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Study Master in Argentina 2024

Study in Argentina

Higher Education in Argentina
Higher education in Argentina is divided into three levels. The first, tertiary education level, provides degrees in education or technical professions such as teachers or technicians degree programs typically last 1-3 years. The second, university level, provides professional education at universities across a wide range of academic disciplines resulting in degrees, licenses and titles (for attorneys and doctors); these programs range from 4 to 6 years. The third, post-graduate level, is research-oriented and includes specialist degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Why Study in Argentina?
More than 25,000 international students study in Argentina each year, with small private institutions attracting the most students. Argentina has a very multiethnic and multicultural environment that welcomes international students.

The quality of education is very high and the costs of studying are low compared to many countries. Nearly all graduate programs are taught in Spanish, so students should be proficient in Spanish or plan to take Spanish courses before their arrival. Students who are non-native Spanish speakers will find that the immersion they enjoy in Argentina will increase their proficiency and make them more valuable to multinational corporations.

Universities in Argentina
There are more than 100 higher education institutions in Argentina, including 38 national universities, 42 private universities, 6 national and 14 private higher education institutes, 1 provincial university, 1 foreign university and 1 international university. The University of Buenos Aires is the most prestigious public university and other top schools include the University of Belgrano and the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, which is especially known for its top-ranked MBA program.

Tuition and Program Duration
Some public universities have free graduate programs and most others are very low cost. Private schools can cost $US 5,000-15,000 per year. The length of master’s degree programs varies widely, but most programs last 1-2 years.

Academic Year
Because Argentina is located in the southern hemisphere, the academic year begins in March and runs through December. The academic year is based on semesters at most schools. Most courses focus on lectures and grades are based on a single exam or paper at the end of the course.

Post-Graduate Opportunities
There are many employment opportunities in Argentina for both citizens and foreigners. Industries that employ significant international workers include export-oriented agribusiness, food-processing, manufacturing and construction. In addition, service industries are growing in popularity.

Visa Requirements
International students must have a visa to study in Argentina. Students enter the country as tourists and then switch to a student visa. All students must enter the country with a passport that is valid for at least six months past the end date of their studies. Students should

check with the Argentine embassy or consulate in their home country to see specific requirements for entering Argentina as a tourist and to see what documents they will need for changing to the student visa. Students planning to study for more than six months in Argentina must also obtain a police report/certificate of good conduct for entry into the country;

the document must be translated by a certified translator after arrival in Argentina. Applying for the required residency permit once in the country requires a visit to immigrations which must be made by appointment.

US, Australian and Canadian students must also pay an entry fee online prior to departing for Argentina.

Health Insurance
Students are advised to obtain health insurance in their home country that is valid in Argentina. Some international study programs may also have health insurance that is mandatory or optional.

American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club are widely accepted, but students should carry cash when visiting small towns or rural areas. Travelers checks can be expensive and difficult to cash, so students may want to use ATMs and credit cards instead.

A 10 percent tip is normally given for services rendered in restaurants, hotels and theaters.

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

  • Share of utilities

  • Internet subscription

  • Local transportation


Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

  • Cinema ticket

  • Pint of local beer


About Argentina

Second in South America only to Brazil in size and population, Argentina is a plain, rising from the Atlantic to the Chilean border and the towering Andes peaks.

Argentina is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay on the north, and by Uruguay and Brazil on the east.

The economy of Argentina is Latin America's third-largest, with a very high Human Development Index and a relatively high GDP per capita. It is classified as an upper middle-income economy by the World Bank.

Argentina is located in the southwestern portion of the South American continent. The country is narrow from east to west but has an extensive coastline along the Pacific Ocean. The country has borders with Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, along with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Drake Passage to the south. Landscapes in Argentina range from beautiful shores and stunning rain forests to majestic mountains in the Andes range; the length of the country from north to south provides a wide variation in climates.

The country has a strong economy bolstered by a highly educated workforce, modern infrastructure, and abundant natural resources.

The official currency is the Argentine Peso and the official language is Spanish. The country is the largest (land area) Spanish-speaking country in the world and is the second-largest country in Latin America.

Argentina derives its name from the Latin word for “silver.”

The climate in Argentina encompasses all extremes – the northern part of the country is subtropical, while the southern part is sub-polar. Central Argentina enjoys a relatively moderate climate. Average temperatures range from 11 degrees C to 24 degrees C in Buenos Aires. Winter occurs from June to August and Summer from December to March.

Argentina is known as a fun-loving culture filled with passionate people. Students will find a wide variety of leisure activities, including the arts, nightlife, and hiking. Argentina also has a very robust film industry, and there are more than 100 movie theaters in Buenos Aires alone. And don’t forget to learn how to do the tango, the national dance!

Cost of Living
The cost of living in Argentina is very low and a student can live on about $US 5,000 per year. Housing costs only about $US 350 per month. Laws in Argentina regarding apartment rentals are strict, so students may want to obtain the services of a real estate agency to help negotiate the rental process.

Visa Requirements

For students staying for more than 90 days.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa

Price and currency

USD 150

The prices of an Argentinian student visa depend on your nationality and can be around $150 USD. There is also a reciprocity fee around $100-160 USD. Students must pay the reciprocity fee online prior to departing for Argentina.

Who can apply for the visa?

Most nationalities can enter Argentina for up to 90 days without a visa. To find out whether you need a visa to enter Argentina, go to the government’s Immigrations page:

All international students studying graduate programs in Argentina lasting more than 90 days must obtain a student visa. All students must enter the country on a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of studies.

Where can you make the application?

Argentina / Argentinian consulate

Students will usually enter Argentina as tourists and then switch over to the student visa after arrival in Argentina. Applications and documents will have to be submitted in person the date of the visa interview.

It may also possible to apply in your home country through an Argentinian consulate.


How to make the application?

Upon arrival in Argentina, you will have to apply for a local police record in Argentina, make an appointment to go to Immigration, and apply for a student visa during the first 30 days. Your host coordinator may arrange the appointment for you ahead of time. It is extremely important that you keep the appointment and arrive on time. You may also have to translate some documents into Spanish.

To obtain your student visa in Argentina you will need the following:

  • A valid passport with the Argentine tourist visa stamp.
  • A letter of proof of enrollment from the university. The university will provide this once you have arrived.
  • A police certificate showing you have no criminal record in Argentina. You will get this once in the country with the help of ISA staff (approximate cost is AR 60, payable in local currency).
  • Payment for the AR 900 student visa processing fee, payable in cash only.

Students who are going to study in Argentina for any period longer than six months must obtain a police report/certificate of good conduct prior to departing for Argentina. You will have to get the document translated by a certified translator after you arrive in Argentina.

Depending on your nationality, place of study, and expected length of stay, you may also be required to present other documentation, such as:

  • Certified copies of your birth certificate
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Argentina
  • Evidence of sufficient knowledge of Spanish

When should you apply?

Applicants who apply for an Argentinian student visa in their home country are strongly encouraged to apply at least 30 days prior to their journey.

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. The exact requirements vary depending on one’s nationality and it’s important to check with your country’s embassy for further information.

Processing time

30 Days

Work opportunities

You can work legally with a student visa in Argentina.

Hours per week


Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.