We have an extremely good "Social Program" (that's what really sets us apart), so you better be ready for your BEST month abroad.
Chile is part of the Southern Cone of South America along with Argentina and Uruguay. High life expectancy, the highest Human Development Index of Latin America, high standard of living, significant participation in the global markets and the emerging economy of its members make the Southern Cone the most prosperous macro-region in South America.
Why choose Chile in the Latin American context
The health care system in Chile is divided in two. In one hand you have the private service managed by the ISAPRES and the other, the public service managed by FONASA (National Health Fund). More than 70% of the population is affiliated to the Public System. In the past years the Goverment has worked really hard in increasing the coverage of the Publich Health System which turn out in the creation of the called GES (Explicit Health Guarantees).
The GES system is based in the asurement of the diagnosis and treatment of the highest morbility/mortality diseases ranging from Hypertension to several kind of cancers. This means if a person is affected with one of this common diseases the treatment and the follow up are for free.
Right now the goverment is working in increasing the number of diseases that are include in the new System. Even if you have ISAPRE you get the coverage for the GES.
In Chile is mandatory to be part of a Health System, either public or private. If you have a salary is mandatory to pay the 7% of it, if you are affiliated to the private one you can pay the 7% for the basic plan coverage or more if you want to get more insurance.
Homeless people are on FONASA and they get healthcare for free. The patients of the public system are supossed to be attend first in the "CESFAM" (Family Health Center) and if is an emergency then they can get attention in the "SAPU" and afterwards they are sent to the Hospital where they can get a more specific treatment.
After finishing high school, all the Chilean students who want to continue studing in a University have to take in these next two years, 2021 and 2022, a university transition test (PTU). The Department of Evaluation, Measurement and Educational Registry (DEMRE), as the technical body responsible for developing the topics for the Transitional Admission Tests, admission 2021.
And considering you score in the PTU and ones grades in the high school you may apply to each University in Chile (publich or private). We have a lot of faculties where you may study Medicine in the country.
They are 33 faculties of Medicine in total and 14 are SCOPE active for incomings and 6 are SCORE active for incomings. In Chile, we have Public and Private Universities in both you have to pay but the prices are differents; in a public one you pay around 3.500-6.000 Eur per year meanwhile in a private one you pay over 7.000 Eur per year. There are just a few students who have full scholarships and most of them ask for loans to the goverment or private banks.
Medicine is the longest career to study in the country, it takes 6-7 years to get your Medical Degree diploma. The first 2 years are most theorical (pre clinical) and since the 3rd year you start to go everyday to the Hospital (clinical cycle). Most in the mornings and in the afternoon we still have theorical classes. This goes on until the 5th year.
In the 3rd year you study Semiology. Then the 4th and 5th year we have internal medicine, surgery, gynaeocolgy, pedriatric, ophtalmology, dermatology, OTN medicine, legal medicine, etc (depending on your university). The last 1-2 years, 6th and 7th, you work as an intern which include night shifts. In this last 2 years you has to pass in the differents Departments of the Hospital but the ones that take longer are Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics&Gynaeocology and Pediatrics. By the end of 7th year you have to take the National Medical test of knoweldge in Medicine to practice as a Doctor. When you do that, then you have different choices: you may work as a General Doctor, work in rural areas and gain points to get your residency paid by the Ministry of Health, or go with your grades, National Medical Exam scores and published work to a National Ranking Competion and choice the residency you can sign acording to your ranking.
QS Univeristy Rankings: Latin America 2020
15 Chilean Universities in the TOP 100
- #1: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #7: Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #12: Universidad de Concepción (Concepción)
- #13: Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #21: Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Valparaíso)
- #24: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Santiago de Chile)
- #34: Universidad Austral de Chile (Osorno & Valdivia)
- #36: Universidad Diego Portales (Santiago de Chile)
- #37: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso & Santiago)
- #53: Universidad de Talca (Talca)
- #67: Universidad de los Andes (Santiago de Chile)
- #70: Universidad Andrés Bello (Valparaiso, Santiago de Chile & Concepción)
- #73: Universidad de La Frontera (Temuco)
- #80: Universidad de Valparaíso (Valparaíso)
- #95: Universidad Católica del Norte (Antofagasta)
Times Higher Education University Rankings: Latin America 2019
8 Chilean Universities in the TOP 50
- #1: Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #7: Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #23: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Valparaíso)
- #24: Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Santiago de Chile)
- #42: Universidad de La Frontera (Temuco)
- #43: Universidad de Valparaíso (Valparaíso)
- #45: Universidad de Concepción (Concepción)
- #47: Universidad de los Andes (Santiago)
Transport service varies depending on the size of the city. The biggest cities in Chile are Santiago de Chile, Concepción and Valparaíso, so just them have a Metro system or Train. And all of them have buses to take you from one point of the city and this is the most common mean use by Chilean, except for Santiago de Chile, where Metro is the most used system.
It is widely spread in the country the usage of buses to move between cities. Generally speaking we may say they are safe, fast and confortable. Here we drop a few bus lines operating in Chile, where you can check the prices and frecuencies (1 USD = 800 CLP).
