The University of Cambridge has a tradition of engagement with Latin America stretching back over five decades.

The Simón Bolívar Chair of Latin American Studies was established at Cambridge in 1968. Former holders include a former President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and Nobel laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Octavio Paz Lozano.

At any one time there are about 200 students from Latin America studying at Cambridge. The student body is supported by the Brazilian Society, the Mexican Society, and the Hispanic Society (among others), which organise social events and academic conferences throughout the year.

The Centre of Latin American Studies maintains a library containing over 14,000 volumes and more than 500 Latin American films. Also in Cambridge, the Maxwell Collection at St John's College is the leading repository of books in Britain pertaining to Brazilian and Portuguese history; while the Cohen Collection, housed at Queens' College, has important material from 1950s Argentina, 1960s and 1970s Mexico and Cuba, and pre-Columbian and Nahuatl literature.

In Brazil and Colombia, Cambridge Enterprise has worked to share best practice in technology transfer. Cambridge University Press has offices in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and is one of the largest international publishers in Latin America.