Paraguay has close to 60 higher educational institutions providing academic and technical education to students. These consist of a mix of public as well as privately owned institutions with the country having a significant proportion of Catholic schools. It is important to note that higher education was not readily available in Paraguay till the 1990’s. Since then, however, a large number of universities have opened, and the country is working on improving and developing a robust education system. For more information you can visit: https://www.mec.gov.py/cms/?ref=298926-direccion-general-de-educacion-en-el-arte
Tertiary education in Paraguay is structured similar to other countries with successive qualifications coming in the form of a Bachelors, Masters and finally a Doctorate degree. The main language of instruction for these programs is Spanish. The country puts heavy emphasis on its schooling system to prepare students for tertiary education. The ‘Bachlleratos Tecnicos’ program offers formal professional training to students in 24 fields for the industrial, agricultural and service sectors. At the end of their three years of training at high school, students receive their degree of ‘Bachiller Tecnico’ which allows them to access higher education. Alternatively, one may also get admission into university by performing adequately in an Academic Competency Assessment Test conducted by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Since the country does not have a well-defined central education policy, admission procedures and requirements differ on an individual basis.
The cost of education in Paraguay ranges from $2000 to $3000 per year. It is important to note that the fees of certain private universities is higher than this and that universities often charge a higher tuition to foreign students compared to national ones.