Argentina is a country situated in southeastern South America. It is the eighth largest country in the world with a total surface area of 27,80,400 square kilometers. Argentina is Latin America’s third largest economy. It is also the founding member of WTO, United Nations, WBG, UNASUR and CELAC. Due to its large market size and increasing share of the high-tech sector, Argentina is considered a middle emerging economy in the world.
Argentina’s coastal border over the South Atlantic Ocean and Rio de la Plata is 5,117 kilometers. Its highest point is Mount Aconcagua, which is 22,831 ft above sea level and its lowest point is Laguna del Carbon that is 344 ft below sea level. The climate of most regions in Argentina is temperate. While the temperature is tropical in the north, it is sub-polar in far south.
Argentina hosts a human population of 40 million. It is home to people from various ethnic groups like Europeans, Mestizos, and Amerindians. Christianity is the widely practiced religion in Argentina.
Argentina takes pride in being the economic and cultural hub of South America. Beautiful locales, vibrant culture, exotic cuisine, and diverse Argentine social dynamics are the reason why this country is so prominent on the world map. Argentina gives a taste of the rich culture of Latin America and its population enjoys a distinct urban sophistication.
The vibes of the country are energetic and rhythmic. Buenos Aires is regarded as “the Paris of South America” because of the plethora of cultural adventures it offers - art galleries, museums, film festivals, and theatres.
Perhaps, this is the reason why students are drawn towards this country as they not only get to study in quality institutes but also get exposed to a colourful culture. In addition to this, the cost of living and education are affordable as compared to other trending study destinations in the world.
Not only this, basic knowledge of Spanish language does wonders if you really want to live like an Argentine during your time as a student in this country. And even if you don’t, then the best way is to immerse oneself in this immensely popular language.
Every year more than 90,000 international students come to study in Argentina. It is the most popular study destination in the whole of Latin America. Argentina offers a range of high quality courses in Art & History, International Business, International Relations, Latin American History and Culture, Films, Literature and Spanish language among others.
The top universities of Argentina are University of Buenos Aires, Austral University, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, National University of Rosario, and University of San Andrés.
The academic year in the run commences in March and ends in November. International students have to directly apply to the preferred or desired educational institution. Most government-owned universities in Argentina are tuition-free and open to anyone. However, postgraduate education requires some form of funding and are not generally free.
The best thing about the education system of Argentina is that there are no limits on foreign enrolment. However, entry requirement of every university or course vary from one another.
At the university level, the first two years are allotted to the study of basic subjects. The total course lasts for five years which leads to a professional title. The Master’s degree is granted after two more years of study in certain universities. The doctorado, the highest academic degree, is generally awarded two to three years after the licenciatura, after the submission of a thesis.
A student visa is necessary to study in Argentina. Students can enter Argentina as tourists and then switch to the student visa once they are in the country. The student visa is valid for at least six months after the last date of completion of course.
For information regarding entering Argentina as a tourist, call or visit the website of the Argentine embassy or consulate in your country. According to the latest regulations, only a student who plans to stay in the country for longer than six months must begin collecting specific documents to prepare for the student visa process prior to departing for Argentina.
For students who will enter Argentina as tourists and then switch over to the student visa after arriving in the country may have to apply for a local police record in Argentina and make an appointment to go to immigration to apply for residency. The host institution will assist such students with this process and provide detailed instructions upon their arrival.
Please note that visa fees will be paid after arrival so the student has to budget accordingly and be prepared to cover all the necessary costs. When in Argentina, it is recommended that the student carries a copy of the passport identification page and visa page with him or herself at all times.
For more information, please visit: http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/handbook_visa.asp?country=4
Most universities in Argentina offer help to international students to find a place to live. Accommodation ranges from living in a college hostel, or university apartment to living with a family member or independently.
Education fees are higher at private universities in Argentina and also depend on the courses that an international student chooses. However, even then the amount is relatively low. The overall costs can range from Rs. 56,000 to Rs. 1,68,000 each year excluding all the living expenses, students can expect to spend somewhere in the region of Rs. 1,09,900 to Rs. 2,21,900 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.