Study abroad in Argentina, famous for its majestic mountains, colourful cities, and pro football players.

Why study in Argentina?

If you love food, football, and friendly people, then you’ll love studying in Argentina. Home to 42 million people, it’s one of the largest Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Here, you’ll find famous mountain ranges, rainforests, waterfalls, penguin colonies, and cosmopolitan cities. A student exchange to Argentina is a great way to learn Spanish and get a taste for Latin American culture.

I now feel very confident to have a conversation in Spanish and can understand just about everything in conversations in everyday life.

Sarah, Dunedin


You can choose to study in Argentina for as little as four weeks or as long as one year. Gap year students are welcome to apply but must be no older than 18.5 years upon departure. Our short placements are flexible and run between March and November. Academic year and semester students will attend a full-week orientation in Rosario, which includes full lodging, 25 hours of Spanish lessons, six hours of orientation workshops, and a cultural activity every day. There are also seven optional trips throughout the year to Patagonia, Ushuaia, the Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, and Salta.

You will be placed in either Buenos Aires Province (excluding the capital), Santa Fe, Mendoza, Tucuman or Cordoba. These provinces enjoy mild weather, although Tucuman can get very hot in the summer. Students will most likely be placed in lowly-populated suburbs or rural areas, although they may be placed in cities. All of our host families are carefully vetted for safety and suitability. We conduct home interviews, inspections, and police checks to ensure our students are placed in a secure and supportive living environment.

The map below indicates the set regions where you can be placed in Argentina.

Placements could be in Buenos Aires (except the capital), Santa Fe, Mendoza, Tucuman or Cordoba

Application deadline
February 2021
May 2021
1 September 2020
July 2021
October 2021
1 February 2021
February 2021
July 2021
1 September 2020
July 2021
December 2021
1 February 2021
Academic Year
February 2021
December 2021
1 August 2020
July 2021
June 2022
1 February 2021

Covered expenses

Included in the fee:

  • School and family documents for your student visa application
  • Placement in a suitable host family and school
  • Full board and lodging with a host family, excluding school lunches
  • Pre-departure orientation in NZ and arrival orientation in Argentina
  • Meet and greet at the airport in NZ and at the airport in Argentina
  • Transfer to your host community from Buenos Aires airport (and back again)
  • Monthly progress reports to your parents
  • Ongoing monitoring by the host organisation
  • 24/7 emergency assistance in Argentina and NZ
  • Certificate of completion upon return

Other costs

Not included in the fee:

Flights You are responsible for paying all domestic and international airfares between your home and Buenos Aires.
Insurance You will be required to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to your departure.
Visas All visa fees, translation fees, apostille certificates, and travel expenses are payable to the Argentine Embassy in Wellington
Spending money We recommend allocating approximately $450 NZD spending money per month to cover things like transport, school lunches, and weekend activities.
Optional trips It’s a good idea to save some money for optional trips organised by your host family or your host organisation in Argentina.
School setup Depending on your school and subject choices, you may be required to pay for basic school fees, books, and equipment.


Students must be:

  • Aged between 15 and 18.5 years prior to the programme start date
  • A New Zealand Citizen or hold Permanent Residency
  • Enrolled in a high school
  • Willing to learn Spanish prior to and during the exchange
  • Fit, well, and have a suitable personality profile
  • Academically motivated


The student visa requirements for Argentina are a little stricter than for most countries. Students who plan to stay for longer than 90 days must apply for a student visa. The form-filling requires prompt action when the time comes and you may need to work to some tight deadlines. Please note the fees for the apostille certificates are not included in the programme price (they are often in the region of NZ$200-$300). You will also need to factor in travel costs to visit the Argentinian Embassy in Wellington.


Argentina is a Spanish-speaking country. Students are required to study Spanish prior to departure and speak the language during the programme.

School was challenging for the first few weeks as my Spanish wasn’t at a very high level at the beginning, but it got easier pretty quickly and the teachers were very understanding.

Colter, Auckland

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Information Days

Online Info Sessions

You don’t need to travel – or even leave your couch – to learn more about NZIIU’s student exchanges and how they work. Register for one of our online informational webinars, and you can find out all you need to know from wherever you are in the country.

‘Meet our Ambassadors’ Day

If you’d like the full lowdown on the student exchange experience, this is the event for you! Our NZIIU Education Perfect Ambassadors are students who have recently been on exchange and are enthused, ready, and raring to share their knowledge, experiences, and stories.’

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Need extra pocket money?

NZIIU Scholarships

We know that financing your exchange might be a bit of a challenge but don’t let that be a deterrent! NZIIU offer a select number of scholarships each year to eligible students who require some financial assistance, as well as a fundraising kit.

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