About 90,000 international students travel to study in Argentina each year-this is much more than any other Latin American country aside from Uruguay. Approximately 30,000 of these students are from Europe, the US and Asia, with attractions including the high quality of courses, affordable living costs and the chance to become proficient in speaking Spanish while experiencing such a diverse and colorful culture.
How to Apply
There are currently 40 national universities in Argentina which receive state funding from the government and provides higher learning to the majority of undergraduate students in the country. There are also roughly 45 private universities in Argentina, which are often smaller and charge higher fees.
Note that both the public and private sectors also have a number of ‘institutes’, which are differentiated from ‘universities’ by their focus on specific subject areas.
The academic year in Argentina typically runs from March to November. International students apply directly to the educational institution they have chosen, and must show copies of school certificates. After being offered a place, students then apply for a student visa, usually valid for two years at a time.
Visa guidelines vary depending on your nationality, so make sure to check with the Argentinean embassy in your home country for full details and fees. Here are the general rules and steps:
Those undertaking study in Argentina for more than 90 days will require a student visa. Without this, you risk not being able to receive your student transcripts at the end of your stay.
To gain a student visa, students will enter the country as tourists and upgrade to a student visa once in Argentina. To apply for this, you will need to provide a passport (which must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your studies), a letter showing proof of enrolment (provided by your university once you arrive), and a visa processing fee of up to US$100.
The average student visa lasts six months, but if you are studying for longer you will also need to gain a police certificate showing you have no criminal record in Argentina (citizens outside of the MERCOSUR states will need to gain two of these – one from their home country and one upon arrival). A birth certificate may also be needed.
If you are staying longer than a year for your studies, you will need to leave Argentina before your existing visa expires and then reapply for another when you return after the first visa’s expiration. If you are unable to leave then you must contact the ISA (Study Abroad Argentina) to discuss an alternative arrangement. It will be up to you to ensure that you complete this process legally.
It is also often advised that you carry a copy of your passport identification page and visa page with you at all times when in Argentina.
Tuition Fees and Living Costs
Argentina currently provides both affordable higher education and relatively low living costs – particularly when compared to the majority of North American and European study destinations.
Tuition fees are usually higher at private universities in Argentina and vary widely between courses, but are still relatively low. These costs can range from ARS8,000 to 24,000 (US$1,000-$3,000) a year and, combining fees with living expenses, students can expect to spend somewhere in the region of ARS15,700-31,700 (US$2,000-$4,000) each year.
Foreign students are allowed to work alongside their studies, provided they satisfy all the legal requirements, which are to obtain a work permit and be granted legal residence in the country
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