University of Chile
Founded in 1842, the University of Chile is located in Chile’s capital, Santiago. The Universidad de Chile is an autonomous, public, national institution. It is the oldest and most important university in the country and one of the most prestigious in South America. In the past 162 years, its professors and alumni have developed the laws, the institutions and the social, political, economic, artistic and cultural frame of Chile, and have been a strong influence in other Latin American countries. The University of Chile is strongly linked with the political culture of the country; 20 former presidents are alumni. This university is AACSB accredited.
Offering a beautiful natural environment, Chile boasts skiing and snowboarding in the Andes, hiking trails in the mountains, and 2700 miles of beach-lined seacoast. Since the country is only 100 miles wide, mountains and beaches are just two hours apart! In the north of Chile is the desert, while the central area near Santiago supports agriculture and vineyards. The southern region is home to lakes, forests, and volcanoes. Seasons are the reverse of those in the U.S. There is easy travel to Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.
With a population of 5.5 million, Santiago is a lively cosmopolitan city full of both colonial architecture and modern buildings. There are many cafes, restaurants, city parks, and plazas.
Areas of Study
Departments which offer some courses in English: Business and Economics
Courses taught in Spanish: Arts and Architecture, Biology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Political Science, Social Sciences and Spanish Language and Literature.
Minimum overall GPA 2.75
A minimum 6 semesters of Spanish language study is required for this exchange program.
Estimated costs for a semester at the University of Chile.
The following dates give an overview of the academic calendar of the University of Chile. The Study Secretariats of each Faculty and Institute set the specific admission, exam and holiday dates.
First Semester – from first week of March to July
Second Semester – from end of July to December
A minimum 5 semesters of Spanish language study is required for this exchange program. All courses are taught in Spanish. The University enrolls 23,000 undergraduates in 14 faculties or colleges. The University of Chile hosts a symphony orchestra, a national ballet company, three museums, and a theatre.
The University of Chile uses hours/week and credits on their transcript. UMaine uses the hours/week (horas) to determine credit equivalency
1 course = 10 UChile credits = 3 Chile horas (Contact hours per week) = 3 UMaine credits
Credits are sometimes listed on Chile’s transcripts. However, the transcripts also give the number of contact hours to assist with determining the appropriate number of credits. Students should enroll in 225 hours of classes for 15 US credits. To earn 12 US credits, students must enroll in 180 hours of class.
15 in-class contact hours = 1 UMaine credit
|Chile Grade||Description||UMaine Grade|
|6 – 7||Muy Bien (Very Good)||A|
|5 – 5.9||Bueno (Good)||B|
|4 – 4.9||Suficiente (Sufficient)||C|
|0 – 3.9||Insuficiente (Insufficient)||F|
|Reprobado Sin Asistencia (S/A)||Failed without assistance|
The Universidad de Chile has no dormitories or housing facilities for visiting students. The Office of International Programs (Student Mobility Program Office) at the University of Chile assists exchange students with securing housing. Most students live with a host family. Apartments are also available. The average monthly cost for lodging and meals is around USD$600. There are metro and bus systems for easy travel around the city.
- Information for exchange students going to UChile
- Campuses – maps and addresses
- Practical Information – climate, safety, arriving in Santiago
- Student Mobility Program
In Santiago I worked with the Chilean Red Cross interviewing immigrants for their research project on a new approach to health education. The people I encountered have only solidified my love for the field of nursing.
~Allison Doe, Nursing
I sincerely love traveling and my last experience studying abroad was in Santiago, Chile in Spring 2012. My love of travel and adventure has brought me to many different countries and I have had the pleasure of a great many experiences and opportunities.
~Shona Workman, Secondary Education and Spanish
Taking classes in Spanish is very challenging and frustrating at times, but it also feels very rewarding. I still haven’t quite grasped spoken “Chilean” Spanish, with its impressive slang vocabulary, but I feel that my academic reading and writing skills are improving a lot. Most of my social life is based around my residence hall. At Casa Suecia (Sweden House), where I live, about half the students are Chilean and the rest from other Latin American countries, North America, and Europe. We’ve visited La Chascona, the house of Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, el Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos (Museum of Memory and Human Rights), about the dictatorship from the 1970s-80s, and Viña Concha y Toro, a huge industrial vineyard at the outskirts of Santiago. Some friends and I also took a short trip to the coast to Valparaiso, a UNESCO heritage site known for its colorful houses, and Viña del Mar, the classic Chilean resort town. We’ve also gone hiking in Cajón del Maipo, a river valley in the Andes a few hours from Santiago. Chile is a beautiful country and the people I’ve met are “buena onda” (full of good vibes).