Education Profile Argentina


Over the past few years Argentina has increasingly become one of the most popular destinations for international students in Latin America. According to the Ministry of Tourism, this trend, which started in 2003, was the result of the 2001 economic crisis and the consequent devaluation and noticeable drop in the cost of living. Masses of students from bordering countries then found that it was cheaper to study in Argentina than in their own countries.

Argentina’s education system is among the best in Latin America. It is the only country in the region to have educated three Nobel Prize laureates in the sciences and one of the few where public education is and has always been free. Private higher education costs are also still relatively low compared to those of Chile and Colombia and are a fraction of those in North America, Oceania and parts of Europe. Taking into consideration these facts, there’s no wonder why between 2008 and 2011 international student numbers in Argentina rose 97%, from 35,000 to 69,000.

 

Some key facts about the Argentinean higher education system:

 

  • HE includes professional and vocational degrees {googleads right}
  • There are 115 universities – 55 public and 60 private (non-profit) and almost 2000 tertiary and vocational education institutions
  • All universities are regulated by the Federal Government
  • The system offers almost 1000 different undergraduate and graduate degrees to approximately 1.680.000 students -81% in public and 19% in private institutions
  • —All degrees are professional and include very discipline-specific courses from the beginning
  • —University admissions are generally based on passing a number of leveling courses
  • —Vocational degrees: 1 – 3 years. Related to Education or Technical professions (i.e. Teacher, Technician)
  • —Undergraduate degrees: 4 – 6 years professional education. Includes degrees such as Licenciado, Engineer, Lawyer, Accountant, etc. All programs require a minimum of 2,600 hours of class and a required to enter Graduate programs.
  • —Graduate degrees: 1 – 4 years. Include Graduate Diploma, Master and Ph. D
  • —Minimum academic standards for each degree are established by the Ministry of Education in consultation with Deans of the faculties involved.
  • —Accrediting body: National Commission of University Accreditation and Evaluation (CONEAU) – appertains to the National Ministry of Education. CONEAU evaluates and/ or accredits:
    • all universities (National, Provincial and Private)
    • —all graduate and public interest programs (Graduate Diploma, Master, Ph.D.)
    • —new university projects
    • —accreditation must be done periodically. Maximum accreditation time for new degrees is 3 years and 6 for degrees with at least one graduating cohort.

Useful links:

Official study in Argentina site: http://estudiarenargentina.siu.edu.ar/

Official promotion portal: http://www.en.argentina.ar/



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