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University of Chile

The foundation of the University of Chile on the 19th of November 1842 answered the need to modernize the country which a little more than two decades before had become independent from the Spanish empire. It replaced the Real Universidad de San Felipe, which was established in 1738, and consolidated two essential factors for progress: a democratic system with social mobility opportunities and its own productive capacity based on science and technology.

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During its first years the University gave considerable support to education, institutional organization – such as the “Civil Code”, a model for America- , the building of the road network to join together the territory, and the energy and production infrastructure. Next to this it saw to health, the humanities and the arts.

The founders of the University, especially the first President, humanist Andrés Bello, set themselves the task to give Chile the capacity to incorporate new scientific methods and to generate thoughts that would grant it autonomy in economic, political, social and cultural matters.

The University has fulfilled this mission both through research and the transference of its results, as well as through education of professionals, specialists and post-graduates. It has also tackled, since the beginning, great national problems such as child malnutrition, exploration of the territory and prospecting its resources, the extension of national sovereignty at sea, forestry and horticultural development, geophysical studies, earthquake resistant engineering, among others.

The University of Chile has also contributed to the formation of the intellectual elites and leaders of the country. Most of the Chilean Presidents have studied in its lecture halls, as well as people with prominent roles in politics, business and culture.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student Reviews

The world is much bigger than the Chilean territory, I want to see and learn a lot about the world.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience as an undergraduate and graduate student has been very good, I have learned a lot but I feel that I need to complement my studies with learning abroad, seeing other perspectives and ideas. The bad thing about my studies has been that I have not had a European or international vision of my different academic interests.

My last years at university
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was a great experience, I manage to get good grades and meet amazing professors that truly love what they teach, but I also felt that the program could have been better designed. Unfortunately, in some areas, it did not meet my expectations. Additionally, I am losing my last year of university and already lost the last one due to the pandemic, so I am frustrated with...

The chilean bachelor
Provided by ESN rated 5 out of 5 stars

Universidad de Chile is the best, if not the second best university of Chile. The field I'm currently studying is business administration where they teach a lot of topics ranged from economics to accounting. It's a very complete 5 years career.


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