To experience the finest of the South American culture without jeopardizing with education, Bolivia is a very good choice. With its history going back to the formidable Inca civilization and beyond, Bolivia has grown into a prominent country in the world. Known for its distinctive culture, history, music, and architecture, studying in Bolivia will be an educational experience not strictly confined to academics.
Of the many options available to you, there are a few of them which are exceptional in every way. Here in this article, I am going to introduce you to these top-notch university options. So, let us find out about the top 5 universities in Bolivia.
- Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA)
Locally know as Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, UMSA is considered to be the best in the country. Established in the 19th century, the university rose to the position of a coveted educational institution in a short time. It presently comprises many colleges under its wings including that of Dentistry, Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, Medicine, Economics and Finance, and Architecture. Due to its long history and cultural relevance, it has been the staging ground of many social movements in the country. The university is located in the highest capital city in the world, La Paz. Many Bolivian presidents have been the alumni of this university bringing it much fame and acclaim.
- The University of San Simón (UMSS)
Established in the 19th century by Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz, UMSS is one of the most prestigious universities in South America. With nearly 100 degree programs in 18 faculties, it attracts students from all over the country and beyond inspiring student diversity and disciplines. Because of its repute, it is challenging to secure admissions here. Presently, the options available for students to apply include Humanities and Education, Social Sciences, Dentistry, Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, law and Political Sciences, Agronomy, Science and Technology, and Agriculture and Animal Sciences. Its Medical School is considered to be the best medical school in the country.
- Universidad San Francisco Xavier (USFX)
A public university based in Sucre, USFX has been historically referred to as the University of Charcas. It is one of the oldest universities in South America. Having been founded in the 17th century, the university started as an educational centre for studying Theology and Law accessible only to the rich. Its law faculty has been historically known for being best at what it does. Its faculties include Law, Social Sciences and Politics, Medicine, Public Accounting and Financial Sciences, Technology, Humanities and Education Sciences, Nursing and Obstetrics Sciences, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanics, and Economics and Business.
- Universidad Católica Boliviana
Universidad Católica Boliviana is a Catholic University in Bolivia and is a private educational institution. With its origins in the capital city, the university was established in the year 1963 but became operational three years later. It has four campuses in different cities, and these are Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Tarija, La Paz, and Cochabamba. There is a wide range of programmes offered in its various campuses, from undergraduate to doctorate programmes. It also runs various specialized courses such as those on Neurodiversity, Neuroeducation of Early Childhood, and Community Psychological Intervention. In addition, there are diploma courses available in areas such as strategic marketing, banking law, teacher training for higher education, and Conciliation and Medical Arbitration.
- Universidad Privada Boliviana
Another private university on the list, Universidad Privada Boliviana was founded in the year 1993. It is known for its contribution to the development of comprehensive academic programmes on commercial areas of study. It is ranked among the top 50 of the best private universities in Latin America. Worldwide, the university has been recognized for its contribution to the scientific community, with many of its publications been cited all over the world. In order to provide a holistic environment to its students, it has entered into various engagements with the world’s best including Harvard University, the Free University of Berlin, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, The London School of Economics, and the University of Tokyo. The university is entirely sponsored by businessmen through federations in La Paz and Cochabamba.
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