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  • Locations: Managua, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • Restrictions: MSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Fee-Based, ISEP Direct Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Language Prerequisites: Depends on Program Track Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Minimum Class Elligibility: Junior
Host Country Language Courses Offered: Yes Non-MSU student: No
Program Inactive: No Subjects Available: Architecture, Business, Economics, Engineering, Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology, Political Science, Spanish
Pre-Session Language: No Competitive Program: No
Program Description:

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Universidad Americana


Fast Facts

Managua, Nicaragua (pop. 650,000)
Student Enrollment: 2,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English


Nicaragua is the largest republic in Central America. The capital, Managua, is near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other Central American capitals, it has no mountains enclosing it, allowing a gentle breeze. Nicaragua also boasts beautiful beaches, rivers, volcanoes, rain forests, and mountains within reach of Managua. The university is located in the new heart of the city, el Camino de Oriente.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct: Academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.


Program Dates

Academic year: late February to December; Semester 1: late February to June; Semester 2: early August to early December. Observes the Southern Hemisphere calendar.

Please note that the College of University Studies in English (CUSE) follows the US system of semesters. Courses in odd semesters run from August to December and courses in even semesters run from February/March to June/July.


Programs in Spanish: Faculty of Architecture: (Architecture); Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: (Marketing and Advertising, Business Administration); Faculty of Juridic and Social Sciences:(Law); Faculty of Diplomacy and interational Relations: (Diplomacy and International Relations); Faculty of Design and Visual Communication: (Design and Visual Communication); Faculty of Engineering: (Information Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering); Faculty of Medicine: (Medicine); Faculty of Dentistry: (Dentistry)

Please Note: Programs in Spanish are only open to students on ISEP-Exchange or ISEP-Direct students who have completed 4 or more semesters of university-level Spanish. See Language Notes for further detail.

Courses taught in English

Programs in English: The College of University Studies in English (CUSE), is an American style English Language College within the University.School of Business: (Finance, Marketing, Global Business, and Resource Management); School of Arts and Sciences:(International Development, concentrations in Environmental Issues and Political Economy Studies).

Please click below for available classes and course descriptions. Syllabi may also be made available by contacting ISEP Central.
Arts and Sciences classes available in English
Business classes available in EnglishPlease Note:CUSE courses are open to both ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct students who meet the English language proficiency requirements detailed below. See Language Notes for detail.

Housing and Meals

ISEP-Exchange: Students are housed with host families or in student apartments. Most meals are provided by the family or students receive a stipend to purchase their meals. Students can purchase lunch at university cafeterias. Students are strongly recommended to live with host families. UAM provides transportation from the host family to the university and back.

ISEP-Direct: Students live with host families. Most meals are provided by the family or students receive a stipend to purchase their meals. Students can purchase lunch at university cafeterias. UAM provides transportation from the host family to the university and back.

Student Activities

The university offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, ranging from arts, theater, poetry groups and a wide range of sports. The campus has attractive, new facilities for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, football and soccer.


Universidad Americana (UAM), a private institution of higher education, was founded in 1992 by a group of university professors who shared a dedication to the development and improvement of higher education in Nicaragua. UAM's campus is new and its installations are equipped with the most modern technology, including four computer labs. Since the university is still so young, the library collection is not extensive; the collection housed at the university is extremely up-to-date and in many ways superior to many other library collections in Nicaragua.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Study in English or Spanish in the safest country in Central America! Universidad Americana (UAM) offers a variety of courses including Spanish language. The International Programs office plans regular excursions throughout Nicaragua, including fun beach trips.

UAM offers courses in both Spanish and English (through the College of University Studies in English-CUSE). Students may register for classes in either language (or both).