In recent years, Chile has become an important destination for students from around the world who want to continue or further their education in a Spanish-speaking country. The country welcomed over 10,000 foreign students in 2008.
These were exchange students, postgraduate students and others. This figure is increasing every year, with students from a wide variety of countries including Finland, the United States, Japan and Guatemala.
Cities such as Santiago, Valparaiso, Concepción and Valdivia, among others, are home to a wide range of top-quality universities. Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile are renowned throughout the region for their prestige and academic excellence, and have been ranked among the 300 best universities in the world by THE – QS World University Rankings – 2008.
Educational alternatives are multiple and reliable, also because Chile is presently a safe, efficient, modern and connected country. Cultural and social life is active and diverse, tolerant and critical. The country is renowned for its economic and political stability compared to the rest of Latin America.
First-time visitors are surprised by its infrastructure and booming economic growth, as well as its evident innovative spirit. The country has almost as many cell phones as people, and Chile was the first country in the world to implement an integral freeway toll system in Santiago.
Most people who choose to study in Chile also take advantage of their free time and visit the country’s spectacular tourist attractions, from the fascinating Atacama desert up north, the altiplano, geysers and moonscapes, to the cold jungle, volcanoes and glaciers of Patagonia down south. Others visit enigmatic Easter Island or choose sports like kayaking, skiing, surfing, trekking and fly fishing.
Chile has a well-organized educational system with several opportunities for personal growth and quality education. According to a study performed by the Ministry of Education, called Educational Indicators in Chile, the country has made substantial headway over the last decade with a series of policies facilitating access to education in terms of economic resources and scholarship programs.
Thousands of high school students, undergraduate and post-graduate students come to Chile to learn Spanish, take one or two semesters as exchange students, or complete post-graduate studies.
Foreign students choose to study here for all the reasons in the world. Chile is a destination that promises growth.