Argentina
Argentina
Argentina Study AbroadArgentina is the birthplace of Pope Francis I and home to 41 million people. With a diverse ethnography, wide-ranging biodiversity and varied geography, students have the opportunity to study a fascinating culture and republic. The University of St. Thomas has three Argentinian programs for study abroad in different regions of the country: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires and Tucumán.


Universidad Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino (FASTA)

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FASTA is located in Mar Del Plata on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 250 miles south of Buenos Aires. Mar Del Plata is a tourist destination featuring many hotels, the only accredited annual film festival in Argentina and a variety of museums.

The university’s goals include increasing the knowledge and skills needed for every student’s personal and professional development. FASTA focuses on the ethical and humanistic understanding of reality in order to cultivate social responsibility in their graduates.

Application Process
Your application and the following items must be submitted to the Study Abroad Office located in Tiller Hall. 

  • Application Form
  • 4 passport photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Official academic transcript
  • Statement of support
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Course Equivalency Form

To be filled out and signed by Department chairs

Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires

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Also known as Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), the main campus is located in Puerto Madero, one of Buenos Aires’ most modern neighborhoods. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and sits on the southeastern coast of the country.

Often called the “Paris of South America,” the city was greatly influenced by European culture and architecture. Buenos Aires boasts an active theater scene, hundreds of museum exhibits and a thriving economy. The tango was created locally in the late nineteenth century and remains a celebrated dance.

According to a study by the Spanish Ministry of Education, UCA is one of the best private universities in Latin America. UCA’s mission statement is as follows, “The mission of the University is the constant search for truth through research, conservation and communication of human knowledge for the good of society (Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 30), in a framework of academic excellence, leadership in the field of knowledge and community engagement.”

Application Process
Your application and the following items must be submitted to submitted to the Study Abroad Officelocated in Tiller Hall. 

  • Application Form
  • 4 passport photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Official academic transcript
  • Statement of support
  • Letter in Spanish explaining your motivations for wanting to study at PUCA
  • Letter from UST indicating awareness of student’s study abroad plans
  • Students must submit an official certificate (issued or validated by Home institution) indicating that they have a C1-Spanish language level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, to be exempted from the placement test and from taking a required Spanish course during the semester.
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic authority
  • Course Equivalency Form

To be filled out and signed by Department chairs

Application Deadlines

  • May 15 for upcoming fall semester
  • November 15 for upcoming spring semester
  • Please note — With late applications, students risk having insufficient time to obtain student visas and other authorizations. Processing time at embassies can take up to three months.

Language Requirements
All UCA classes are taught in Spanish. On arrival non-native Spanish-speaking students must take a placement test. Students that do not test at the advanced level will be required to take a “Spanish as a Foreign Language” course (64 hours) during the semester.

The course will cost an additional $150 and meet twice a week for two hours each day.

Housing
UCA does not offer campus housing. UCA’s International Office will provide a list of home-stay situations, student residences and apartments for rent. Also check the visiting Buenos Aires website, this company provides foreign students with reasonably priced housing options.

AnchorUniversidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino

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The Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino is a Dominican Catholic university situated on the slopes of the Aconquija mountains in the northwestern city, San Miguel de Tucumán (Tucumán). The city features several museums and cultural events like plays, concerts, operas and ballets. Soccer and rugby fans enjoy the four strong teams in the region.

The university’s mission comprises the development and dissemination of knowledge in the context of faith and learning of the sciences, arts and technology in an atmosphere of freedom and respect.

Application Process
Your application and the following items must be submitted to the Study Abroad Officelocated in Tiller Hall. 

  • Application Form
  • 4 passport photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
  • Official academic transcript
  • Statement of support
  • Course Equivalency Form

To be filled out and signed by Department chairs



​Information for Exchange Students
 
Reciprocity Fee
Before traveling to Argentina, people with passports from United States, Canada and Australia must pay an entrance fee, called a Reciprocity Fee, before traveling to Argentina.

The value of the tax is:

  • United States: US$160 (Valid for 10 years)
  • Canada: US$75 (Is valid for one trip) and US$150 (Valid for 5 years)
  • Australia: US$100 (Valid for 1 trip)

Each student must complete the entire process (payment and printing the voucher) before traveling to Argentina, because payment cannot be made at Argentina's international airports.

This Reciprocity Fee procedure is different from the student visa, which means students will have to pay the fee before coming to Argentina, and then, obtain their student visa in Buenos Aires, upon arrival.

Learn more about the Reciprocity Fee payment (PDF).



Student Testimonials
“My second study abroad trip was to Argentina in December of 2006! The group of students who went is extremely close now, and we get together at least once a month. Jorgito, our concierge, is coming to visit us in October. I would definitely recommend taking part in UST study abroad programs — they have changed my life!” – Cimela Kidonakis
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