Study In El Salvador - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in El Salvador as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in El Salvador as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in El Salvador

Why study in El Salvador

Cost of studying in El Salvador

Universities in El Salvador for international students

Cost of living in El Salvador for international students

How to get a visa to study in El Salvador

How to apply and study in El Salvador

Tuition fees to study in El Salvador

Applying to study in El Salvador


Universities in El Salvador fix their own entry requirements, which you’ll be able to find on each school’s official website. Much of this information, particularly among the less prominent institutions, will be listed solely in Spanish, reflecting the fact that admission is only open to Spanish speakers. In some cases, the school will also list information in English, but this does not necessarily mean academic programs are offered in English.

You’ll need to check official program details and admission requirements for precise information. But generally, when applying to universities in El Salvador you will be asked to provide a completed application form, identification, valid passport, certificates of recent qualifications, academics references (for graduate students) and a statement of purpose, along with proof of proficiency in the language of instruction (most likely Spanish).

How to apply to universities in El Salvador

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of living in El Salvador as an international student

The cost of studying in El Salvador actually depends on the specific school you want to attend, all the universities and colleges in El Salvador have different tuition fees.

The average tuition fees to study in El Salvador for international students is about $8000 per year. This will vary among universities and the course you choose to study.

The cost of living in El Salvador for international students actually depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of the student. With about $1000 per month, all expenses such as apartment rate, transportation, feeding can covered.

The cost of living in El Salvador according to expatistan



            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  $4.75

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   $5.97

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           $3.57

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   $1.47

            12 eggs, large   $2.11

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.78

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  $4.51

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    $2.46

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.68

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  $1.23

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  $14

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    $1.74

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     $0.90


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        $994

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            $613

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     $139

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        $717

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            $451

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      $202

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        $55

            40” flat screen TV        $428

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            $109

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         $4.03

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      $1.64


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     $65

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  $42

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         $121

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   $123


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  $18,714

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           $0.97

            Monthly ticket public transport  $27

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      $6

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  $10

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          $25

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.84

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      $4.66

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.25

            4 rolls of toilet paper     $2.03

            Tube of toothpaste        $2.09

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  $4.95


Visa to study in El Salvador for international students

To study in El Salvador as an international student, you need a student visa. So here is the El Salvador student visa requirement and application process.

What documents will be required?

- Valid passport with at least 6 months validity

- 1 application form completed and signed

- 2 passport type photographs

- 1 copy of airline ticket or confirmed itinerary

- Proof of financial support

Time required to issue a Visa

Tourist and Business visas are normally issued within 24 hours. If authorization from the Immigration Department in El Salvador is needed, processing time is approximately 21 days.

How long is the Visa valid for?

The Salvadoran visa is valid up to 90 days.

Who requires a visa?

Countries that do NOT need a visa to enter El Salvador:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay.

Countries that do NOT need a consular visa to enter El Salvador in diplomatic or official passports (ordinary passport holders of these countries NEED a consular visa):

Belize, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico (Official Passports need a visa), Republic of China (Taiwan), Russian Federation.

Countries that do NOT need a consular visa to enter El Salvador in diplomatic, official and service passports (ordinary passport holders NEED a consular visa):

Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Venezuela.

Countries that need a consular visa to enter El Salvador in all type of passports:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Butan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Kampuchea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Hungary, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Letonia, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Yemen, Rwanda, Saint Kitss and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Marino, Saint Thomas and Principe, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zayre, Zimbabwe.


List and ranking of all the universities in El Salvador for international students


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in El Savador. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in El Savador and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Universidad de El Salvador

San Salvador

2          Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas

San Salvador

3          Universidad Francisco Gavidia

San Salvador

4          Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador

San Salvador

5          Universidad Don Bosco

Soyapango ...

6          Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado

Antiguo Cuscatlán

7          Universidad Capitán General Gerardo Barrios

San Miguel ...

8          Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador

San Salvador

9          Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios

Santa Tecla

10        Instituto Especializado de Educación Superior para la Formación Diplomática

Antiguo Cuscatlán

11        Universidad de Oriente

San Miguel

12        Universidad Católica de El Salvador

Santa Ana

13        Universidad Politécnica de El Salvador

San Salvador

14        Universidad Dr. Andrés Bello

San Salvador

15        Universidad Salvadoreña Alberto Masferrer

San Salvador

16        Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador

San Salvador

17        Universidad Panamericana

San Salvador

18        Universidad Autónoma de Santa Ana

Santa Ana

19        Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera

Santa Tecla

20        Universidad de Sonsonate


21        Universidad Nueva San Salvador

San Salvador

22        Universidad Albert Einstein

San Salvador

23        Instituto Superior de Economia y Administración de Empresas

Antiguo Cuscatlán

24        Universidad Cristiana de las Asambleas de Dios

San Salvador

25        Universidad Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero


26        Universidad Técnica Latinoamericana

Nueva San Salvador

27        Instituto Especializado de Educación Superior El Espíritu Santo

Antiguo Cuscatlán


Courses you study in El Salvador


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


What to pack while going to study in El Salvador


In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card


E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes


Hand sanitizer


Health insurance card


Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer


Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





Bobby pins


Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties



Nail clipper




Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)


Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive



Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable


Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine



Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


Language dictionary


Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in El Salvador or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.


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