Universidad de Chile

Thursday, March 08, 2012 Category: Education
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Address: Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 1058 (Central Campus)

Diagonal Paraguay 265, Office 1705, Santiago, Chile (Student Mobility Program)

Phone: (56 2) 978 2000 (Switchboard) (56-2) 978 2160 (Student Mobility Program)

Fax: (56 2) 978 1012 (Switchboard) (56-2) 978-2117 (Student Mobility Program)

Contact: Leticia Vielma

Position: Student Mobility Program Coordinator

Email: study-ab@uchile.edu

Website: www.uchile.cl/english

The Universidad de Chile is the nation’s foremost public institution. Founded on November 19, 1842, the Santiago-based university is Chile’s oldest institution of higher learning. It has been ranked among the world’s 500 best universities in the World Ranking of Universities and placed tenth among the best universities in the region in the Latin-American Ranking of Research Institutes.

Located in the Chilean capital, the university offers high-quality instruction and research opportunities at five primary campuses throughout the city. Alumni of the Universidad de Chile include 19 former presidents and both of Chile’s Nobel Prize winners, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda. Admittance to the university's academic programs is highly competitive, and the university is a top destination for students from around the world looking to study or conduct research in Chile.

Academic Programs

The Universidad de Chile teaches over 31,000 students, including more than 25,000 undergraduate students pursuing professional degrees. The remaining 6,000 post-graduate students are enrolled in the school’s doctoral, masters, specialization and post-title programs.

The university offers academic programs in 14 departments: architecture and urban studies, arts, agricultural sciences, sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, forestry sciences, chemical sciences and pharmacy, social sciences, veterinary and animal sciences, law, economy and business, philosophy and humanities, medicine, and dentistry. Interdisciplinary institutes also focus studies in the areas of public affairs, communications, international studies, nutrition and food technology.

International Appeal

The Universidad de Chile has over 440 collaborative agreements with universities and institutions of higher education in 46 countries, allowing for a high degree of international exchange and collaboration at both the faculty and student level.

Each year, around 1,000 professors and researchers join the university community as part of these collaborative agreements, and another 1,800 Universidad de Chile professors visit foreign universities each year for academic exchanges and research.

Students likewise participate in the exchanges, with the university receiving about 1,400 pre- and post-graduate students from around the world each year as part of 70 different exchange agreements. The university also sends about 200 students each year to study abroad programs.

Foreign students interested in studying at the Universidad de Chile as part of an exchange should contact the Student Mobility Program (see contact information above) to see if their university currently has an exchange agreement. If no exchange is currently available, contact the Director of International Relations at directorrel@uchile.cl.