Get the full Buenos Aires experience!
The richest cultural and artistic scene in Latin America, the most prestigious universities on the continent, internationally renowned nightlife and the gateway to Argentina’s incredible landscapes: Buenos Aires is the best city in Latin America for international students (QS Best Student Cities Ranking). If you’re considering a work and travel experience or a gap year, Buenos Aires offers two sides: it’s cosmopolitan side, as a large capital city with lots to do, and the autochthonous side, with warm people and deeply ingrained local and Latin American traditions.
Choose the type of experience that you’re looking for and find all the information you need:
Welcome to Buenos Aires
If you come to Buenos Aires to study or to enjoy a working holiday, you’ll find a range of benefits, including a discount on transport from the airport, special rates on accommodation for your first nights, a free SIM card for your phone and free travel card. Watch the video for a step-by-step guide, then request your welcome kit
Before travelling, remember to check whether you arrive at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery or Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza.
You can book your transfer online at The Manuel Tienda León bus company website. The bus will take you to the Puerto Madero neighborhood in the center of Buenos Aires. From there we recommend taking a taxi.
Or you can claim a discount on the Hostel Shuttleservice by using the discount code #StudyBA when you book through their website.
Book accommodation with special rates
International students and working holiday participants can take advantage of a special rate at 22 hostels in the city. Choose a hostel from the list and send them an email containing the hashtag #StudyBA along with the dates of your stay to get a special rate of US$ 110 for your first 7 nights, or US$200 for 14 nights. (Subject to availability. See terms and conditions on the website of each hostel).
When you check in at the hotel, show your university show your admission letter or your work and travel visa to confirm the special rate. Take advantage of this offer, and give yourself time to find definitive longer-term accommodation without having to rush.
Your Kit: Free SIM card and SUBE
Your welcome kit includes a free SIM card for mobile phones, with a week’s worth of calls and messages included*, a SUBE public transport card, and a map of the city. Once you request it, your kit will be waiting for you at Recoleta Tourist Assistance Center or Plaza del Correo Hub tourist Assistance Centre. To collect it, just show your university admission letter or the work and travel visa in your passport.
Requesting the SIM card does not imply that you are contracting a service. The SIM card will be ready to put in your phone and activate, complete with some free minutes of credit, SMS messages, and gigs for internet use. You'll be able to buy more credit at kiosks and supermarkets throughout the city. Remember to make sure that your phone is unblocked before you travel so that you can use a local card!
Select “Hostels" to see the locations of all the hostels offering the special rate for international students and work and travel participants. On the map, you can also see the locations of universities, stops for the airport shuttle bus, the Plaza del Correo Hub and Recoleta Tourist Assistance Centers where you can collect your welcome pack, places where you can charge credit to your SUBE travel card, and other places of interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Welcome Kit contain?
Through the welcome kit, you can obtain a special rate at 22 hostels in the city: 110 US dollars for 7 nights or 200 US dollars for 14 nights; get a free mobile phone SIM card with one week’s worth of calls, messages and data*, get a SUBE travel card and map, and claim a discount on your transfer from Ezeiza airport to the city with Hostel Shuttle.
How can I study in Buenos Aires?
If you want to study in Buenos Aires, you can apply for admission at your preferred university. Admission requirements vary depending on the level and type of study (exchange, undergraduate degree, postgraduate course, doctorate, short courses, language course). All universities have an international relations office which will be happy to respond to your queries. For more information about the universities, their contact details and courses offered, Click here.
What are the necessary procedures?
Once accepted by a university, you’ll need to apply for a student visa, which will allow you to remain in Argentina for the duration of your studies. Click here to see the necessary requirements. If you come from a MERCOSUR or associated country (Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname), you do not need to apply for a student visa. Once in Buenos Aires, you can directly apply for residency for two years at the central office of the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones. Click here to see the requirements.