The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Argentina.

The School in Argentina is Running!

We are pleased to announce that we will run our program in Argentina during the spring 2022 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.

Last updated: April 20, 2022

Current Situation in Argentina

  • CDC Level: 3
  • Department of State Advisory Level: 1
  • Entry Requirements: 
    • All travelers must submit an electronic sworn statement (declaración jurada) confirming vaccination status and absence of Covid-19 symptoms within 48 hours prior to departure.
    • All travelers must provide evidence of medical insurance the includes coverage for Covid-19 (Middlebury will provide this).
    • A Covid-19 test is recommended within 24 hours of arrival, but is not currently required.
  • Students should be aware that airlines will require proof of these entry requirements. 
  • Students should be aware that provinces may maintain different requirements than the national government.  Some locations may require proof of vaccination before granting entry.

For up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Embassy website.

Program Changes

  • Internships may be limited and may take place in a hybrid or remote format.
  • Meetings will take place in small groups or individually, always in compliance with physical distancing regulations and with all parties wearing a mask.  Office hours will be conducted in person, unless the situation requires online meetings.
  • The Middlebury writing and culture course will be conducted in person, unless the situation requires online classes.

Program-Specific Protocols

Arrival

  • Travelers must submit an electronic sworn statement (declaración jurada) within 48 hours before their departure.  Travelers should be prepared to present the email confirmation they receive from the sworn statement in order to board their flight.
  • Proof of medical insurance that includes coverage for Covid-19 must be presented (Middlebury will provide this to students).
  • Those who tested positive for Covid within the last 90 days need to bring proof of diagnosis and documentation from medical care provider (dated at least 10 days after positive test result).
  • Fully vaccinated individuals with a positive Covid test will be required to quarantine for 7 days from the onset of symptoms or, in asymptomatic cases, 7 days from the date of diagnosis, with at least 48 hours of no or mild symptoms, plus 3 days of extra precaution.  The quarantine must take place at a location determined by local health authorities. All costs associated with the quarantine will be the responsibility of the student:
    • Students will order food through a delivery service or from shops close to their accommodations that deliver.
    • Students will report daily to program staff via email. Staff will be available through email, WhatsApp, and Zoom at any time, for any reason.
    • Additional information about quarantine requirements can be found on the Argentinian government’s website here (in Spanish).
  • During the first 14 days in Argentina, international visitors must carry all documentation that accounts for their travel requirements (e.g., proof of vaccination, proof of negative Covid tests, proof of health insurance, etc.).
  • Failure to adhere to quarantine, physical distancing, and other Covid-related protocols and restrictions may result in fines or other penalties, up to and including arrest and jail time.

Orientation

  • As much of the orientation will be held in person as possible, barring any quarantine requirements at the time of arrival.  If a quarantine is required, the orientation will begin online and will shift to an in-person format once the quarantine period is complete.
  • During the orientation, the group will discuss local protocols, preventive measures, government resources, procedures for getting medical care in the case of a Covid-19 infection, and evacuation plans should the in-country program need to be suspended before the end of the semester.

Housing

  • The program will only work with host families whose household members have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Every host family will be asked to report on their particular protocols at home (e.g., cleaning and disinfecting routines, etc.) and this information will be communicated to students upon notification of their homestay assignments prior to the start of the semester.
  • We will give preference to homestays located close to the Hospital Alemán, which is a bilingual hospital within our health insurance provider’s network, and where Covid-related expenses will be covered.

Host Universities

  • Students should be prepared to attend classes either entirely in person, or in a hybrid format (i.e., with some class sessions in person and others remote).

Travel

  • International travel may not be permitted, or permitted only for certain destinations, during the semester.
  • Program-sponsored travel and excursions may be limited.  Students may seek guidance for arranging independent travel within Argentina.
  • Students must report their travel plans to the program staff, who will provide final approval of the trip according to the conditions in the chosen destination.  Approval may be revoked at a later date due to changes in those conditions. Failure to comply with this approval process may result in suspension from the program.
  • Students should make sure to buy refundable tickets and lodging arrangements for any in-country travel in the event their plans must later be cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to disclose all of their contacts during the 72 hours prior to the development of symptoms to local health authorities.  Anyone identified by local health authorities as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to take a saliva test to test for the virus, and then self-isolate for 24-48 hours while awaiting the results.

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If the program is suspended in the middle of the semester, courses will continue online. Middlebury will offer academic tutorials to complement or substitute coursework as necessary. 

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Restrictions will be placed on participation in certain types of extra or co-curricular activities (including volunteer and internship opportunities), even if sponsored by a host university or other partner organization, based on group size, likelihood of contact with high-risk populations, or a heightened risk for close contact with others.  Remote internship opportunities will be encouraged.

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USD $12-$15/night for Airbnb lodging

USD $15-$20/day for food (cooking at home will be less expensive than ordering delivery from restaurants)

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If someone in the homestay tests positive for COVID-19, the family and the student will need to evaluate how to proceed. We will offer students the option of staying at their homestay and quarantining with their hosts or of isolating in another apartment until the quarantine period ends. If the student leaves the accommodation, the host must reimburse the student for the days they were unable to live in the homestay. 

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Students should go to the Hospital Alemán’s COVID-ER and request to be tested. If necessary, they will be admitted to the Hospital Alemán. Middlebury’s international health insurance will cover the test and hospital stay.

The city government of Buenos Aires also provides a network of Unidades Febriles de Urgencia for testing (free of charge). It is also possible to get tested at a private laboratory (at a cost of approximately USD $100). For emergency medical situations, a public health ambulance service may be called by dialing 107.

In the case of mild symptoms, the patient will be asked to self-isolate at home until the results of a diagnostic test are available (usually within 24-48 hours). If the patient tests positive, during the following two weeks, they will have to isolate at home and will receive daily checks from a doctor or nurse by phone. The patient will also have to disclose all of their close contacts during the 72 hours prior to the development of symptoms.

If the students have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, they will be requested by the city government to provide a saliva sample for testing and self-isolate while awaiting the results. The saliva test for close contacts is administered by the local health authorities.