Study and find schools in Argentina





Argentina, or its official name the Argentine Republic, is a large country in South America, the second largest by land area after Brazil.  In total, there are twenty-three provinces in the country and one large autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which also serves as the nation’s capital.  By land area Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and the eighth largest overall.
 
According to the latest census data, the population of Argentina is just over 40 million, making it the third largest in South America by population and the 32nd largest country worldwide.  However, due its massive land area, Argentina is not very densely populated, and with just 15 people per square kilometer it is well under the world average of 50 people per km². 
 
Argentina, much like other countries in the Americas, including the United States, is very ethnically diverse, primarily due to the large waves of European immigration that took place in the latter half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.  Today, the majority of the population is of Italian and Spanish descent—people who self-identify as White/European even though most have lived their entire lives in Argentina.  Smaller groups call themselves “mestizo”—a title that indicates a combination of European and native tribal heritage.  The remainder of the population, which makes up less than 2 percent of the population, is primarily of Asian and Arab lineage.  92 percent of the population is Christian, of which the majority practices Roman Catholicism—a religion that the constitution of Argentina guarantees the country will support.  In fact, up until 1994, the President and Vice President of Argentina had to be catholic, according to the Argentine Constitution.
 
Education in Argentina
 
In Argentina, all children between the ages of 6 and 14 are required by law to attend school.  Education is free for all students and highly valued in Argentina—a country that boasts a 95 percent literacy rate.  Education is divided between primary and secondary schooling, spanning 6 and 4 years respectively, although in the final three years/grades of secondary school—years that are non-compulsory—enrollment drops off significantly.  This is especially true in rural areas of the country, where many students leave school after turning 14 to seek employment and help their families economically.
 
There are both state-funded and private schools in Argentina at the primary and secondary levels, some of which are better than others.  Schools in the city tend to be much better equipped than those in rural areas, and they also tend to draw the most qualified teachers, particularly the schools in Buenos Aires, the country’s capital and the most significant city both politically and economically.  The curriculum in primary schools is very diverse, and quite similar to that of the U.S. and Europe, offering instruction in subjects such as science, mathematics, language, art, history, geography, social studies, computers and physical education.
 
Secondary education institutions in Argentina are called “polimodals,” meaning there are many different instructional modes offered to students.  For example, students who are planning to attend one of the country’s universities upon graduation will most likely want to enroll in the general education track, offering advanced college-preparatory instruction in all major academic subjects, while the more career-minded students may opt for the vocational mode, in which they can obtain valuable knowledge and skills related to a specific vocation, while still receiving basic instruction in academics. 
 
Higher education in Argentina is also highly valued, best evidenced by the number of degree holders in the country.  As of 2011, an estimated 3.3 percent of the adult population had earned a university degree, the second highest percentage in the world, after France. 
 
There are 39 National universities in Argentina, where eligible students can pursue undergraduate degrees, with no tuition costs, in a wide array of academic and technical disciplines.  There are also nearly 50 private and parochial universities in Argentina—institutions that set their own tuition rates.  Graduate programs, both at the Master’s and Doctorate level, are widely available at the National and private universities, although for this level of education, students at the public universities are required to pay nominal tuition costs, with rates that vary depending on the type of degree and the field being studied.
 
No common system of examination after high school exists in Argentina, which essentially means that each university must define its own admission policy and requirements.

International Study Abroad Programs in Argentina

Are you interested in pursuing a study abroad opportunity through your local university?  If so, you have probably already considered many of the usual destinations, including France, Italy, Spain, the UK or even Japan and Australia, but one that may not have come to mind is Argentina.  The second largest country in South America after Brazil, Argentina is home to several institutions of higher learning that partner with schools overseas for study abroad programs.  It also offers a wealth of fun things to do and see and thousands of friendly people that would welcome, even relish the opportunity to showcase their country.  To help you make a more informed decision, below we will describe this fascinating country in a bit more detail, including a very brief word about the study abroad programs, and some helpful information on the many ways to fill your time when not in the classroom.
 
