversations in one of the many cafes or abundant "parrillas" or steak houses, or an exciting visit to the many theaters across town where viewers sit in awe of the passionate dancers of the Tango.
For more information on Argentina, including Buenos Aires, visit: All About Argentina
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
Link to USAL's PIC Program home page
In Pictures: Downtown Buenos Aires
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