Study In Chile - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Chile as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Chile as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Chile

Why study in Chile

Cost of studying in Chile

Universities in Chile for international students

Cost of living in Chile for international students

How to get a visa to study in Chile

How to apply and study in Chile

Tuition fees to study in Chile

Applying to study in Chile



Chile is a very good study destination for international students because of the good quality of education available in the country. It is easy for international students to study in Chile as far they have necessary documents and information for the admission.

Applying to study in Chile as an in international student.

Chile education system is somehow similar to the US and European system of education. They have the same bachelor,masters and phd degrees just that they names are different.

 Licenciatura, the same as a bachelor’s degree

Magister, the same as a master’s degree

Doctor,the same as a PhD.

They have a four-year degree program for majority of their courses but the major courses such as medicine,pharmacy,dentistry and law usually take about 6 years for the program to be completed.

To study in a public or state university in Chile you must take a compulsory test called the Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria (PSU),this test is to determine whether you are eligible to start university in Chile. It is almost the same thing as the SAT test.

 All the universities in Chile have different PSU admission scores. Some universities requires very high scores in the PSU test in order to be offered admission. So to know the score requirements you need to contact the university you want to enroll indirectly.

Spanish is the official language used by universities in Chile,so as an international student that is interested in studying in Chile,you must be able to speak and understand Spanish very well.

You just have to know that different universities in Chile have different admission requirements and process,so you have to contact the university you want to enroll in directly for more information.

How to apply to Chilean universities

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.



Tuition fees and cost of Studying in Chile for international students



The cost of studying in Chile actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Chile have different tuition fees. In this post we will give the average cost of studying in Chile as an international student.


Chile is one of the cheapest countries in South America for international students to study. With a very good standard of education and well facilitated universities,Chile is a very good study destination for international students.

 As said earlier the cost of living in Chile is low for international students,with about US$700 to US$1,100 per month,all expenses which includes accommodation,transport,food etc. The lifestyle and spending habit of a students will affects his budget.

Unlike other countries,public and private universities in Chile have almost the same tuition fees which makes it some how difficult for international students to choose which to enroll to. The average tuition fees to study in Chile is US$5,500 per year.

The tuition fees for both public and private universities in depends on the course of study. With major courses such as medicine and engineering being the most expensive at about US$6,300 per year while courses such as dentistry,pharmacy,law can be around US$5,900 per year.


Cost of living in Chile for international students


Below is the expected cost of living and things in Chile according to expatian

1 Chilean peso= 0.001599 US dollars




                Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CH$5,426

                Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)     CH$3,810

                500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CH$2,315

                1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk    CH$757

                12 eggs, large     CH$2,040

                1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CH$1,009

                500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese     CH$3,976

                1 kg (2 lb.) of apples        CH$1,020

                1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes   CH$781

                0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket   CH$958

                1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CH$4,405

                2 liters of Coca-Cola        CH$1,427

                Bread for 2 people for 1 day        CH$470


                Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area                CH$692,942

                Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area    CH$444,171

                Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     CH$112,299

                Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CH$474,872

                Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area    CH$288,616

                Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio         CH$70,687

                Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)          CH$23,137

                40” flat screen TV             CH$247,674

                Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)    CH$46,114

                Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)             CH$8,203

                Hourly rate for cleaning help       CH$4,113


                1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)          CH$35,231

                1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)     CH$26,135

                1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)             CH$47,308

                1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   CH$55,846


                Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new       CH$12,476,800

                1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas                CH$747

                Monthly ticket public transport CH$35,705

Personal Care   

                Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)         CH$3,226

                1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)    CH$6,943

                Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)              CH$30,772

                1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)    CH$4,584

                Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)           CH$2,410

                Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)      CH$2,932

                4 rolls of toilet paper      CH$1,639

                Tube of toothpaste         CH$1,320

                Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CH$6,603



Chilean visa requirements and application process to study in Chile


To study in Chile as an international student, you need a student visa. So here is the Chile student visa requirement and application process.


Who requires a student visa?

Depending on both the nature and duration of the study program, as well as nationality, either a tourist or student visa may be required.

- a student visa may be required for stays of over 6 months (up to one-year)

- a tourist visa may be required for stays of less than 6 months

The following nationalities do not need a visa to enter Chile

Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, Surinam, Switzerland, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela and Serbia & Montenegro

Time required to issue visa:

24 hours-7 days depending on whether application has to be referred to the relevant authorities

What is the cost of a visa?

