Educational institutions and study programmes
Peruvian educational institutions and study programmes
Below, we explain what types of educational institutions and study programmes there are in Peru. We also explain how we check whether these are recognised. We check the to make sure that the quality is sufficient. We give the necessary information per educational sector.
The government of a country grants an official status to an educational institution and/or study programme. Usually, if the government recognises an educational institution, all its study programmes are also recognised. However recognition may also be arranged at the programme level. This means that the government must recognise not only the educational institution, but also its study programmes. We only evaluate diplomas from recognised institutions and recognised study programmes. Read more about recognition in the EAR manual.
Secondary education | schools
Students follow secondary education at a secondary school. These schools can have different names, such as colegio or escuela. Sometimes the schools is part of a university.
Checking the recognition of secondary schools
Secondary schools need to be recognised by the Peruvian Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación). The ministry publishes a register of recognised schools on its website. You can use this register to check the recognition of a secondary school as follows:
- Open the register of recognised schools.
- Under ‘Nombre del colegio’, type the name of the school.
- Click on ‘Buscar’. The search results appear at the bottom of the page.
- Is the school listed in the search results? Then it is recognised.
- If you click on ‘Más información’, you can check if the school details (such as the address) are the same as those on the diploma and transcript.
- Via the ‘Servicio educacivo’ tab, you can see if the school offers secondary education. After ‘Nivel educativo’, it should say ‘Secundaria’.
- Is the school not listed in the search results? Then it is not recognised.
Secondary education | diplomas
In secondary education, you should especially pay attention to whether a student has a recognised diploma: a Certificado oficial de estudios – educación básica regular, nivel de educación secundaria. In ‘Secondary education documents’ we explain which documents students receive and how you can check these documents online in some cases.
Higher education | educational institutions
There are 2 types of higher education institutions in Peru:
- universities (universidades);
- institutions and schools for higher education (institutos y escuelas de educación uperior), the EES and IES. The EES and IES have various subcategories, such as:
- IESTs; and
Please note: there are also institutions that offer both higher education and secondary vocational education, such as SENATI. See our web page about secondary vocational education in Peru for more information about SENATI.
Universities offer profession-oriented and research-oriented study programmes. Some study programme are a combination of both. Universities can be public (universidades públicas) or private (universidades privadas).
Checking the recognition of universities
Go to the website of the Superintendencia Nacional de Educación Superior Universitaria (SUNEDU) for an overview of recognised universities.
Please note: when you open this overview, you will only see the recognised public universities (‘Universidades Públicas’). Click on the ‘Universidades Privadas’ tab for an overview of the recognised private universities.
Institutes and schools for higher education (EES and IES)
Institutes for higher education (Institutos de Educación Superior, IES) and schools for higher education (Escuelas de Educación Superior, EES) offer profession-oriented study programmes (and often secondary vocational education programmes as well). The EES and IES can have different names. They are specialised in teacher education or art or technical study programmes. You can tell by the name of the institution or school, for example:
- Escuelas de Educación Superior Tecnológica (EESTs), schools for higher technical education;
- Escuelas de Formación Superiór Artística (ESFAs), schools for higher art education;
- Institutos de Educación Superior Tecnológica (IESTs), institutes for higher technical education;
- Institutos Superiores Pedagógicos (ISPs), institutes for teacher training.
Checking the recognition of institutes and schools for higher education (EES and IES)
Institutes and schools for higher education need to be recognised by SUNEDU. Go to the SUNEDU website for an overview of recognised institutes and schools for higher education.