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Languages Spanish
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) 1 dolar = 5.4 pesos argentinos
A Bigmac is u$s 5,50 or 26 pesos
Time zone UTC-3
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 2,12 Doctors and 2,4 beds per 1000 people
Member of IFMSA since... 2010
Number of incoming students per year 20
Who is our NEO Julio Ariel Broll
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Welcome Note

Bienvenidos! Welcome!! We can´t wait to share this amazing experience with you!!


Argentina is located in South America, and is the eighth-largest country in the world and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations.

The central region of Argentina is the rich plain known as La Pampa. There is jungle in the extreme northeast. The southern half of Argentina is dominated by the flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia. The western border with Chile is along the rugged Andes mountains, including the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. The western Cuyo regions at the base of the Andes are mostly rocky desert with some poisonous frock trees.

Argentina has a population of 40,091,359 inhabitants.

Our health care system

Argentina’s health care system is composed of three sectors: the public sector, financed through taxes; the private sector, financed through voluntary insurance schemes; and the social security sector, financed through obligatory insurance schemes. The Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS), oversees all three subsectors of the health care system and is responsible for setting of regulation, evaluation and collecting statistics.

The public sector is funded and managed by Obras Sociales, umbrella organizations for Argentine worker's unions. There are over 300 Obras Sociales in Argentina, each chapter being organized according to the occupation of the beneficiary.

The public system is highly decentralized to the provincial level; often primary care is even under the purview of local townships. Since 2001, the number of Argentines relying on public services has seen an increase. According to 2000 figures, 37.4% of Argentines had no health insurance, 48.8 were covered under Obras Sociales, 8.6% had private insurance, and 3.8% were covered by both Obras Sociales and private insurance schemes.

There are more than 153,000 hospital beds, 121,000 physicians and 37,000 dentists.

Our medical education

In Argentina medical school usually lasts 6 years . The three first years are mostly centered on theoretical knowledges and the last 3 in the clinical sciences.

There are more that 12,000 first-year medical but no more that 5,000 physicians graduate each year. This high dropout rate is observed mostly during the first years especially in those attending the public university.

Many of the mayor universities are free of all charge. Admission requirements are very different depending on the university you attend. Some do not have them, while others require a course or an exam.

Residency programs is another issue, fewer than 50% of the graduates can obtain a residency. The reasons for this are multiple, and a hot topic of debate amongst the medical community.

Cultural differences

Argentines are very engaging people who may ask very personal questions within minutes after first meeting someone. They will expect you to do the same.

Cheek kissing is very common in Argentina's big cities, among and between women and men. When two women, or opposite sexes first meet, it is not uncommon to kiss. Two men will first shake hands if they do not know each other, but will probably kiss when departing, especially if they have spoken for a while. Male friends cheek kiss every time when greeting, it is like a sign of trust. Trying to shake hands when offered a kiss will be considered odd, but never rude especially if you are an obvious foreigner.

Argentinians generally take a relaxed attitude towards time. If you are invited to a dinner or party at, say 9PM, it does not mean that you should be present at 9PM, but instead that you should not arrive before 9PM.

Accommodation & Boarding

All of our incoming students are placed with host families, most of which belong to medical students or are medical students.

Social program

A social program will be offered by the local committee , helping you to enjoy the rich cultural and nigthlife of our country.

Local & National transportation

International transportation is usually by plane or bus. There are 21 airports in Argentina, 16 of them international. Be aware of ht Reciprocity Fee "BA Airports Entry Fee", if you are traveling by plane if you are using passports of USA, Canada, and Australia.

Argentina boasts an outstanding short and long-distance bus network. Since regional train service is limited and plane tickets are more expensive, bus travel is the most common way to travel from city to city within Argentina.

Locally there is a great public system in most big cities. Car rental is available throughout Argentina, though it is a bit expensive compared with other forms of transportation. Traffic regulations in Argentina are generally the same as in the U.S. or Europe, but the local often ignore the regulations. Be aware that the driving style in Argentina is aggressive and chaotic.


The generally temperate climate ranges from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the far south.

The north is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild drier winters, and is subject to periodic droughts.

Central Argentina has hot summers with thunderstorms (western Argentina produces some of the world's largest hail), and cool winters.

The southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountainous zones.

Higher elevations at all latitudes experience cooler conditions.

The southern regions, particularly the far south, experience long periods of daylight from November to February (up to nineteen hours) and extended nights from May to August.

Social life

Social life in argentina is very rich, from theaters, museums, bars, restaurants and an exiting nigthlife.

Whatever your taste, you are never going to get bored in Argentina.


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