Posts del August, 2018

5 Benefits of Studying in Chile

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.

University cities
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.

Ambassadors and foreign academics participate in the 1st International Congress on Cultural Diplomacy at Universidad Santo Tomás

The activity, organized by the cultural center Mohamed VI of the Embassy of Morocco, together with the University of Santo Tomás, highlighted the importance of cultural diplomacy as a bridge of dialogue among civilizations.

The importance in the communication and the approach between the peoples were the central themes of the inauguration of the I International Congress on Cultural Diplomacy, which took place on August 6, 2018 at the Santo Tomás University, Santiago. Organized by the Cultural Center Mohamed VI for the Dialogue of Civilizations, belonging to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Chile, in collaboration with the UST, diplomats from Morocco, Argentina, El Salvador, Greece and Iran attended, together with outstanding international academics.

“Acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity is essential in our globalized world and universities are called to play a leading role in this exchange (…). I hope that this congress allows us to assess the role of culture and diplomacy in the rapprochement between the different nations of the world, a process in which our university will continue to contribute with its work and its international linkage, building bridges that will allow spaces for mutual collaboration and growth “, assured Jaime Vatter, National Rector of the UST at the start of the day.

Also, Vatter stressed that the University, since its inception, has had the vocation to link academics and students with their peers from various countries in the world, strengthening the teaching and learning processes. “But this has not been the most important, the cultural exchange that occurs in this interaction (…), allows there to be greater knowledge and acceptance of different cultures and realities,” he added.

For his part, Roberto Lafontaine, Director of International Projects of Santo Tomás, stressed the importance of creating instances of conversation between different nations. “This is a very important activity that brings together several ambassadors, diplomatic relations are not only political or economic, but culture is playing an increasingly important factor. The congress opens a new path in Chile because it had not been deeply analyzed, “he said.

Check the full story in Santo Tomás Online