Peru has a large number of public and private universities, both profit and non - profit. Further, the country also has institutions that specialize in art, music and religion called conservatorio, instituto and escuela superior respectively. Tertiary education lasts for a longer period than many countries but it provides a greater opportunity for students to specialize in the profession of their choice.
Universities in Peru follow the usual structure of an undergraduate Bachelors (Bachiller) followed by a Masters (Maestro) and finally a Doctorate (Doctor). The main language of instruction for most programs is Spanish. Admission is largely based on one’s high school transcripts. However, many public and non-profit institutions have entrance examinations with some prestigious universities even have two sets of exams, the first being a general one and the second being degree specific. Undergraduate education in Peru usually extends for a period of five to seven years after which students, depending on their program, can complete the additional requirement of doing an internship or writing a thesis to earn a professional title, aside from Bachiller, such as Economista or Ingeniero. In law or medicine, however, it takes three and five years respectively to attain the professional title after undergraduate studies. Masters programs, however, last for two years and admission is based on one’s undergraduate performance. No professional titles are required.
The tuition fees charged by universities in Peru ranges from $1,000 all the way to $12,500 per annum. The cost is typically higher for private universities compared to public ones.
Information for International Students
Many universities in Peru are open to and operating programs such as Student Exchanges and Semester abroad where students from other universities across the globe can study in Peruvian universities. Applications for these programs differ from university to university but they usually require one’s transcripts, a letter of recommendation and possibly an essay. Many private universities also accept international boards such as the IB. However, students are not exempted from the entrance examinations. Universities across the country have sport facilities, extracurricular workshops and culture/recreational activities to enrich the college experience.