Have you ever thought about studying in Latin America? Then you could turn your eyes towards Chile. Our country currently ranks as the #1 in UNDP’s Human Development Index in Latin America.
Nearly 28 thousand foreigners prefer Chile each year as their destination to do their university studies. 60% of them seek to study their undergraduate degree; the other 34% would want a master’s or doctorate degree and the last 6% a post-graduate qualification.
Santiago de Chile is commonly the region chosen by the students to study, followed by Arica, Antofagasta, Biobío and Tarapacá. According to the study “Situation of the enrollment of foreigners in higher education in Chile”, by the Chilean Higher Education Information Service (SIES), 50.60% are women and 49.40% are men, with 60.70% being under 30 years of age.
What makes Chile so attractive to students?
Various educational funding options
The International Development Cooperation Agency (AGCID) and CONICYT are two Chilean state agencies that provide funding for postgraduate studies to foreign students, in addition to others financing offered by some Chilean universities and the scholarships they may obtain from their countries of origin.
According to a report by the Chilean Higher Education Information Service (SIES), Valparaíso is the second region – after the Metropolitan area – favored by foreign students. It receives about one thousand foreign students every year, attracted by the prestige that Chilean education has achieved in recent decades and its rich academic offerings in Latin America.
Chile has several of the best universities in South America
15 Chilean universities rank among the top 100 in Latin America, according to the 2016 Times Higher Education University Rankings. Among the most top are the “Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso”, “Universidad Andrés Bello”, “Universidad de los Andes”, and “Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María”.
A country with a steady economy
According to the 2015 World Investment Report, Chile is a solid and attractive option for international students and professionals, offering a healthy ecosystem for foreign investment. The national economy stimulates free competition and open trade. The growth of the last decade is close to 5% per year on average.
You can enjoy everyday life
Santiago de Chile has an privileged weather; with pretty defined seasons you can enjoy a warm atmosphere half the year and, with cooler temperatures during the rest. Near the Chilean capital are some of the best ski slopes in the world, as well as dream beaches and coasts, perfect for surfing.
The procedures and documentation pertinent to study and to live legally in this country also are made easier, since Chile is one of the most connected countries in Latin America and much of procedures can be done online.