Chile stretches from desert land to glaciers, from volcanoes to lush valleys, from dense forests to open plains. It is indeed a country of extremes. This beautiful country is bound to attract international students with a taste for adventure and amazing outdoors. it also has a rich cultural offering and is home to one of the strongest higher education systems in Latin America. Read on for more on what it’s like to study in Chile, and an overview of the country’s highest ranked universities.
How to Apply
The degree structure in Chile is similar to that found in the EU and US, generally consisting of Licenciatura (equivalent to a bachelor’s degree), Magister (master’s degree) and Doctor (PhD). The Licentiatura is actually a four-year program, though certain subject areas such as engineering or architecture would require a longer period of study.
International undergraduate students applying to state universities in Chile must take a test called the Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria (PSU), similar to the SAT test commonly used in the US. Each university sets its own PSU entry requirement, with ‘traditional’ universities generally requiring higher scores than the newer private universities. In order to study at universities in Chile, international students will also need to demonstrate their ability to study in Spanish.
For detailed information on how to apply to study in Chile, applicants should contact their chosen universities directly.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Chile isn’t cheap in comparison to most other Latin American countries, but it’s still relatively well-priced by international standards. A standard monthly living budget, including food, transport and residence, would range from approximately US$700 on a strict budget to US$1,100 on a more generous allowance.
Recently, tuition fees at universities in Chile, both public and private, have risen considerably. Students at private universities currently pay US$5,500 on average a year, and, thanks to recent tuition fee hikes, public universities now charge similar prices. Students of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are likely to be charged slightly more, at around US$5,900, while students of medicine can expect to pay more again, with average figures standing at around US$6,300 per year.
So students who are studying in Chile for less than 90 days can do so with just a tourist visa. These viasa are issued as stamps upon arrival in the country and cost approximately US$160. Note that residents from a number of countries, including the UK and the US, do not require tourist visas to enter the country.
If you are planning to study in Chile for longer than 90 days, however, you will need to apply for a student visa through your local Chilean embassy or consulate at least a month before travelling. For this you’ll need to provide a passport which should be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your planned studies, evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living costs, and proof of a return or onward ticket. You’ll also need a letter of acceptance onto an approved university course, a letter of police clearance and a clear bill of health. Student visas are valid for up to one year, but you must be sure to leave the country before the visa expires. This visa costs approximately US$160, but fees vary depending on your country of residence.
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