Best universities in Latin America
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If you are looking to study at one of the top universities in Latin America, heading to Brazil might be your best bet, based on the results of the 2022 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings. The country has an impressive 67 universities in the ranking.
The 2022 ranking includes 197 institutions in 13 countries, up from 177 institutions last year.
Despite Brazil being the most-represented country in the ranking, the top university for the third consecutive year is the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Brazil’s University of São Paulo comes in second place.
Chile is another good choice for students looking to study in Latin America, with 30 universities in the ranking. Other countries with a strong presence include Colombia (29 universities) and Mexico (26).
The rest of the top five comprises the University of Campinas (ranked third), the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), in fourth place, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology, in fifth position.
The Latin America University Rankings 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 and the Caribbean. The full methodology can be found here.
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1. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is one of six private Catholic universities in Chile and one of two pontifical universities in the country.
Founded in 1888, the university originally taught law, mathematics, legal sciences and physical sciences. However, the course catalogue has since expanded to include subjects such as theology, philosophy, commerce and technology.
Four of the university’s campuses are located in Santiago, Chile’s capital and its cultural, political and financial centre, home to the headquarters of many multinational companies.
The fifth campus is in Villarrica next to the city’s lake.
2. University of São Paulo, Brazil
The University of São Paulo is the oldest and largest university in Brazil. Four of its 11 campuses are in the city of São Paulo, while the remaining campuses are in the cities of Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and São Carlos, which has two.
The university has many recreational activities and facilities, including museums and galleries, two theatres, a cinema, a TV channel and an orchestra.
Five hospitals are also affiliated with the institution, including the University of São Paulo Medical School Public Hospital, which is a major training hospital for the university’s School of Medicine.
3. University of Campinas, Brazil
The 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 was founded in 1964), it has established itself as a primary medical and scientific research centre. The institution is responsible for about 15 per cent of academic research conducted in Brazil.
International undergraduates will need to sit an exam before acceptance. The exam requires prospective students to have a good grasp of Portuguese.
Neither Brazilian nor international students pay tuition fees, as is the case in all state-run universities in the country.
The university offers 66 undergraduate programmes and 152 graduate programmes across four main areas: exact sciences, human sciences, biological sciences and technologies.
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4. Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) is located in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.
The university was established to provide teaching and learning in the health sciences, but from 2005 it began to offer courses in areas such as the humanities, computer science and engineering.
The university has six campuses.
5. Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico
The Monterrey Institute of Technology is a private university system founded in 1943 in Monterrey, Mexico. Today, it has 29 campuses across 25 cities.
It offers undergraduate, master’s and PhD programmes across disciplines such as engineering, management, social sciences, arts, science and medicine.
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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