If you are looking to study in one of the best universities in Latin America, then heading to Brazil might be your best bet, according to the results of the 2018 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings. The country has an impressive 43 universities in the ranking of approximately 130 universities in the region.
However, students looking to study abroad in Latin America do have options. Other countries in the region that have a strong presence on the list include Chile (26 universities), Mexico (22) and Colombia (19).
In fact, the third ranked university (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) is located in Chile and a new entry into the top five, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education is located in Mexico.
The fourth placed institution is another Brazilian university, the Federal University of São Paulo.
The Latin America University Ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but some of the indicators have been recalibrated to reflect the profile of higher education in Latin America. The full methodology can be found here.
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1. State University of Campinas, Brazil
The State University of Campinas, or Unicamp, is located in the city of Campinas in the São Paulo region of Brazil.
Although the university is one of Brazil’s youngest (it opened in 1966), it has established itself as a primary medical and scientific research centre. The institution is responsible for around 15 per cent of the research conducted in Brazil.
International undergraduate students will need to sit an exam before acceptance. The exam requires prospective students to have a good grasp of Portuguese.
Both Brazilian and international students do not pay tuition fees, as is the case in all state-run universities in the country.
The university offers 70 undergraduate programmes and 153 postgraduate programmes across four main areas: exact sciences, human sciences, biological sciences and technologies.
2. University of São Paulo, Brazil
The University of São Paulo is the oldest and largest university in Brazil. Four of the 11 campuses can be found in the city of São Paulo, while the remaining campuses are in the cities of Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and two in São Carlos.
The university has many recreational activities available to students, including 245 museums and galleries, two theatres, a cinema, a TV channel and an orchestra.
There are also five hospitals affiliated with the institution.The University of São Paulo Medical School Public Hospital is the largest hospital in Latin America and is a major training hospital for the university’s School of Medicine.
3. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile
The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is one of six private Catholic universities in the Chilean university system and one of two pontifical universities in the country.
The university originally taught law, mathematics, legal sciences and physical sciences. However the faculty of theology was established in 1935 and since then the course catalogue has expanded to include subjects such as philosophy, commerce and technology.
Four of the university’s campuses are located in Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Santiago is the cultural, political and financial centre of Chile, home to the headquarters of many multinational companies.
The fifth campus is in Villarrica next to the city’s lake.
4. Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
The Federal University of São Paulo is a public university in Brazil. It was founded in 2005 as a health science specialist university to develop students into health professionals and contribute to medical research.
Students are able to undertake work experience at São Paulo Hospital which is the largest hospital in Brazil, providing health services for underprivileged people.
The university has expanded its number of campuses and now several of these campuses offer courses that deviate from medicine, such as philosophy, history and economics.
5. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico
The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education is a private university system founded in 1943 in Monterrey, Mexico.
It offers undergraduate, master’s and PhD programmes across a number of disciplines, including engineering, management, social sciences, arts, science and medicines. There are 31 campuses across 25 cities in Mexico.
The university encourages students to study abroad for a period of time. Students at the university represent more than 70 nationalities.
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