The city is the home of the University of San Simón (UMSS, for "Universidad Mayor de San Simón"), one of the largest and most prominent public universities in Bolivia. UMSS is the second best university in Bolivia according to QS World University Rankings in 2013, but measured by the webmetric scores as first in 2013. The Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" and several smaller private universities such as the Universidad Privada Boliviana, Universidad del Valle, Universidad de Aquino Bolivia and others are here. Cochabamba became the second recipient city of Brazilians student in Bolivia after the city of Santa Cruz due to the affordable and good living conditions.
Cochabamba is home of the Maryknoll Language Institute (Centro Misionero Maryknoll). The Maryknoll Mission Center provides basic courses in Spanish, Aymará and Quechua as well as advanced levels of the languages. The primary purpose of the Maryknoll Mission Center is to prepare Catholic missionary personnel for contemporary mission in Latin America other parts of the world. The institute accepts candidates from other churches as well as those who have a serious commitment of service to Latin America.