(CNN Spanish) Gratuity in undergraduate courses and academic excellence are two of the values that distinguish the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and that make this Argentine institution —more and more frequently— a concrete alternative for young people from all over the world. world who want to complete their higher education.
Last June, the QS World University international ranking placed the UBA in the 67th position of the best universities in the world. It is the highest place among Latin American universities for the eighth consecutive year and it is what has already attracted some 28,000 foreign students to the country, interested in postgraduate degree options at that house of studies.
“The name that the UBA has in Latin America and the currency exchange that we have, that we have dollars, led me to come to study here at the university in Argentina,” Mateo Flores said about the incentives that led him to leave his country. an Ecuadorian student who spoke to CNN.
What are the requirements for foreigners?
There is a factor that is attractive to foreign students, and that has to do with accessibility in academic matters. It implies that, despite the high demand and the large number of practices, admission exams or quotas do not apply at the UBA.
Thus, in order to be able to enter one of the one hundred undergraduate courses in its academic offer, foreign students only need to present their secondary degree, which they must revalidate in the country, and their national identity document, for which they must first apply for a residency temporary in the country.
In addition, for those who do not come from Spanish-speaking countries, they must pass a level of Spanish B1, which accounts for an intermediate command of the language in understanding and writing texts.
Common basic cycle, an admission program for Argentines and non-Argentines
Once the few procedures to enroll in the UBA have been completed, all students —foreign and not— must take a basic cycle common to all careers that will operate as a leveler and equalizer of content.
The CBC, as it is commonly known, consists of six subjects that must be passed to begin studying in one of the 13 faculties of the university. Although these subjects are expected to be completed over a year, their approval, especially in some races, could take up to two years.
More data on why the UBA became the best alternative in the region and beyond
The University of Buenos Aires was founded in 1821 and, since then, five Nobel Prize winners and 16 Argentine presidents have passed through its classrooms.
It has a lot to do with the high academic level provided by the 50,000 teachers who lead the classes and who owe their quality to the permanent updating processes that govern the institution.
“Here it is a relationship with the tutor. The tutor is your friend, not an authority. That helps you a lot to perform better, not to be afraid of seeing him as an authority. He is someone who will help and motivate you,” he says. on the subject Mateo Flores.
Added to this is the scientific quality of its research institutes and the number of articles published by its members in prestigious academic journals around the world.
In fact, the UBA depends financially on the Argentine State, and that is one of the reasons why it has fewer resources than other universities in the world. However, this has not affected its performance at a global level, and its students and teachers claim above all values such as being public, free, autonomous and self-sufficient, which implies that it has a system of self-government in which each faculty chooses to the authorities.
In addition, his students mention the great human factor of the university: “The truth is that here they are very kind to all foreigners (…) They help you in the study, they show you how you should start in the university and they are very friendly and friends at college,” says Sot Yousef al Syde, a student from Egypt.
With information from Hugo Manu Correa
Source: CNN Espanol