Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas

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world rank  4682

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University Overview

Established in 1965, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (José Simeón Cañas Central American University) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of San Salvador (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants). Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerio de Educación, República de El Salvador (Ministry of Education, El Salvador), Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 9,000-9,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 55 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name José Simeón Cañas Central American University
Acronym UCA
Founded 1965
Motto Universidad para el cambio social
University for Social Change
Colours Black, white and blue

University Location

Address Boulevard Los Próceres Colonia Jardines de Guadalupe, Apartado Postal 01-168
San Salvador (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
01-168 San Salvador
El Salvador
T +503 2210 6600
F +503 2210 6655

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office UCA, Bulevar Los Proceres
San Salvador
+503 2210 6644

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 9,000-9,999
Academic Staff 1,000-1,499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Catholic Christian-Catholic Jesuit - www.jesuit.org

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas's Library
Housing Not reported
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation

Ministerio de Educación, República de El Salvador

Year of first Accreditation


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Asociación de Universidades Confiadas a la Compañía de Jesús en América Latina (AUSJAL)
  • Asociación Universitaria Iberoamericana de Postgrado (AUIP)
  • Red de Observatorios de Buenas Prácticas en Dirección Estratégica en América Latina y Europa

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020