Education System

Education System

What you need to know about higher education in Argentina  

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The higher education system in Argentina is very large and super diverse. It includes 111 universities and 19 university institutes with the attendance of a staggering 2 million students. About 500,000 of them study in 42 universities in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires: definitely our city is a university hub.

There are public universities (mostly financed by the National State) and private universities. In general, they differ in the number of students enrolled, their size, as well as the cost of the programs they offer. Naturally, all of them have the pertinent accreditation of the Argentine National Commission for University Assessment and Accreditation (Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria). What is it? It’s the official agency that ensures the quality of each program and university.   

Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate careers

When you finish the secondary school (i.e. “high school”, “preparatoria” or “lycée”), you are entitled to start your university career. The programs at the undergraduate level take up to two years; the graduate level takes at least four years and it confers a bachelor’s degree. Once you get your graduate degree, you can start a postgraduate career. To do so, you choose between a specialization (which usually takes a year), a master’s degree (which takes one or two years) or a doctorate (PhD) (up to 6 years).  


Short programs and exchange programs

The institutions offer other kind of programs in each of these levels. As an international student, you are entitled to apply to exchange programs through agreement between universities, free mobility programs or customized executive programs, both during the academic calendar and during the recess.

Before applying to any university program at an Argentine institution, please remember that the first quarter (we usually refer to the academic semester as “cuatrimestre”) begins in March and goes through the end of June or early July. The second quarter starts in August and ends during the first days of December.

Look out! Not all the university programs in Argentina use the academic credit transfer system as it is known in different parts of the world. Here, rather than adding a specific number of credits to approve the whole career, you have to approve a series of individual subjects. It is important to understand this, because there may be differences in the applications for short programs or exchange programs. Just in case, check with your university before applying!


Academic offerings

If you come to Argentina to study or if you are interested in a research level in Buenos Aires, our universities offer more than 8,000 programs in all areas of knowledge: Applied Sciences, Basic Sciences, Health Sciences, Human Sciences, and Social Sciences. There are no excuses and we are confident: you will find your ideal program in our city. Look for yours here.

Programs you may be interested in

Certificate in Human Rights

Torcuato di Tella University (UTDT)

Human rights can only be achieved through an informed and continued demand by people for their protection. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone's common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community. Human rights education constitutes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses and represents an important investment in the endeavour to achieve a just society in which all human rights of all persons are valued and respected. This Certificate program, taug...

  • CoursesShort program (degree)
  • Area of knowledgeOther Social Sciences
  • LanguageEnglish
  • DateMar-2021
  • Duration6 meses

Master´s in Urban Economics

Torcuato di Tella University (UTDT)

This program constitutes a unique proposal in Argentina and in Latin America. It answers current demands of the cities that, each time with greater intensity, require specific actions and proposals related to housing, environment, urban planning, transport and mobility, real estate and land market, the local economic development, the financing of urban development, sustainability and innovation. In MEU, our approach is to provide you the knowledge and skills that professionals need to face these challenges.

  • CoursesPost-graduate career – Master's degree
  • Area of knowledgeEconomy and Management
  • LanguageSpanish
  • DateMar-2021
  • Duration36 meses

Bachelor´s in Business Economics

Torcuato di Tella University (UTDT)

The Degree in Business Economics is a unique proposal in our country, ideal for those interested in business and economics. This Degree proposes a vision in the fore front business, with a great future. It combines the knowledge from the areas such as: economics, marketing, finance, operations, strategy, statistics and technology, among others. Thus, it provides the rigorous tools for analysis which enable to address business decisions from a perspective that no other business degree offers. The Degree in Business Economics shares a core training axis with the Degree in Business Administration in areas such as: economy, general culture, finance and m...

  • CoursesComplete grade career
  • Area of knowledgeEconomy and Management
  • LanguageSpanish + English
  • DateAug-2021
  • Duration48 meses

International Postgraduate School

National University of the Northwest of the Province of Buenos Aires (UNNOBA)

UNNOBA’S Postgraduate International School focuses on continuing professional development in different branches of knowledge, thus providing an academic and cultural exchange opportunity for local and foreign students. The School aims at offering courses on topical issues given by highly qualified professionals. The courses meet all the requirements set for specialization’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs and are intended for postgraduate students willing to complete their studies in a short period of time and for those professionals who want to enhance or update their academic background. The courses may be presence-based or blended. Distan...

  • CoursesShort (postgraduate) program
  • Area of knowledgeAll
  • LanguageSpanish
  • DateMar-2021
  • Duration30 días