The quality of Chile's post-graduate, Master's and PhD programs is internationally renowned and increasingly in demand.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Universidad Católica, Campus Lo Contador (Photo: Revista Placeres)
More and more international students are choosing to come to Chile when it comes time to do a Master's degree, an MBA (Master of Business Administration) or PhD program. Chile's attractions are manifold: the county's modern features, its economic and political stability, good connectivity and a wide range of natural attractions and landscapes, as well as the prestige of some Chilean university academic programs.
The MBA offered by the Universidad Católica de Chile Business School, for example, is ranked second-best in Latin America by Revista AméricaEconomía, and has always been among the first five places over the eight years.
Higher education institutions evidence top-notch, renowned academic programs. Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile are well-known in the region for their prestige and academic excellence, ranked among the 300 best universities in the world by THE - QS World University Rankings – 2008.
Students from a wide variety of countries including Germany, Canada, the United States, Finland, Colombia and Peru come to Chile to complete post-graduate programs. There are universities that allow students to complete two degrees, one from the Chilean university and another from their university of origin. Most of these programs are part of agreements with European and North American institutions.
Chilean universities have high infrastructure standards, with a wide variety of campuses and sports facilities. University education is paid for by each student, but Chilean students can apply for scholarships and student loans. Every university has different tuition rates and the price usually depends on the kind of career chosen, as well as materials and resources required for the same. Santiago is not the only destination for university students; cities such as Concepcion and Valparaiso also offer excellent educational alternatives.
The most popular academic and post-graduate programs for foreign students are related to economics, political science and culture, specifically Hispanic American literature. In the case of economics, the Chilean model is especially attractive for study, in that it is unique throughout the world and has been analyzed and acclaimed internationally. Something similar happens with Chilean politics and the transition experienced by the country towards the end of the 80s.
Chile went from a military regime imposed after a military coup in 1973 to a democratic government that opened the country's economy to the world, achieving one-of-a-kind growth in the region and also substantially reducing poverty.
Hispanic American literature is another area in high demand after economics and political science. Chile is home to several internationally-acclaimed writers and poets. The country has two Nobel Prize for Literature laureates, poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, as well as well-known writers such as Roberto Bolaño and Isabel Allende. Universities also offer foreign students to the opportunity to study other careers related to engineering, communications, architecture and art, design, medicine, law, education and humanities, psychology, astronomy and odontology, among others.
Good reasons and quality facilities
Quality programs, sound infrastructure and international prestige of Chile's long-standing institutions are the main reasons why foreign students choose to come to Chile. These are complemented by the possibility of learning Spanish, touring the country and using Chile as a platform to get to know other countries in South America.
A good piece of advice for those wishing to complete post-graduate studies in Chile would be to first consult with their university of origin and see if this has agreements in place with any Chilean universities. Most Chilean universities have websites with study guidelines or handbooks for foreign students.
For additional information regarding Chilean universities, see the following directory in Spanish.
As for scholarships, international entities and funds (DAAD – Erasmus, European Union Agreements) available for financing studies, the Chilean State offers scholarships on an annual basis by means of different institutions such as Conicyt. Most of these scholarships are for Latin American students. For further information, see the scholarships section (link to Scholarships).
For additional information on practical matters such as lodging, weather, transport, safety and car rental, among others, see the ContactChile website. This website also provides details regarding the experience of other students who chose to complete academic programs in Chile.