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Argentina, land of gauchos and the tango, is also home to the Iguazú Falls, rainforests, glacier-topped mountains and penguin colonies. Sophisticated and lively, Buenos Aires offers first-rate museums, music, and theatre as well as a café scene that rivals Europe. Argentina values tradition and hospitality and is the ideal setting to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment.

If you like to stop and smell the roses or ceibo, their National Flower, Argentina is for you. You’ll enjoy the daily siesta, when many Argentines come home from work or school in the middle of the day for lunch and a quick nap.

By going to a local Argentine high school, you’ll be immersed in Argentine language and customs. What you learn during the day will sink in at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in Argentina’s diverse and ever-evolving cultures.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be between 16 and 18 years of age
  • Language requirements: Basic Spanish recommended

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform

High school

A high school study abroad in Argentina will offer an amazing opportunity for you to make friends, learn Spanish, and exchange cultures. As in much of Latin America, the school year begins in early March and ends in early December, with a winter break in July. Most AFS students are enrolled in public co-educational high schools. You’ll have classes Monday through Friday either in the morning (8am to 1pm) or afternoon (1pm to 6pm). The rest of the day is yours to explore your community, spend time with your host family and friends, or even learn to tango!


Accommodation and lifestyle

AFSers live in communities throughout Argentina while attending high school. From Tierra del Fuego in the south to Jujuy in the north, you’re likely to have a host family that lives in a small town or rural area. You could also live in Uruguay, just across the river from Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital.

It’s a good bet you’ll come across mouth-watering asado, or barbeque, a popular Argentine pastime. And, you may even spot men dressed as gauchos–Argentine cowboys!

Your host parents will greet you with traditional Argentine hospitality. While culture-shock is real and challenging at times, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their community. Like anywhere in the world, all families in Argentina are different. But Argentines are usually warm and affectionate with strong family ties. You’ll likely find a close-knit family with grandparents often living in the home.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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