With an area of 3.8 million square miles and a population of over 40 million, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world. Half of its inhabitants reside in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, a region formed by the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and the 40 districts that surround the capital city of the country. The country benefits from rich natural resources, a highly educated population, a globally competitive agricultural sector and a diversified industrial base.
From 1880 to 1930, Argentina became one of the world’s ten wealthiest nations due to the rapid expansion of commercial agriculture and foreign investment in infrastructure. During this period, an important flow of immigrants, predominantly of European origin, came to Argentina. Although Argentina has been through periods of economic recession, it has continued to attract immigrants from diverse origins. To the waves of immigrants from neighboring countries that arrived during the second half of the 20th century, new migrants from other Latin American countries have established in the capital city of the country in recent years.
Very early in its history, Argentina developed a national public school system similar, in many ways, to the one in the United States. The country achieved high levels of literacy, also comparable to those in the United States. The first Argentine university was founded in Cordoba by the Jesuits in 1613, and today there are 65 public and 63 private universities. Five Argentines have received the Nobel Prize.
The Fulbright Program in Argentina started in 1956 and awards approximately 200 scholarships per year.
Both junior and tenured university faculty members are encouraged to apply; experienced professionals with teaching or training experience are also eligible. The academic year is from mid-March to mid-November with a semester break between July and August. Applications must include sample syllabi, a language proficiency report and a letter of invitation from a local host institution.
Visit the Fulbright commission website for more information on the U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Program. For Commission inquiries, please contact Executive Director Norma González or Program Deputy Melina Ginszparg, telephone: 5411-4814-3561.
Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.