Universidad Mayor opened its first academic programs in 1988 with bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Engineering with 3 majors; Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Electronics Engineering which were offered at its Main Campus in Américo Vespucio. Within a few years, Universidad Mayor became the first private university in Chile to offer Agronomy and Forest Engineering (1989), Veterinary Medicine (1991), Dentistry (1997) and a Medical Residency Program (1998).
In the year 2000, Universidad Mayor also became the first private university in Chile to open a regional campus in the city of Temuco, with degrees in Finance & Accounting, Law, Journalism, Social Work and Psychology adding to a whole range of Baccalaureate Programs available in Santiago including Graphic, Industrial and Interior Design, Art, Business Administration, Nursing, Kinesiology, Obstetrics, Nutrition, Phonoaudiology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (1-6), Special Education, Physical Education and Spanish Language and Communications. Continuing with its pioneering efforts, in 2013 Universidad Mayor opened a Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics which operates in cooperation with the School of Science, offering the first and only PhD program in Integrative Genomics in Chile.
Today, Universidad Mayor is an established educational institution offering 64 Baccalaureate and over 170 Graduate Programs including Master and Doctoral degrees as well as Non-degree programs (Diplomas, Certificates, Licenses, Short Courses and Online Learning) in regular Academic and Continuing Education throughout 11 campuses.
Founded in 1988, Universidad Mayor (Major University) is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Santiago (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Region Metropolitana de Santiago. This institution also has a branch campus in Temuco.
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students
The Universidad Mayor has a Spanish Program for Foreign Student. The level of Spanish-language proficiency of foreign exchange students in international exchange programs must be good enough for the students to successful both socially and academically in Chile. At Universidad Mayor international students can chose to take an intensive course of one-month Spanish classes (100 hours).
July 24th – December 15th
February 20th – July 21st
*Please note, these are estimated dates and are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit the host university website.
Estimated Monthly Costs of Living in USD:
Local transportation: $70
Additional fees: $200
UM recommends that exchange students live with Chilean families during the intensive Spanish language course. While living with a family, you will have meals provided.
The university does not have a housing System. When you apply, the university will send you suggestions for accommodation.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.