9 best rated universities in South America

Studying at a quality university is the dream of many people. And when we talk about it, the most requested ones are usually the public ones, be they state or federal. Here we will talk about the 9 best universities in South America, will you study at one of them?

Achieving a good grade in the entrance exam or even in Enem is the desire of many young people, especially those who are looking for places at the best universities. The data that we will present here were released in 2019. How many in Brazil appear in the ranking? Check out.

1 – Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

This university is located in the city of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Its foundation happened in 1888, and in the beginning there were only Law and Mathematics courses. In 1930 Pope Pius XI became a Pontifical University, and today it serves more than 20 thousand students.

Chile’s PUC has a solid education, preparing students for technical-scientific study. From this, they try to align the different realities experienced by the population, seeking a complete development of society. In its years, more than 90 thousand students have been trained, including two presidents of Chile.

2 – University of Sao Paulo

 University of Sao Paulo

The University of São Paulo (USP) carried for years the title of best college in South America, but recently it was overtaken by the Chilean PUC. Today USP leads the way among Brazilians and remains one of the greatest references in relation to higher education, not only in Brazil, but worldwide.

USP was initially founded as a Faculty of Law, this in 1827, later, in 1934, it became a university. Several important personalities passed by, such as the ex-presidents of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Jânio Quadros.

3 – Universidad de los Andes

Universidad de los Andes

The University of the Andes, located in Colombia, is considered the third best in South America. It was founded in 1948, with the aim of forming an academic elite in that country. In fact, it was the first Colombian higher education institution. It is considered a vanguard educational project, which seeks to improve the qualification of the professionals who pass through it.

In 1949, when his classes started, there were seven programs, with only 79 students and 16 teachers. Today the infrastructure is much larger, filled with laboratories and libraries. One of the focuses is research, with the development of several academic works and articles.

4 – Campinas State University

 Campinas State University

The State University of Campinas (Unicamp) is the second best Brazilian on the list. This is one of the four universities maintained by the Government of São Paulo, together with USP, with Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) and with the Virtual University of the State of São Paulo (Univesp). The differential is in relation to research, the focus of Unicamp.

Its main campus is in the district of Barão Geraldo, in an area of ​​3.5 square kilometers. In addition to Campinas, there are also units in Limeira, Piracicaba and Paulínia. Nowadays, Unicamp offers more than 150 postgraduate courses, with vacancies for masters and doctorates.

5 – University of Chile

 University of Chile

The University of Chile was created in 1842, replacing the old Colonial University of Sán Felipe. Nowadays it is considered a very complex university, as it has academic studies in the most varied areas of knowledge. Here we have already talked about some research-oriented ones, and this is another one that values ​​this segment.

Nowadays it is formed by 14 faculties and four interdisciplinary institutes. It has five campuses, the main one being in Santiago. It is noteworthy the fact that 20 Chilean presidents went there, in addition to Nobel Prize winners.

6 – University of Buenos Aires University of Buenos Aires

If you were missing Argentina, the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) is the best placed in that country and ranks sixth among the best universities in South America. Its foundation took place in 1821, being one of the most traditional in the continent . There is no need to pay anything to study there and the interesting thing is that it has its own “government”.

It is noteworthy that the University of Buenos Aires has a partnership with some famous educational institutions, such as Harvard, in the United States and some in Europe. It offers different faculties in one, such as:

  • Faculty of Agronomy;
  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism;
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences;
  • Faculty of Veterinary Sciences;
  • Faculty of Dentistry.

Except that there is no campus to unify all these colleges, there are two sites in Buenos Aires grouping the different educational institutions.

7 – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) is the third best in Brazil and the seventh placed among all of South America. Its foundation happened in 1792, but it became a university only in 1920, yet it appears among the oldest in this ranking.

UFRJ was already classified in some years as the best higher education institution in Brazil, but today it does not occupy this position, appearing in the top 5. Its main headquarters is in the city of Rio de Janeiro, but it also operates in ten other municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro. You can study at:

  • Angra dos Reis;
  • Duque de Caxias;
  • Itaperuna;
  • Macaé.

Its structure unites the teaching of several areas of knowledge in a single environment. Those interested can enter through entrance exams or the Unified Selection System (Sisu).

8 – National University of Colombia

National University of Colombia

According to the QS Ranking of Universities in Latin America 2020, Universidad Nacional de Colombia is the eighth best in South America, and is still the second best in its country. It was founded in 1867, being composed of different campuses, spread throughout the Colombian territory.

The main headquarters of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia is in Bogotá. Currently it has thousands of students, distributed by the units of Medellín, Manizales, Palmira, Arauca, Liticia and San Andrés.

9 – Paulista State University

Paulista State University

The Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) closes our ranking with the nine best institutions of higher education in South America. It has 24 units spread across the state of São Paulo, of which only one is in the capital. It was created in 1976 and has more than 40 thousand students today.

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