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. 



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 university.
In such a case you should get in contact with the Argentine Embassy -Cultural Section- before November (to begin your career in March the following year). Your registration will be done by the Argentine Embassy after having evaluated your secondary school certificates and your level of Spanish.

 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”). 
In fact, the Argentine authorities require just the APOSTILLE. But some Norwegian Fylkesmann request legalisation by a Notarius before signing the APOSTILLE. Ask your Fylkesmann what she/he considers necessary. 

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.


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. 
Departamento de Admisión de Extranjeros.
Sector Prórroga de Permanencia.
Avda. Antártida Argentina 1355 Edificio 4. 
1104 Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Tel: (54 11) 4317 0225 (extension: 166)


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. 

National Universities

  • Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora 
  • Universidad Nacional de Luján 
  • Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
  • Universidad Nacional de Misiones
  • Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto 
  • Universidad Nacional de Rosario 
  • Universidad Nacional de Salta 
  • Universidad Nacional de San Juan 
  • Universidad Nacional de San Luis
  • Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero 
  • Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
  • Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Prov. de Bs As
  • Universidad Nacional del Litoral
  • Universidad Nacional del Nordeste
  • Universidad Nacional del Sur
  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional


    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
    Vito Dumas 284 (1644) 
    Vitoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Phone: (54-11) 4746 2608
    Fax: (54-11) 4746 5090

    Torcuato di Tella University
    Miñones 2177 (1428)
    Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Phone: (54-11) 4784 0088 / 4784-0080
    Fax: (54-11) 4784 0089

    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):


    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 and October.
    The regular courses start in January, February, March and August. Higher levels are developed through shorter courses, termed Specific Objective Courses, in which students deal with topics such as Humour, Hispano-American and Argentine Literature, Phonetics, History.
    Conversation, etc. The Laboratory also offers courses in English language for foreign university students, taught by highly trained graduated teachers. In these courses students have the chance of facing topics of academic interest such as Argentine History and XXth Century Latin-American Political Movements. Regular courses aim at the development of the four linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening through the use of didactic material developed by teachers from the Institution and published by the University. Students must sit for an oral and written level test to get admitted. Courses imply the use of Laboratory and Video session, but do not include material or lodging. Once finished the course and having met the 75% attendance requirements as well as the written practice, students must sit for a final exam to get a certificate, where the four abilities are tested, the passing mark
    being 6 over 10 points. Apart from the offer of courses, the Laboratory grants certificates for Spanish Language level C.E.B. (Certificado de Español Basico) and C.E.I. (Certificado de Español Intermedio) through exams given at the Institution twice a year. Certificates are intended for those foreign students coming from countries where the official language is not Spanish and who, for academic or working reasons, need to certify their knowledge in the Spanish Language. For further information about the courses, contact Spanish Co-ordinators, professors Andrea Rabih and Silvia Luppino:

    Language's Laboratory
    Address: 25 de Mayo 221 - Buenos Aires City
    Phone: +54 11 4343 1196 / 4334-7512 / 4342-5922
    Fax: +54 11 4343 2733

    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
    Lavalle 1619 7th "C" & Lavalle 1616 4th "A"
    (1048) Buenos Aires - República Argentina
    Tel/Fax: +54 11 4375 0730

    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
    Carlos Pellegrini 1455
    (1011) Buenos Aires - República Argentina
    Tel: +54 11 4393 7351 

    e. Argentina Spanish Learning Centre -C.E.D.I.C. Courses Available 40 Hours:
    Fees : Small groups (2 to 5 students) 40 hours: US $320 (each student) 
                          4 weeks/10 hours per week, or 
                          3 weeks/13.5 hours per week, or
                          2 weeks/20 hours per week. 
    Specific Courses: Business, Economics, Latin American Literature, Argentine Literature.
    Accommodation: C.E.D.I.C. can help foreign students arrange accommodation in students residences, family houses or hotels. Accommodation rates (monthly): •Students residences, from US 300 (shared rooms). •Single rooms in family homes, from US 350; no meals provided; access to the kitchen. Social Activities: For students of all ages: Museums, artistic events, visits to the city districts. Contact with argentine students.

    Contact: Prof. Martin Duh or Lic. Susana Bernardi
    Reconquista 719, 11 E - 1003 Buenos Aires - Argentina.
    Tel/fax: +54 11 4315 1156.

    f. University of Belgrano: Spanish in Argentina. 
    Fees:  4 weeks / 5 hours a day: U$S 700.
     4 weeks/ 3 hours a day: U$S 450.
     8 weeks/ 3 hours a day: U$S 850.
     14 weeks/3 hours a day: U$S 1.500.

    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
    Department of International Relations. 
    Zabala 1837. Piso 17. Oficina 8. (1426) Buenos Aires. 
    Phone: +54 11 4788 5400 
    Fax: +54 11 4576 3912

    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.

    Phone and Fax: +54 11 4382 2190

    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
    Phone: +54 11 4361 8756

    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.

    Phone: 54 (country code)- 11 (City code)  - 4942 - 4004