A Guide to Studying Abroad in South America

Living in South America as a student will be a fascinating experience, you will learn about other cultures, languages, people, religions and local customs which will also improve your view of the world. You will need to research all destinations, subjects and universities and make sure you make the right choices so you maximize your learning experience.

Each country offers a different experience, you could choose from a modern cosmopolitan city or sample life in a more rural and tranquil destination. View our guide to studying in South America including popular destinations, featured study programs, recommended universities, information about scholarships and helpful advice and reviews.



  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela


Popular Cities to Study in South America

  • Santiago, Chile
  • Valparaiso, Chile
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Lima, Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Best Universities in South America for International Students

The following universities are very popular with international students:

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 
  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), Chile 
  • Universidade estadual de Campinas(Unicamp), Brazil 
  • Universidad de Chile, Chile 
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia 
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia 
  • Universidad Austral, Argentina 
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires - UCA, Argentina 
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia 
  • Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina 
  • Universidad Externado de Colombia, Colombia 
  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Chile 
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), Argentina 
  • UNESP, Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru 
  • Universidad de Palermo (UP), Argentina 
  • Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil 
  • Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC -SP), Brazil 
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  • Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela 
  • Universidad de San Andrés - UdeSA, Argentina 
  • Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina 
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - UNC, Argentina 
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile 
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibàñez, Chile 
  • Universidad Central de Venezuela - UCV, Venezuela 
  • Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia 
  • Universidad de Concepción, Chile 
  • Universidad de Montevideo (UM), Uruguay 
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina 
  • Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay 
  • Universidad Diego Portales, Chile 
  • Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil 
  • Universidade Federal de São Carlos - (UFSCAR), Brazil 
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Ecuador 
  • Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil 
  • Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile 
  • Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia 
  • Universidad de los Andes Mérida, Venezuela 
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador 
  • Universidad de Talca, Chile 
  • Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile 
  • Universidad del Norte, Colombia 
  • Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Colombia 
  • Universidad del Valle, Colombia


Scholarships for Studying in South America

The following organisations offer scholarships to help allievate the cost of studying in South America:

  • Fulbright 
  • Rotary 


Cost of Living

South America is one of the best value study abroad destinations in the world, accommodation, food, drink and going out are very cheap compared to North America and Europe. This makes it a very attractive place to go especially for US students. 


How to Apply

If you need any help arranging a study abroad program in South America please get in touch. We also highlighy recommend you try to pick up some of the local lingo of your preffered destination, on the following pages you will be able to book in-country language courses:


South America Study Abroad Reviews

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