International Study Abroad Programs in Argentina
 
The people of Argentina wear their country’s academic success and commitment like a badge of honor…literally.  Primary and secondary students are required to wear the universal school uniform—a white coat-like garment resembling a lab coat that serves as a symbol of learning throughout the country.  This educational pride is one of the first things you will notice as a participant in an international study abroad program in Argentina.
 
Study abroad programs in Argentina, much like in all countries, afford you the opportunity to earn valuable university credits in a program of your choice, with instruction in your native language.  It also allows you to live in Argentina for a time (semester, year, summer break), either in student housing, an apartment or with a host family, and lets you enjoy all the culture, sights, sounds and food that Argentina has to offer.
 
Things to Do and See in Argentina
 
There are six main regions in Argentina, each just as beautiful as the next, but when taking part in an international study abroad program, odds are you’ll be studying in the Pampas region.  Pampas is home to the two largest and most influential cities in Argentina:  Buenos Aires and Cordoba.
 
Buenos Aires
 
Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and the country’s true economic center.  As a student taking a break in this bustling metropolis there will be plenty of ways to occupy your time.  From museums showcasing the diverse and unique history of the region to the tree-lined streets and turn of the century architecture to the sidewalk cafes and raucous nightlife hotspots, Buenos Aires has something for everybody’s tastes.
 
Cordoba
 
The city of Cordoba is the former capital and is second only to Buenos Aires in economic importance.  Known as the “heartland of Argentina,” this mostly-rural area is the ideal spot for unwinding after a long day of studying.  Located in the fertile valley of the Primo River, and home to numerous scenic lakes, gardens and parks, Cordoba is a safe and welcoming place for observing some of the diverse natural flora and fauna of beautiful Argentina.

Language Courses in Argentina

Have you always had the desire to learn Spanish as a second language, either as a personal goal or as a way to augment your future employability?  Would you be interested in learning it through full immersion courses in beautiful Argentina, effectively combining this awesome educational opportunity with a world-class South American vacation?  If so, you may be surprised by all the opportunities currently available and how easy it is to sign up.  To help with your decision, below we will briefly tell you what you can expect when studying Spanish in Argentina, and describe some of the wonderful prospects you’ll have during your stay to explore, discover and bask in the Argentine culture.

Spanish Language Schools in Argentina:  About the Program and Its Purpose

Spanish is a magnificent and widespread language; a language that is spoken by nearly 400 million people (2nd only to Mandarin Chinese) around the world, including throughout the country of Argentina.  Studying here will give you the opportunity to hear the language as it is actually spoken, not just from the instructor, but also from classmates and everyone else you encounter during this adventure of self-enrichment.

Just like dancing the Tango, the classroom portion of your studies will have a true Argentine flair—upbeat, fast-paced and truly unique.  That’s because unlike other language programs—programs that merely attempt to teach through rote memorization—in Argentine immersion classes you’ll be constantly engaged.  Whether through small group interaction with classmates or one-to-one discussions with your native-speaking instructor, you’ll always have on-the-spot feedback and support.  Studies show that full immersion courses are as much as 10 times more effective than the standard book or audio tape approach, not just in terms of the time it takes to learn Spanish—which will be exponentially amplified in Argentina—but also in terms of your level of comprehension, which ultimately leads to mastery.  

Where Will I Study in Argentina?

There are several cities and regions in Argentina where full-immersion language courses are offered, allowing you to choose the program that best suits you according to the type of environment and amenities you prefer.  If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the cityscape, for example, a place where you can enjoy museums, galleries and a non-stop nightlife scene, then you may want to set your sights for Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city.  Buenos Aires is definitely where you’ll locate the greatest concentration of language schools, along with the best combination of sightseeing, enrichment opportunities and fine local and international cuisine.