Arica: Chacalluta International Airport (ARI)
Iquique: Diego Aracena International Airport (IQQ)
Calama: El Loa Airport (CJC)
Antofagasta: Andres Sabella International Airport (ANF)
Copiapó: Caldera Atacama Airport (CPO)
La Serena: La Florida Airport (LSC)
Rapa Nui: Mataveri International Airport (IPC)
Santiago de Chile: Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)
Concepción: Carriel Sur International Airport (CCP)
Temuco: La Araucania International Airport (ZCO)
Valdivia: Pichoy Airport (ZAL)
Osorno: Cañal Bajo Airport (ZOS)
Puerto Montt: El Tepual International Airport (PMC)
Castro: Mocopulli Airport (MHC)
Coyhaique: Balmaceda Airport (BBA)
Puerto Natales: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT)
Punta Arenas:Carlos Ibáñez International Airport (PUQ)
Here in Chile we have some airlines for domestic flights, they are really convenient at the time of looking for a good price:
- Argentina (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza & Rio Gallegos)
- Australia (Sydney & Melbourne)
- Bolivia (La Paz)
- Brasil (Río de Janeiro & Sao Paulo)
- Canada (Toronto)
- Colombia (Bogotá)
- Costa Rica (San José)
- Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
- Ecuador (Guayaquil & Quito)
- Falkland islands/Islas Malvinas (Port Stanley/Puerto Argentino)
- France (Paris)
- Germany (Frankfurt)
- Italy (Rome)
- Mexico (Cancun & Mexico city)
- New Zealand (Auckland)
- Panama (Panama city)
- Paraguay (Asuncion)
- Peru (Lima)
- Spain (Madrid)
- French Polynesia (Papeete)
- The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
- United Kingdom (London)
- United States (Atlanta, Dallas-FortWorth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami & New york)
- Uruguay (Montevideo)
During the winter season, between the months of June and September, there are many option of practicing ski in Chile. There are 18 Ski Centers distributed between the Central Valley (Santiago de Chile) and southern Chile (Punta Arenas). The slopes of the Andes Mountains offer variety: quality hotels, a diversity of quality ski runs, equipment rental facilities, good restaurants, and warm cafeterias. Within what is available, there are very sophisticated winter centers that offer helicopter flights to land on mountaintops so experienced skiers can descend through virgin snow. Other centers offer snowmobile rides and open air hot springs under the falling snow.
Bustling nightlife, modern shopping malls, stunning textiles and mouth-watering Chilean food. You’ll find all these and much more in Chile’s lively cities. Come and explore them!
- San Pedro de Atacama.
- Eastern island
- Parque Nacional Huerquehue
- Reserva Huilo-Huilo
- Chiloé island
- Rivers and Lakes in Patagonia
- Aysen Patagonia
- Torres del Paine National Park
Generally speaking, the people of Chile are friendly, open to foreign visitors (despite the fact that only 10% of them speak English with relative fluency), and have a strong sense of identity linked to rural Chile.
Some articules about Chile's culture:
* How to piss off a Chilean
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- Al lote = careless, untidy; too casual
- Al tiro = Right away; immediately
- Atinar = To react in the correct manner to a sitation. Suitable, appropriate.
- Barsa = A guy who tries to take advantage of situations
- Cachar (cachai?) = to understand (you get it?)
- Cacho = a problem; a dificult person or situation
- Caleta = A lot
- Carabineros = Police
- Carrete/carretear = party/to party
- Chalas = sandals
- Chato = fed up
- Chela = beer
- Chueco = crooked; not straight; dishonest
- Copete = Alcoholic drink (usually piscola or beer)
- Copucha = a piece of gossip
- Cuico = rich snob
- De repente = Sometimes
- Embarrarla = Screw it up
- Engrupir = to smooth talk
- Filo = Nevermind
- Flaite = Refers to people of lower classes, sometimes derogatory
- Fome = Boring, lame
- Guagua = Baby
- Guata = belly, stomach
- Harto = A lot
- Jote/Jotear = Guy constantly trying to hit on girls/to hit on a girl
- Lata/dar lata = Boring; Not wanting to do something
- Lanza = a thief that snatches someones purse, necklace or cellphone from its owner
- Luca = one thousand pesos CLP$1000
- Meter la pata = to put your foot in your mouth; to stuff something up
- Mula = fake; false
- Onda = "Deal", "story"
- Paco = carabinero (policemen)
- Pagar el pato = to pay the consequences
- Palta = Avocado
- Pega = Work
- Pelar = To gossip
- Penca = Sucky
- Pendejo = Child
- Pilucho = naked
- Piscola = pisco with coke
- Plata = money
- Po' = From "pues". Chileans tack this on to the end of almost every sentence. Sometimes it's reduced to just p' so, "sí" can be "sip"
- Pololo/Polola = boyfriend/girlfriend
- Poto = bum
- Pucho = a cigarrette
- Sapo = a noisy person
- Taco = traffic jam
- Tener mala pata = to be unlucky; to have bad luck
- Trago = to drink
- Tranqui = calm (down); don't worry
- Weón = Familiar term among friends (very informal/vulgar); can also be used with a negative connotation (sort of like "idiot").