In Argentina there are public and private Universities. The former are almost free and the latter have higher fees. Both of them are quite open to foreigners having completed their secondary studies. Classes generally take place between March and November.
I. UNIVERSITIES (Public or Private) and STUDIES (Complete Career or short studies).
You can either follow a complete university career (four years or more) or make shorter studies (normally up to one year). In both cases you must have a good knowledge of Spanish before starting. There are no regular studies in English; just a few courses. As their offer changes a lot from one year to another you should address directly to the Universities to check if they are organising some courses in English for the next months.
1. To follow a complete career. You should choose the University and the career you will follow.
If it is a public one you must register in the Embassy in November of each year (to start your studies in the following year). There may be exams or other academic obligations depending on the University you chose. The Embassy will grant you a visa for students.
If you select a private University you should address directly to the University and make all the arrangements with their authorities. Once you obtain a letter certifying that you were accepted by one Argentine private University the Embassy would grant you a visa for students.
2. To follow shorter studies. You should make all the arrangements with the University that you have chosen (either public or private). If you will stay in the Republic of Argentina less than three months you need no visa. If you plan to be there for a longer period the Embassy will grant you a visa for students once you have obtained a letter certifying that you have been accepted by a public or private university or school.
3. Short Periods. Travelling with Norwegian passport visa is not required for periods up to three months. For longer periods you will need a visa for student.
II. VISA FOR STUDENT.
1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
A.1. (Private Universities -or Private Schools- and short studies) LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY, specifying the studies you are accepted for. This letter is always necessary for studies to be followed in a private university and also for short studies in a public university (Seminars, Pos. Degree, Isolated subjects, etc.).
(*) For minors (less than 18) or in exchange programs organised by Rotary Club, AFS, Youth for Understanding and similar systems: Such letter of acceptance must be also a warranty:
a. Taking moral and financial responsibility for the minor whom the visa is requested for.
b. Certifying that the minors will go and return with paid tickets.
c. Certifyng the family name, surname and address with whom the minor will live in Argentina.
or A.2. (Complete Careers in a Public University) You do not need the
letter of acceptance only if you will follow a complete career in a public
B. Valid Norwegian ( or other from other countries) Passport.
C. Police Certificate (it is a form that certifies your lack of record). It is possible to get it in Spanish directly from the police (most of police stations have it) and thus avoid translation expenses.
D. Medical Certificate with statement you are not suffering from infectious disease or psychic ailments and informing your RH factor.
E. Birth Certificate. Given by the Folkeregister. It is also possible to get it in Spanish directly from the Folkeregister and thus avoid translation expenses.
F. All the documents in Norwegian or English must be translated into Spanish by a certified official translator (for example: Mr. Francisco García Mora: 2223 5888 in Oslo).
G. All the documents must be legalised by a Notarius Publicus and the
local Fylkesmann (The Fylkesmann’s seal is called “APOSTILLE”).
H. One photograph (4 x 4 cm).
I. Minors (less than 18 years) must go to the Argentine Embassy accompanied by their parents one week before travelling.
After getting the above mentioned documents and -minimum- one week before travelling. (Please arrange a meeting in advance with Jesse or other visa officers in the Embassy):
J. Lack of international records declaration (possible to be made at the Embassy).
K. Request of Visa forms: to be fulfilled at the Embassy.
2. TERMS OF THE VISA.
The visa for students allows you to be in the Republic of Argentina up to one year. Before it expires you could renew it at the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones in Argentina, if you need more time to continue your studies. At that moment a certificate of studies in your university/school in Argentina will be requested.
Dirección Nacional de Migraciones.
Tel: (54 11) 4317 0225 (extension: 166)
III. CHOOSING YOUR UNIVERSITY.
It is difficult to give general advice about the most convenient university because that depends on your preferences, budget and the career you would like to study.
Buenos Aires or the provinces.
