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'You will be able to fully immerse yourself in Argentinian culture'. Photo ©

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For more general information on posts across Latin America please see English Language Assistant placements in Latin America.

How does the programme operate in Argentina? 

The Language Assistants Programme is a bi-lateral mobility programme. We work with our partner organisation, El Ministerio de Educación Argentina, to send English Language Assistants to Higher Education institutions in Argentina.  

El Ministerio de Educación Argentina administer the programme in Argentina and manage the relationship with the Host Higher Education Institutions on our behalf. 

As part of our processes, we will be sharing the information you include in your application with El Ministerio de Educación Argentina and the Higher Education Institutions that they work with. By submitting an application, you are agreeing to us sharing the information included in the form with all parties listed above. 

Am I eligible?

To be a Language Assistant in Argentina, you must:

  • be an undergraduate studying a dual-language degree   
  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria 
  • hold a UK passport. Holders of other EU passports are not eligible for a post in Argentina
  • Be aged between 21 and 35 years on your placement start date  
  • have B1-level Spanish.

When will I start my placement?

Posts in Argentina run from April 2025 to August 2025

Will there be an induction course?

There will be an induction held in Argentina for assistants by the Ministry of Education. Details will be confirmed closer to the time. 

How many hours will I work per week?

Language Assistants in Argentina can expect to work approximately 18 hours per week. This is divided into 15 weekly hours of class time, and 3 hours preparation time. 

Please be aware that the number of hours and your specific timetable can vary depending on the region and institution that you are allocated to.  

How many posts are available in Argentina?

Every year there are 10 posts available in Argentina. As a result, places are very competitive, and candidates may be placed on a waiting list.

Argentina is the only Spanish-speaking country to offer six-month placements. Posts are for undergraduates on their compulsory year abroad who are studying Spanish on a dual-languages degree, so please ensure you state this on your application.  

What type of institution will I be working in?

All placements in Argentina involve working in a university or teacher training institution (‘profesorado´) where the students are training to become English teachers. Some of the language assistants´ time may also be dedicated to teaching at additional institutions, for example at secondary school level. 

Individuals applying to be language assistants in Argentina must be flexible and adaptable. Please note that some placements involve working at multiple institutions and working for one institution for a period of several weeks, before changing to work for a different institution. Some placements may also involve travel within the province where the assistant is based, to teach for a period of time in a different institution and part of the province. 

Timetables involving both early morning and evening classes are also common. 

How much will I be paid?

Argentina experiences high levels of inflation (approximately 40%), so the monthly allowance changes considerably each year. As a result, the monthly allowance will be confirmed nearer the time of appointment.

Assistants in the Patagonian Region (including the provinces of La Pampa, Río Negro, Neuquén, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego) may receive a slightly higher allowance due to the higher cost of living in the area. 

What are the costs involved?

Applicants should also be aware that there are significant costs associated with the visa process and moving to Argentina. However, these costs should not come all at once as they will occur at different stages of the process, from visa application to arrival in Argentina.  The Ministry of Education in Argentina Costs are likely to include:   

Pre-departure:  

  • International Child Protection Certificate (£75)  
  • Visa application including administrative fees (TBC) 
  • Travel costs to and from visa centre  
  • Travel costs to placement location (£750 - £1,500) 

In post (before receiving first payment) 

  • Accommodation costs including initial temporary accommodation and deposit for permanent accommodation in Argentina 
  • Residency permit costs on arrival (TBC) 
  • Costs for initial few months – You may not receive your first payment until late November, so you will need sufficient funds for this time. Previous assistants have recommended budgeting for at least two months without pay (£1,000 – 2,000)  

We encourage you to read more about the monthly allowance and how much money we recommend budgeting for Argentina in section 9 of the destination guide (available to downloaded from the bottom of this page).

Will I need a visa?

Yes, all assistants will be required to apply for a visa.

The Ministry of Education in Argentina manages the visa process in conjunction with the Argentine Embassy in the UK. The Ministry will give you instructions regarding obtaining the visa and put you in touch with the Embassy to carry out the process. 

At this stage you should check the expiry date in your passport to ensure that your passport will not require renewal until at least six months after you will return to the UK.

What holidays will I have?

In Argentina the academic calendar runs from March to December. The Language Assistant placement starts in April and ends at the end of August. Typically, assistants can expect to receive the same school and national holidays as their institution.  

Holidays vary by institution, however, all assistants receive two weeks holiday during July, with the exact dates depending on the institution as well as public holidays.

Please note that these dates are not confirmed but have been provided to help give you an idea of what the academic calendar may look like. Your institution will give you full details of your term dates when you begin your post.  

Where can I go in Argentina?

As we do not expect to find out the location of the posts until shortly before departure, flexibility is essential when applying for an assistantship in Argentina. Argentina is a very culturally and geographically diverse country and, as a language assistant in Argentina, you could be based in any part of the country. 

An ability to adapt to a very different culture, flexibility and resilience are essential for anyone considering a placement in Argentina.  

Most posts in Argentina tend to be in towns or cities. However, you may find yourself allocated to a smaller town or more rural area. You may also find that you spend time during your placement travelling to and working in different parts of your allocated province. 

As an indication, in previous years, assistants were allocatedto posts at universities in the following regions and locations: 

  • Nor Oeste Argentino (Northwestof Argentina) - Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca, La Rioja y Santiago del Estero.  
  • Nor Este Argentino (Northeastof Argentina) – Chaco, Formosa, Corrientes y Misiones.   
  • CUYO - Mendoza, San Juan y San Luis  
  • CENTRO - Buenos Aires, City of Buenos Aires (CABA), Córdoba, Entre Ríos y Santa Fe  
  • Patagonia - La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz y Tierra del Fuego 

Applicants should be aware that there are often no posts available in Buenos Aires. Applicants need to be willing to include other locations as alternatives.  

You can specify a preference, within your application form as to the region where you would like to be based. While all efforts will be made to meet your choice, we cannot guarantee your preferred region. Before applying, it is advisable that you research thoroughly the different provinces and think carefully about where you feel you would best be suited to being based.

To help the allocation process you might want to mention any of the following where relevant and if they are important to you: 

  • near an indigenous community 
  • coastal region 
  • tourist area 
  • mild temperature 
  • lack of other foreigners 
  • close to other language assistants 
  • historical area 
  • industrial area 
  • good transport links 
  • humid temperature 
  • near other foreigners 

I’ve worked as a Language Assistant in Argentina – can I apply again?

Unfortunately, Language Assistants in Argentina cannot apply for a consecutive year in the same country, although they are welcome to apply to work in a different country.

Where can I get information about my placement from? 

The guide for Language Assistants in Argentina 2023-24 is available to download in PDF format below. This information has been provided for reference and is subject to change each year. Updated guidance for Assistants going out on placement in 2025 will be available in summer 2024.