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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 63rd

Home to five of Chile’s best universities, Santiago is a heavyweight Latin American study destination. Of the five ranked universities in Santiago, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is the city’s leader, ranked joint 137th in the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

With a spectacular setting adjacent to the Andes mountain range, Santiago is a good option for those looking for a gentler introduction to Latin America. A safe, clean and modern metropolis, it’s likely to be relatively easy to settle into, while at the same time offering opportunities to delve into the unique culture and history of the area – from browsing traditional street markets to dancing the cueca (Chile’s national dance) until dawn.

Prospective students may also be interested to know that Santiago’s strongest score in the Best Student Cities ranking is for employer activity, indicating that its graduates are well regarded by employers from within and beyond Chile. Reasonable tuition fees and generally inexpensive living costs also make Santiago a relatively affordable study destination.

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Joint 137th in the world)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, 
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