Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

Lima, Peru

Qualification offered:

International Foundation Year

International Year One

Business Management

Master's Pre-Sessional

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) is a comprehensive private research university, institutionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, and one of the most prestigious worldwide.

UPC has been recognized for three consecutive years as the number one Peruvian university in internationality by the América Economía Ranking, and additionally, has consistently been positioned among Peru’s top universities. From March 2018, UPC will be offering students the opportunity to study both the NCUK International Foundation Year and International Year One in Lima.

UPC’s educational model provides a set of guidelines that summarizes its academic philosophy and guides the educational process towards the graduate’s personal and professional development, based on local and global demands. This model, which is expressed through the University’s essential functions –teaching, research and community outreach –, is based on five pedagogical principles that support our educational processes and actions: competency-based learning, student-centered learning, autonomous and self-regulated learning, learning in diversity with a global vision, and learning towards sustainability.

UPC evolves and strives to provide access to the most modern and state-of-the-art facilities, while also ensuring the comfort and productivity of its students through the constant creation of new learning environments and facilities.

UPC students using desktop computers

Currently, UPC has 4 campuses which collectively offer students a wide array of high-quality academic and student life facilities, including:

  • Modern, interactive classrooms
  • Multifunctional and multidisciplinary laboratories
  • An innovative Information Resource Centre
  • Sports facilities, which include: gyms, semi-Olympic pool, recreation areas, football field and more.
  • Cafés & green spaces.
  • A wide range of student support services, including medical, dental, physical therapy, student coaching and counseling, etc.

Academic Facilities

Students can take advantage of UPC’s Information Resource Centre that houses a modern library, a media center, a computer center, and private study rooms for students to work collaboratively.  UPC also offers a comprehensive virtual library, providing student academic access to e-journals, e-books and videos, among other online resources

Awards and Accreditations


Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001


  • UPC is ranked #1 in internationality, according to the América Economía National Ranking 2014/2015/2016
  • Ranked 3rd in the ranking of Peruvian institutions, in the area of research (Scimago Institutions Rankings 2017)
  • Ranked No. 1 among Peru’s newer universities: Of all Peruvian institutions that have been operating for 50 years or less, UPC is ranked #1 by the América Economía National Ranking 2014/2015/2016
  • First Place in Accreditation: UPC is recognized as Peru’s # 1 university in Accreditation, according to the “Ranking of the Best Universities of Peru 2016” presented by the América Economía National Ranking. This award reaffirms our commitment to academic excellence and towards meeting the highest of both domestic and international standards.

Other Accreditations & Awards


For more than 20 years, UPC has been committed to the development of highly qualified professional leaders and is proud to offer an exceptional array of degree options which are complemented by our outstanding faculty, modern facilities, and comfortable, yet dynamic learning environment. The collaboration with NCUK offers the opportunity to continue building on this success by offering flexible and high quality qualifications to provide Latin American students international education experience and fantastic progression onto international degree programmes.

Edward Roekaert, Rector

Contact UPC

Address: Av. Primavera 2390 Santiago de Surco, Lima-Peru
Email: upc-id@upc.pe

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