High Standard of Education
Argentina has a large multiethnic and multicultural community and is a fascinating and welcoming country for students choosing to study abroad. The quality of education is excellent and also very affordable.
Argentina has one of the worlds highest literacy rates and is home to many renowned artists, scholars, writers and scientists, some of whom you will find teaching in the many excellent universities.
International students will find a wide and diversified range of higher education institutions offering excellent opportunities for affordable studies of a very high standard. There are 38 national universities, 42 private universities, 6 national higher education institutes, and 14 private higher education institutes. In addition there is 1 provincial university, 1 foreign university and 1 international university.
Great importance as been placed on the education system in Argentina, "Their goal is providing scientific, professional, humanistic and technical training in the highest sphere, cooperating to preserve the national culture, promoting knowledge acquisition and expansion in all its senses, and developing the attitudes and values that are required to educate responsible individuals who can hold ethical values and be capable of having a contemplative, and critical attitude. In addition, they should be able to improve the quality of life, build up a sense of respect towards the environment, the Argentine Republic institutions and the continuity of a democratic order." (Estudiar in Argentina).
Loving the Lifestyle in Argentina
Argentina is known for its pampas, gauchos, mate, Tango and passionate people. Whether you enjoy arts and culture, clubbing and nightlife, or tranquility in nature, Argentina has it all. Buenos Aires offers one of the best nightlife scenes in the world, and you are sure to find dramatic arts and culture, as well as vibey bars and clubs in every reasonably sized Argentian city. Argentina offers the best of South American passion and flair, alongside the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Europe.
Arts and culture are booming in Argentina, and are well supported by its by locals and tourists alike. Both the film and music industries are booming and you will find a variety of music and film options in the cities. In Buenos Aires alone you will find arond 100 movie theaters and 90 theatres, offering a diverse variety of performances. Tango is the dance of the nation, so be sure to let loose in one of the countries many sultry tango bars or try out some tango lessons. Argentina's cultural roots are primarily European and that is reflected in its music, architecture, literature and lifestlye.
You will also find some excellent and varied local produce and cuisine, so whip your taste buds into action and be ready to enjoy some Argentian delights. Meat, particularly beef, does feature strongly on the menu. Vegetarians though will be able to find some good veggie options. Argentina is well known for its excellent and affordable wines, particularly those that come from the Mendoza region. In cities with a strong Italian influence, such as Rosario, you will be pleasantly surprised to find some of the best pizza, pasta and ice-cream, even rivalling that produced by the Italians themselves!
Beautiful and varied landscape
In Argentina you will find varied, vast and beautiful landscapes from tranquil seascapes, to majestic mountain ranges and even deserts with fertile pampas, as well as a wide range of national parks offering awesome nature and breathtaking scenery at its best. As it stretches over so many lines of latitude, you will find a range of climate zones in the country.
The Andes lie to the West of Argentina, along its border with Chile. In Northern Argentina, which borders Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, has river, watersfalls and a fertile lowland with a subtropical rainforest. The central, and most populated area of Argentina, the Pampas, is one of the three largest fertile plains in the world. The Gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) originated from the fertile grasslands of the Pampas. In the South you will find Patagonia, home to lakes, forests, mountains, glaciers and penguins.
You will find loads to see and do in Argentina. Taking time off from your studies, you will be amazed by the variety of touring and adventure options available. Argentina offers diverse climatic regions and locations to suit everyone, from mountains to beaches to forests to sun to snow! There are also many options for adventure activites in the Andes such as hiking, skiing and paragliding. You can tour the rich wine valley of Mendoza or explore a rainforest where you will find beautiful waterfalls and varied plant and wildlife.
Friendly and hospitable people
Argentinians exhibit the typical Latin-American warmth and hospitality and, as an international student, you will be glad you chose to study in a country which opens its arms to a wide range of cultures and ethnic groups. Argentinians enjoy a vibrant cultural and social life, and your time in Argentina is sure to be interesting and entertaining. People and dialects differ from region to region, but generally you will find Argentina to be a friendly and gregarious nation.
Argentina is one of the safest countries to visit in South America. Buenos Aires is mostly a safe city and local police actively patroll all tourist areas, although, as with any big city you will find instances of crime. Violent crime is extremely rare, and smaller towns in Argentina are tranquil and even safer then the capital, and friendly to travellers. As always, it is good to be aware and to take appropriate precautions when travelling alone or in unknown areas.
After the finicial crisis of 2001/2002, the Argetinian economy has experienced a period of stable growth and expansion. This expansion has resulted in job creation, with unemploment going down from over 21% in 2002 to only 8% in the second quater of 2008. While there have been some fears of economic collapse due to falling commodity prices, the government has taken steps to alleviate this and the situation looks positive. Argentina's population is both highly-skilled and well-educated, it has a rich natural resource base and is able to compete globally in the industrial and agricultural sector.
Solid Infrastructure and Modern Conveniences
Argentina has a very good infrastructre system, particularly in comparison with other Latin-American countries. There is an extensive railway system that transports both goods and passengers around the country. The road system is good, although away from the cities, many roads remain unpaved.
Public transport is cheap and easily accessible in Buenos Aires, which has an extensive transport system, including subways and buses. The smaller cities and towns in Argentina have more limited transportation resources. Most major cities are connected by passenger railways and there is an extensive commuter rail system in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Buenos Aires has two major airports which are the point of arrival and departure for most international flights.
You will fnd some 12 000 public telephones, and with the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, service and infrastructure have improved dramatically.
Standards of health care, particularly in the capital, are generally high. Around one third of Argentina's health care fascilities are located in Buenos Aires. Most hospitals have trained personnel, many of whom have studied abroad. In some parts of the country, the hospitals may not have the most up-to-date equipment, but what is available is adequate for an emergency situation. Argentina has public and private hospitals, both of which are available to foreigners. Private hospitals are generally very well equipped. The public hospitals are more basic, but staff are well trained. (see http://www.justlanded.com/english/Argentina/Argentina-Guide/Health/Healt...
In the cities you will have access to all the modern conveniences your heart desires, from ATMS, to internet cafes, to malls, to McDonalds (although hopefully you will be tempted to try some tasty local cuisine and chow more nourishing options).