Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

: Avenida España 1680, Valparaíso
Phone: 0056-32-2654000
Fax: 0056-32-2654727
Contact: Karol Trautmann
Position: Director, Office of International Affairs
E-mail: karol.trautmann@usm.cl
Phone: 0056-32-2654599
Fax: 0056-32-2654727

Website: www.utfsm.cl

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Category: Culture - Tourism - Daily life - Education

The Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM) was founded on April 27, 1926, in Valparaíso, Chile, fulfilling the last will of Mr. Federico Santa María Carrera, through the Foundation that bears his name. Santa María was a visionary entrepreneur who wanted to provide his hometown Valparaíso, with an institution for the teaching of science and technology for Chile and the world. Today, the UTFSM is home to more than 16,000 students, 44 undergraduate programs and 16 postgraduate programs. The founder’s mission is carried out in the main campus in Valparaiso, the Viña del Mar and Concepción Campuses, in addition to  two campuses in Santiago, one in Rancagua and Guayaquil (Ecuador), and the Academy of Aeronautical Sciences  - ACA -  in Santiago. In terms of territory, these campuses make it the largest university in Chile.

Information of interest for foreigners

The UTFSM is recognized among the best universities in Latin America for its scientific and technological excellence. Its professionals are also appreciated for their leadership skills and humanistic formation. To study in our classrooms is a unique and unforgettable opportunity for Chilean as well as international students.

Academic programs

1) Semester/yearly programs: as an exchange student or as an independent applicant, international students have access to the entire UTFSM academic offer. Examples of areas of study: Business, Economy, Architecture, Design, Humanities (History, Philosophy, Arts), and Engineering. Also, through its Department of Humanities, the UTFSM offers the possibility of enrolling in semester-long Spanish courses designed specifically to improve skills associated with the acquisition of a second language. Contact: tutor.oai@usm.cl

(2) Intensive language programs: during February and July, the UTFSM offers intensive courses of Spanish for students wishing to improve their language skills. This two-week course is open to any interested person and is especially recommended for students who plan to spend a semester at the UTFSM. Contact: tutor.oai@usm.cl

(3) Tailored Programs: the USM offers specially designed programs for pre-and/or postgraduate foreign students, taken individually or through agreement with foreign institutions/universities.