Top Universities in South America for 2018

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018 listed 46 universities in South America on its top 1000 list. Most of the picks are found in Brazil, but there are quality universities located across the continent.

Hoping to study at home or move abroad to work on your Spanish or Portuguese?

Here are three of our favorite top universities in South America for 2018.

1.   University of Sao Paulo

The University of Sao Paulo, located in Brazil’s capital city, has been identified as the top university in South America, cracking the top 300 list on the Times rankings.

USP has nearly a century of history in academic excellence. Founded in 1934, it pioneered higher education and new teaching standards in Brazil. As a point of interest for academics around the world, it has long attracted the world’s best teachers across a range of disciplines. The school has also produced presidents, CEOs, and incredible researchers.

USP is a huge school – it’s home to 90,000 students across 11 campuses located in Sao Paulo and beyond. Students have 200 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate programs to choose from.

2.   Diego Portales University

Diego Portales University is one of the top universities in South America located outside Brazil. Founded in 1982, it DPS is Chile’s first private university and has two campuses in Santiago and Huechuraba.

The school has just over 14,000 students and around 1,300 staff. Students are able to take on one of 31 undergraduate programs either as full-time day students or in evening classes. Faculties at DSP range from architecture art and design to law to engineering and sciences, providing a well-rounded education.

3.   Pontifical Javeriana University

Colombia’s best university is one of the top universities in South America. Pontifical Javeriana University, named after Francis Xavier, the Jesuit founder of the Friends of Jesus, is also one of the oldest universities on the continent – it has been educating students continuously since it was founded in 1623.

Its status as a Jesuit university is not uncommon – 28 South American universities are run by the Friends of Jesus organization.

One of the things we like about this university is that it combines a large number of degree options with small class sizes, something not found at USP or at Diego Portales.

South America is home to some world-class universities offering a variety of degree programs in intimate settings. Are you looking for schools in South America? What schools top your list?

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