Founded in 1989, the Universidad de San Andrés is a small, private university that quickly earned national and international recognition for its academic excellence. The modern, 15-acre campus has five main buildings, each housing academic departments, offices and classrooms. The central administration offices and university library are adjacent to the main building, and next to a small student cafeteria. The library has open stacks and ample study space, and Wi-Fi facilities available for student use. Athletic facilities, located at an adjacent private high school, are also available to students. San Andrés has an undergraduate population of 800, of a total 1,600 students.
For additional information, visit the University of San Andres website.
The City of Buenos Aires
The Universidad de San Andrés is located in Victoria, a northwestern suburb along the banks of the Río de la Plata in the province of Buenos Aires. Students at San Andrés enjoy the tranquility of Victoria yet often take advantage of the close proximity to Buenos Aires, approximately 45 minutes by car or commuter. Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in the world with over eleven million people living both within the city limits and in the surrounding areas. From the mid to late 19th century and continuing today, Buenos Aires has attracted immigrants in great numbers from Europe and Asia. In addition to the original Spanish settlers, there are large Italian, German, Jewish, and Asian populations. The city's music, theater, and dance are unsurpassed in Latin America, and it rivals other major world capitals in the cultural activities available to its residents. Buenos Aires offers an abundance of activities such as folk music and dances, symphonies, plays, jazz concerts, museums and the famous Tango.
Did you know…?
Buenos Aires’ renowned music, theater, and dance have earned it the nickname “Paris of the Americas.” Residents and visitors have no trouble finding cultural activities to watch or even participate in!
The program at the University of San Andres is for Wharton students for business and College credit.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 6 semesters of college level language or the equivalent, by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure. Grades of B or better in all Spanish classes. Must have completed Spanish 219, Spanish 223, or an equivalent course.
Must be enrolled in a Spanish course during the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.
Other Requirements: Program designated for Wharton students with priority to juniors. Program allows for only 4 students per semester.
Language of Instruction
A full course load for the University of San Andres program consists of four or five classes per semester. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
The Foreign Studies Office and various San Andrés faculty advise students about the appropriateness of courses depending upon their academic background. Final university course selection takes place at the beginning of the term, as course availability and scheduling are not known fully in advance.
Note: It is strongly recommended for exchange students to take Castellano para extranjeros in order to continue the development of their Spanish skills.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Argentine university grades are awarded on a ten point scale (including decimal points, e.g. 7.5). The scale is not based on an equal distribution of points nor on a percentage. In the Argentine system, a perfect exam or paper may not always be awarded a grade of 10 depending on individual professors' practices. Students are frequently assessed on solely on the results of a final and/or midterm exam.
Grades are reported to Penn on the Argentine scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Univ. of San Andres Grade
3, 2, 1
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the University of San Andres prior to the start of each semester. The director of the Foreign Studies Office and staff conduct an academic and cultural orientation at the beginning of each semester. The two-day orientation program is designed to aid students with their adjustment to Argentina, facilitates, cultural understanding on an academic and social level, and provides practical information. Throughout the semester, the Foreign Studies Office organizes excursions to sites in and around the capital. It is highly recommended that students arrive about a week before classes begin to allow time for adjustment.
Information about the Spanish Language courses offered can be found here.
El Centro de Innovación Social coordinates and promotes volunteering opportunities in NGOs for students at the Universidad de San Andres. Exchange students are welcome to participate in these opportunities during their term abroad. More information can be found here.
Throughout the Semester, students will be able to enjoy a quite diverse range of extracurricular activities under the guidance of our Student Life Coordinator and with the active participation of our local students.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
Students live with an Argentine family selected by the international programs staff at the Universidad de San Andrés. Meals and laundry are included in the housing arrangement. Living in a private home is the best way to learn the language, customs and culture of Argentina, and participants have found this arrangement to be invaluable in terms of cultural insight and understanding. Students can opt to live with a family in Victoria, near the university, or in Buenos Aires, a 40-minute train commute.
Information regarding accommodation can be found here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.