Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
University Info | Faculty of Engineering Info | International Relations Office
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
All courses at ITBA are taught in Spanish. Hence, applicants must have completed at least 2 years of Spanish at university level by the time of application. Students who do not meet this requirement will be accepted contingent upon successful completion of the Intensive Spanish Course at ITBA.
In 2013 ITBA started offering courses in English, for a list of courses offered in English please contact the International Relations Office.
Since its creation as a private university in 1959, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) is well known for its calling for innovation, technology and academic excellence. The successful labour performance of more than 7,000 professional graduates is the best support to ITBA’s academic proposal.
ITBA offers the following undergraduate courses:
Industrial Engineering, Administration and Systems, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Naval Architecture, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.
In turn, the Graduate School aims at updating and deepening professional training focusing on different training areas, including among them: Economics and Finance, Operations, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Oil, Gas and Energy; Technology, Society, Law and Environment and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted
- Computer Science Majors: Accepted
First Semester (March-July), Second Semester (August-December), or Academic Year
Additional Application Materials?
- Administration and Information Systems
- Chemical Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture
- Petroleum Engineering
When will students receive their acceptance package?
- Spanish Test
- Application Form
- Motivation letter indicating reasons why you want to study at ITBA (in Spanish or English)
- Original transcript of grades issued, signed and sealed by the home University. Must include all courses taken
- Copy of first two pages of the passport
- List of courses in progress
- Double degree students must include a certified copy of their High School Diploma
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Acceptance emails will be sent to students and their home school advisors approximately 6 weeks after receiving a complete application.
The Academic year runs from March to December and is divided into two semesters: the first semester that goes from March to July and the second semester from August to December.
Workload per Semester
|1st Semester March- July
|Intensive Spanish Course
||Thursday and Friday before the start of class
||first week of March- last week of June
||2 weeks in July
|2nd Semester August- December
|Intensive Spanish Course
||Thursday and Friday before the start of class
||first week of August- last week of November
||2 weeks in December
All exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 ITBA credits per semester in order to be considered full time students. Students can take up to 24 credits per semesters although we do not recommend it. Most exchange students take between 12-18 credits per semester.
One transcript will be mailed to student’s home school advisor approximately two months after the end of the exchange period.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
ITBA does not offer on-campus accommodation. Hence, each student is responsible for making his/her own living arrangements.
The suggested accommodation includes different types of housing available for students in the city of Buenos Aires: hostels, bed + breakfasts, student residences, home stays, apartments, and hotels.
ITBA is not affiliated with any of these resources and will not be held liable for any problems arising from a student´s stay there.
Contact us for further information.
International students who do not need a visa to enter Argentina as tourists are not required to get a student visa before arriving. They will need to process a temporary residence permit once they have entered the country. A list of applicable countries is available online.
Students who are nationals of Australia, Canada or the US are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee in order to enter Argentine Territory. You may pay this fee BEFORE entering the country, via the Immigration Office website.
The payment of this entry request fee IS NOT A VISA since Argentina does not require a visa for nationals of the mentioned countries when traveling for tourism or business purposes. This fee does not alter the temporary residence permit process, which is obligatory.
The cost of the Reciprocity Fee varies according to the country:
- Australia - USD 100 (single entry)
- Canada - USD 75 (single entry)
- United States of America - USD 160 (multiple entry - valid for 10 years)
ALL STUDENTS SHOULD PRESENT THE SAME PASSPORT WHEN REQUESTING ALL DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE TEMPORARY VISA AS WELL AS WHEN ENTERING OR EXITING ARGENTINA.
Students who require a tourist visa to enter Argentina will be required to get a student visa before arriving in Buenos Aires. The University must solicit permission for entry (permiso de ingreso) from the Immigration office in order for the visa to be approved. This costs AR$1200 and can take up to 3 months, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are in this situation.
We suggest that you verify the additional visa requirements and costs with the Argentine Consulate where you will get your visa while preparing your application materials.
International students will process a temporary residence permit once they have entered the country.
Students coming for up to 6 months do not need any documentation from their home countries. They will need to request a certificate of criminal record in Argentina ($60) and present that along with the passport, two pictures 4x4 with white background, copy of all the pages of the passport and AR$600 in the National Immigration Department.
Students staying for more than 6 months or who come from MERCOSUR and associated countries will need to bring a certificate of criminal record from the country or countries where they have resided for the past 5 years. This certificate should either be legalized by an Argentine consulate from that country or bear an Apostille from the Hague. Students with dual citizenship should use the same passport to request this certificate of criminal record as the one they will use to get the temporary residence permit in Argentina.
U.S. students need the FBI criminal record. This is the only document that will be accepted in Argentina as criminal record of the United States. The FBI should apostille the criminal record and then it has to be translated and legalized. The apostille is done by the US Foreign Ministry.
If your certificate is in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated. It is advisable that the translation be done in Argentina by a public translator, which will then need to be legalized by the College of Public Translators. To find a translator, you may consult their webpage.
This certificate will be presented along with an Argentine certificate of criminal record, passport, copy of all the pages of the passport, two pictures 4x4 with white background, certificate of argentinian residence and AR$300 in the National Immigration Department.
The Argentine certificate of criminal record is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Once you have gone to Immigration and received the temporary residence permit, you may leave and enter Argentina as often as you like until it expires.
Students have up to 90 days to complete this process and will be assisted by staff from the International Relations Office.
In order to protect our international students, we require that all of them carry a health insurance from a local Argentinean provider. This must include in-country coverage as well as medical evacuation and repatriation (for coverage limits, please contact the International Relations Department).
When should I arrive?
ITBA recognizes the plan offered by the William Hope, which provides access to medical appointments, tests and emergencies without the need for prior approval from the insurance company. Information on this process and plans can be downloaded from ITBA's website.
Students with pre-existing conditions that may not be covered by local insurance should contact our office before arrival to discuss their medical needs and insurance coverage. Students who wish to purchase alternative local coverage must send the details of said coverage to the International Relations Department before arrival for its approval.
Is airport reception available?
The orientation program is held on the last Thursday and Friday before classes begin. This activity is a must for all new international students as it introduces them to the University, its facilities, norms and people; the city of Buenos Aires, and all practical matters needed to make the most out of their academic and social experience. Participation has a cost of approximately USD$30.
We not provide airport reception. You should take a taxi cab to your housing. ONLY use one of the companies that have desks right after the Customs area or the services offered by Manuel Tienda Leon.
Do not use any other providers (people asking if you need a ride, etc.)
Is there any bank on campus?
You can pay for the taxi with your credit card or with cash (pesos or US dollars are accepted) before leaving the airport.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
There is a Santander Rio Bank on campus for students.
ITBA´s location in Puerto Madero is privileged as it is easily reachable by public transportation and is within walking distance from landmarks such as the Government House, Plaza de Mayo and the Colon Opera House.
What to take?
- Buses: 4, 6, 20, 22, 26, 28, 33, 50, 56, 61, 62, 74, 91, 93, 99, 105, 109, 111, 126, 129, 130, 140, 143, 146, 152, 180, 159.
- Subway line: B
If you are a foreign student, you can contact our office Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM
Address: Avenida Eduardo Madero 399 (C1106ACD), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54 11) 6393-4838
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