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Argentina is a country located in South America. It is home to an incredible array of landscapes and wildlife, and thanks to the coastal city of Ushuaia, Argentina serves as a gateway to Antarctica, the continent of ice. From the vineyards in the center of the country, to the Andes mountain range in the northeast, to the bustling colorful capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina has a lot to offer as a study abroad destination.
Argentina is a great producer of wine and is known for this all over the world. But Argentina has so much more than just piños grigios and delicious Merlots. The country also benefits from a wealth of natural resources, such as gas and gasoline, heavy steel and automobile manufacturing. This makes Argentina a particularly attractive place to study the subject of STEM.
Argentina is also a great place to build your language skills, thanks to Spanish being its national language. However, although Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, a lot of Argentine schools offer programs taught in English.
In addition to its lively urban centers, Argentina also boasts of stunning natural beauty, offering a haven from the realms of peace and solitude away from the city’s heat and fervor. The country’s geography is as diverse as it is diverse, from wetlands in the north to the dry Andean plateaus and vast expanses of Patagonia in the west, and the lush archipelago of Tierra la Fuego that veers from the far south of the country toward Antarctica.
Universities in Argentina:
- Universidad de Buenos Aires.
- Universidad Austral.
- Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires (UCA).
- Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).
Education in Argentina:
Since Argentina was a Spanish colony until it gained its independence in 1853, it still maintains a higher education system very similar to that of many European countries.
Argentina has both public universities, such as the prestigious University of Buenos Aires, and private institutions, such as the University of Austral. Sometimes these schools specialize in specific fields, sciences, engineering, humanities, etc., while some offer a range of courses.
A bachelor’s degree takes three or four years to complete, depending on the subject and pace of study.
Postgraduate degrees take one to three years to complete, depending on the subject area and level of research required
It takes four to six years to complete a PhD, and some take eight years. As you progress further through your doctoral studies, the possibility of gaining paid teaching work opens up for you.
However, beware that degrees awarded by smaller, less well-known institutions may not be recognized elsewhere, particularly in Europe and North America. In some cases, they may not be recognized outside of Argentina. Do some research before applying.
As for the way you actually study, it’s the same as in most countries. It is a mixture of lectures, readings and independent study. If you are studying a practical topic, you will also spend some time in a laboratory or workshop.
The cost of living in Argentina:
As a foreign national, you will find that the cost of living is acceptable and much lower than in many European countries or in the United States. As in many countries, the cost of living is generally higher in the capital.
Buenos Aires is where most international students find themselves. The average cost of living for a single person in Buenos Aires is around 35,500 SAR (430 USD) per month.
Budget-friendly prices and the dynamism of Buenos Aires combine to make Argentina a study abroad destination where you can enjoy a slightly cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Health care is free, courtesy of the state, to citizens and residents alike. Your student visa prepares you as a temporary resident and gives you access to government health care. However, even in some parts of Buenos Aires, government healthcare is very basic. Some people, both Argentines and foreign residents, choose to take out private health insurance plans once they arrive in Argentina.
Tuition fees in Argentina:
In public universities, there are no tuition fees. Once you have your Argentine study permit, you are exempt from any and all fees. Studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is completely free.
However, this does not apply to private universities. Private universities in Argentina are commercial businesses and, as such, need a healthy turnover. Fees are largely not regulated by the government, but generally range between $5,000 and $15,000 per year. The big difference is because practical programs, such as medicine or engineering, cost more to run, and therefore more to study.
The costs of graduate programs at private universities can be as high as $15,000, which means that there are fewer international students enrolled in graduate programs at private Argentine universities.
Fortunately, there are a number of scholarship options available. The most generous of these programs overall is the Fulbright Program. Open to anyone who is already enrolled in or recently graduated from an American college, this scholarship funds an entire academic year of study in Argentina, while also giving you income by working part-time teaching English.
In addition, the Gilman Scholarship Program is open to those from low-income families, who may miss out on study abroad opportunities. Students with disabilities or from minority backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Language and culture:
The official language of Argentina is Spanish. However, there are many minority languages, including, interestingly, Welsh. This reflects the diversity of Argentina, where the tribes and peoples of the first country live happily side by side with the descendants of European settlers.
English has become widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in Buenos Aires. As in most parts of South America, young people are more likely to speak English than older people.
Since Argentina was a Spanish colony until 1853, Spanish and Mediterranean cultures had a great influence on Argentine society. If you’ve been to Spain, you’ll already be familiar with its late dinner times, great wine, and colorful national costumes. This was good and it was already taken to Argentina. Over time, it has changed and shaped into something uniquely Argentinean.
Nearly 90,000 international students come to study in Argentina each year, more than any other country in Latin America except Uruguay. More than 30,000 of these students are from Europe, the United States and Asia, with attractions including the high quality of the courses, reasonable cost of living and the opportunity to master Spanish speaking while experiencing such a diverse and colorful culture.
- Writing and preparing academic topics
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- letter of intent
- Research proposals
- Personal Statement
- Recommendation letter
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