If you’re looking for a more peaceful experience, you may want to check out Patagonia.  This region is located in the south, a territory that comprises the southern part of the Andes Mountains and is shared by both Argentina and Chile.    Patagonia is a nature-lover’s dream, with stunning year-round flora and more bird and wildlife varieties than you could possibly count.  Populated just enough to allow you to practice the new language skills you picked up, bet yet desolate enough to enable you to relax and recharge your batteries, Patagonia is the ideal place to stage your encounter with full-immersion language learning.

Schools that offer language courses in Argentina




Academia Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Academia Buenos Aires is a specialized institution, adopting the full-immersion, integrated learning method to teach foreign students how to communicate in Spanish. Making the student take part in a wide variety of language learning situations is the method that has proven to be most effective in acquiring a language. This is why students at the Academia learn at home with their host family during informal classes, during their free time, as well as during the extra-curricular activities organized by the school. Except for the general Spanish options available, customized learning... See full description.

Verbum, Spanish School Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Verbum is a Spanish language school located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It calls itself a ‘people-oriented’ institution, which offers language opportunities to meet all students’ needs and requirements. The school provides regular, intensive and super-intensive Spanish language options. Private one-to-one classes are available, too as well as specialized programs in Spanish for Business, Spanish for Travelers, and Spanish for the Medical profession. Classes in the study of Argentine literature and history are offered as well. Teachers at the school are university graduates, while... See full description.

A.I.E. - Argentina Idioma Español

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina Idioma Español is a specialized organization, offering intensive Spanish programs all year round. Various locations around Argentina and Chili are available, and students have the chance to experience excellent Spanish language instruction in small groups. Another distinctive feature of the school is that it provides an adult environment for individuals aged from 20 to 70 years old. Argentina Idioma also makes sure to find suitable accommodation and organize a diverse program of cultural activities. Adults, professionals and students have all appreciated the high quality... See full description.

ABLE Spanish

Cordoba, Argentina
ABLE Spanish is part of Integral de Idiomas - an educational organization, dedicated to the teaching of languages as a second language. Having been in operation for 38 years, it has proven the effectiveness of their teaching methods. Opportunities offered by ABLE Spanish include Spanish Immersion Programs; Internships Programs; Volunteer Programs; Combined Language Programs; Accommodation Services; and Tourist Services. All teachers are well-trained and highly experiences native speakers, who are specialized in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. At the same time courses are... See full description.

Ailola Buenos Aires Spanish School

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Founded in 2005, accredited by the Association of Language Travel Organizations (ALTO) and the Asociación de Centros de Idiomas (SEA) and located in the prestigious historic building "Palacio Barolo", Ailola Buenos Aires is the perfect place for your Spanish course in Buenos Aires. The Spanish school is 100% owned and run by Argentineans who live the Argentinean culture and offer the same to you with options to stay in a local family, attend after-school activities and join excursions over the weekend. 6 bright classrooms with WiFi, motivated teachers and a productive and fun learning... See full description.

Babel Spanish School

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Babel Spanish is a dynamic and innovative language school, run by well-trained and experienced university professors in Buenos Aires. A distinctive feature of the school is that the team of instructors has completed Literature and Linguistic Studies at the University of Buenos Aires , while most of them are also pursuing postgraduate studies in the area of "Spanish as a Second Language" (ELE). The school offers both individual and group classes with the former ones being tailored to the student’s specific needs - basic communication, general conversation, writing, etc. Customized... See full description.

Buenos Aires Spanish

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires Spanish is a Spanish language immersion program, offering a unique opportunity for students to engage in language studies and social and cultural activities. The main purpose of the program’s director is to give students a real chance to get to know native, local people, which will mean they can start practicing the language within days or weeks. Students not only meet locals, but they also take part in their social life as well as a number of other activities, which are not usually accessible for tourists. The immersion program greatly focuses on communication and ensures... See full description.