Varies, according to nationality. Please contact your nearest Chilean embassy.

How long is the visa valid for?

Tourist visas are valid up to 90 days, depending on nationality

Student visas are valid up to 1 year

Other information:

Extending your stay for University study:

- you'll have to apply to have your visa extended after you enter Chile (but before the first visa expires, that's important). Apply at the Immigration Office.

- It is illegal to work in Chile under either a tourist or a student visa.

What documents will be required?

All visa applications may require the following:

Valid passport

Evidence of sufficient funds to cover stay

Return or onward ticket

In addition, student visa applications will require:

- a letter of acceptance from the institute you'll be studying at

- a letter of confirmation that the school and courses are government approved

- a letter of police clearance (e.g. Canadian Police Certificate for Visa Requirements, available from the RCMP)

- a doctor's health certificate

- 4 color passport-sized photos


List and ranking of all universities in Chile


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Chile. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Chile and their ranking




Rank      University           Location

1              Universidad de Chile     


2              Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 


3              Universidad de Concepción        


4              Universidad Tecnológica de Chile             


5              Universidad de Santiago de Chile             

Santiago ...                         

6              Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María           

Valparaíso ...                     

7              Universidad Andrés Bello            

Santiago ...                         

8              Universidad Diego Portales        


9              Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso      

Valparaíso ...                     

10           Universidad Austral de Chile      


11           Universidad de Valparaíso          

Valparaíso ...                     

12           Universidad del Bío-Bío

Concepción ...                  

13           Universidad de La Frontera        

Temuco ...                          

14           Universidad Santo Tomás            

Santiago ...                         

15           Universidad de Talca     

Talca ...                

16           Universidad San Sebastián          

Concepción ...                  

17           Universidad Adolfo Ibañez         

Viña del Mar ...                

18           Universidad Católica del Norte  

Antofagasta ...                 

19           Universidad de Tarapacá             


20           Universidad del Desarrollo          


21           Universidad Mayor        

Santiago ...                         

22           Universidad Alberto Hurtado     


23           Universidad de los Lagos             

Osorno ...                           

24           Universidad Católica de Temuco              


25           Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción              


26           Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana


27           Universidad de los Andes            


28           Universidad de La Serena            

La Serena                           

29           Universidad del Pacifico               


30           Universidad Central de Chile      



List of courses you can study in Chile as an international student


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


What to pack while going to study in Chile


In your carry-on bag

             Cell phone and charger

             Boarding pass(es)

             Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

             Copy of birth certificate

             Copy of Social Security card

             Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

             Debit card


             E-reader or book

             Emergency contact list

             Face wipes


             Hand sanitizer


             Health insurance card


             Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

             School ID

             Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

             State ID

             Student visa

             Travel itinerary

             Travel pillow

             Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



             Acne medication/cream

             Face lotion/moisturizer


             Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

             Mouthwash (small)

             Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





             Bobby pins


             Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

             Glasses and glasses case

             Hair ties



             Nail clipper




             Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

             Downy Wrinkle Release spray

             Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

             Portable stain remover pen

             Travel sheet (for hostels)


             Athletic sneakers (1)

             Bathing suits (1-2)

             Boots (1-2)

             Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

             Casual dresses (2)

             Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

             Flats (1)

             Flip-flops (1)

             Formal outfit (1-2)

             Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

             Going-out outfit (3-5)

             Hat (1)

             Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

             Heels (1-2)

             Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

             Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

             Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

             Leggings (1-3)

             Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

             Pajamas (2-3)

             Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

             Purse (1-2)

             Raincoat (1)

             Scarf (1)

             Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

             Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

             Skirts (1-2)

             Socks (14)

             Sweaters (3-5)

             Sweatshirt (2)

             T-shirts (3-5)

             Tank tops (3-5)

             Underwear (14)

             Watch (1)

             Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

             Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

             Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

             Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

             Flash drive



             Laptop case

             Outlet adapters (2-3)

             USB cable


             Adhesive bandages

             Allergy medicine

             Birth control

             Cold and flu medicine

             Eye drops

             Motion sickness medicine

             Over-the-counter pain medicine



             Backpack (small)

             Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


             Language dictionary


             Playing cards

             Travel guide

             Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Chile or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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