Argentina is a traveler's paradise with a blend of European and South American traditions that form a unique heritage all its own. By studying at an ISEP member university in Argentina, you have the chance to discover more of what the country has to offer. Argentina is home to stunning architecture, a thriving rock music scene, a popular film industry and world-renowned works of art and literature. From Iguazú Falls in the Northeast to the rugged peaks of the Andes mountain range in the West, and from the glaciers of the South to the breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic coast, you will never run out of places to explore in Argentina.



Languages Spoken:

Spanish

Education System

HIGHER EDUCATION

Higher education is provided in three types of institutions: national, provincial and private universities; institutions of technical and professional studies; and teacher-training colleges.

At the university level, the first one to two years are devoted to the study of basic subjects. The total program of study lasts five or six years and leads to a licenciatura or to a professional title. Some universities award a bachillerato universitario after four years. A master's degree is granted after two more years of study at certain universities. The doctorado, the highest degree, is usually awarded two to three years after the licenciatura, upon submission of a thesis.

Argentina's academic calendar is on the Southern Hemisphere schedule, with classes usually beginning in March and ending in December.

Lecturing is the principal method of instruction in Latin American universities, with one final exam or paper counting as the only grade in the class. Some professors will also give midterm exams or papers. In most Latin American countries, the grading philosophy is that the student starts at 0 (meaning they have no knowledge of the subject) and needs to work hard to obtain a good grade. The student’s grade rises as he proves his gain of knowledge throughout the semester. As such, Latin American universities tend to be severe in their grading and a grade of sobresaliente (10 - the highest grade possible in Argentina) is rarely awarded. In most classes, the majority of students will receive either aprobado or muy bueno (from 4 to 6).

Visa and Residency

STUDENT VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT

A student visa is necessary to study in Argentina. You will enter the country as a tourist and then switch to the student visa once in Argentina. You must enter the country on a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the last date of studies.

For information about entering Argentina as a tourist, call or visit the website of the Argentine embassy or consulate in your home country. To find the Argentine embassy or consulate in your country, go to the "Representaciones Argentinas" link on Argentina's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto website and scroll through the list to find your country.

IMPORTANT: According to the latest regulations, only a student who plans to stay in Argentina for longer than six months must begin collecting specific documents to prepare for the student visa process prior to departing for Argentina. See below for further information.


Full Year Students (or any student studying in Argentina for longer than six months):

Students who are going to study in Argentina for any period longer than six months must obtain a police report or 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. From the Embassy of Argentina in the United States website:

  • A clear criminal record certificate from each country or city the applicant has resided in during the last five years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only; other exceptions may apply): must be legalized with the Hague Convention "Apostille", or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad (*).

Visit the Hague Convention website to find a Designated Competent Authority that can issue an Apostille in your country. US Students: This "criminal record certificate" must be issued by the FBI.


Semester and Full Year Students:

Both semester and full year students will enter Argentina as tourists and then switch over to the student visa after arrival in Argentina. Upon arrival in Argentina, you will have to take various steps to obtain your student visa. These steps may include applying for a local police record in Argentina and making an appointment to go to Immigrations to apply for residency. Your host institution will assist you with this process and provide detailed instructions upon your arrival.

Please note that visa fees will be paid after arrival. Make sure you budget accordingly and are prepared to cover the necessary costs.

When in Argentina, it is recommended that you carry a copy of your passport identification page and visa page with you at all times.


U.S., Australia and Canadian citizens:

U.S. citizens, Australian citizens and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism must pay an entry fee, or a reciprocity fee. Students must pay the reciprocity fee online prior to departing for Argentina. Be sure to review the instructions on how to pay the reciprocity fee. As of March 24, 2016, the Argentine Government has resolved to suspend the collection of the reciprocity fee from U.S. passport holders who visit Argentina for less than 90 days, for tourist or business purposes.

For more information about the Student visa requirements, review the Student Visa section on the Embassy's website. While this website is from the Embassy of Argentina in the United States, it lists the Student Visa requirements for all countries. However, because student visa requirements are constantly changing, it is very important that you contact the Argentine embassy or consulate in the jurisdiction of your home state or country to get the latest information.

Culture

COMMUNICATION STYLE

Argentineans tend to be open, blunt and direct, yet are able to remain tactful and diplomatic. They are a warm people and their unreservedness brings to the fore their passion and sentimentality. They are generally quite outgoing and sociable people.

GREETINGS

Initial greetings are formal and follow a set protocol of greeting the eldest or most important person first. A standard handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile will suffice. Typically Argentinean friends greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. Maintaining eye contact indicates interest. In general, Argentineans prefer third-party introductions, so you should wait for your host or hostess to introduce you to others at a small gathering. When leaving, say goodbye to each person individually.

FOOD

Getting used to Argentinian food and meal times may take some time, depending on your home country. In general, breakfast is very light and usually consists of some type of bread product. Cereal, French bread with jam and medialunas (similar to small croissants) are all common breakfast foods. A small cup of instant coffee is also a favorite among Argentines. Lunch is the largest meal of the day and usually takes place between 1:30 - 3 p.m. Many businesses close in observance of the afternoon siesta, so it can be hard to plan on doing your errands after lunch. Dinner is usually eaten no earlier than 9 p.m. Argentines tend to follow these standard mealtime practices relatively closely. Restaurants generally don't open before 7:30 or 8 p.m. for dinner.

