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 will probably need no visa (this must be confirm with the Argentine
Embassy in your country). 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 passport visa is normally not required for periods up to three months.
Contact you local Argentina Embassy con confirm this.
II. VISA FOR STUDENT.
v1. 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 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 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.
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.
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)
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.