Education in Argentina

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Education is highly valued in Argentinian society. The Argentine National Council of Education sets a standard curriculum that is followed by schools throughout the country, because it is believed that a national education system promotes unity.

Kindergarten is optional for children aged four and five. Mandatory education begins at age six and ends at fourteen. Public primary schools are free, but there are no public school buses and students must buy their own books and uniforms. The uniforms look like white laboratory coats and are worn over regular clothes. Private schools are often sponsored by churches or organizations and charge tuition fees. For children with special needs, there are separate programs.

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The Nobel prizes have been awarded to five Argentinians: Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1936) and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (1980) for peace, Bernardo Houssay (1947) for medicine, Luis Federico Leloir (1970) for chemistry and César Milstein (1984) for biology.

 

For some students, the school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Others attend school between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. When students arrive, they raise the flag and sing the national anthem. During each session, they get three breaks of 10 minutes each for recess. In rural areas, some children go to school on horseback. Some large estancias have their own one-room schoolhouse for children living on the ranch.

Unless students need to work full-time to help their families, they may continue their education at secondary school. Those who want to go to university must attend secondary school for at least five years and take the bachillerato (baccalaureat) exam. Commercial and vocational schools are available for those who want careers in commerce, agriculture, fashion or technical occupations such as automotive mechanics.

Schoolteachers are trained in an escuela normal (teachers' college).

People who leave school to work may return when they are in their twenties to finish their secondary school studies. Night classes are also available for those who work during the day.

Argentina has about 50 universities. About half are public and tuition is free. The others are Catholic or private universities that charge fees. The University of Buenos Aires is the largest university in South America, with 140,000 students. The oldest university in Argentina is Córdoba, founded by the Spanish in 1613.


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  • Buenos Aires 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 325

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  • Buenos Aires 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport
    - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 357

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  • Buenos Aires 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in private
    - City Tour t in private
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included
    Rates from USD 494

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  • Iguazú 3 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 166

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  • Iguazú 5 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 258

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  • El Calafate 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 359

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  • El Calafate 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 370

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  • El Calafate 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included

    Rates from USD 284

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  • Ushuaia 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 345

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  • Ushuaia 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 310

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  • Ushuaia 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 225

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  • Bariloche 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 260

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 225

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  • Mendoza 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries


    Rates from USD 328

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  • Mendoza 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Visit Wineries
    - Wineries Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 322

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  • Mendoza 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - High Mountain Excursion
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries
    Rates from USD 240

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  • Salta 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 235

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  • Salta 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    -  National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 275

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  • Salta 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 161

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  • Iguazú 3 stars by bus
    6 Days / 3 Nights
    Semi Bed Bus tickets
    - 3
    nights accommodation with breakfast Hotel 3*
    - Transfers in / out IGR Bus Terminal - Hotel
    - Iguazu Falls Brazilian side and Argentinean side
    - Does not include National Parks Tickets


    Rates from USD 350

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel
    - Transfers in / out Bus Terminal - Hotel
    - Semibed Bus Ticket
    - Tour Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point
    - National Parks tickets are not included


    Rates from USD 402

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  • Salta 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at thelPosada del Marques Hotel
    - Transfers in / out to the Hotel
    - Bed Bus Tickets
    - City tour

    Rates from USD 445

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  • El Calafate Special Offer
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 200

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  • Iguazu Special Offer
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 162

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  • Mendoza + San Rafael
    7 days - 6 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfers airport / hotel
    - City Tour in Mendoza - Wineries
    - Bus ticket Mendoza / San Rafael / Mendoza bus -
    3 nights accommodation with breakfast in San Rafael
    - City Tour in San Rafael
    - 1 night accomodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfer Hotel / Aiport
    Rates from USD 534

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  • Valley of the Moon - Talampaya - Fixed departure dates
    4 days / 3 nights

    It includes: 
    • Transfers Airport / Hotel / Airport 
    • 2 nights in San Juan with breakfast 
    • Grand City Tour 
    • 1 night in Fertile Valley with half board (*1 )
    • Visit to the Ischigualasto and Talampaya Parks.
    • Slope Huaco Tour 
    • Guide assistance during the hole tour. 
    • Not included: Entrance to the Parks and Museums. Internal van in Talampaya.


    Rates from USD 436

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  • Salta & Jujuy
    5 days / 4 nights

    • Transfers between cities with guides
    • Breakfast in all hotels
    • 3 nights at 3 * Hotel in Salta
    • 1 night at 3* hotel in Purmamarca
    • Includes all excursions mentioned in the program
    • Taxes


    Rates from USD 465

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  • Bariloche + San Martin de los Andes + Villa La Angostura Program
    9 days, 8 nights

    Program includes:

    • Transfers between citys
    • Breakfast in all the hotels
    • 3 Nights accommodation
    in Bariloche 3* Hotel
    • Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Tour
    • 3 Nights accommodation
    in San Martin de los Andes 3* Hotel
    • San Martin de los Andes and 7 lakes Tour
    • 2 Nights accommodation
    in Villa la Angostura 3* Hotel
    • Taxes


    Rates from USD 889

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  • Bariloche + San Martin de los Andes Program
    7 days, 6 nights
    Program includes:

    • Transfers between citys 
    • Breakfast in all the hotels
    • 3 Nights accommodation in Bariloche 3* Hotel
    • Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Tour
    • 3 Nights accommodation in San Martin de los Andes 3* Hotel
    • San Martin de los Andes and 7 lakes Tour
    • Taxes


    Rates from USD 745

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