Federico Santa María Technical University

Eighty years ago Federico Santa Maria's dream of having a world class engineering University became true. He is probably the greatest philanthropist the history of Chile has ever known, providing the country with a Higher Education Institution, that would open the possibility to outstanding low income youngsters to study, procuring an instrument of social mobility, and thus promoting equity in educational terms for all the inhabitants of his country.

Master's Programmes



The beginnings of Universidad Técnica FedericotSanta María go back to the altruist dream of Federico Santa María, who set the foundation of the Institution in his will and testament in Paris, in 1920. He states his wish to contribute with the progress and increase the cultural horizon of our country to his executors.



  • Architecture
  • Aeronautical Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Product Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • "Dr. Daniel Alkalay Lowitt" Biotechnology Center

The university's Biotechnology Center was created in 2000 to promote research and development in biotechnology, by managing and undertaking multidisciplinary projects in its labs and collaborating with all university departments as well as national and international groups.

  • Aerospace Applications Center, CAA

CAA's objective is to increase research in aerospace and aeronautics through joint participation with the sector's national and international firms. It also aims to contribute, from an academic standpoint, to the Chilean and international space programs of interest to the aeronautical industry.

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GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Library services

The library is constantly being updated, computers added, networks expanded, and the library collection is always growing. Many books and materials have been incorporated into an online system, allowing students, faculty, and staff to access material from remote campuses and branches.

Student Life

Campus life


  • Main Campus Valparaíso
  • Guayaquil Campus (Ecuador)
  • Santiago Campus

Sports facilities

Sports play a significant part in the USM students' training.In these facilities students practise and play many sports and recreational disciplines such as weightlifting and cardio excercise, aerobics, chess, track and field, social dances, basketball, diving, folk music and dance, photography, soccer, artistic gym, handball, judo, karate, swimming, rugby, taekwondo, tennis, table-tennis and volleyball.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at Federico Santa Maria university has been a maximum of knowledge and work. In this university you must work hard to accomplish your goals but this allows you to been effective with your time, therefore you can always find time for doing sports and meet your friends. I was part of the swimming team of the university for 4 years which it was a nourishing...

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Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I did not like it because the quality of the education was not good and there were too many student strikes

scientific and techological well know university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very demanding yet interesting place to study. They have a scientific approach to study and they stand out in the engineering and technological field.

Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile


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