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Study in El Salvador

El Salvador may be the smallest nation in Central America, but it still has much to offer prospective international students. From sophisticated urban life in capital San Salvador, to some of the world’s best surfing at Punta Roca, there's lots to do here - and spending time studying abroad in El Salvador is certainly bound to be an unforgettable experience.

As a former Spanish colony, many elements of El Salvadorian culture – including language – can be traced back to the legacy of its former European rulers. However, like other Latin American nations, El Salvador’s fusion of indigenous and external cultures has produced a unique national identity and culture. And of course also in common with the rest of the continent, El Salvador has many areas of great natural beauty – not on the same vast scale as some of its larger neighbors, admittedly, but still large enough to give a real sense of wilderness.

Fast Facts

  • The most densely populated country in Central America, with a population of 6.3 million
  • Borders with Guatemala, Honduras, the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Fonseca
  • Located on a volcanic plateau approximately 2,000ft above sea level
  • Smallest country in Central America
  • Capital and largest city is San Salvador
  • Main language is Spanish
  • The Pipil Indians, descendants of the Aztecs, are thought to have migrated to the area in the 11th century
  • Major exports include coffee, sugar, shrimp, textiles, chemicals and electricity
  • Undergoing successful reforestation – tropical forest grew by 20% between 1992 and 2001
  • Traditional dishes include fried plantain, deep fried cassava root, and stuffed corn tortillas
  • Currency is the United States Dollar