Lima for students\r\n\r\nThe capital and largest city of Peru and home to around a third of the country’s population, Lima was founded in 1535 and is now one of South America’s largest and most desirable cities.\r\n\r\nThere are three world ranking universities located in the city. Notable universities in Lima include the oldest continually operating institution in the Americas, the National University of San Marcos, founded in 1551 during the Spanish colonial rule.\r\n\r\nThe city received praise for its diversity, affordability and culture in our student survey, with one respondent saying: “Studying in Lima is an awesome experience because of the mixture of cultures and different points of view.”\r\n\r\nWould Lima get your vote? Tell us why.\r\n\r\nBest universities in Lima - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 112th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld ranking\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=363\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPontificia Universidad Católica del Perú\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t651-700\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t801-1000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad Nacional Agraria la Molina\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad de Lima\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1201-1400\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad San Ignacio de Loyola\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1201-1400\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversidad de Piura\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Lima\r\n\r\nThree top universities can be found in Peru’s capital, including Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – the highest ranked university in the area, placing joint 363rd in the world. Tuition fees in the city are particularly low, costing only US$5,500 per year on average and earning Lima a high score in the affordability indicator. The city also scores well for employer activity due to its sizable financial district, which recruits many of Lima’s graduates. \r\n\r\nOf the 156,700 students in Lima, 2,100 are international students.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t8\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (joint 363rd)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t10,719,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$5,500\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t126th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t63rd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t59th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Mix rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t130th\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=122nd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\nWhy study in Lima?\r\n\r\nPlenty of employment opportunities\r\n\r\nHome to one of Latin America’s largest financial districts and a large industrial district, Lima has plenty of job opportunities for its graduates. It ranks 63rd in the employer activity indicator this year.\r\n\r\nThe food\r\n\r\nHaving received the Chef’s Choice Award in 2017, people from all around South America (and the world) come to Lima to taste its delicious cuisine. The city is often referred to as Peru’s culinary capital. \r\n\r\nThe culture\r\n\r\nImmerse yourself in Lima’s rich culture by visiting attractions such as the Plaza de Armas, the Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Lima.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Lima\r\n\r\nLima ranked 59th in the world in the affordability indicator this year, with tuition in the city setting back students an average of US$5,500 per year. \r\n\r\nLima also has fairly low living costs in comparison to other student cities. Numbeo estimates a single person living in the city will need around US$510 per month in addition to the US$555 per month for rent.\r\n\r\nLife and Culture in Lima\r\n\r\nLocated in an idyllic setting on the west coast overlooking the southern Pacific Ocean, Lima boasts stunning white sand beaches, found at the northern and southern ends of the city and ideal for relaxing when taking a break from your studies.\r\n\r\nLima is a melting pot of cultures, languages and people, strongly influenced by other cultures as well as its interesting colonial and indigenous history.\r\n\r\nThe city is full of fascinating contrasts between the traditional and modern, with the Historic Centre of Lima listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where you’ll find a mix of colonial architecture, such as the Monastery of San Francisco.\r\n\r\nIn terms of culture, Lima has a vibrant and dynamic theater scene, from experimental theater to more traditional, classical shows. It’s also home to a range of sports venues - Lima hosted the 2019 Pan American Games, a major international sporting event.\r\n\r\nIf you’re a foodie, Lima should be top on your list – it’s an ideal place to try out the best Peruvian food on offer, with the city known as ‘the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas’.\r\n\r\nCareer in Lima\r\n\r\nLima continues to grow every year and has become one of the largest financial centres in Latin America, attracting companies from around the world to its business district. \r\n\r\nLima’s industrial sector accounts for more than two thirds of all of Peru’s industrial production, manufacturing textiles, food and clothing, generating plenty of jobs for graduates in the area.\r\n\r\nFor this reason, Lima scores highly in the employer reputation indicator, ranking 63rd worldwide.