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Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)

Cayetano Heredia University – Private university

The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) - Cayetano Heredia University is a private, non-profit higher education institution in Lima and considered one of the top 2 medical schools in Peru.

Founded in 1961 with the aim of offering a top-notch education in the medical field and contributing to research in health and life sciences in the country and the world, the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), which is named in honor of Cayetano Heredia, one of the eminent Peruvian physicians of the 19th century, is currently the major publisher of scientific articles in the country and its students and professors have received countless awards and recognition

Academic ranking

Academically the UPCH is next to the Faculty of Medicine "San Fernando" of the National University of San Marcos considered the most important and prestigious medical university in the country. According to the QS Latin America University Rankings 2019, the Cayetano Heredia University is placed on position 70 in the region making it the second-best university in the country.

Study Areas & Degree levels

Officially accredited and recognized by the Peruvian Ministry of Education and with close affiliations with the best universities and institutes around the globe, UPCH offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized undergraduate and postgraduate degrees such bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctorate degrees mainly in the areas of Medicine, Health and Science.

The university has 8 faculties:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Stomatology
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Public Health and Administration
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry

 The university has 3 research institutes

  • Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine
    Recognized as a worldwide reference in tropical medicine thanks to its contributions in research of tropical and communicable diseases, as well as due to the Gorgas Courses, which are held on a yearly basis, and gather physicians from all over the world striving to enhance their knowledge in this medical fields.
  • Altitude Research Institute
    Its primary function is to research the influence of altitude on both human and animal populations living or visiting such areas. The institute performs both teaching and training activities in the areas of its competence.
  • Institute of Gerontology
    It promotes research in geriatrics and gerontology, developing innovative and representative multiciplinary scientific lines in the study of our national reality. Moreover, it performs activities related to teaching, services, social projection training and evaluation.

Language of conversation and instruction is Spanish.

Find more detailed information on areas of study and degree levels currently offered on the official website of the UPCH.


The university has an extreme selective admission policy based on entrance examinations.

International students

International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. Please contact the university for detailed information on requirements.

Be aware that the language of instruction is Spanish.

UPCH does not offer financial aids for international students.


The tuition depends on career and selected courses. So, student fees vary heavily and can be anything between S/ 6,500 and more than S/ 30,000 (US$ 2,000 and US$ 10,000) annually. Additionally, costs for registration, materials, books and photocopies have to be covered


The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) has 4 campuses in Lima

  • Campus San Martin on Av. Honorio Delgado 430
  • Campus La Molina on Calle Jose Antonio Encinas N°310, El Parque de Monterrico
  • Campus Miraflores on Av. Armendariz 445
  • Campus Santa María at Km 52 Panamericana Sur

Today more than 10,000 students are enrolled at the Cayetano Heredia University from which about 180 are international students. Total faculty staff is more or less 1,000.

UPCH’s motto: Spiritus ubi vult spirat (The spirit spreads wherever it wants)

Please contact the university or visit the official website for more detailed information on admission policies, costs, areas of study and degree levels

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