The University

Historical Highlights

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.

Academic Structure and Curricula

The Universidad de Chile is composed of the main administration, 14 Faculties and four Interdisciplinary Institutes, with an enrollment of 28,697 full-time regular undergraduate students, and more than 9,620 graduate students working for their master’s or doctoral degrees, in all areas of knowledge.

Undergraduate studies are mainly oriented to professional training. Students after five or more years of full-time studies obtain an accreditation for professional activity in their fields. This concentrated curricula in a specific area of knowledge and expertise is different to the Bachelor’s degree curricula offered in other countries.

Geographical Position

The Universidad de Chile is an urban institution, located in the city of Santiago, capital of Chile and center of political, economic, social and cultural activity. At the base of the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level and 120 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, Santiago has a population of more than 6 millions inhabitants.

The Universidad de Chile has campuses in different areas of the city, the most important being: Campus Andrés Bello; Campus Juan Gómez Millas; Campus Antumapu; Health Campus and Engineering Campus.