PASSPORT & VISAS
PASSPORT: DO I NEED A PASSPORT TO STUDY IN ARGENTINA?
You will be required, by the Argentine Immigrations Authority, to have a valid passport for the entire duration of your studies in Argentina. Your country of birth will determine which of two ways you should proceed in preparing to enter Argentina. If you don’t have a passport, apply for one immediately. Normal processing takes six weeks and may take longer during peak travel times.
TRAVEL VISA INFORMATION: DO I NEED A VISA TO STUDY IN ARGENTINA?
If your passport is from one of the following countries mentioned below, it will not be necessary to apply for a visa in order to enter Argentina. You will enter as a tourist and receive an automatic 90 day tourist visa. If your academic program in Argentina is more than 90 days long, you are required to obtain a student visa or an extension, but will do so on site in Buenos Aires with the help of the Mente Argentina Student Reception Office.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (*), Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic Of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts And Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Republic, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad And Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States Of America, Uruguay, Estate Of The Vatican City, Venezuela
If your country is not listed above you will need to contact your nearest Argentine Embassy or Argentine Consulate offices at least thirty (30) days prior to the proposed date of departure to avoid inconveniences. Please contact us for more information.
RECIPROCITY FEE: WHO HAS TO PAY A RECIPROCITY FEE TO ENTER ARGENTINA?
All students with passports from Australia and Canada, will enter the country as tourists, but must pay a "reciprocity fee" before entering to Argentina. The fee must be paid online and you can find instructions on the following website: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/templates/reciprocidad/reciprocidad.htm
- Canadian passport: 75 USD$ (single entry) 150 USD$ (multiple entries valid for 5 years)
- Australian passport: 100 USD$ (multiple entries valid for 1 year)
STUDY IN ARGENTINA: FUNDING YOUR MENTE ARGENTINA PROGRAM
MENTE ARGENTINA DISCOUNTS AND PROMOTIONS 2016/2017
Explore our Program Discounts & Promotions for 2017. Contact us for more information!
DOES MENTE ARGENTINA OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY IN ARGENTINA?
Yes! We recognize that for many students, scholarships are an important aspect and even a necessity in order to study abroad. Keeping this in mind, year after year, Mente Argentina has offered various scholarships for our programs in Buenos Aires. The Mente Argentina Scholarship Program is designed for motivated students who plan to study abroad, however, feel that they need assistance to cover the costs of travel and the program fees.
Please read the eligibility criteria and the application procedures for each Mente Argentina scholarship carefully. Competition for the Mente scholarships and grants is strong and the quality of the materials submitted is very important. The scholarship application procedure is entirely independent from the Mente program application.
General Criteria for all Mente Argentina Scholarships
All Mente Argentina Scholarships are competitive. To receive full consideration, applicants must:
- Have submitted a completed application for a Mente Argentina Program
- Meet all requirements for the scholarship to which they are applying. In the case that a participant does not meet one or more requirement, the application can still be completed and will be analyzed on a case by case basis
- Complete an original essay according to specifications outlined before. Plagiarism is taken very seriously and will not be accepted. Mente Argentina expects applicants to properly cite sources for any quote or paraphrased idea used in their essay
- Complete the scholarship application fully with supporting documents. In order to be considered you must submit the following materials:
- Mente Argentina Scholarship Application form
- Application Documents according to the MA Scholarship that you are applying to.
All scholarship materials must be sent to our office by mail, fax, or e-mail as noted on the Scholarship Application Form. The completed materials must be sent and received at least 120 days before the program start date.
Applicants will hear back from our office about their potential financial aid 3 weeks after all forms have been received.
Candidates who meet the scholarship criteria and program requirements will have their scholarship application and supporting documents judged by an independent selection committee. Students may apply for more than one scholarship per term; however, only one scholarship per student will be awarded per term. Winners will be notified by phone, e-mail, or mail before the start of their term.
Academic Merit Scholarhsip
For academic programs lasting between 1 semester and 1 academic year, scholarships will be awarded in the amoung of $500 to $2500 per student. The number and amount of scholarships awarded will depend on the quality and quantity of applications. The criteria for application are listed below:
- Cumulative GPA requirement: 3.7
- An original 400-500 word essay responding the following prompt : The benefits of studying abroad in Argentina
- Mente Argentina Academic Merit Scholarship Application form
**Academic Merit scholarship candidates will be judged on their academic achievements, academic letter of recommendation and the quality, structure and creativity of their original essay**
- Cumulative GPA requirement: 3.0
- A 200-300 word statement on the following: Please offer a personal statement that describes any financial circumstances that is relevant to receiving a scholarship.
- An original 400-500 word essay responding the following prompt : "How Studying Abroad in Argentina contributes to my long-term educational goals"
- Mente Argentina Finantial Need Scholarship Application form
**Candidates will be judged on their overall financial need (gathered from the participant´s personal statement) and their letter of recommendation**
- An original 400-500 word essay responding the following prompt : Buenos Aires as a cultural capital of South America.
- Cumulative GPA requirement: 3.7
- Mente Argentina Short & ELAP Scholarship Application form
**Candidates will be judged on their academic achievements, academic letter of recommendation and the quality, structure and creativity of their original essay**
MENTE ARGENTINA FINANCIAL AID FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Explore these alternative funding resources to assist with making your dream to study in Argentina a reality!
Financial Aid Websites
- Department of Education
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Scholarships Search Engines
- Adventures In Education
- Broke Scholar
- Careers & Colleges Scholarship Search
- The Center for Global Education
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Disaboom Scholarship Network
- Find Aid
- Financial Aid Officer
- Institute of International Education Study Abroad Funding
- International Education Financial Aid
- International Scholarships
- International Student
- Late-Deadline Scholarships
- Next Student
- Peterson's College Search
- Sallie Mae
- Scholarship Portal
- Study Abroad.com
- Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad Loans
Other Recommended Websites
- http://www.borenawards.org - Boren Awards for International Study provides scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to US interests
- http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_undergrad/index.php - The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarship is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is awarded to students pursuing a career in Foreign Service.
- www.iie.org/gilman - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (requires Pell Grant).
- http://www.clascholars.org/ - The College Language Association sponsors this scholarship program for students at CLA member institutions who wish to study abroad.
- http://www.olmstedfoundation.org/olmsted/web/index.cfm?view=undergraduateProgram/vwMain - Each year, the Olmsted Scholar Program offers educational grants for two years of graduate study in a foreign language and other educational experiences in a foreign country to competitively selected career line officers from the four branches of the U.S. military.
- www.jkcf.org - The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships are applicable for Study Abroad in any country.
- www.cjsfoundation.org - The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to those who have attained the Girl Scout Silver Award and plan to study abroad.
- www.gmsp.org - The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program was founded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates. It was established to provide an opportunity for African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans and Hispanic Americans to complete an undergraduate College education.
- www.coca-colascholars.org - The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has awarded nearly $23 million to more than 2,750 deserving high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation awards $20,000 to 50 National Scholars and $4,000 to 200 Regional Scholars from across the country.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT FINANCING STUDIES IN ARGENTINA WITH MENTE ARGENTINA
Make sure to check Mente Argentina Frequently Asked Questions.
TRAVEL PLANNING - GET READY FOR YOUR MENTE ARGENTINA EXPERIENCE!
BUENOS AIRES AIRPORTS: WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
There are two airports in the city of Buenos Aires:
- International flights: Ministro Pistarini Ezeiza (EZE)
- Domestic flights: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
When flying internationally, you will fly into Ministro Pistarini Ezeiza (EZE)
Upon registering for the Mente Argentina program we ask for participants to forward their itinerary/flight information so that we can coordinate their airport transportation upon arrival (both for pick up and drop off).
A Mente Argentina representative will be waiting for you when you arrive and will take you directly to your accommodation where you will find a Mente Argentina coordinator to welcome you to the city and provide you with important information about the program and living in Buenos Aires. Learn more...
AIRFARE RESOURCES : WHERE & HOW CAN I FIND A CHEAP FLIGHT TO BUENOS AIRES?
In order to allow students the flexibility to plan independent travel and to take advantage of travel benefits such as frequent flyer miles, Mente Argentina does not coordinate airfare for students.
Instead, we are happy to direct students towards airlines, travel agencies, and other resources that we find useful when planning a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thorough research, well in advance (at least two months), is the key to finding a reasonably priced airline ticket. Nonetheless, we recommend checking with three types of resources before purchasing a ticket:
- Student travel agencies: Student travel agencies tend to offer discounted rates. They are especially accommodating when a change or cancellation is made to the flight, as they tend to charge nominal fees for such changes compared to the fees charged by most airlines and travel agencies.
- Discount internet search engines: Internet search engines provide a quick and easy method for comparing multiple airlines at a glance, and at times special "web fares" may be offered.
- Specific airlines: It is always good to call the airline directly for concrete information, special deals, and to inquire whether frequent flyer miles may be applied to the ticket.
The following is a list of student travel agencies, internet search engines, and airlines that fly into Argentine airports:
Student Travel Agencies
Internet Search Engines
TRAVEL & PACKING TIPS FOR UPCOMING PARTICIPANTS
Studying and living in a foreign country can be an exciting and intimidating experience. Remember that when traveling, many things are liable to change, and flexibility is a skill that is naturally developed while traveling. The follow tips help international students who are looking to study in Argentina adjust to cultural and personal differences that one may encounter during their stay in Buenos Aires.
GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS
- Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
- Leave copies of your itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
- Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws, so read up on Argentine and Buenos Aires politics and legal policies
- Read the State Department travel advisories: These advisories, cautions and warnings are available for all countries so be sure to read them before traveling to any country
- Keep in touch with current events: Knowing political events going on worldwide will help you stay updated on the safety and conditions of the country you plan to travel to.
- Make sure to check our Useful Links as they provide valuable information about Buenos Aires!
ABOUT BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA CULTURE
- Be aware that culture and daily customs change for every country. Remember that you are traveling to a different country to experience their culture and in a certain sense, you are a guest in Argentina which may require certain flexibility in your personal customs. Make an effort to follow the local routine.
- Argentines tend to stay up late, particularly in Buenos Aires, a city that has entertainment at all hours of the day. Meal times differ depending on family and group, but generally dinner is between 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm.
- Night life in Buenos Aires, Argentina starts late and ends late! Bars start to get full around midnight or 1am, and clubs don’t get started until 2am at the earliest and close around 6 or 7 am, so feel free to sneak a nap in after dinner!
- It is customary to tip about 10% in restaurants and cafes, and to leave tips at bars as well. In taxis a tip is not expected but instead the fare is often rounded up to the nearest full peso.
- Be prepared for questions about your home country. Buenos Aires is an international city with people from all over the world, and Argentines are often genuinely interested in where you are from. If you feel uncomfortable answering questions or dispelling stereotypes, explain yourself but also be prepared to answer these type of inquiries.
- Try to learn basic Spanish phrases to facilitate your daily interactions. Remember that every country, city, and group tends to have their own slang. Porteño slang, called lunfardo is very different from academic Spanish, so be prepared to include these cultural differences into your conversations! Brush up on terms by looking at our Mente Argentina lunfardo and argentine slang guide: http://www.menteargentina.com/blog/2011/05/habla-argentino-guide-to-spanish-slang-in-buenos-aires/
- Check the Mente Argentina Blog. Make sure to check our blog as we have several articles related to Buenos Aires's culture, life, etc.
Pre-Packing: things to keep in mind
- Contact: Mente Argentina gives you a pay-as-you-go telephone for local calls, but this phone cannot be used to make international calls directly. It’s important to decide how you would like to communicate with people from home while in Buenos Aires. Email? International calling card? Skype?. If you are not sure what would be better for you please contact a Mente Argentina Program Advisor.
- Electronics: If you are arriving on a weekend (and in particular, on Sundays), many of the stores are closed, so be sure to bring your own electrical adapter or to buy one at the airport when you arrive. Otherwise adapters are normally readily available. Argentine electricity is 220 V, 50 Hz which is different than the 110V in many countries. When using a computer, generally there is a voltage converter on the plug that protects your computer by converting the energy that flows through, but with bigger electronics from another country (alarm clocks, hairdryers, hair straighteners, etc.) you will need to buy a 220 to 110 volt transformer, otherwise irreparable damage can occur even resulting in fire. Buildings use a mix of European style and Australian plugs: either a plug with two circular prongs or one with two flat blades in a V shape with or without a third blade below.
- Weather: Check the weather and temperature before coming to Buenos Aires (you can find more information on our Useful Links). Remember that Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, so their seasons are reversed from Northern hemispheric countries (aka December is summer, July is winter). The average temperatures range from 94F (35C) in January to 50F (10C) in July.
- Valuables: Consider getting travel or personal property insurance if you are bringing something expensive or important.
Tips for Packing
- Pack light: Don’t bring more stuff than you can carry at one time, it will make traveling easier. Remember, airlines charge for additional weight.
- Argentine mail is a hassle. We do not recommend sending things through the mail because the postal service takes a long time, is very expensive, and certain items cannot be sent legally through the mail here so packages may not be received. Contact a Mente Argentina Program Advisor for recommended alternatives.
- Make sure to identify all your luggage, including your carry-on bag. Remember not to lock your luggage because the airline with cut off the lock. However, locking your bag can be useful when traveling later so you may want to bring a lock with you.
- Pack all your valuables and important documents in your carry-on or keep them on you at all times when traveling, preferably in a money belt or bag worn across your chest to keep them secure. Don’t pack important information in your checked luggage such as tickets, travel documents, phone cards, medications, or valuables. Also leave a copy of all travel and personal information with someone back home in case anything is lost during your travels. Remember to print your Mente Argentina important information!
- Keep your passport with you at all times when traveling, and make sure to keep copies of your passport safely stored in different locations in case it gets lost or stolen. Your nation’s embassy can help you get an emergency or replacement passport much easier if you have a copy with you
- Don’t bring anything you simply couldn’t live without if it got damaged, lost, or stolen. If you have something that is of extreme personal value to you, leave it at home.
- Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on just in case your checked luggage gets lost or delayed. It happens sometimes and you may not want to live in your airplane clothes!
- You can buy anything in Buenos Aires, so if you don’t know whether or not to bring something, leave it at home. If you decide you need it later you can purchase it here.
- Re-sealable bags are useful for packing toiletries and wet clothes. Make sure to put anything that can leak into a plastic bag, and pack what you first need on top of your luggage
- Make sure to check the Mente Argentina Blog for packing related articles!
MONEY WISE: SHOLD I TAKE CASH TO ARGENTINA? CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS? TRAVELER'S CHECKS?
Below you will find some money-related recommendations for all international students that are planning to study in Argentina for a limited time (1 Year or less)
- Warn your bank beforehand that you will be traveling to Argentina so they anticipate potential international transactions. Check if your bank has a sister bank affiliation in Buenos Aires to avoid unnecessary ATM fees.
- ATM withdrawal fees may apply both with the Argentine bank that you’re withdrawing from, as well as your home bank. Do your own investigation into the advantages and disadvantages of using your bank's debit card internationally. To avoid incurring many of these, you might consider withdrawing large sums at the beginning of each week and leaving what you don’t carry on you tucked away in your luggage
- US dollars can be used in limited locations; so we suggest always carrying argentine pesos. Keeping some US currency in your housing accommodation, however, is recommended in case of an emergency
- Travelers’ checks can be cashed in limited banks in the financial district but can be a hassle, and they cannot be used directly to make purchases. Changing money is easier but can be expensive due to high conversion rates. Instead, we recommend using a debit card to withdraw local currency and a credit card for more expensive purchases or buying online tickets. Again, we recommend checking with your bank beforehand about their international withdrawal fees before coming to Buenos Aires.
- Credit and debit cards can be used in a wide range of locations as a valid form of payment. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted in Latin America. Again, check with your bank on their international transaction policies and fees.
- Try to plan a realistic budget. Although traveling in Argentine can be inexpensive in comparison to other countries (check Living Expenses Argentina 2015), spending tends to sneak up on the unaware traveler. Remember that you are here to experience and explore but these fun experiences can add up. If you would like some help with planning a realistic budget please don´t hesitate to contact a Mente Argentina Program Advisor.
USEFUL LINKS: MAKE SURE TO CHECK THESE LINKS PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL TO ARGENTINA!
Here are some websites that will help you prepare for your studies in Buenos Aires Argentina.
- http://www.vuenosairez.com - Everything from theater to clubs, art showings to bar openings daily
- http://www.whatsupbuenosaires.com/wuba2/ - What's Up Buenos Aires; events, shows, and places to go
- http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar - Restaurant Recommendations
- http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar - The eBay of Buenos Aires
- http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/ - Tourism Buenos Aires
- http://festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar/es/home : Free festivals and events
- http://www.timeout.com/buenos-aires : Time out travel magazine
- http://www.nileguide.com/destination/buenos-aires: Nile Guide
- http://www.menteargentina.com/blog/ - Mente Argentina Blog
- http://www.menteargentina.com/blog/study-abroad-city-guide-public-transportation-in-buenos-aires// - Transportation basic information
- http://mapa.buenosaires.gov.ar/ - Bus and Subway guide, government site
- http://www2.comoviajo.com - Bus and subway guide, private site
- http://www.clarin.com/ : Buenos Aires Newspaper (in Spanish)
- http://www.lanacion.com.ar/ : Buenos Aires Newspaper (in Spanish)
- http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/ultimas/index.html: Buenos Aires Newspaper (in Spanish)
- http://www.argentinaindependent.com/ - Buenos Aires Newspaper (in English)
- http://www.buenosairesherald.com/ - Buenos Aires Newspaper (In English)
STUDY ARGENTINA GUIDE & STUDY ARGENTINA ARTICLES: IMMERSE YOURSELF NOW!
Mente Argentina has designed a comprehensive Study in Argentina guide for all international students looking to study abroad in Argentina. If you wuold like to check it out, please visit: Study in Argentina Guide.
We also have several interesting articles related to study in Argentina and to living in Buenos Aires in our blog. Make sure to check our most popular articles prior to your arrival!
LIVING EXPENSES IN BUENOS AIRES 2016/2017
Wondering about living expenses in Buenos Aires? Here are some examples of the price of popular items in the Argentine capital (all prices listed in US Dollars):
- Subway Fare : $0.25
- Dance club entry: $5-$13
- A Drink: $5
- Steak Dinner: $10-$20
- Taxi ride: $3-$7
- Movie: $7-$8
- Load of Laundry: $4
- A Good bottle of wine: $6-10
Explore the complete list of Living Expenses in Buenos Aires 2016/2017