IMPORTANT: This information provides guidelines about the visa process. Visa regulations often change, and procedures can vary by Consulate and/or Embassy. Students should verify the current visa application procedures with the appropriate Consulate or Embassy before initiating the process. While every effort is made to ensure these guidelines are updated and as accurate as possible, the Office of Global Education and High Point University cannot guarantee that the visa information posted is the most current. The information included only applies to US citizens.
A student visa is necessary to study in Argentina. Students will enter the country as tourists and then switch to the student visa once in Argentina. According to the latest regulations, only a student who plans to stay in Argentina for longer than six months must begin collecting specific documents to prepare for the student visa process prior to departing for Argentina. All students must enter the country on a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of studies. For information about entering Argentina as a tourist, call or visit the web site of the Argentine embassy or consulate in your country and click on “Representaciones argentinas” in the column to the left. Scroll down to find your country.
Semester and Full-Year Students
Both semester and full-year students will enter Argentina as tourists and then switch over to the student visa after arrival in Argentina. Upon arrival in Argentina, you will have to take some steps to obtain your student visa. These steps include applying for a local police record in Argentina and making an appointment to go to Immigration and apply for residency. Your host coordinator may arrange the appointment for you ahead of time. It is extremely important that you keep the appointment and arrive on time. You may also have to translate some documents into Spanish. Please note that some expenses will be involved in the visa process. Be prepared to cover any necessary costs.
When in Argentina, it is recommended that you carry a copy of your passport identification page and visa page with you at all times.
Full-Year Students (or any student studying in Argentina for longer than six months)
Students who are going to study in Argentina for any period longer than six months must obtain a police report/certificate of good conduct prior to departing for Argentina. You will have to get the document translated by a certified translator after you arrive in Argentina.
From the Embassy of Argentina in the United States website:
A clear criminal record certificate from each country/city the applicant has resided in during the last 5 years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only; other exceptions may apply): must be legalized with the Hague Convention “Apostille”, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad.
To find a Designated Competent Authority that can issue an Apostille in your country, visit the Hague Convention website. Scroll down and click on your country to find more information about who to contact in your country/state. Note to U.S. Students: This “criminal record certificate” must be issued by the FBI.
U.S. citizens, Australian citizens, and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism must pay an entry fee. Students must pay the reciprocity fee online prior to departing for Argentina. Detailed instructions on how to pay the reciprocity fee can be found here.
U.S. citizens must pay a reciprocity fee of $160 U.S. dollars. Once paid, the fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States visa reciprocity.
For more information about the Student visa requirements, visit the Embassy of Argentina website. However, because student visa requirements are constantly changing, it is very important that you contact the Argentine embassy or consulate in the jurisdiction of your home state or country to get the latest information.