Studying a degree in Argentina will allow you to study in South America's premier education system. Argentina has several universities in the 500 universities in the world and offers some of the world's best courses in the Spanish language.
How can you study a degree in Argentina?
Argentina’s university system is growing rapidly, but is still recovering from dramatic spending cuts in the 1980s and 90s. The country is home to around 90 universities, split almost 50/50 between public and private institutions.
Undergraduate degrees in Argentina are offered free of charge, although international students may have to pay a small fee.
Consequently, Argentina has one of the highest rates of university attendance in Latin America, with around 1,500,000 students enrolled in the Argentine university system.
The academic year in Argentina runs from March to November, with applications accepted until early November at most institutions.
Public universities in Argentina offer courses free of charge, but you can expect to pay up to $5,000 per year if you want to study at a private institution. Scholarships are on offer for international students in certain subjects, so check with your chosen university.
Immigration and visas
The Argentine government requires international students wanting to study a degree in Argentina lasting more than 90 days to obtain a student visa. However, the process is not an easy and many international students find getting a student visa extremely bureaucratic and time consuming.
Students looking to study an undergraduate degree in Argentina will usually need to demonstrate the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have sufficient funds in place to support yourself during your studies
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
Your chosen university is willing to start the visa process for you
A standard student visa will last for six months, but if your course is longer you can get a visa valid for up to a year if you submit to a criminal records check in your home country.
Accommodation and living costs
International students who want to study a degree in Argentina have three main options when it comes to finding somewhere to live:
- University provided accommodation
- Private accommodation
The majority of international students in Argentina will choose to live in university provided accommodation. Doing so will allow you to meet fellow students more easily, live in a location near the university and will often include study areas, libraries and cafeterias.
Private accommodation may be a better fit for students travelling with families or those who want a bit more privacy, but is much harder to organise from outside of Argentina.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) –USD$450
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – USD$350
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –USD$800
Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –USD$615
How safe is Argentina?
Argentina is used to welcoming tourists from many countries and also has a large student population. This makes it a relatively safe country in which to study, providing you take the usual precautions that you would anywhere else in the world.
However, one thing to be aware of is that Argentina has a wide gap between rich and poor. Poverty is unavoidable in Argentina, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings in a new neighbourhood.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
- Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill