My exchange experience in Chile has been unforgettable, without a doubt the best time of my student life. I lived 5 months in Santiago, spending every day with incredible people from all over the world. I learned so much from them, their customs and cultures, local foods, and most importantly, I made the most amazing friends.
I visited a lot of places in Chile. It surely is a beautiful country, full of incredible northern and southern landscapes. I went to Bernardo O’Higgins University, which exceeded my expectations; my teachers provided amazing lessons, in which I learned so much about nutrition. I can apply all that in my country.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity of studying abroad. It was a beautiful experience to be living away from home in an unknown country, which then became my home for several months.
During my exchange at the University of Valparaiso I grew both academically and personally. I learned many things from Chilean teachers that have very different views compared to teacher of my country. I took various classes that helped enrich my academic career. I liked the more practical approach to teaching, where we made trips and toured the city.As architecture major, this was something that I consider very valuable.
This University is like taken out of a fairy tale. I´ve never seen anything so beautiful. I love that the University has a small size, because you feel you are a student. Here I’m not just a number, here it’s different.
I come from Poland, particularly from the capital city, Warsaw. I decided to come to Chile because I dreamed about traveling to Latin America.
Currently I’m in my third year, I’m supposed to take my final exams soon, but I chose to extend my stay in Chile until next year, because four months are just too short! I decided to stay one year because I want to travel and also because I wanted to take this great opportunity that I received, of working in a mining company, Sierra Gorda (a Polish and Japanese project). I’m really excited about this.
About Santiago, I really like its spirit; it reminds me of Warsaw, which also has its special places. La Vega is what I’ve liked the most so far, for me this market is like the heart of the city. I also enjoy going to Barrio Yungay. Regarding the food, I love a plate of “guatitas”, “cazuela” (a delicious pot), the Pisco sour and “palta” (avocado). Specially that; I’m in love with the Chilean avocado.
I’m very grateful of how people have treated me in Chile. Chilean people are very kind and this country is really precious. In March 2015 I will return to Warsaw. I don’t really want to go back, but I’m focusing on the present. Is here and now!
Without a doubt, what I liked most about Chile was the relationship I developed with its people. Being able to share my experience with a Chilean family, living with them, made me feel like another Chilean. As for education in Chile, I learned that even with less you can still achieve great things and finally it’s the experiences that make you grow. More than just going to school, there were many people who enlightened me with their knowledge.
In addition, while in Chile I was able to travel quite a bit. I went to Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine in the south. In the north I traveled by car from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama. Sleeping under at the wonderful stars and waking up in the middle of the desert was priceless. This trip has been a great story that I will tell my whole life to my children, grandchildren, etc..
Among the most important activities I did while in Chile, first I got to know the country, which has a great ecological and natural diversity. For me, it was enriching in all aspects. In addition, there are enough people from Latin America to enrich us with their cultures, traditions and languages.
Academically, this country is several years ahead of us in terms of trials and, moreover, they are practicing in the Qualifying Tribunal of Elections and attending to conciliation boards. It was very rewarding, and I have something to contribute to my country when I return.
The teachers are highly qualified in Universidad Autónoma, as most of them have masters and doctoral degrees, and that shows they are prepared and trained for what they are doing, which improves us as students, since we have a better learning process and thus a better understanding, even though we come from another country.
I’d absolutely recommend the University to make an exchange. In fact, I have already done it, and several of my classmates will come next semester for an academic stay. Also, I talked to my classmates from Universidad Autónoma and they too were motivated to take the opportunity to study abroad.
Why did you decide to study a semester as exchange student at UBO?
Because I really liked Chile when I came just to get to know Chile, as tourist in 2014. Then, when the opportunity to study here came I was really interested. The UBO was the only University that had the academic mobility program in Chile. I researched about the University and saw that it was good and it would be an unrivalled experience.
How the experience at UBO has been so far?
I will never forget it. It has been one of a kind. I’m having contact with a different culture, language, people, habits, a different teaching system and testing system at the University. It’s giving me lots of personal gain.
What did you like most about Chile?
I liked the cold the most, the diversity of places and the organization of the city.
Would you go through this experience again?
Yes! I would like to experience this again a lot, I invite everyone to do so!
My first reason for taking an exchange semester was that I wanted to learn Spanish. I decided to go to Chile because I study History and I feel that the history of Chile in the twentieth century is very interesting.
I have been fascinated by this country for its varied beauty. During this exchange I went to San Pedro de Atacama, La Serena and the Elqui Valley, in the desert area of northern Chile; to Valparaiso, Pichilemu and Isla Negra in the central coast; to Chillan and Pucón in the south; and to Cajón del Maipo, in the foothills of Santiago, among other places. I especially loved the beach of Pichilemu, because there you can surf.
It is said that people in Santiago isn’t friendly, but I don’t think so, at least with foreigners. For example, when I arrived I didn’t find my apartment. I asked a person in the street and he said, “I do not know, but I’ll call someone.” My sense is that people care about the safety of us foreigners.
The second semester of 2018, the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins received the student of Psychology, Daniela Ramazzi, from Argentina. Daniela is a psychology student, from the Universidad del Aconcagua, in the neighboring country. During his time in Chile, he highlighted: “The order, cleanliness and technology” of the Bernardo O’Higgins University.
Thanks to a scholarship granted by the Faculty of Theology and Sciences (FATEC), in Brazil, Naiara Bianchi fulfilled her dream of doing a student exchange abroad. Thus, in July 2018, she undertook her journey to Chile to study at Duoc UC and expand her horizons.
It was an opportunity that has exceeded all the expectations of this student of Engineering in Electricity and Industrial Automation. “I am very happy to have chosen this Institution, since it has excellent levels of technology and infrastructure. I was lucky to have lessons in the Smart Grid laboratory, which is unique in the country and one of the best in the region.”
Likewise, Naiara highlighted the closeness and warmth of the teachers, collaborators and her classmates. “At Duoc UC I have received quality training with people always willing to help, and I also found a great family.”