UNSAM. 70 años de gratuidad universitaria
Study in English, live in Argentina

This program is specially designed for undergraduate students of universities around the world who want to be immersed a semester or more in an academic experience at Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM).

Classes will be enriched by getting foreign students together with Argentinean students sharing their backgrounds and upbringing. This would provide a unique multicultural learning environment with the highest academic level. Not only will students attend courses to learn Spanish but also they will be part of courses in English from different areas of the schools from which they will transfer credits to their home universities. Classes will be held at our campus located in San Martin district.


Why UNSAM of all universities? 

Because we offer…

  • The highest level of academic achievement
  • Academic exchanges
  • Community commitment
  • Cultural activities
  • Closeness to Buenos Aires city

UNSAM is an Argentinean state university founded in 1992, which has become a leader in academic training, research, cultural development and social transformation. More than a hundred undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields are offered, including:

  • Science and Technology, with degrees in the diverse subfields of Engineering, such as Biotechnology, Telecommunications, Electronic, Environmental Studies, Materials, Energy, Biomedicine, Agro-biotechnology and Industrial.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences, including Economics, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Local Development, and more.
  • Arts, covering areas such as Circus, Contemporary Dance, Photography, Documentaries, Object and Puppet Theatre, Cultural Heritage, Preservation and Restoration.


At UNSAM, most daily academic activities take place at Miguelete Campus. The university campus is built around the former railway lines, and it has become a privileged space for teaching, research, cultural development and social interaction among members of the UNSAM community. Most of the schools and institutes, as well as the library and the university government, are located on campus.

The city of Buenos Aires is only twenty minutes away. Buenos Aires is well-known for its cultural diversity and lively atmosphere, making it one of South America's most exciting and vibrant cities. The city's history revolves around Western European immigrants, whose influences can be seen all throughout the city in its architecture, art, and style. Buenos Aires holds countless opportunities for students to experience the diverse culture of Argentina. Students can attend soccer games, world-class theatrical and dance performances, and participate in a vibrant nightlife. Many students will find themselves intrigued by the unique Argentine accent and the national dance, the Tango.

The Program History

A moveable feast in Buenos Aires

Making university studies a moveable feast.  That was the “big idea” which inspired the foundation of Lincoln University College (LUC) in 1992.  For more than a decade I had seen it happen at Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, a school for the children of “global nomads” whose average stay in Argentina is between two and three years.  Could that brief but deliciously formative experience of Lincoln in the Argentine be replicated for young and not so young adults? Could we do it?

 We did it. For twenty years on the Lincoln campus in La Lucila, LUC adapted and extended the moveable experience to adults.  During those years LUC was not a non-lieu – a non-place. It was not like an airport or a shopping mall. Nor was it a chat group or a virtual community. It was a community of flesh and blood.  Hundreds of students from across the world met other students and forged ties that will bind them for the rest of their lives.  When they went on their way they took with them a more global cultural literacy, a knowledge of Spanish, lasting personal connections, and the indelible memory of their time in Argentina.  

 LUC began as a moveable first course, a serving of hors d´oeuvres and aperitifs.  The hors d´oeuvres were personally-prepared studies in English and real-life experiences in Spanish.  The aperitif was sharing life in Buenos Aires with new and different teachers and friends.  The studies in English were patterned on the general education programs of the “lower division” in U.S. universities and somewhat similar to the “ciclo básico común” at Buenos Aires University.

 With time it became clear that we needed to offer more than hors d´oeuvres and aperitifs. The needs and changing circumstances of students called for a broader and deeper range of university culture and educational options. We found that broader and deeper range in the National University of San Martin (UNSAM), which had been founded in the same year as LUC and had association with other institutions as one of its founding principles.

 After a UNSAM-Lincoln  partnership of 16 years the “big idea” behind LUC has now been fully taken up by UNSAM on its splendid new campus, built on the site of a former railway station. The idea has moved from the shore of the River Plate inland to where trains arriving in the great metropolis used to be tuned up and turned around for the trip back into the vast expanse of the Argentine Pampa.   


 Raymond McKay
Director of National Programs
Asociación Escuelas Lincoln