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Discover the Secrets of Central Chile

Central Chile is one of the 5 geographical divisions that make up our national territory; it covers the Metropolitan region, as well as the O’Higgins, Maule and Bío Bío regions, and some parts of the Valparaíso region too.

Concentrating approximately 79% of the country’s population, Central Chile is the most populated area of the nation. Moreover, it concentrates the majority of the country’s economic activity and it is the area where the different powers of the nation converge: executive, legislative and judicial.

Climate

By covering different regions, Central Chile is known for having a very particular climate, similar to a Mediterranean one. Due to this combination, the climate in this area can’t be found in other parts of the country.

Moreover, its beaches, mountains, valleys and fields, make Central Chile a preferred spot for those who seek to carry out different outdoor activities, adventure tourism, as well as for those who want to know the history and culture of the country.

The Must-See Tourist Spots

Wineries

The presence of valleys and an ideal weather for working on fertile fields are part of the tradition of Central Chile and allow it to be the epicenter of the country’s production of fruits. This provides us with the most delicious and most important wines of the country.

Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley, among others, are areas where you’ll be able to get lost in green landscapes and taste the best wines.

Beaches

Chile stands out due to its extensive coast and Central Chile concentrates a great variety of beaches, which is why it has come to be known as “Litoral Central” (Central Coast). Secret beaches with forests, ideal to find peace and disconnect, or, if you prefer it, there’s also the option of beaches within the city that offer an endless list of activities to do during the day or at night.

Santo Domingo Beach, Viña del Mar, Concón, Canelillo, among others, are some of the options that you can enjoy.

Protected Areas

Central Chile also counts with protected areas, places whose main objective is to preserve and protect certain species. La Campana National Park, Río Cipreses Reserve, Radal Siete Tazas Park, Torca Lagoon, are some of the most well-known protected areas.

Education in Chile: What do I need to know?

Have you ever wondered about education in Chile? If it’s something that interests you and you’d like to know more about it before you visit our country, here is some useful information.

Level division

The education system in Chile is divided into 4 levels, which are: pre-school, primary, secondary, and higher level.

The pre-school level is directed to kids up until they’re 6 years old. After that, the primary level is the initial cycle of studies, also known in Chile as “Enseñanza Básica” (Basic Education), which lasts for 8 years.

The secondary level is also known as “Enseñanza Media” (the equivalent to high school), which lasts for 4 years. This corresponds to the formation that is given to students so they can opt to pursue professional studies at a higher level.

Lastly, the higher level is directed to everyone who completes the secondary level. In Chile, different institutions offer the possibility to pursue professional training.

Types of Institutions

Those who opt to continue their studies at a higher level have different options to fulfill their objectives.

In the case of universities, they are divided into two types: “traditional”, which are labelled as such since they were established before 1980 and are grouped under the Consejo de Rectores de Universidades Chilenas (Board of Rectors of Chilean Universities). On the other hand, one can find private universities.

Technical Schools: In this type of institution, programs can last 2 years and students obtain a technical degree.

Professional Institutes: In these institutions, students can obtain technical degrees as well as professional ones. Programs can last from 2 to 5 years, depending on the type of degree.

Universities: Here, students can obtain a professional degree as well as the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, they can also obtain Master’s and PhD degrees. The duration of the programs can vary, ranging from 4 to 7 years.

Selection Process

Those who wish to enroll in university in Chile have to take an exam that until 2019 was known as the University Selection Test (Prueba de Selección Universitaria in Spanish, or PSU). The test aims to measure the knowledge the students acquired during their secondary education, covering the subjects of Spanish, History, Math, or Science.

Currently, the test is being reformulated and the 2020 version was known as “Transition Test”.

Scholarships in Chile

In Chile, there are different alternatives and support for students.

In 2018, Chile implemented university gratuity, a program which allows students from certain segments of the population to study for free.

On the other hand, scholarships are aimed for students that have demonstrated excellence. Some of the scholarships cover National Master’s Degree, National Master’s Degree for Education Professionals, National PhD scholarships, among others. All of these scholarships are backed by Chile’s National Organism for Research and Development (ANID)

International students also have the option to access different funding opportunities. Learn more about those here.

4 Steps to Help You Through Finals

The end of the year is just around the corner, and with that comes the end of term too. Tests, exams, and the pressure to pass all of your classes. It’s definitely a time of tension and stress, and because we want you to succeed, here are 4 steps that can help you through finals.

