Buenos Aires, city of talent

Benefits for international students in the City of Buenos Aires

The arrival of international students in CABA presents a wide range of positive externalities, both educationally and culturally, as well as in economic terms.

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The impact of international students in the Buenos Aires City

Hosting international students allows interaction between local and international students, thus promoting cultural exchange and the formation of global citizens. Likewise, these relationships allow building cooperation links with concrete benefits not only for the protagonists but also for their communities. In this sense, it can be understood that international education experiences in a city result in a soft power effect, where those who decide to live an international academic stay become "spokespersons" for the city and the country where they studied.

The sum of these links results in a progressive increase in the reputation of universities, cities and countries on the world stage, which is reflected in their positioning in international rankings. 

Within this framework, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires has proposed a specific strategy of international projection. In this line, the Study BA program is being developed, a public policy to attract international students and talent that represents, in short, a policy of public diplomacy.

Moreover, in economic terms, the attraction of international students represents an income for the local economy, as a result of university fees, student expenses during their stay, and the expenses derived from the visits of family and friends.

In order to measure this phenomenon, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, through the Study BA Program, has published several impact reports on international students in the city. These studies, conducted in conjunction with the University of Buenos Aires, demonstrate the direct financial benefits, underline the importance of this phenomenon for the local economy and open the door to future research to further understand the cultural and educational dimensions of internationalization in higher education.

The following files make data derived from 2017, 2018, 2019 visible.

  1. Economic Impact Report 2017
  2. Economic Impact Report 2018
  3. Economic Impact Report 2019

Analysis of the profile of international students in the BA program

In addition, a series of quantitative studies have been developed to study the profile of international students visiting BA for study purposes. These analyses have been developed from the General Directorate of International Relations of the City Government in conjunction with the General Directorate of Market Intelligence and Observatory, the Ente de Turismo and Management & Fit Consulting, based on a series of surveys conducted between the years 2017 - 2023.

The dimensions studied focused on categories such as: age, gender, country of origin, type of study to be undertaken, length of stay in the City, type of accommodation chosen, monthly expenses, travel within the country, family visits, language studies and satisfaction levels around their academic experience in BA.

According to the last reported report -corresponding to the year 2023-, 54% of the students come from Europe, 25.6% from North America and 19.7% from South America. In addition, the countries of residence most present among students are: France, United States, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

We invite you to explore the detailed reports for each year here.

2017 Informe

2018 Informe

2019 Informe

2022 Informe

2023 Informe

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