Universidad Privada Boliviana is a private institution founded by the Bolivian business community. It is recognized as a leading university in the country, and has been named as one of the 10 best universities in Latin America for academic strength and one of 25 best for business and economics. 

Universidad Privada Boliviana has three campuses - La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. La Paz and Cochabamba offer the majority of degrees, and the newest Santa Cruz is adding degree programs year by year.

La Paz Campus: 

Located in the bustling capital city of Bolivia, La Paz is one of the highest cities in the world with an altitude of 3,649 meters (about 12,000 feet) above sea level. Nestled between the flat Altiplano and the glacier-topped Cordillera Real mountain range, La Paz is a melting pot of European-influenced cultures and traditional indigenous beliefs. It’s burgeoning café and restaurant scene combined with countless street food vendors means it’s impossible not to gain an appetite for traditional Bolivian dishes. The city boats the world’s longest and highest urban cable car network, which is used for both commuting and sight-seeing. An important political, economic, cultural and sports center of Bolivia, La Paz has been recognized as an official Global City and one of the New 7 Wonders Cities.

Cochabamba Campus:

Known as the "City of Eternal Spring", Cochabamba is a rapidly growing and student-friendly city located at the base of the Cerro Tunari mountain. The city is a melting pot of European-influenced cultures and traditional indigenous beliefs. It’s growing foodie scene blends harmoniously with offerings from local street food vendors, giving the popular chicha fermented corn drink a new platform. Colonial-charm, urban bustle and unmatched natural beauty make Cochabamba an ideal location to live and study.

Santa Cruz Campus:

Located in the business heart of Bolivia and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the most economically prosperous city in the country and considered the engine of the Bolivian economy. The region is a tropical paradise with large extensions of jungle and grasslands. It has several national parks and tourist attractions nearby, such as the Fort of Samaipata, the thermal waters of Roboré, and the Chiquitanía.

Study in Bolivia:

Universidad Privada Boliviana offers a wide variety of degrees from Business focused degrees like Business Administration, Marketing & Logistics, and Economics, to Engineering and Architecture degrees like Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Environmental and Alternative Energies Engineering.

ISEP students immerse themselves in Bolivian culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living with a host family in the community. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. Internships in a variety of fields are also available to ISEP students. UPB has a "buddy" system to help connect ISEP students with local students and adjust to life in Bolivia.

Program Website

Course Description

Universidad Privada Boliviana offers degrees in their schools of Business Sciences & Law, and Engineering & Architecture:

Business Sciences & Law:

- Business Administration, Communication, Law, Graphic Design, Economics, Commercial and Financial Engineering, Marketing & Logistics, Organizational Psychology and International & Business Relations.

Engineering & Architecture:

- Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Electronics and Telecomunication Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computational Systems, and Environmental and Alternative Energy Engineering.

Additionally, Students may also enroll in a one-month Spanish language pre-session course, included in ISEP benefits. 

Tips for finding courses:

1. Go to the Careeras webpage

2. Select the degree program of interest and your campus of interest. Scroll down to 'Plan de Estudios' for your degree of interest. The plan will show which courses are meant to be taken during which semester.

3. Additionally, all degree plans are available here.

4. Courses in odd-numbered semesters (Semester 1, Semester 3, Semester 5, Semester 7) are offered January – June. Courses in even-numbered semesters (Semester 2, Semester 4, Semester 6, Semester 8) are offered July – December.

5. A small selection of courses are taught in English. Not all courses are offered every semester and a full course load in English cannot be guaranteed. 

If you need to see specific syllabi for courses, please let your SSO know.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Universidad Privada Boliviana

Universidad Privada Boliviana was created by the Bolivian business community to generate entrepreneurs and fulfill the need of private firms for skilled management and technical professionals. UPB is a leading...


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication


  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • International/Global Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Cinematography and Film Production

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Learning

(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture Recommended!

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Economics Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Leadership

  • Communication Recommended!

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Drafting and Design Technology Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering Systems Engineering

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Pre-Law Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Design and Visual Communications Graphic Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students may only take courses at one campus (La Paz, Cochabamba or Santa Cruz) due to the large distance between the cities. Pay close attention to which degrees are offered at which campus. Once you complete your ISEP application, you will need to decide which of the campuses you would like to attend if a degree is offered at multiple campuses.

All students must submit a language evaluation with minimum of a B1 level. 

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