Tuition fees in Chile
Every university in Chile has its own tuition fee: there are no fixed tuition fee universities in Chile. Fees have been rising in recent years. Your exact fees will vary depending on the number of courses and credit hours you take. Below are some examples of the top universities in Chile and their tuition fees:
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: US$1,200 a semester (US$2,400) a year. Each credit costs US$120.
- Universidad de Concepción: US$5,000 a year
- Universidad de Talca: US$5,000 a year
You will also need to pay a matriculation fee on enrollment – this is US$250 at the Universidad de Chile.
If you need to learn or brush up on your Spanish language skills, many universities in Chile offer additional classes to do so. At Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, for example, Spanish language courses cost US$150 per hour.
Cost of Living
Your exact cost of living will depend on your location, spending habits and lifestyle, but students generally need about US$700-1,100 each month, or at least US$8,400 per year. It’s important to note that international students legally cannot work while studying in Chile, so you can’t augment your finances with a part-time job after you’ve arrived. As with many countries, living costs are lower outside of big cities.
In terms of accommodation, students might live in university halls, rent their own private accomodation, or live with a Chilean host family (this may be the most affordable option, at US$600 per month with all bills and food included).
Here are some examples of typical living costs in Chile, according to Numbeo:
- Meal in an inexpensive restaurant: US$8
- Bottle of water: US$1
- A liter of milk: US$1.20
- Loaf of bread: US$0.95
- Monthly transport pass: US$47.50
- One-way ticket on local transport: US$1
- Monthly gym fee: US$42
- Clothing (a summer dress): US$37
- Monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in a city center: US$343
- Monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside a city center: US$274
- Monthly internet bill: US$30
You’ll also need to budget for additional costs, such as health insurance and the application fee for your student visa. Those additional costs vary depending on your nationality.
Scholarship available to study in Chile
For international students, there is a range of scholarship opportunities available to choose from. Some of them are:
A range of international scholarships awarded based on academic merit.
A range of scholarship awards for students with financial need, as well as those awarded based on academic excellence.
This is for international students from South Africa, Angola and Mozambique to study for a Master’s degree at selected universities in Chile.
To find more scholarship opportunities, you could consult the official website of the Chilean institution(s) you’re interested in, check government agencies, independent scholarship database sites, and other online listings.