A Guide to Studying Abroad in Peru, University Ranking, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living

Studying in Peru is very cheap compared to it counterpart South American countries; find out admission process, cost of living , top and affordable universities and ranking.

About Peru

Republic of Peru is a country in western South America. The capital city is Lima. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Peru has over 80 universities, offering a wide range of subjects with private institutions outnumbering public. Lima and Cusco are the two major preferred cities in Peru for international students.
How to enroll into a Peruvian university?

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How to Apply for Admission

  • Pre-registration for courses in June, usually manually rather than online
  • Results of applications in July (approved with acknowledgement of credits, approved without acknowledgement of credits, or denied). These are sent out by email. Approval does not necessarily obligate enrollment.
  • Pre-enrollment – students fill out a pre-enrollment card, which is sent directly to their emails address and must be returned by an established date (usually between the end of July and August).
  • Evaluation of pre-enrollment application – once approved, enrollment in chosen courses will take place.

The annual calendar of activities for the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (for example) is divided into three academic periods: Semester 1 (from March to July), Semester 2 (from August to December) and the Summer Session (from January to February). The amount of contact hours per week depends largely on the course.

Tuition Fees

Tuition costs vary, but in general international students can expect pay low to middling fees, with many universities charging per credit rather than per semester or year.
Tuition fees depends on the level of study, programme and higher education institution. Public universities are generally free for locals. To know the exact cost of study, contact the respective higher education institution.

Undergraduate Student

“One Rate Any State” Program; Every undergraduate student, regardless of residency status, will pay the in-state tuition rate.

  • On-campus Tuition – $172 per credit hour
  • Online Rate – $279 per credit hour

Undergraduate | SCC Campus Courses

  • Tuition – $172 per credit hour
  • Technology Fee – $10.10 per credit hour
  • Extended Campus Fee – $34 Per Credit Hour
  • Capital Improvement Fee – $11 per credit hour

Graduate Student

  • Online Rate – $348.75 per credit hour
  • Resident On-Campus Tuition – $215 per credit hour
  • Non-Resident On-Campus Tuition – $430 per credit hour

2018 Top 5 Peruvian University Ranking

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú 
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos 
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas 
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería 
  • Universidad de Piura 

Cost of Living 

Living expenses in Peru are low, and vary by location and facilities. You can expect to spend about 600 Peruvian nuevo sol per month.

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Students Housing

All incoming campus housing residents will pay a $50 non-refundable room reservation processing fee.
In Peru, there are many accommodation options available for students;

  • University residence: All the necessary facilities are available- kitchen, bathroom and dining facilities. The rooms can be shared by 2 or 3 people. Costs vary depending on the facilities and number of people sharing it.
  • Share a flat: Students can share a flat in Peru. You can expect to pay about 250 to 500 Peruvian nuevo sol per month. The cost varies depending on the location and number of people sharing it.
    Rent a room in a student flat: The cost of student flats in Peru is low. Pupils share kitchen, bathroom and other common usage areas. You can expect to pay about 650 to 900 Peruvian nuevo sol, inclusive of services.

For the list of universities in Peru, please visit this page; https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Peru

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