Chile is one of the most prosperous countries in South America. It is bounded by the Andes mountains in the east and Pacific Ocean in the west. The country’s total surface area is 96,29,091 square kilometers. Chile hosts a population of 17.8 million. In addition to this, it has a high HDI, income per capita, state of peace, and low political corruption.
Chile experiences four seasons throughout the year: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June to August) and Spring (September to November). The country’s climate is also diverse.
From aridity in the north to a Mediterranean climate in the centre and an oceanic climate in the east and south, every region’s climate is different. The Northern part of Chile is rich in minerals like Copper and Nitrates. The southern part, on the other hand, is rich in grazing lands, forests and also features many lakes and volcanoes.
Chile is a multiethnic society and is home to people from various ethnic backgrounds where 60 per cent of the population identifies itself as White. Christianity is the most predominant faith in Chile.
Chile is a country on the rise; politically, economically and culturally. It is one of the most unconventional tourist destinations in the world. From deserts and volcanoes to glaciers and lush valleys, Chile is blessed with a varied topography.
San Cristobal Hill, Torres del Paine National Park, Valle de la Luna, and Santa Lucia Hill are some of the popular tourist spots in the country. Santiago, Chile’s capital, is known for its captivating streets, culture and quirkiness. And, that is the biggest selling point for students and tourists alike.
Chile has been home to literary legends such as Pablo Neruda, Roberto Bolano and Gabriela Mistral. This South American country definitely holds a huge cultural significance in the world. It is the perfect study destination for students who are outdoorsy and adventurous. From horseback riding and climbing to hiking and skiing, Chile offers a plethora of popular activities to enjoy.
Chile has some of the top universities in the South American region. In the last few years, this country has become a strong global contender of higher education.
Like the US and countries of the European Council, the Chilean education system also has a degree concept. The undergraduate programs in the country are of four years where architecture and engineering might take a little more than that.
International students applying in Chilean universities have to sit for SAT tests where each public universities setting higher cut-offs than the private ones. Basic knowledge of Spanish is a must to study in Chile.
Major universities of Chile are Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, University of Chile, University of Concepción, and University of Santiago. Popular disciplines in the country are Linguistics, Business, Culture Studies, and Law. One can apply for a full-time course or even take up a summer study program in these streams.
Here’s basic information regarding Chilean student visas:
● This visa is granted for the duration of the studies, to a maximum of one year
● The visa is renewable in Chile.
● Students are not allowed to work under this visa.
● Once the visa is granted, the student has 90 days to enter Chile
● Depending on the Consulate, the student might have to travel to the Consulate to receive the visa in person.
All Consulates are different, so please make sure you apply for a visa only at the General Consulate or Consulate responsible for the jurisdiction of your permanent address. Most will require a personal interview in order to receive your visa. Please plan accordingly.
Also, all the documents must be presented in the original form and issued within the last three months.
1. Valid passport (can be older than three months, but must be valid during your stay in Chile)
2. Application form typed
3. Health certificate issued within the last 90 days and signed by a Doctor stating that the applicant is in good health and has no communicable diseases.
4. HIV test. (required for US Students. International Students, be sure to double check requirements.)
5. Police Certificate issued within the last 90 days by Federal Authorities stating that the applicant has no records nationwide. You will have to get a Certificate from the FBI. Please be aware that this process could take from 8 to 12 weeks.
6. One (1) color passport photographs (2x2 in).
7. Letter or certificate of financial support (scholarship, bank statement, parent’s bank statement, etc.). The student must prove that s/he has sufficient resources to survive in the country.
8. Letter of acceptance from University or School where the applicant will be studying
9. Payment of Chilean visa fee. Fees must be paid by money order, debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). On the last business day of the month only money orders will be accepted.
The streets in Chilean cities are bustling with life. People are laid-back and friendly, though they may first come across as very formal. They are always willing to help those who are new in the country. If you don’t know Spanish, then learn it. It will not only help in getting admission but also interacting with the locals.
Although Chile isn’t cheap in comparison to other Latin American countries, it’s still considerably affordable as per international standards. Tuition fee at most universities ranges from Rs. 3,40,000 to Rs. 3,70,000 per annum. Medicine is an expensive discipline in the country and a study program in this stream is around Rs. 3,80,000.
Here’s a list of expenses that a student will have to incur while staying in Chile:
Rent or housing: Rs. 44,000 to Rs. 68,000 per annum
Groceries: Rs. 8,500 per annum
Electricity: Rs. 90,000 per annum
Local Transportation: Rs. 10,000 per annum
Entertainment: Rs. 5,000 per annum