Buenos Aires crowned study abroad capital of Ibero-America
Buenos Aires has recently been named the best city for study in Ibero-America in the 2018 QS Best Student Cities ranking. Source: Unsplash

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Described as a place that blends“faded European grandeur with Latin passion”, the city has seen in a surge in global visitors and international student applicants in the last few years.

In fact, the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Best Student Cities ranking recently crowned Buenos Aires the study abroad capital of Ibero-America (Latin America plus Spain and Portugal). Known for its exciting student buzz and wide range of educational, cultural and sporting events, the City of Many Passions welcomed 61,000 international visitors on study abroad programmes last year, with an additional 1,000 young people visiting on work or travel visas.

Students arriving from all over the world find all forms of exciting offerings in Buenos Aires and surrounding regions. As one of Latin America’s most impactful education hubs, there are few cities that offer greater levels of cultural immersion, making it city ideal for students looking to refine their Spanish-speaking skills while soaking up the nightlife, culinary scene and inclusive Porteño atmosphere.

Wine, art . . . and tango! // Vino, arte… ¡y tango! – – Ph. @thetravelitos

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Known as Argentina’s thriving capital and most populous city, Buenos Aires is set on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary, nestled on the southeastern coast of South America. The city is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the province’s capital, but rather it’s own, autonomous district.

Famed as the birthplace of tango, the city is also home to world-class opera, theater and art, well-preserved European-style architecture, native traditions, and restaurants that overflow with fruitful wine. Honoured by UNESCO, Buenos Aires is a cradle for literary achievement and the birthplace of writers like Jorge Luis Borges. All this, plus its status as The Economist‘s Best Latin American city to live in 2017, combines to make the city a welcoming, dynamic destination for young students and a Center of Educational Excellence.

Study Buenos Aires, a project run by the local government’s tourism office, shines a light on the city’s draw within the international education sector, simultaneously helping students through the transition of moving to live and learn in the city.

The project works in partnership with 22 local public and private universities, including the prestigious University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Here, students take part in tailored activities and receive welcome kits which include a subway travel card, SIM card, hostel discounts, discounted shuttle into the city center, and access to Eco-bici – the city’s free bike-share system – allowing them to make the most of this vibrant city.

In 2016 and 2017, more than 7,000 students participated in the project’s welcome event Es tu Día, which brings local and international students together for a day of fun and social exchange.

The Buenos Aires City Tourist Board will host a Study Buenos Aires wine reception on May 30 from 6 pm to 8 pm during the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) Annual Conference, in the Le Meridien Philadelphia’s Abele Library.

The reception is open to international universities and educational associations and will highlight Buenos Aires’ unique role as a center for study abroad programmes. Alfredo Fragueiro, Director of Study Buenos Aires and Director of the Buenos Aires City Tourist Board’s Department of Communication and Offer, will lead a presentation on the project, which will be followed by an Argentine wine tasting provided by acclaimed Argentine winery Finca Las Moras.

For more information, visit https://turismojoven.buenosaires.gob.ar/en

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