places to study abroad South America

The 7 Best Cities In South America To Study Abroad

South America is easily one of the most popular places to study abroad, but with each country having a completely unique vibe, it’s hard to know where exactly to spend your semester. There’s some amazing, vibrant student cities here, with top universities so you’re spoiled for choice.

Here’s our pick of the best cities in South America to study abroad – you won’t want to go home!

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1. Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Brazil’s busiest city,  Sao Paulo has a world-renowned food scene, 24/7 clubbing and a vibrant cultural movement. There’s so much bursting from the seams of all those towering grey skyscrapers. There’s also great universities with study abroad options.

Students will love the buzzing vibe here.

7 Best Instagrammable Spots In Sao Paulo

2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

A cosmopolitan blend of European style and Latin flair,  Buenos Aires is a vibrant city – perfect for students!

Bookstores set in beautiful theatres, salsa dancing in the streets and brightly painted neighbourhoods are just some of what makes Buenos Aires so exciting. It’s a hotspot for students and we can see why!

Buenos Aires World travel guide

3. La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia is an incredible country in South Central America. From the Andes Mountains to the Atacama Desert – and even Amazon Basin rainforest – this is a country that has something for everybody.

As for La Paz? At 3,500m it is the highest capital city in the world. It’s full of welcoming locals, backpackers and things to do.

La Paz World travel guides

4. Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá is the capital of Colombia. It’s a city with great vibrancy and friendly locals and a wonderful place to spend some time. We love its mixture of modern buildings with Colonial-era landmarks.

A trip to Bogotá is the perfect way to explore South America. It offers a great starting point for learning about the culture in this wonderful country.

7 Unmissable Things To Do In Bogotá

5. Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital city of Chile and is the country’s biggest city. There’s so many fantastic things to see that makes this a great place for students. It’s safe and lively, with a historic flair that makes the city interesting and unique.

It’s a pleasant place to just wander around, too. A great food and drink scene makes it easy to meet people.

The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Santiago

6. Montevideo, Uruguay

Uruguay is the second-smallest country in South America. There’s beautiful beaches and art deco buildings in the capital city of Montevideo.

There’s something for everyone here, from party hotspots to catching waves along the Atlantic coast. Students will easily find something to do here, and it’s a safe city to explore.

places to study abroad South America

7. Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador is famous for being home to the Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and Galápagos Island. You know, where those amazing turtles live!

Quito is known for its Spanish colonial centre and is a stunning city. There’s so much colour to capture here. You’ll soon see why it’s one of the best cities to study abroad in South America.

places to study abroad South America

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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