Latin American countries were not considered very good in economics and education. But recently, improvements have been made to these issues, especially in some countries of the region. Some universities of Latin America are now able to compete with schools in the USA. However, education in Latin America has become conceivable because it is cheaper than the USA and is more touristically interesting.
According to the QS Latin American Education rankings, Chile, Brazil and Mexico are important countries in the context of education.
Tuition Fee: Schools in Latin America can be seen cheaper compared to other countries. For example, studying in a university in the US can be $ 9,000, while in Latin American countries this price can be $ 4000-5,000. There are even schools where tuition is free.
Applications to Schools: Actually, every school may have document requests. But in general it would be useful to have the following documents.
• Passport copies
• Copy of the letter of acceptance
• Bank records
• Previous training
Here you can learn about the education of several countries and if you want to study in Latin America, you can create a guide for yourself.
EDUCATION IN MEXICO
Life in Mexico: I found a definition about Mexico. “Have you ever been in a country where many colors, voices, high mountains, beautiful beaches, sunny deserts, magnificent cities, cosmopolitan cities, various dishes and friendly people are all together? “Mexico also offers you important and good education and schools that will give you a good life after graduation. If you want to have a good university education and learn a language by learning a new culture, Mexico will be a good choice. If you want to study here and don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry. Because you can find English education at universities.
Application to Schools: You need to apply directly to universities and the required documents and qualifications may vary according to schools. Sometimes you may be asked to take a language test. University education lasts 4 years; master’s education takes 2 years.
Cost of Living in Mexico: Education in this country costs about $ 4000-6000. If you share a house with several people, you should have $ 500 in general and $ 300-600 for other expenses. Of course, if you want to travel more and get to know the country, you may have to pay more, but in general compared to other countries, Mexico is a cheap country.
Visa: If you consider studying for less than 6 months, you can get a tourist visa. However, for education longer than 6 months, you must obtain an educational visa from consulates. Of course, you have to show that you have been accepted by a university in order to receive this.
EDUCATION IN BRAZIL
Brazil offers a magnificent life experience with its cultural diversity, waterfalls and Rio carnival. New universities were established in Brazil especially in the 20th century and there are important schools. The country’s largest university is in Rio de Janerio. Brazil also offers important opportunities for foreign students.
Language of Instruction: Brazil is troubled about English. Most of the population does not speak English, and this poses a problem for foreign students. In some universities, schools, students are given Portuguese language education and a certificate is issued at the end.
Short Term Programs: There are many language schools in Brazil. This opportunity is an important market for international student potential. You can find especially part-time and youth activities or programs suitable for 50+ age.
Events: There are fairs organized by Education and Cultural Affairs twice a year in Brazil. Students who wish to attend these events should apply to the EducationUSA office.
Visa: The documents you need to collect to get a visa are:
• valid passport
• Application form
• Document that you will receive training there
• A document showing the financial adequacy
• Health insurance
Parental consent for persons under the age of 18
• Round trip flight ticket document
EDUCATION IN CUBA
Cuba has an important international identity. It offers you a nice experience with its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and comfortable life. With it, you can visit ancient places and be in the most colorful carnivals.
There are 60+ universities in Cuba. University undergraduate education lasts 4 years; medical education is longer. The universities here are primarily for the Cuban people. The quality of education in this country is known to many. It also offers students free healthcare. The fact that university fees are low compared to other countries offers students an important opportunity. The language of instruction is actually Spanish. That’s why it’s important for students to know this language. In addition, additional language lessons can be provided for foreign students.
Visa: You will need a visa to study here. Contact the Cuban Consulate and learn the required documents, process. You will need a visa valid for at least 6 months and you must submit the documents before you arrive.
Tuition fee: The fee generally varies between 20000-40000 $. This is not just for 1 year; it is a cost to cover all education. There are also scholarships for successful students. You can talk to university representatives about this.
EDUCATION IN ARGENTINA
Argentina is one of the best options to study with low living and education costs, beautiful climatic conditions and a lively social life. The cost of living in Argentina actually depends on the location of the university. But you can still live your life here with less cost than the schools in the USA.
Application to Schools and Visa Process: Since every school can have different application criteria, you must apply directly to schools. If you are going to stay for more than 3 months, you will need a student visa. You can obtain the information for the required application / document from the Argentine Embassy. Generally required documents are:
• Passport valid for at least six months
• Letter of acceptance you have received from the university
• Visa processing fee of about $ 100
• Document stating that you have no criminal record
• Document that you can show collateral for expenses
• birth certificate
Language of Instruction: In fact, the number of people who speak English in Argentina is not small. However, the official language of the country is Spanish and Spanish is used for education. So students should know Spanish. For students who do not speak this language, there is a CELU certificate program and this certificate has international validity.
EDUCATION IN BOLIVIA
In fact, Bolivia is one of the countries with the lowest literacy rate. However, if you want to master the South American culture, it is one of the countries you can choose. It is a hot country in terms of climate. According to my research, it is not easy to study at public university. The reason of this; lack of conditions for students to provide accommodation – financial means. The largest university in the country is the University of Bolivia.
Tuition Fee: Fees vary according to the university and department you are enrolled in. Fees may be cheaper compared to European or American schools; nevertheless, international students pay higher fees than domestic students.
Gökhan Turgut Ünal