Centro de Estudios de Lengua Española, Córdoba

Cordoba, Argentina
CELEC is a centre specialized in teaching Spanish to foreigners. The school is situated in a residential area, in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of Cordoba, Argentina. The courses are divided into five different levels: elementary I, elementary II, intermediate I, intermediate II and advanced. The options available include Short Course, Basic Course, Full Immersion Course, Tailor-Made Group Courses, Spanish Course + Volunteer Work / Community Service Programs, Spanish Course + Golf, Spanish Course + Riding, Spanish Course + Tennis, Spanish Course + Argentinean and... See full description.

COINED Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Come to Latin America and Spain and enjoy the opportunity of living a truly intercultural experience with us. We offer you the best options to embrace this sizzling culture and its language: Spanish Courses, Internships, Volunteer Program in over 40 locations. Feel the Latin culture vibe getting into your bloodstream as its landscapes and rhythms dazzle your world! Tune up and start planning your Experiencia en Español!!

COINED Cordoba

Cordoba, Argentina
Learn Spanish in our Spanish Schools in Latin America. Come to Latin America and Spain and enjoy the opportunity of living a truly intercultural experience with us. We offer you the best options to embrace this sizzling culture and its language: Spanish Courses, Internships, Volunteer Program in over 40 locations. Feel the Latin culture vibe getting into your bloodstream as its landscapes and rhythms dazzle your world! Tune up and start planning your Experiencia en Español!!

COINED Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina
At the south of the city center, around 20 blocks from the Main Square resides the Coined International School for Spanish language learning, Mendoza. Mendoza offers a great blend of diversity, as the nationalities of students in the school consist of American 20%, Brazilian 10%, German 9%, British 7%, Australian 4%, etc. The courses offered are General (intensive, super intensive, immersion and private) and Spanish + Activity (Spanish and Tango, Spanish and Salsa and Spanish and Ski ). The accommodation offered is homestay with local families. The activities which are popular in Mendoza... See full description.

COINED Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Argentina
Coined Ushuaia for Spanish language learning is just ten minutes from the Main Square. The infrastructure of the school includes 14 classrooms, free internet access, latest multimedia equipment, kitchen and a resource lab accommodating around 20 computers. The course offered is general course which includes intensive, super intensive, immersion and private. The accommodation options are individual or shared home stay with local families. Popular outdoor activities in Ushuaia are Argentine Asado, ice-skating, movie night, typical basket brunch and a guided tour to “Fin del mundo” museum. See full description.

DWS Spanish School

Buenos Aires, Argentina
DWS is a Spanish Language school positioned in Palermo, Buenos Aires. The school offers two types of basic courses: Regular & Custom courses. The teaching focus is on grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Moreover, a Spanish help book is provided to students at the very beginning of the course. All of the material provided is free of charge, while the classes are designed on the communicative approach. The classes are small and fully equipped with multimedia resources to aid teaching with free WIFI internet service. The accommodation options are: Host Families, Shared House,... See full description.

EBA Trust Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina
EBA is a Spanish learning institute situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which offers an international, friendly and relaxed aura to learn the Spanish language. The teaching methodology focuses practice of speaking Spanish in and outside of classrooms. The faculty at the institute are diploma holders in teaching Spanish by the University of Buenos Aires. EBA offers a good mix of students as more than 50% of students hail from Germany, UK, Switzerland and Holland. A good number of students come from USA and Canada, too. The payment schedule at the institute is very flexible as the... See full description.

ECELA, Learn Spanish

Recoleta, Argentina
ECELA is a dedicated Spanish language training organization, operating language schools in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Spanish courses are available at different levels – from beginner to advanced and electives like Spanish composition, literature, and culture are available, too. A program for medical professionals is also offered to students. It combines the regular Spanish immersion program with medical-specific Spanish and cultural training. All teachers within the language centers are enthusiastic and well-qualified, while groups are very small, composed of 3-7 students per class. A... See full description.

