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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,332 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Chile.


Academic year: March - December

Major school holidays/break:

  • Independence Day: September 18
  • Day of the Glories of the Army
  • Summer Vacation: mid-December to end of February • Easter: Last week of March
  • 2nd week of July

Major exam period(s): 1st week of July and November/December 


Structure of the University System


  • Structure of University System: Undergraduate years of study are 5+, not 4 years. (The average duration of undergraduate programs in Chile is 13.7 semesters, compared to the 8.6 semesters of other OECD countries).
  • The language of instruction in universities: Spanish