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 OVERVIEW

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.

 

STUDYING IN ARGENTINA

Courses

Courses are offered in a wide variety of fields of study including Latin American Studies, Business, Agriculture, International Affairs, Architecture and Political Science. As an ISEP participant, you can enroll in classes in English or Spanish, depending on your institution. Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have a B1 or B2 level of Spanish in most cases.

Registration

Registration for courses is different for each institution. Please check with your host institution for registration procedures, as it often occurs before the term begins, and in some cases requires mailed-in forms.

Course Load

Students in Argentina will enroll in three to five courses per term, depending on your institution, totaling around 20 hours per week of in-class time.

Your home institution sets the policy regarding the award of credit for coursework completed on an ISEP exchange. You are responsible for knowing your home institution's policies and procedures regarding this matter.

Exams & Grading

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 (no knowledge of the subject) and must work to obtain a good grade. The student’s grade rises as they acquire knowledge throughout the semester. As such, Latin American universities tend to be severe in their grading and a grade of sobresaliente (ten—the highest grade possible in Argentina) is rarely awarded. In most classes, the majority of students will receive either aprobado or muy bueno (from four to six).

Transcripts

Transcripts are issued in most cases to ISEP automatically, either digitally or as hard copies. Check with your host institution directly, as some require you to request these records.

Visa and Residency

STUDENT VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT

All students studying in Argentina for more than 90 days will be required to obtain a student visa. 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. According to the latest regulations, only students who plan 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 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: Occasionally airlines do not seem to be aware of the process of entering Argentina as a tourist and then switching to a student visa once in-country, and so student can sometimes be denied boarding at the airport. It is a good idea to bring a copy of this section of the ISEP Country Handbook and the regulations surrounding this process to the airport in case it is necessary to verify Argentina’s official policy with airline personell. 

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.

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 national 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. Please note that these background checks can often take a significant time to process (up to four months). It is advisable to request them at the time you accept your ISEP program to avoid delays. You will also be required to certify the document with the Apostille of the Hague, as certified by the "Competent Authority" in your home country. 

FBI Background Check: for students from the United States this background check will be a FBI Identity History Summary Check. For information on how to request an FBI Background Check consult this link. When requesting your FBI Background Check, you should submit a request that the document include the FBI seal and the signature of a division official. You will need the signature and seal to obtain the Apostille Seal of the Hague from the U.S. Department of State. The FBI Background Check can take up to 16 weeks. For a faster processing time ISEP highly recommends that students submit their request via Electronic Departmental Order, or use a FBI-approved channeler.

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

Your health and safety is our number one priority. Please read and reference the Health and Safety section of the ISEP website for general information regarding health and safety abroad, and contact your ISEP Program Manager with any questions or concerns as you prepare to study abroad.

- Country information about Argentina can be found here. Please pay special attention to the sections regarding Safety and Security, Health and Local Laws and Special Circumstances. 

Note: Information sourced on this page is provided by the U.S. Department of State. Non-U.S nationals should disregard the Embassies and Consulates and Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements sections. 

- Health information for Argentina can be found here

 

 

 

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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