Elebaires - Español para extranjeros

Buenos Aires, Argentina
ELEBAIRES is a Spanish experience program, based in Buenos Aires. It offers a wide range of courses, including an intensive group course, a super intensive course, Spanish at work, individual courses, official certificate courses, semi-private courses, as well as a Spanish Teacher Training program. Accommodation options at the school include student residence, family home-stay, shared apartments, as well as hotel and hostel options.

Expanish

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Expanish Spanish School is one of the leading Spanish Schools located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Spanish courses taught here include intensive Spanish 20, intensive Spanish 30, one to one classes, Business Spanish and DELE prep. Features that Expanish language school offers are high standard classrooms with maximum group size of about 9 students (average of 6 students), student lounge, free Wi-Fi, disabled facilities, TV projectors and videos in classrooms, etc. They also offer some free services such as visits to cinema clubs and museum trips. In addition, its location in the heart of... See full description.

Fundación Convivencia

Rosario, Argentina
Fundacion Convivencia was established in the year 1992, in Rosario city, Santa Fe, Argentina. It is a language school that teaches Spanish language. The Spanish courses made available there are general, intensive, semi-intensive and intensive Spanish courses (with Tango), Spanish for business and one to one Spanish course. The school also presents a variety of social, cultural and recreational activities including Tango lessons, city tour, voyages to Buenos Aires, sporting activities, barbecues and so on. Accommodation preferences include the host family type, shared flats and private... See full description.

Ibero Spanish School

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Íbero Spanish School is a language center based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It takes special pride in its small class sizes, flexible study schedules and well-qualified teaching staff. The school strives to ensure an enjoyable and enriching experience for every language learner. Except for the general Spanish options, offered at eight different levels, students have the chance of preparing for international language exams such as the DELE or the CELU as well as studying area-specific vocabulary. There is also a ‘Spanish for teachers’ program and private class options. All teachers... See full description.

IW Spanish School

Buenos Aires, Argentina
We are a language school located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We have Spanish courses for high school and university students, professionals, seniors and travelers. Our Spanish classes are very small, up to 5 students per class, being 3 the average. We also have Spanish lessons for those students who might prefer individual tutoring.

Spanish courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish lessons in small groups or one on one. Learn Spanish in Palermo in a small and comfortable environment. We offer 10 or 20 hours of Spanish per week in group or the number of hours of your choice for individual lessons.

Sungate School

Lomas del Mirador, Argentina
There are three us in our family, Rita, Armando and our son Marcos. We work in our own language academy called "Sungate School of English" where English, Portuguese and Italian are taught. Our idea is to find an English-speaking boy or a girl between 18 and 24 years old who could stay with us for 4 months (could be somebody from Ireland , Australia, England, America, etc) This person should colaborate with the English classes as an English language facilitator from Monday to Friday between 20 and 25 hours weekly, together with the teachers in the academy. Music, games, drama, debates,... See full description.

Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Argentina

The Argentine economy is the third largest in all of Latin America, which for most translates to a very high quality of life.  The country boasts the most literate and highly educated populace in the region and with rich natural resources and a wide array of agriculture products, all of which are in high demand the world over, it is also one of the leading exporters in the area.  Couple this with a very diverse industrial base and it’s easy to see why Argentina continues to thrive and grow, even the midst of the ongoing global recession, and is considered an emerging market according to the Global Equity Index.

The wealth of resources enjoyed by Argentina is only one component of the country’s recent economic success, with the other being the knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce they possess—the workforce required to transform those resources into profits.  This latter benefit was not always present, however.  After the Federal Law of Education in 1995, which essentially did away with technical secondary schools in the region, Argentina had a deficiency of skilled and technically qualified workers.  Moreover, prior to 2007, schooling of any kind after the primary level was not even compulsory.  Consequently, estimates suggest that nearly half of all eligible students discontinued their studies at age 15 or 16, particularly those students in rural areas, citing the need to help their families economically.  Even more, the majority of students who did attend secondary school studied a predominantly academic track, rather than a vocational one, with the goal of majoring in professional studies at the university.

