The 6 Best Cities To Study In Latin America

Recently the British consulting firm QS published the QS Best Student Cities 2023 Ranking in which it exposes the best cities in the world to study. In this new version there are 6 Latin American cities within the list of the first 100.

Mexico City and Bogota City

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LatinAmerican Post | Daniel Vergara

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This ranking takes into account 140 cities. The podium of the three best in the world to study is led by London, Munich and Seoul. To make this list, different aspects and characteristics of each of the cities were taken into account. The digital newspaper El Cronista published that Ben Sowter, senior vice president of QS, stated that more than 98,000 surveys had been used that took into account the experience of students and the desire of future students to visit certain cities for the preparation of the ranking.

According to a BBC article: “To be considered, each city must have a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants and host at least two universities that already appear in the QS ranking” . The cost of living, the number of national and international students studying in that city and their opinions are also taken into account. The 6 best Latin American cities to study are:

  • 23 =Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 60 = Santiago, Chile.
  • 68 = Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 86 =Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 96 =Monterrey, Mexico.
  • 99 = Bogota, Colombia.

Buenos Aires

In this list, Buenos Aires continues to be one of the favorite cities for students from the region and the world to study. Although by 2023 it has dropped one position, it has been in the ranking for 4 years. According to the newspaper El Cronista for 2019, this city had an average of 86,000 students, mostly from Europe and Latin America.

Santiago de Chile

The capital of Chile has established itself as one of the most attractive in the region to study, according to statistics from the UNIVERSIA portal, Chile annually receives about 26,000 international students, of which more than 50% come to study in Santiago. Likewise, it has two universities within the ranking of the 10 best in Latin America and has established itself as a tourist attraction and one of the most visited cities in the region.

Mexico City

According to the magazine Edurama, the Mexican capital has more than 763,819 students in higher education between nationals and foreigners. It has the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which has ranked as the second best in Latin America in both 2021 and 2022 . Similarly, in terms of mobility, the city has the largest subway in Latin America and is a tourist attraction for its museums, the proximity to places of cultural and archaeological importance, in addition to the great cultural and gastronomic offer that is found by its streets, bars, theaters and restaurants.

Sao Paulo

With 22 universities, it is one of the favorite cities for future university students, in addition to being a multilingual and multicultural city, receiving more than 338,000 tourists a year. As for the cost, although it can be a bit high, the job offers and scholarships for students are diverse and favorable. It has the University of Sao Paulo, which in 2022 is considered the best in Latin America and within the 10 best in the region, the Julio de Esquita Filho Paulista State University also ranks sixth.

This city has the second best economy in Latin America after Brazil, surpassing that of some South American countries. The mobility, security and cultural and entertainment offer make São Paulo one of the most sought after cities by national and foreign students.


It is famous for being the headquarters of the Universidad Tecnológico de Monterrey, which in 2019 ranked number 15 as the institution with the most billionaire graduates in the world. Likewise, it has a great reputation for being one of the main universities in Mexico and Latin America in business and technological innovation.

In addition to having the Autonomous University of León, the largest university in the north of the country, it has 11 other higher education institutions. IN 2019 it was positioned as the city with the best quality of life in Mexico and is currently considered the main center of business and industry in the north of this country.


The capital of Colombia has always been considered the quintessential university city in this country. It currently has about 104 institutions, public and private, of higher education that can offer technical and technological careers, degrees and complementary training. It has more than 450,000 students.

It is a tourist attraction for foreigners not only because of its history but also because of all the cultural and entertainment services it offers. Being in the center of the country, it has a key position to travel to other places in Colombia in a short time.

Although they are not among the top 100 cities, Rio de Janeiro, Quito and Montevideo ranked for the first time in this ranking. Everything indicates that Latin America is gradually consolidating itself as a highly attractive region in the field of education