  1. Make a Schedule

A fundamental step is planning ahead. It’s really important to make a schedule so you can keep track of your exams.

What is it useful for? The idea behind organizing your calendar is to prepare for your exams with time, so you can schedule your days of study and your days of rest. This method will allow you to be mindful of your time, as well as to prepare materials ahead or arrange study group sessions on your days marked for studying.

  1. Get Some Rest

Remember that studying 24 hours in a row is useless if your mind doesn’t get a break. It’s likely that you will retain only half of the information and the rest will just end up a fog in your brain due to exhaustion and tension.

Sleep the hours your body and mind need, take the breaks you consider necessary. Maybe take a short walk, or eat something in between, or talk to your family and friends.

Putting your mind to something too hard with no space for relaxation will lead you to feel exhausted and without any desire to study for your exams.

  1. Do Some Exercise

When you’re feeling stressed due to the pressure that comes with the end of term, a good alternative is exercise.

Why would I exercise if I need to study? Well, exercising will allow you to channel your energy, it will relax your body and your mind, and when studying you’ll feel much more relaxed and focused.

Try with a short run, yoga, a dance tutorial, etc. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, try leaving stress behind with some exercise.

  1. Don’t Leave Everything until the Last Minute

Studying only during the days prior to your exams won’t be effective. On the contrary, it will increase your anxiety and it may lead to your questioning of your own capabilities.

Remember that preparing ahead is always the best option.

I Don’t Know What to Major In

Still don’t know what you want to study? Don’t know where to start? What to do? The end of the year is almost here and with this comes the important decision of choosing a program to study. The pressure increases and so does the uncertainty. If you still haven’t made up your mind, here is some advice that may help you have a better idea.

  1. What do I do?

First, you have to understand that you’re not the only one going through this. It’s normal that when it comes to deciding what to major in you feel pressured or anxious and a lot of uncertainty.

Medicine? Law? Veterinary Sciences? There are so many programs available that it makes the process even more confusing.

Take a break, close your eyes and breathe. Focus, think about yourself and try to forget about the pressure.

  1. What do I Like?

This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself.

Analyze what you like doing, what keeps you interested. Think to yourself: what would you like to be doing in 5 or 10 years? Identifying what you’re passionate about is crucial, since the program you choose to study will most likely have an impact on your future.

Can you imagine living doing something you’re not passionate about?

  1. Crisis

Finding your calling is discovering your passion for something, in this case, for a profession or field. The idea of having a calling is to enjoy what we’re doing to the point it completes us and makes us happy.

If it’s difficult for you and you think you’re going through a crisis, you can take an aptitude test, which, through different questions, will help you identify what you like best. This may vary, from reading a book to painting.

  1. A Personal Decision

Remember that this is your process to go through and no one else’s. Do research by yourself, talk to people that may guide you, students that are currently studying the programs you’re interested in so they can tell you about their experiences.

You can listen to different opinions, advice and get some orientation but in the end, the decision has to be yours.

 

 

 

Find out if You’re Ready to Study Veterinary Medicine

Studying veterinary medicine can be a simple decision if you love animals. However, studying a program like this also means taking on a series of responsibilities and being aware of how important these professional’s work is.

Different to a doctor, the veterinary can’t speak with their patients, therefore, you must be very methodic, observant and centered in order to comprehend and identify what your animal patients may be suffering from.

The veterinary medicine program is part of the medicine area, with a focus on animal anatomy. The tools these professionals acquire allow them to deepen their knowledge about the world of animals, which gives them the option to work wherever they see fit.

The world of veterinary science is vast. According the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are 40 different certified specializations. Besides that, you can work in different areas like diseases, research, exotic animal care, farms, or you can also have your own veterinary clinic.

It is very important that you decide very carefully what you want the focus of your career to be, so during your studies, you can get all the necessary tools to develop in an integral and professional way.

Moreover, you should consider that when you’re dealing with animals, you also have to be prepared for things not to go the way you planned them. Animals are much more sensitive and anything can make them uncomfortable or nervous, from the temperature of a place to someone that may seem scary to them.

Finally, you should always bear in mind that most of the time you will not only be working with animals, but you also need to consider the owners of your patients. Therefore, developing patience and being able to support them so they can trust you is also a very important factor when working in the field of veterinary medicine.

Remember that the most important thing to know whether you’re prepared to study veterinary science or not is being sure that you want to work to benefit animals and their wellbeing.

