Thursday, December 20, 2012

Attending College In Argentina – What You’ll Need And What Careers Work

One of the wonderful advantages of studying in Argentina is that public universities are free. Textbooks are not free, but you are given the option of buying photocopied versions of the textbook. There is a small fee for being enrolled but it’s such a minor amount that it’s laughable.

A term at a university is broken down by years, (year 1, year 2, year 3, etc) instead of the 3-4 month terms per year more commonly seen in the United States.

Most degrees last five years, and when you are done, you will have earned the equivalent of a Master’s Degree.

Here’s the catch. When I went to apply I provided the registrar with my diploma, college transcripts, and vocational certificates, but she told me they were invalid. Why? Because it didn’t have an apostille. I didn't know what this was at the time, much less that I needed it. 
What You Need To Be Admitted Into An Argentinean University
  • Apostille your high school diploma and transcripts (do the same for any other degree)
  • Have your diploma and transcripts translated and legalized
  • Take your diploma and transcripts to the ministry of education in Buenos Aires to have them validated
  • Return to the university of your choice with the diploma and transcript apostilled, notarized, translated, and legalized.
  • If you only have a transcript then don’t even bother taking these steps. The ministry of education will only validate documents if they come with both the diploma and the transcripts. You can't present one or the other by themselves.
Careers you can choose
There isn’t a high demand for lawyers, psychiatrists, or social workers in Argentina. If you’re interested in these fields, I’d reconsider. Why aren’t these careers very popular in Argentina? I'll break it down for you.

Lawyers: For starters, the concept of suing someone at the drop of a hat (which is very common in the U.S.) is not a common practice in Argentina. Most issues are solved amicably and diplomatically so the need for a lawyer is seriously diminished. You won’t find anyone purposely faking a slip and fall at a store in order to collect money either. It’s not to say there aren’t one or two bad apples, but most of these cases get ridiculed and tossed out of court unless death has occurred as a result of an action.
Immigration Lawyer: It's not really needed in Argentina because there are no deportation laws.

Divorce Lawyer: The divorce rate in Argentina is too small. This is mostly because until recently, it was seen as a social taboo in Argentinean society, especially among the older generation. Plus, most Argentineans live by the following motto, “Work things out because things in Argentina must last”.
Psychologists And Psychiatrists: If you have to become one then I’d recommend being a child therapist. Mental health problems are not as heavily advertised or as popular here as they are in the United States. Argentineans don’t dwell on mental or eating disorders as much. Again, it’s not to say there aren’t people who suffer from it, but it’s not that common. Also, Argentineans tend to deal with their own issues privately among family. The use of going to a therapist to discuss personal issues, couple's therapy, family counseling, with a stranger is considered by some to be an embarrassment to the individual and their family.

Social Workers: This is one of the more popular career choices. Unfortunately there are so many people that have entered this field that the demand isn’t that great. Therefore it’s a dead end unless you have pull with a hospital or institution.
Career recommendations: Become a national translator. You can pick German, French, Italian, or English. You can also earn an education degree for these particular languages which will open doors for you if you want to teach at a primary school, high school, or university.

Other career options that are in high demand in Argentina are biochemist, chemist, and medical doctor.
So remember to apostille, notarize, translate, and legalize your diplomas and transcripts before attending college. Then pick the career that best matches your desires and Argentina's needs.

1 comment:

  1. En cuanto a los psicólogos, se dice que en Argentina "hay más psicoanalístas que personas". Lo que tiene un doble sentido, por un lado que los psicoanalistas son mucha cantidad, y por otro, que los psicoanalistas no son personas!!!