The most renowned universities are in Buenos Aires but for several careers
there are excellent opportunities in the provinces. Buenos Aires has an
excellent cultural life. In the provinces you will probably find a more
quiet and relaxed rhythm of life.
Public or private.
Public schools are cheaper. The most renowned is the University of Buenos Aires, which has excellent teachers in many subjects, and it is almost free. However as it is very democratic and open to all countries’ students it is probably overpopulated, especially during the first years of each career. Foreign students sometimes find it lack of organisation.
Private schools are more expensive (between U$S 300 and U$S 1200 per month, the fee not including accommodation) and they are not necessary better than the public ones. San Andrés University and Torcuato di Tella University are probably the best private universities (fee over U$S 600 per month). In fact, they are excellent.
Information about UBA (University of Buenos Aires, main Public University) could be requested to:
UBA. Department of Foreign Students. Contact person: Miss Elena Iglesias. Azcuénaga 280 (CP 1029) Buenos Aires. Argentina. Phone: (54-1) 952-6587 / 7061 / 0122 extension: 100. They have signed a co-operation agreement with the University of Oslo.
San Andrés University
Torcuato di Tella University
Further information about these and other universities could be found in the net (most of it in Spanish, but the number of English sites is increasing):
4. SPANISH AND OTHER SHORT COURSES.
Some Universities and other institutions offer courses of Spanish for foreigners. They could be helpful to improve your Spanish before studying in a University or just to learn Spanish. In some cases they will give you credits for your university. These institutions sometimes organises courses on other subjects as an introduction to Argentine culture (Art, History, Society, etc.).
Before signing up for a course, read the description carefully, note all fees and try to determine whether it suits your particular needs. Remember that small groups or individual tutoring offer the best opportunities for improving language skills, but the latter is usually considerably more expensive.
Make your own choice:
a. Buenos Aires Herald. It is an Argentine newspaper written in English. Its Sunday classified section offers several columns’ worth of possibilities, including individual tutoring.
b. Universidad de Buenos Aires Languages’ Laboratory: Good and cheap
although not very intensive. Regular and intensive courses of eight, six
and four hours a week at two different levels: Elementary (1-3) and Intermediate
(4-7). Courses for Elementary 1 and 2 start every two months between January
c. ILEE. Instituto de Lengua Española para extranjeros. Private classes cost U$S 17 per hour, while group lessons (no more than four students) are U$S 12 an hour. Specialised instruction in areas such as Latin America literature and commercial Spanish costs U$S 30 per hour. The institute also arrange accommodations in a private home for around U$S 400 / 500 per month single, U$S 600 per month double.
Instituto de Lengua Española para Extranjeros
d. Instituto Nacional de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas. Monthlong intensive courses, with four hours of instruction daily at a basic, intermediate or advanced level cost U$S 450. Three month courses, with four hours of instruction weekly, cost U$S 50 per month.
Instituto Nacional de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas
e. Argentina Spanish Learning Centre -C.E.D.I.C. Courses Available 40
f. University of Belgrano: Spanish in Argentina.
They also organise short seminars in English (focusing different subjects: economy, history, society and arts). One week. Around 1500 dollars including meals and accommodation (air ticket not included). Further information about these courses and seminars:
Universidad de Belgrano
g. Berlitz School of Languages: Argentine branch of the famous languages schools chain. Contact person: Mrs. Julia de Sábato. Fax: +54 11 4814 4541.
h. Español del Plata. Individual price: U$S 16,50. In groups: U$S 14. They also offer complementary social activities.
i. Beate Sandveis. Kind Norwegian girl living in Buenos Aires. Maybe the only opportunity to learn Spanish without passing through English.
Cochabamba 411 - Piso 13 “A”. (1150) Ciudad de Buenos Aires
g. BUENOS AIRES CENTRE offers super-intensive Spanish courses, which take place in comfortable hotel /University Housing settings or in places of interest if that is the student´s will.