Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is famously known as "the Paris of the South America", due to its diverse European-style architecture and fashion, houses painted in lively colors, and multicultural atmosphere, is a lively city that has managed to maintain its natural Latin culture, something many cosmopolitans lose. The city lies strategically in the fertile plains near the coast, just at the edge of the great Río de la Plata. Most of the city’s inhabitants are descendants of immigrants who moved to Argentina from Western European countries in mid 19th century. Study abroad in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, a great place for soccer lovers, a city that played a crucial role in South American history, featuring cafes with character and cultural significance that, just like New York, never sleeps. Embrace the diversity of a multicultural city welcoming a diverse international crowd.
The economy of Buenos Aires is increasingly moving from industrialization, mainly manufacturing to technology and service, which currently accounts for more than 75% of the total city’s economy. Manufacturing, advertising and agriculture are the three main economic pillars of Buenos Aires. Tourism is also picking up and there are more than 300 registered hotels in the city and an extra 300 hostels to accommodate the growing number of tourists. This means that international students can secure part-time job opportunities in these sectors to supplement their upkeep costs during their studies.
Other industries where students can find beneficial employment include finance, real estate, oil refining, clothing and textile, food and beverage. Almost 2,500 large businesses have offices in Buenos Aires, including companies like Schneider, Chevron, or Havanna.
Buenos Aires is known for its highly gifted writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers. You can grab a cup of coffee at the historic Café Tortoni in the evening or head to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), a private art museum that was designed by two young Argentine architects. Head to Palermo, the best neighbourhood to experience the city life in Buenos Aires; grab a drink at Plaza Palermo or visit the botanical garden that is almost 170 years old and has more than 5000 species of plants. You sure will want to visit the waterfront neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, especially Puente de la Mujer or Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo for shopping.
Entertainment is incomplete without dancing to Tango, the national music but there are bars that also play very relaxing jazz and opera. When it comes to partying, people in Buenos Aires are experts. Other places you can visit include the beautiful Florida Street, Tigre Art Museum, El Congreso, China Town, Recoleta Cemetry, among others. The city enjoys a vibrant nightlife, which is mostly loved by most foreign students and tourists. Music and film festivals are regularly held in the city throughout the year.
Spanish is the national language spoken in Buenos Aires, the second most spoken international language. As a result, you will have the opportunity to interact with a very large multicultural community in the city, coming from all parts of Latin America and Europe.
The city is also a friendly place that embraces different sexuality preferences, gay marriage, transgendered people and others, providing an open accepting environment not always commonly found in Latin America. The vibrant city life attracts a diverse international crowd, progressive thinking and diverse cuisines from all over the world, ensuring a worthwhile rewarding study experience.
Buenos Aires experiences a mild climate year round with annual temperatures averaging 18º C (64.4º F) with very irregular cold and hot days. Summers are usually hot and humid while autumn is considerably rainy.