Within the Latin American scenery, Argentina offers the best higher education system seen through its education indicators. It encompasses over 100 institutions organized as universities, military organisations, institutes, or private institutions. Argentina is also the country with the largest population of international students in Latin America as only in the last decades rates of foreign students have doubled. For comparison, for the academic year of 2015/2016, Brazil had 19,855 and Mexico had 12,654 while in Argentina 57,953 people from all around the globe were studying in Argentinian universities. University of Buenos Aires, located in the country, is number 74 in top universities worldwide (first in Latin America) along with another 47 institutions. For further information, the Ministry of Education’s website is available at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/educacion.
Students who wish to pursue a degree in this country have a wide variety of choices from a total of 12,617 academic courses estimated in 2018. Bachelor’s degrees (Licentiado or Título Profesional) represent Grado programs and last, at least, 4 years. Licentiado are offered in humanities, business and arts while Título Profesional is destined for professions like engineer. Degrees in Medicine, Psychology and related subjects are tipically longer in length. Postgrado programs include Master’s (Master) and PhDs (Doctorado). Master’s will last for two years, in general, and can be split into academic or professional, depending on the course. Lastly, doctoral studies can last between two to six years. All university programs are compiled into an online database available here. Argentina has its own credit system, Reconocimiento de Trayecto Formativo – RTF, where one semester has 60 RTF credits, similar to the ECTS.
Applications to universities of the country will vary from case to case and course to course. As a general rule, students should provide evidence of high-school-leaving certificate or secondary education if they want to apply for an undergraduate course. Likewise, Master’s and PhDs require evidence of previous in rank studies: Bachelor’s if application is for a Master’s and Master’s if application is for a Doctorate, respectively. Other forms of assessment include a statement of purpose, proof of language proficiency, letter of recommendation, entrance exam or an interview. International students should make sure all the documents are translated in either English or Spanish. Even though the official language is Spanish, a lot of the courses are provided in English or other languages like French and German. The academic year usually starts in March and ends in December and it is divided into two semesters.
One of Argentina’s higher education’s most distinct feature is that public universities have virtually no fees regardless of financial status or academic achievements. Prices at private institutions range between $5,000 to $15,500 per annum.
Information for International Students
Compared to the living costs in the US, Argentina is affordable. Students are expected to spend less than $5,000 per annum for renting and other costs. Overall, Argentina is 50.83% less expensive than the United Kingdom with rents as low as $254 (£196) per month. Scholarships are available here. Really noticeable in the Latin American continent, Argentina attracts the largest number of international students. Considerably low living prices, almost free fee courses, high-quality courses and universities, and vibrant culture and society, the country offers one of the best opportunities for a young person.