Do you dream of completing your higher studies in Peru? Here is what you need to know on the Peruvian higher education system and on enrollment formalities.
Completing their higher studies in Peru is the dream of many students worldwide, especially in terms of cultural exposure. Indeed, Peru's higher education system is rather well known in Latin America, often quoted by the UNESCO, the World Bank and even the Inter-American Development Bank. Studying in Peru can thus be an enriching experience both culturally and professionally.
Moreover, the Peruvian higher education system is very open towards foreign students. In fact, many public and private universities have partnerships with important European higher education institutions.
Higher education system
To date, Peru hosts some 140 public and private universities. These are divided into four types of institutions, namely universities, higher technology institutes, higher educational institutes and specialization and research institutes. In all cases, you will be eligible for enrollment only after passing the examen de ingreso, that is the selection examination. Higher studies consist of two stages: the bachelor (bachillerato) and the license.
The following are the major Peruvian universities: the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, the Mayor de San Marcos National University, the Pacifico University, the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, the University of Lima and the San Martin de Porres University. Among the private higher studies institutions, you have the Graduate School of Business Administration, the Peruvian University of Applied Science and the San Ignacio de Loyola University.
Foreign students are allowed to register for courses by credit. In fact, this allows them to study more rapidly without having to complete several semesters. Hence, registration and administrative fees vary from one university to another and according to the option chosen.
Enrollment in Peruvian universities takes place on a competitive basis. In fact, selection examinations are generally held between January and April and between July and August depending on the program chosen and on the availability of seats. This is why the selection examination is compulsory, this allowing the best students to get enrolled in the university of their choice.
Other criteria are also considered: the student's age, professional aspirations, status (new student, repeater, etc), education level, last examinations results, etc. Registration procedures generally vary from one university to another. Hence, required documents will be specified. These will be completed and studied by the jury.
Student life in Peru is likely to vary from a city to another. Most international students prefer room or flat-sharing so as to get a better glimpse of different cultures, as well as to enhance their language skills. Therefore, you will need around 800 new Peruvians soles for flat-sharing and some 1,000 new Peruvian soles to rent a basic apartment on your own.
You can even request for a room on the university campus. Some universities, such as the Ceasar Vallejo University and the Antenor Orrego University, have bustling campuses.