This has all changed now, both at the secondary and tertiary level, as vocational schools and career studies have now become a major priority of this very successful school system.

Vocational Studies:  Secondary School

The high schools in Argentina are called Polimodals—schools that offer different modes or categories of education from which students can choose.  One of these educational tracks, called Escuelas Tecnicas, or technical schools, provides students an introductory-level education and hands-on training experience in which they gain expertise in the various technologies used in businesses throughout Argentina, from agriculture to industry.  Upon graduation, many of these students will use this knowledge as a ticket into one of many entry-level career openings, and those that desire an even more advanced education will enroll in tertiary school.

Vocational Studies:  Tertiary Schools

While secondary vocational education is very broad and basic, the tertiary schools in Argentina offer students a more advanced education toward specific careers.  There are currently close to 1800 public tertiary schools in the country.  These schools are tuition-free, and the only costs incurred by students are transportation and course materials.  Approximately half of these tertiary schools are dedicated to teacher education, with the remainder specializing in various vocations in which a competency certificate is required, including the automobile and printing industries.
More recently, many private vocational schools have emerged in response to industry needs in many Argentine communities.   At these schools students have an array of career fields from which to choose, including computer repair, IT, welding, business administration, child care, automobile mechanic, construction, and electrician.  
Collectively, the technical, secondary and tertiary schools in Argentina, both public and private, are filling a tremendous need in the country, giving all Argentine students the opportunity to better themselves through education, which in turn adds value to the state.


Online degree, online courses and distance learning schools in Argentina

Argentina, also known officially as the Argentine Republic, is the second largest country in South America, with over 1 million square miles of total land area.  The country consists of six regions:  Pampas, Mesopotamia and the Northeast, Chaco, Cuyo Andean Northwest, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, with 23 provinces spread throughout these six regions, and a population of more than 40 million.  The country is considered an “emerging economic force” in terms of world trade, and for good reason.  Argentina is bursting with natural resources, along with the industrial means to manufacture and export them.  This, however, requires a workforce throughout the country that is highly skilled and well-educated—a challenge to which Argentina has been committed for decades, including the recent addition of their online distance education program, designed to include even more learners in the higher education system.
 
Education in Argentina, at both the national and provincial level, is a very high priority, and all children are required by law to attend school from age 6-18.  After these primary and secondary school years, graduates who want to continue their education have a number of options available to them.  Tertiary schools, which generally lead to licenses or certificates of competence, train students in a variety of technical and professional fields, while universities feature an array of academic programs, including engineering, medicine and law.  Graduate schools, offering Specialist, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, are available to qualified candidates possessing an undergraduate degree from the university.  And save for graduate and post-graduate programs, each stage of a student’s public education is tuition-free—another sign of the country’s commitment to education and training.
 
In terms of population, the largest of the six regions in Argentina is Pampas.  It is also the most important region in terms of education and commerce.  Here is where you will find the country’s capital and most recognized city, Buenos Aires, along with many other important cities such as Cordoba (2nd largest city and former capital), Rosario and Mendoza.  These cities, and particularly Buenos Aires, are where most of the higher education in Argentina is concentrated.  Students in this region have scores of educational options and opportunities available to them, ranging from vocational training in fields such as construction and hospitality services to doctorate-level degree programs in law and engineering. 
 
But what about potential students who reside outside of Pampas or those people who lack the time (workers) or ability (disabled) to attend these institutions?  How do they take full advantage of these high-quality education programs in the region?  The answer: for many years, they didn’t.
 