Do You Know What’s Celebrated in Chile in September?

Do you have friends in Chile? Are you curious as to why they spend the month of September celebrating with their friends and family? If you don’t understand the reason behind so much celebration, here we tell you why this month is so important for Chileans.

September is known in Chile as the month of “chilenidad” (the pride of Chile and being Chilean). Like many other places in the world, Chile celebrates its independence and the entire country is part of the party. During September 18, 19 and 20, Chile celebrates with dances, typical food, and of course, the entire family.

September 18th

On this day, we celebrate to commemorate the proclamation of the First Governing Body, which took place in 1810. This was the first step in Chile’s independence process and which led to its emancipation from Spain. Due to this, the 18 and the 19 are official holidays all over the country so everyone can celebrate.

Fondas and Ramadas

During this time of year, the country dresses up with the national colors: white, red and blue. Most Chileans display the country’s flag outside their houses. There are some who prefer enjoying the holidays at home, while others prefer the countryside or the beach.

However, the meeting point are the fondas and ramadas. These places are similar to fairs and in them you can find all kinds of Chilean traditions: dances, food, music, drinks, typical dishes like empanada de pino (similar to a pasty, filled with meat and other ingredients), choripán (a grilled sausage usually served in a marraqueta—a type of bread typical in Chile, similar to a short hot dog bun, but not quite the same), mote con huesillo (a dessert or drink made with boiled wheat, dehydrated peaches and their juice), among other delicious options.

You can also see dance performances that represent the different areas of the country, or learn about Chile’s flora and fauna, among other activities, like dancing cueca –Chile’s tradional dance—with your friends and family and sharing a great moment of celebration.

A Month of Unity and Celebration

Definitely the best part of spending September in Chile (besides the fact that it’s a month of joy and celebration) is that everyone identifies with the same historic event, strengthening and enjoying the country’s roots, its identity and culture.

Why You Should Study Astronomy in Chile

Are you a fan of telescopes? Then astronomy must definitely be a part of your future. Chile has the clearest skies to appreciate stars and it is the preferred destination for researches from all over the world.

What’s Astronomy?

Astronomy is the science that studies the origin, movement and characteristics of astronomical objects, that is to say, individual celestial bodies that can be found in the sky.

Satellites, stars, planets of all kinds, asteroids, among others, are all part of the astronomical objects that this science is devoted to study. Astronomy looks for different answers and explanations for the varied phenomena that occurs thanks to these objects.

Why study in Chile?

The skies of Northern Chile are considered as one of the best to study and observe all phenomena related to the stars and celestial bodies. Every year, scientists from all over the world go to the observatories located there.

Northern Chile, mainly the regions of Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo, is home to modern astronomic infrastructure, including observatories and radio observatories. Thanks to the arid climate of the area, the skies are always clear, which makes them an ideal scenario for observation and for carrying out research.

Among the most famous observatories in the country, there’s the Atacama Large Millimeter (ALMA), known as one of the biggest astronomic projects in the world; also, in this area one can find Observatorio Paranal and Observatorio La Silla, the former is known as the most advanced in the area.

Today, Chile accounts for 40% of astronomic observation worldwide, while there are various projects and instruments currently being developed; some of those include the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope (Source: Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation).

Advances and Discoveries

The skies of our country have been part of important discoveries and advancements in astronomy, both nationally and internationally. Among some of these milestones one can mention:

  • The discovery of a planet three times bigger than Jupiter, in 2019.
  • In 2012, a planet similar to Earth, but seven times bigger was found.
  • In 2010, astronomers José Maza and Mario Hamuy developed a new method to measure the distance between different celestial bodies.

 

These are only some of the discoveries that show that Chilean skies are the best to study astronomy.

Curious Facts About Chile

Chile is a country with a long list of curious facts that many people don’t know about. From its geography that has many particular characteristics, to milestones that have marked the country’s history, here are some things you probably didn’t know.

  1. We’re the Longest Country in the World

Chile is considered the longest country in the world and it extends for over 4,329 kilometers from north to south. In addition to that, the narrowest area measures at 90 km in the region of Coquimbo.

  1. The Strongest Earthquake in History Happened in Chile

In 1960, a 9,5 earthquake (on the Richter magnitude scale) hit the city of Valdivia. The earthquake killed over 2,000 people and it has come to be known as “The Big Earthquake of Chile”.

