By Megan Brickley
Whether you are hoping to study abroad or you are looking for your first grad job, here our our thoughts on why you should consider moving to Argentina.
Argentina is the Perfect Place to Learn
Over 90,000 international students choose to study in Argentina each year, making it one of the most popular study destinations in Latin America. Regardless of whether you will be studying a degree, working or just visiting, Argentina offers ample opportunities for learning. For example, there are many language schools that will help you learn the language, and practising conversing with the locals will make you hard-pressed to leave without improving your Spanish.
Even if you are not interested in learning in a formal setting, the rich history of the city and the Argentinian love of reading will have you soaking in information. In fact, Buenos Aires has more bookshops than any other city in the world. With 734 bookshops to browse, and plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces to read in, you may find yourself falling in love with the relaxation and escapism that comes with reading and learning.
Inexpensive Cost of Living
Since the financial crisis in 2001, the cost of studying and living in Argentina has been fairly economical. Moreover, being based in Latin America means that you can travel to beautiful neighbouring countries without having to break the bank. For example, Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) is just a ferry ride away. The opportunity to live cheaply in a culturally rich Latin American country is not one to pass up!
Experience a Vibrant Culture
Argentina has something for everyone. If you follow the mantra ‘work hard, play hard,’ you will love the night life of Argentinian cities. Buenos Aires and other bigger cities never sleep, and night clubs are open all night. They are also cultural hubs for the arts. Although Argentinian cities are generally known for their street art, you will also find a strong digital art scene forming, with many prevalent e-poets and internet artists coming from Argentina.
If you prefer a slower pace of life, you need to experience the Argentinian countryside. The plains are known for their horseback riding, and are home to some of the world’s most successful polo players and horses.
It would be hard to write an article about Argentina without mentioning the food! From having the monopoly on barbequed meat to boasting a wide variety of wines, there are many Argentinian cuisines worth trying. Many of the restaurants are in people’s homes, and are often ‘pop ups,’ to suit the spontaneity of the Latin American culture.
Although many students will have English-speaking countries on top of their study abroad list, there’s a lot of value in taking a bigger step out of your comfort zone to go to a non-mainstream destination. It will be more of a challenge, but it will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in a totally different culture and to learn a language at the same time. From the cheaper costs, to the beautiful landscapes, not to mention great food and wine, Argentina has it all.