9 best rated universities in South America

Studying at a quality university is a 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 seeking places in the best universities. The data that we will present here were released in 2019. How many in Brazil appear in the ranking? Output check.

1 – Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

This university is located in the city of Santiago, capital of Chile. Its foundation took place in 1888, and at the beginning there were only Law and Mathematics courses. In 1930, Pope Pius XI became a Pontifical University and today serves more than 20,000 students.

Chile’s PUC has a solid background, preparing students for technical-scientific study. From this, they seek to align the different realities experienced by the population, seeking an integral development of society. In his years, more than 90,000 students were trained, including two presidents from Chile.

  • Country: Chile
  • Location: https://www.uc.cl/

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 among Brazilians and remains one of the greatest references in relation to higher education, not only in Brazil, but in the world.

USP was initially founded as a Faculty of Law, which in 1827, later, in 1934, became a university. Several important personalities were there, such as ex-presidents of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Jânio Quadros.

  • Country: Brazil
  • Location:  https://www.usp.br/

3 – University of the Andes

University of the 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, with laboratories and libraries. One of the focuses is research, with the development of several papers and academic articles.

  • Country: Colombia
  • Location: https://uniandes.edu.co/

4 – Unicamp

 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, the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) and the Virtual University of the State of São Paulo (Univesp). The differential is in relation to research, Unicamp’s focus.

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. Today, Unicamp offers more than 150 graduate courses, with masters and doctoral positions.

  • Country: Brazil
  • Location:  https://www.unicamp.br/

5 – University of Chile

 University of Chile

The University of Chile was created in 1842, replacing the old Colonial University of Sán Felipe. Today 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 of them focused on research, and this is another that values ​​this segment.

It currently consists of 14 faculties and four interdisciplinary institutes. It has five campuses, the main one being in Santiago. It is worth mentioning that there were 20 Chilean presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners.

  • Country: Chile
  • Location: https://www.uchile.cl/

6 – University of Buenos Aires

If you missed Argentina, the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) is the best choice in that country and ranks sixth among the best South American universities. Its foundation happened in 1821, being one of the most traditional of 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 worth mentioning that the University of Buenos Aires has a partnership with some renowned 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 of these colleges, there are two sites in Buenos Aires grouping together as different educational institutions.

  • Country: Argentina
  • site: http://www.uba.ar/

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 only became a university in 1920, but it is 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, ranking among 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 apply through the entrance exam or the Unified Selection System (Sisu).

  • Country: Brazil
  • Location:  https://ufrj.br/

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 Universidad Nacional de Colombia is in Bogotá. It currently has thousands of students, distributed by the units of Medellín, Manizales, Palmira, Arauca, Liticia and San Andrés.

  • Country: Colombia
  • Website: https://unal.edu.co/

9 – Paulista State University

Paulista State University

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

  • Country: Brazil
  • Location:  https://www.unesp.br/

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