Laureate International Universities

Laureate Education, Inc. is the world’s leading higher education provider. Laureate’s more than 70+ universities educate more than 1,000,000 students in 25 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Laureate’s universities offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields such as architecture, business, engineering, hospitality management, law and medicine. Many Laureate institutions are ranked among the top providers of higher education in their respective regions, countries and fields, and have received international recognition for their academic quality. To learn more, visit


Our Mission

“Laureate is an international community of universities that encourages learning without boundaries. Our purpose is to offer higher education with a unique multicultural perspective, and to prepare our students for exciting careers and lifelong achievement. We believe that when our students succeed, countries prosper and societies benefit.”

Douglas L. Becker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Education, Inc.


Ernesto Zedillo, the former president of Mexico, serves as Presidential Counselor of Laureate International Universities. As Presidential Counselor, President Zedillo provides Laureate institutions with insights from his experiences in the policymaking, diplomatic and academic worlds. He also has served Mexico as Secretary of Education; Undersecretary of Budget; and as Secretary of Economic Programming and the Budget.


The Laureate difference: a growing, global network

Laureate International Universities is a powerful global network of leading regional institutions of higher education. Laureate institutions offer exceptional opportunities for students and staff to draw on international partners with shared values and standards of education.


The network supports the continuous development of member institutions in three key areas, by

  • Providing an expanded range of study abroad, bilingual, and dual-degree program options
  • Sharing curricula across institutions
  • Facilitating the exchange of international faculty between member institutions


Student exchanges are an increasingly important component of degree programs, strengthening the cross-cultural skills actively sought by potential employers. At the same time, leading academic programs and curricula developed within Laureate’s Centers of Excellence ensure that member institutions have access to the highest international standards in teaching methodology and content, including distance-learning capabilities and English-language programs, accelerating progress towards a global community.


Each unique institution brings innovation, strength

An essential part of Laureate’s approach is to respect the unique history, culture, and community of each member institution. Every university contributes a strong regional or national presence to the network, operating its own local brand as a member of Laureate International Universities. Curriculum is relevant and responsive to local markets, culture, and regulatory standards. Innovative curricula, programs, and services are shared, giving energy to a dynamic mix of local accountability and global impact.


What sets Laureate apart

Students in the Laureate International Universities network are offered a learning experience that reflects our unique educational philosophy. We are committed to creating academic programs that are

  • International—offering an up-to-date, global perspective
  • Technological—as a subject unto itself, as well as a means to learn and discover
  • Career-oriented—focused on conveying the knowledge and skills needed to start or advance students’ careers
  • Outcome-oriented—reflecting the professional and career success achieved by Laureate students.


Throughout our network, students pursue more than 130 career-focused undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in fields such as engineering, education, business, medicine, law, architecture, health sciences, hospitality, culinary arts, and information technology. They do so on-campus and on-line, utilizing modern facilities and the latest technology.


Laureate’s international presence

Laureate is a constantly growing network, spanning all five continents with universities at the following locations:

Europe: Cyprus,  Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

North and South America: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, México, Panamá, Perú, and the United States

Asia Pacific: Australia, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand 

Africa and the Middle East: Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa