General information

The University of Chile was founded on the 19th of November, 1842. It is the oldest higher education institution in Chile. Generating, developing, integrating and communicating knowledge in all the areas of knowledge and culture are the mission and basis of the activities of the University. This makes up the involvedness of their work and directs the education they impart.

Among the first Presidents are the founder, the Venezuelan humanist and jurist Andrés Bello (1843 – 1865), and the Polish scientist and mineralogist Ignacio Domeyko Ancuta (1867 – 1883).

The University is located in the capital city Santiago de Chile and it is a public university with international quality. All the areas of knowledge are elaborated in their lecture halls and today the university is at the top of the Chilean university system with regard to teaching, research, creation and outreach.

  • Faculties and Institutes: Distributed in five campuses and several experimental stations in Santiago and other Regions of Chile:
    • 16 Faculties: Architecture and Urbanism, Arts, Agricultural Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, Communications and Image, Dentistry, Economy and Business, Forestry Sciences, Government, Law, Medicine,  Philosophy and Humanities, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
    • 3 Interdisciplinary Institutes: Advanced Studies in Education, International Studies and Nutrition and Food Technology.
  • The University of Chile has 46.937 students (2021):
    • 36.633 undergraduate students
    • 8.114 graduate students

21 Chilean Presidents have been students of the University of Chile. Also, the two Chileans who received the Nobel Prize, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), both in Literature, were members of the University.

205 National Awards (2023) have been awarded in different fields to distinguished persons that have been alumni, professors or researchers of the University.

It is placed among the 401- 500 best higher educational establishments in the World Ranking of Universities (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, 2023).

Quality Assurance

Institutional Accreditation: Accredited by the National Commission for Accreditation in all areas (Management, Undergraduate Teaching, Graduate Teaching, Research, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Outreach) for the maximum period of 7 years (2018-2025).

  • Accreditation of Doctoral Programs: 42 out of 42 (100 %) have been accredited  (2023)
  • Accreditation of Master Programs: 102  out of 116 (87,9%) have been accredited (2023)