Undergraduate Studies in Argentina
Located at the very bottom of South America, Argentina is a massive country with much to offer potential students. As the eighth largest country in the world (and the largest Spanish speaking one), Argentina offers a wide variety of landscapes, cultures, and educational opportunities. There are many good reasons to study undergraduate studies in Argentina.
Argentina possesses 47 national public universities, as well as 46 private institutions of higher education. The University of Cordoba, the oldest university in the country, has been in operation since 1613, allowing the nation to have a long and illustrious history of higher education. There are a number of different types of schools, including technical institutes and specialized colleges, although the universities are one of the most popular options for undergraduate studies.
Since Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, summer occurs from the months of December to February; for this reason the school year typically starts at the beginning of March and ends in the middle of December. There is also usually a winter break that falls in mid-July, as well as shorter school breaks in the middle of terms that are usually determined by the school itself. Most institutions of higher education have their first semester from March to July, and their second semester from July or August to December.
The cost of attending school in Argentina can vary quite widely. While all public universities are tuition-free, private schools are not, and costs can vary widely depending on the school chosen and whether the student is from Argentina. In addition, the associated costs such as travel and school materials must be taken into account. It is very important for students to contact the institution they are interested in attending in order to get more detailed financial information. Costs can also differ because of the varying amount of time that it takes to complete an undergraduate degree in Argentina. Typically, undergraduate studies include two options: a teaching or technical course of study that can take form one to three years to complete, or a more advanced professional degree that can require four to six years of study. Each student’s path will be unique.
There are a number of benefits to studying in Argentina. Students will be exposed to a rich culture in an advanced country, with a great deal of educational, technical, and career opportunities. An education in Argentina offers the chance to learn Spanish, an important world language, and may be much less expensive than studying elsewhere. Argentina is an excellent option for those wishing to study at a university in another country.
Most nationalities can enter Argentina for up to 90 days without a visa. Students will usually enter Argentina as tourists and then switch over to the student visa after arrival in Argentina. Upon arrival in Argentina, students should:
- Apply for a local police record in Argentina
- Make an appointment to go to Immigration
- Apply for a student visa during the first 30 days
Applications and documents should be submitted in person on the date of the visa interview at Immigration. It is possible to apply for an Argentinian student visa from your home country. Do so at an Argentinian consulate at least 30 days before your arrival in the country. A standard Argentinian student visa lasts for six months. Some students may qualify for a visa valid for up to one year.
To find out whether you need a visa to enter Argentina, and how to apply from your home country or on arrival, visit the government’s Immigrations page: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/?visas
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