The University of Chile, based in the capital city of Santiago, is the oldest in the country, and one of the most prestigious in the region.
Through its research, teaching and innovation across sciences and arts, the university aims to tackle national and regional issues in society. It was founded with a view to promote democracy, science and technological development, and social mobility.
There are five campuses containing many research centres, museums, health centres and sports facilities.
The health facilities include a clinical hospital and research laboratories, serving the public as well as pioneering medical research and providing opportunities for students.
One of the first astronomy observatories in Latin America – The National Astronomy Observatory founded in 1852 – belongs to the university.
On the campus, sports facilities are available both to students and staff. Interfaculty sports competitions take place all through the year.
Among the notable alumni are two Nobel laureates – poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral – and 20 presidents of Chile.
The university is organised into 14 faculties and 4 interdisciplinary institutes, offering a total of undergraduate 66 programmes, 36 doctoral programmes, 119 master’s programmes and other specialised courses.
In addition to an exam for applicants, the university also offers separate admission routes to outstanding athletes, blind students and other specified groups.
A third of all scientific publications in the country are associated with the university. Currently there are ongoing research projects in education, health, engineering and agriculture.
The most iconic building belonging to the university is Main House, designed in a neoclassical style in 1872.