Beef, empanadas, Italian food, hamburgers, very sweet desserts and milanesa (a breaded and fried type of thin steak) are all common in Argentina. Authentic ‘ethnic' food is rarely found outside of Buenos Aires. You will also see people drinking yerba mate, a loose tea-like beverage that comes from a specific type of Argentine bush. Drinking mate is a very common custom in Argentina and Uruguay. Argentines mostly drink mate at work, during class, at home with friends, while studying, during an afternoon snack and sometimes at a café. In Uruguay, it is even more common to see people drinking mate just about anywhere and everywhere. When sharing mate with a group of people, say "gracias" only after you are finished taking all of your desired turns. The actual plant material is referred to as yerba or yerba mate, and the container from which you drink yerba is called a mate. The metal ‘straw' used with mate is called a bombilla. Drinking mate is a common reason for a person to stop what they’re doing, relax a little and enjoy conversation with friends and co-workers.

FAMILY

Argentineans usually live at home until they get married, so many of your Argentinean friends will still be living at home. People generally don't move far from the town or city where they grow up and typically stay close to an extended family network throughout their whole life. High value is placed on kinship, and a special relationship and even responsibility is expected among extended family members. Argentines are close communicators physically and will often touch each other when speaking and maintain little physical distance between speakers.

Daily Life

COMMUNICATION STYLE

Argentineans tend to be open, blunt and direct, yet are able to remain tactful and diplomatic. They are a warm people and their unreservedness brings to the fore their passion and sentimentality. They are generally quite outgoing and sociable people.

GREETINGS

Initial greetings are formal and follow a set protocol of greeting the eldest or most important person first. A standard handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile will suffice. Typically Argentinean friends greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. Maintaining eye contact indicates interest. In general, Argentineans prefer third-party introductions, so you should wait for your host or hostess to introduce you to others at a small gathering. When leaving, say goodbye to each person individually.

FOOD

Getting used to Argentinian food and meal times may take some time, depending on your home country. In general, breakfast is very light and usually consists of some type of bread product. Cereal, French bread with jam and medialunas (similar to small croissants) are all common breakfast foods. A small cup of instant coffee is also a favorite among Argentines. Lunch is the largest meal of the day and usually takes place between 1:30 - 3 p.m. Many businesses close in observance of the afternoon siesta, so it can be hard to plan on doing your errands after lunch. Dinner is usually eaten no earlier than 9 p.m. Argentines tend to follow these standard mealtime practices relatively closely. Restaurants generally don't open before 7:30 or 8 p.m. for dinner.

Beef, empanadas, Italian food, hamburgers, very sweet desserts and milanesa (a breaded and fried type of thin steak) are all common in Argentina. Authentic ‘ethnic' food is rarely found outside of Buenos Aires. You will also see people drinking yerba mate, a loose tea-like beverage that comes from a specific type of Argentine bush. Drinking mate is a very common custom in Argentina and Uruguay. Argentines mostly drink mate at work, during class, at home with friends, while studying, during an afternoon snack and sometimes at a café. In Uruguay, it is even more common to see people drinking mate just about anywhere and everywhere. When sharing mate with a group of people, say "gracias" only after you are finished taking all of your desired turns. The actual plant material is referred to as yerba or yerba mate, and the container from which you drink yerba is called a mate. The metal ‘straw' used with mate is called a bombilla. Drinking mate is a common reason for a person to stop what they’re doing, relax a little and enjoy conversation with friends and co-workers.

FAMILY

Argentineans usually live at home until they get married, so many of your Argentinean friends will still be living at home. People generally don't move far from the town or city where they grow up and typically stay close to an extended family network throughout their whole life. High value is placed on kinship, and a special relationship and even responsibility is expected among extended family members. Argentines are close communicators physically and will often touch each other when speaking and maintain little physical distance between speakers.

Health and Safety

https://www.isepstudyabroad.org/guides-and-tips/health-safety

Currency

MONEY MATTERS

Currency

The Argentine peso is issued in notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Coins issued are 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos, and 1 peso. Credit cards are used throughout the country, but bring cash (efectivo) when visiting smaller towns. The most common cards are American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club. Be aware of your credit card company’s policy for use in a foreign country as they might charge an extra fee for charges made in foreign currency. Also, if you are going to use your credit or debit ATM card, be sure to inform your local bank before leaving in order to not be locked out of your account.

To compare your currency to the Argentine peso, see http://www.xe.com.

Before leaving for Argentina, you may want to inquire about currency exchange at your local bank. The most important monetary tool you will use in Argentina is either a major credit card or debit ATM card. This is the cheapest and most efficient way to get cash and make purchases. Most Argentine banks charge a flat rate for making ATM withdrawals, so lessen your per-peso fee by withdrawing the maximum amount of money each time (usually between 500 and 1000 pesos, depending upon the bank and the card). As you would at home, be very careful and aware of your surroundings at all times, especially if you are carrying cash or have just been to an ATM.

Banks and exchange bureaus are usually open from Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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