  1. Chile is Home to the Oldest Mummies in the World

The “Chinchorro” mummies were discovered in the region of Arica and Parinacora in 1917. Researchers estimate that they were mummified 7,000 years ago.

  1. Chile has the 8th Wonder of the World

You’ve probably heard about Torres del Paine National Park. In 2013, the “Virtual Tourist” website conducted an online poll where the park was voted as the 8th wonder of the world.

  1. Chile is a World Leader in Astronomy

The skies of northern Chile are some of the most popular among researchers from all over the world. Thanks to the arid climate of the area, the skies are always clear, which makes them an ideal scenario for observation and for carrying out research. Today, Chile accounts for 40% of astronomic observation worldwide.

  1. Chile Has the Driest Desert in the World

Have you heard about the Atacama Desert? Located in the Northern part of the country, it is known to be the driest desert in the planet, with approximately 49 thousand square miles.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Chile, don’t forget to follow us on our different social media platforms.

Tips to Study Online in Chile

Today, studying online is a feasible alternative to help you develop your career. Are you interested in studying abroad but it’s difficult for you to travel? In Chile, different educational institutions have developed online postgraduate programs so that everyone can continue strengthening their academic training from anywhere in the world.

Don’t know what to study? Do you need some information? Are you looking for a scholarship? Studying online at an international university is a process that can be confusing at times, however, here is some advice to help you on your search.

  1. Research the Courses and Programs You’re Interested in

In order to start your search, it’s important that you’re clear on your interests. Do you want to study a Master’s program? Are you looking for another type of postgraduate instruction? A PhD? Maybe an online course? There are plenty of options, therefore, you must choose the type of program you want and the area that you’re aiming for according to your needs and academic interests.

If you want to look at some of the available options, you can check Learn Chile’s social media platforms where we are constantly sharing information about our available programs.

  1. Choose An Institution

Don’t know much about the universities and different educational institutions in Chile? Do you have some in mind but don’t know how to get in touch? Through Learn Chile’s website you can access to all the institutions that are part of our network.

If you want to learn more click here.

  1. Need Guidance? Get in Touch with Learn Chile

If you have a lot of questions, need information about scholarships or want to know how the online mode works, don’t worry! You can find all you need to know at Learn Chile. You can also get in touch with us through any of our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin.

Remember that Learn Chile is a network of higher education institutions made up of over 20 universities and technical schools supported by the Chilean State through ProChile. The aim of Learn Chile is to strengthen the internationalization of Chile’s academic programs and to promote the country as a great destination for international students.

Lack of Academic Direction? Here is Some Advice on How to Choose a University Program

Choosing a university program is an important step for everyone, since it determines a great deal of our future. The process of identifying what you want to do and finding the adequate academic program for that can be a bit of a hassle, confusing at times, and it can involve a lot of pressure.

What are you going to study? There’s little time left to decide! Have you chosen a university yet? What area do you want to pursue? Maybe these questions are familiar to you because you’ve heard them at family gatherings or while hanging out with your friends. If every time somebody asks you one of these questions you feel like you’re having a crisis, here are some steps to help you choose an academic program.

  1. What do I Want to Do?

The first step is getting to know yourself and finding out what it is that you like doing. Maybe you love helping other people or maybe you prefer to spend your time cooking. Maybe you’re a fan of dental hygiene or you’re usually the one to organize camping trips.

Liking books better than calculators is one of those sings that you need to start identifying. Oftentimes we ignore the different signs that can help us have a better sense of our academic direction.

  1. Take a Test

If you can’t identify any signs of what you like, a career test might be of great help to guide your decision. Lots of platforms and educational institutions offer this type of surveys for free.

You can find some options to take career tests in another one of our articles.

  1. Do Your Research

Once you’ve identified what you want to pursue, you need to start doing research on the different programs available that are related to the area you’re interested in, be it medicine, finance, the humanities, among others.

  1. Seek Help from a University

Once you’re clear on your top 3 preferences, you can reach out to the universities where they offer these programs. Don’t be afraid to call or sending an e-mail, they’ll always be willing to guide you, tell you more about the programs or the application process.

Here you can learn all about the institutions that are part of Learn Chile.

  1. It’s Your Choice

During a time of confusion, when we don’t know what to choose for our future, it is normal to feel pressured and question oneself constantly. But remember that the most important thing is that it’s your choice and no one else’s.

Finally, you’re the one making choices about your future, and even though it’s always good to take advice, it’s not okay to be influenced by comments that will only make us feel even more confused about what we really want.