Bolivia features a wide variety of both public and private educational institutions, all welcoming international students. Courses can be taken in a number of specialties, including Arts, Political Sciences, Environmental Studies, History, Business, and Humanities. Accredited institutions will allow students the opportunity to obtain transferable academic credits. Some universities have also started accepting applications online, but your best bet would be to directly contact the institution you plan on attending.
Language studies, Spanish in particular, can be attended at an academic level, but there are also a variety of public and private institutions that organise study programmes for foreigners. You can choose between standard classroom courses, immersion programmes, or private tutoring.
Bolivia also hosts several experiential learning programmes, where international students can involve in an experience combining learning, internships, adventures, inter-cultural exchange, community service, and home stays. Experiential learning courses typically last for 2 months and you can choose between summer and semester programmes.
In addition, medical and nursing students can enrol in a teaching and training programme that will immerse them in a rural community in need of adequate health care. This is a great opportunity to practice your skills firsthand, while also providing valuable and much needed aid to under-developed communities.
The best thing about studying in Bolivia? You will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the country’s cultural heritage. Bolivia has numerous national treasures which have been recognized by UNESCO as having an outstanding universal value.
Student visas are valid for one year but you have the option of renewing them while on Bolivian soil.