At the undergraduate level, the number of Chileans studying in the U.S. continued to grow. While the biggest jump, 17%, occurred in 2015/16, this year the number of students increased by 0.9%. Also noteworthy is the big increase in number of students attending two-year colleges – 29.62% in 2016/17 vs 5.66% reported in 2015/16, according to the Open Doors Report.
While there has been a slight decrease in the number of graduate students going to the U.S. (-4%), graduate students continue to represent over 50% of the students pursuing degrees in the U.S. The Becas Chile, government scholarship program, plays a key role. This ambitious program was launched in 2008, and provides 100% tuition among other benefits. To date, the program has awarded over 7,500 scholarships for degree seeking students. In November 2017, Becas Chile established water resources, natural disaster resilience and digital transformation as priority areas for their Master´s study abroad scholarship programs, and plan to destine 25% of scholarships to applicants in these subject areas.
The United States is one of the leading study destinations for Chileans and we anticipate that the U.S. will continue to be favored among Chilean students. By attending the fair in Santiago, university officials not only have the chance to recruit highly qualified students, they are also provided with the opportunity to learn more about the Becas Chile Scholarship Program.
Santiago continues to be one of the most stable economies in Latin America and is considered a safe and attractive option for Americans who are interested in studying abroad. EducationUSA has 10 centers throughout the country and since the Fair started in 2002, it has attracted more than 15,000 visitors.