The 10 best universities in Latin America

October 7, 2022

Today the possibilities of studying at a university abroad are greater, and it is in this context that the rankings of the best universities become important, because they are a classification of universities according to criteria such as research quality, teacher-student ratio, graduation expectations, as well as opinions of academics and students, which help you make a better decision.

The ranking of the best universities in Latin America

For this top 10 we have selected the ranking prepared by QS World University Rankings. One of the most complete and that ranks more than 800 universities worldwide.

In addition, QS also makes regional rankings such as for Latin America, Europe, Thus; and local rankings for specific countries such as the United States, Mexico, Brazil or Colombia.

QS considers the following indicators to rank higher education institutions: academic reputation (this is equivalent to 40% of the score), employer reputation (10%), student-faculty ratio (20%) and citation to research staff ratio (20%) and international student-faculty ratio (10%). Without further ado, let’s see which universities in the region achieved the best scores.

1. The University of Buenos Aires

The University of Buenos Aires has remained for several years in the international rankings as one of the best universities in Latin America and the best in Argentina.

The UBA opened its doors in 1821 in the capital of the country. Today it has campuses throughout Argentina and a total of 13 faculties where 87 undergraduate degrees are offered. In addition to its academic offerings, this university has a network of hospitals, museums and an important library system. In addition, it has been the home of study of four Nobel Prize winners.

The overall score is 68.9, placing it in 67th place globally, the only Latin American university in the top 100.

2. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico is a constant on lists of the best universities in Latin America. In 1910, the name UNAM originated, however, its history can be traced back to the time of the viceroyalty, making it one of the first universities on the continent.

Today it has campuses throughout the country and offers a total of 131-degree programs. The total QS score is 58 points, which places it in the 104th position worldwide.

3. University of Sao Paolo

The University of Sao Paolo was founded in 1934 in the city of the same name in Brazil, is a public institution that today has branches in other cities of the country and offers 94 degrees in all branches of knowledge, such as exact sciences, biological, human, social and humanities. Qs gives it an overall score of 56.1, which places it in 115th place worldwide.

4. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is the first private university to appear in the top 10. It was also founded in the 19th century, specifically in 1888, by Archbishop Santiago Mariano Casanova, in the region of Santiago de Chile. Today it has branches throughout the country and offers 63 degrees in 20 faculties. The overall score given by QS is 54.9.

Worldwide rankings have positioned it in 135th place.

5. University of Chile

The University of Chile was founded in 1747 as one of the first universities in America. Today, it has 14 faculties and 69 study programs belonging to 9 academic areas. The overall score is 47.5, which places it in 121st place.

World rankings place it in 183rd place.

6. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)

The Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, also known as TEC de Monterrey, is another private university that appears in the top 10 of the best in Latin America and is also one of the most recognized in Mexico. It was founded in 1943 by businessman Eugenio Garza Sada. Today it offers 46 careers divided into six academic areas. The overall score is 47.1. Worldwide, the ranking places Tec de Monterrey in 161st place.

7. State University of Campinas

The State University of Campinas Unicamp is in the Barao Geraldo district of Brazil. However, it has a campus in more than one city in this country, although it is a bit more modern than other universities in the country, dating back to 1966. QS gives it a rating of 42.5. Globally, it is ranked 219th.

In this university students can choose from 70 careers distributed in 14 faculties, they also have a medical center and the national synchrotron light laboratory. QS gives it a score of 42.5, while globally it is ranked 210th.

8. Universidad de los Andes

The Universidad de los Andes is a private university that was founded in 1948 in Bogota, Colombia, however, it also has a branch in Cartagena. Students aspiring to enter this university can choose from 44 undergraduate degrees divided into 12 faculties. QS gives it a total score of 41.6 points. The global rankings place it in position 236.

9. National University of Colombia

The National University of Colombia was founded in 1867 and was the first institution of higher education in Colombia. Today it has 8 campuses throughout the country and offers 94 degrees. The final score is 38.9. In the global rankings it is in position 258.

10. Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina is another private university based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Its applicants can choose from 57 undergraduate majors divided from mind and faculties, institutes. The total score of this university is 33.3.

In the world rankings it appears in 322nd place.


If you are about to choose a university career, you can check the scores in more detail on the QS page. Remember that the success of your admission depends on preparing well for the process, knowing in detail each step. Also, the different study guides that are excellent simulators of the admission exams are of great help.