Chile’s illustrious list of natural sights includes some of the finest on the planet, and the country has begun to establish itself as a study destination too. Chile’s universities, many of which are located in Santiago, the capital city, arguably include two of the most prestigious in the whole continent: the University of Chile and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Many courses aimed at international students are available.
In total, there are around 25 state universities in Chile, plus a rising number of private institutions. Santiago enjoys rapidly improving transport infrastructure, lower crime rates than most South American capitals and a number of murals, museums and art galleries, not to mention remarkable architecture. Other popular student cities include Valdivia, Valparaíso and Concepión.
Employment rates are high for the region, with many skilled jobs available and English speakers sought by the growing number of multinational companies and local technology start-ups. The cost of living is fairly reasonable, and Chile has enjoyed relative political and economic stability in recent years.
There is no shortage of places to visit outside urban areas. Volcanoes, valleys, deserts, the Andes, unspoiled Pacific coastline, Patagonia and, further afield, Easter Island offer activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, surfing and riding.
The climate is more typical of Mediterranean countries than South America, with mild winters, little rainfall and less humidity than much of Brazil and Argentina. Adorned with vineyards, Chile is one of the world’s 10 biggest wine producers and exporters. Well-known Chileans include Nobel Prize-winning poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, and sculptor Lily Garafulic.