Fortunately, these scenarios have now been remedied.  Recognizing the need to reach more people, in 2007 the Ministry of Education in Argentina announced new opportunities in higher education through “open distance learning”—online classes that lead to academic degrees and professional certificates.  According to the Secretariat of Public Education, as written in a letter to university personnel in 2007, the goal of this program is to provide “attractive and flexible opportunities to students that, for various reasons, including distance, work and disability, have not been able to pursue higher-level studies.”
 
Today in Argentina, nearly every major university, public and private, has implemented distance education into its curriculum.  These schools now offer online courses and online degree programs to students who otherwise would have been excluded.  Through this distance education format, which consists of virtual classrooms, email correspondence and communication via instant messaging and video conferencing, students now have the option of graduating in just two years from one of the many vocational programs offered by the country’s tertiary schools, or enrolling at one of the many universities to pursue a 5-6 year undergraduate degree.  Some universities, including the National University of Buenos Aires, even offer graduate-level classes through this new online format.

Primary and Secondary Schools in Argentina

In Argentina, education is highly valued at all levels, and compulsory for all children ages 6 to 18.  It includes both public schools, which are maintained and funded by the government and free to attend, and private schools that are typically run by churches or other non-profit associations and at which tuition is required. The enrollment size at each of these schools varies depending on the school’s location.  Schools in major Argentine cities, for example, such as Buenos Aires, may have scores of classrooms, while schools in the country—schools which many students have to ride horses to just to attend—may consist of only one or two rooms.

The emphasis on and commitment to education in Argentina is evident by the country’s high rate of literacy—95 percent—and the per capita number of university graduates—3.2 percent of the population.  Both of these statistics are tops when compared to all other South American countries.

Educational Structure in Argentina

The educational structure in Argentina is very similar to that of its North American and European counterparts, in that it basically consists of three levels:  kindergarten, primary school and secondary school.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a state-run program designed for students that are roughly 5 years of age.  Although students are not required by law to attend school at this age, the majority of families, particularly those in more urban areas, do take advantage of the program as a way to prepare their children for primary school.  In kindergarten students are exposed to projects involving reading, writing, art and music at very basic and introductory levels, as well as plenty of physical play with children their age.  This helps students become accustomed to the idea of attending school and cooperating with others, and saves primary school teachers from the task of acclimating children to the school setting.

Primary School

Primary school in Argentina is required for all students ages 6-14, regardless of where in the country they may reside.  As mentioned, primary school is free to attend; however, there are certain items that must be purchased by families, including certain books, class materials and the school uniform, which for all students consists of a white coat resembling the ones worn by doctors and scientists in the lab, and seen as a symbol of learning in Argentina.

The curriculum in primary school is very similar to that of other countries.  Students study a wide range of subjects, including science, mathematics, language arts, art, history, sport and geography.  There are also certain classrooms and schools that cater to students with special needs—physical, mental or emotional difficulties—that present obstacles to learning in the traditional classroom setting.

Secondary Education

Although the public secondary schools in Argentina are also tuition-free, education at this level was not even mandated by law until 2007, which unfortunately means there were generations of students who missed out on the offerings students enjoy today.  Studies show that prior to 2007, only half of all primary school students would continue on to secondary school, and most that did came from the more urban and affluent areas of the country.  Sadly, the rationale for this statistic is more a matter of economics than lack of interest.  Many secondary-age students, particularly those belonging to lower income families, had to leave school early to help earn money for the family.

Today education is required through secondary school, and in Argentina these schools are called Polimodals, meaning students have a choice in terms of the type or “mode” of curriculum they can study.  Typically, education at this level will last 5 years and is divided into three different types of programs:  Bachiller schools, Comercial schools and Escuelas Tecnicas.  Bachiller programs are those that focus on the humanities, including courses in language, history, grammar and social science.  Comercial schools center on the economic sciences, including business, accounting and home economics, while the last type, Escuelas Tecnicas, delve into the technical and applied sciences, including computers, information systems and chemistry.

Successful graduation from one of these Polimodals is a requirement for all students wishing to further pursue their education at the tertiary or university level.

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