Study a graduate program in Argentina
Graduate programs in Argentina
Argentina is one of the most visited and popular countries in South America, with a growing reputation for university education and plenty of amazing cities in which to live.
Buenos Aires is the favourite choice of most international students, with its wide boulevards, buzzy neighbourhoods and great nightlife, but there are other great options such as La Plata and Cordoba.
Studying a graduate program in Argentina is a great way to experience the best of Latin America. You’ll come for the tango, steak and great nightlife, but end up staying for the great education and friendly locals.
Higher education in Argentina is extremely varied and is a growing industry, which is still recovering from dramatic spending cutbacks which decimated the industry in the 1980s and 90s. The country is home to more than 40 public universities and 46 private ones. Argentina has the highest rate of university students in Latin America, with official sources reporting around 1,500,000 students within the Argentine University System.
Most graduate programs in Argentina require you to have funding in place to pay for tuition fees and most courses are taught in Spanish, so it may be necessary to proof your Spanish language skills before being accepted onto a course.
Immigration and visas in Argentina
The Argentine government requires international students studying graduate programs lasting more than 90 days to obtain a student visa. However, the process is not an easy one and many international students find getting a student visa extremely bureaucratic and time consuming.
Students looking to study a graduate program 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.
Life in Argentina
Argentina is a thriving country with a huge student population, so there is plenty for international students to get their teeth into. Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital and creative hub, well known for its beautiful architecture and vibrant nightlife. This is where most international students will want to be based, and it is a city where European students will feel at home, with its leafy avenues, crowded cafes and historic buildings.
However, there are plenty of other great student cities in Argentina, including Cordoba, Rosario and Mendoza. All have busy art scenes and sport-mad citizens – Argentina is a great place to study a graduate program if you’re a football fan.
Argentina also has plenty to offer the adventurous. Its countryside is home to cowboys, rafting, skiing and plenty of amazing vineyards, where you can dine on some of the world’s best steaks with a glass of red wine.
Working in Argentina
Argentina’s economy has fluctuated between boom and bust for several decades, but is currently enjoying a period of growth. It is Latin America’s third largest economy and is considered an emerging market by the FTSE Global Equity Index.
Argentina’s main industry is manufacturing, making up 19% of the country’s GDP. Leading sectors include food processing and beverages, cars and car parts and biofuel.
Unlike many other countries, you can work legally with a student visa in Argentina.
International students studying a graduate program 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.
A good compromise may be to try a homestay for a couple of months, where you will get to live with a local Argentine family first. This will allow you to settle into the Argentine way of life and also give you an opportunity to investigate different neighbourhoods.
Climate in Argentina
Argentina’s size means that different areas have different climates. The north of the country has a tropical climate, with long, hot summers and mild dry winters. It is also prone to suffering from thunderstorms and tornadoes during the summer period.
Southern Argentina has warm summers with extremely cold and snowy winters, particularly in the mountainous areas. The southernmost points are also subject to long periods of daylight between November and February and long nights from May to June.
Argentina’s size means that public transport is a vital way of getting around. Most long distance journeys are done either by long distance buses and coaches or through the country’s network of national airports.
Within cities, buses and taxis are the most popular ways of getting around, with public transport more common in Argentina than many other South American countries.
The currency of Argentina is the peso.
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