Becas Chile Reception

"California and Chile are linked by a deep bond and a sense of community, and for that reason, I have looked forward to coming here to share the good news of Chile's success."
Michelle Bachelet
President, Chile

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Information for students from Chile

The University of California, Berkeley welcomes Chilean students pursuing higher education at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley is the top U.S. destination for Chilean graduate students under Becas Chile, and Berkeley is excited to further its long-standing relationship with Chilean students and universities and to participate in the Chile-California Program on Human Capital Development.

Founded in 1868, UC Berkeley ranks first in the United States in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields. UC Berkeley is recognized in many rankings as one of the top universities in the world. Twenty-one UC Berkeley faculty have won Nobel Prizes, including eight current faculty. In addition, Berkeley alumni have won 24 Nobel Prizes.

UC Berkeley and Chile have a long-standing relationship. In one example of this, UC Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies hosted former President Ricardo Lagos and President Michelle Bachelet in 2008. President Bachelet was awarded UC Berkeley's highest honor, the Berkeley Medal, on June 12, 2008. In her speech on that occasion, she said, "California and Chile are linked by a deep bond and a sense of community, and for that reason, I have looked forward to coming here to share the good news of Chile's success."

We look forward to deepening this bond and invite you to apply for graduate study at UC Berkeley.

Researching UC Berkeley Departments and Programs

Before you apply to any graduate program, it is important that you do your preliminary research. Reading the faculty's Web pages, articles, and/or books will provide you with a window into their research to see if it matches your future interests. In many cases, you can contact the department to see if current graduates students are available to answer questions about their experience in the department. For more information, visit the UC Berkeley graduate programs and application deadlines web page.

Applying to and Preparing for UC Berkeley

The Graduate Division's Admissions web page provides directions about applying to UC Berkeley for graduate school. Chilean students should also consult the Graduate Division's International Applicants web page and UC Berkeley's International Office website for information specific to student Visas, TOEFL testing, and living in Berkeley.

Virtual Tour of the UC Berkeley Campus

Students who are unable to come to UC Berkeley for a campus visit, can take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus.

Graduate Division Help Desk

If you have questions about the admissions process or need further advice and assistance, please contact UC Berkeley's Graduate Division Help Desk.

What is Becas Chile?

Becas Chile is a scholarship program sponsored by the Chilean government to send the next generation of Chilean leaders abroad to study for postgraduate degrees in energy, biotechnology, IT, environment, health, education, science, and engineering.

The Chile-California Program on Human Capital Development was established in November 2008 through an agreement between the University of California and the Chilean government, which recognizes the common interest of developing highly qualified human capital in both countries through collaborative initiatives. One goal of this program is to increase Chilean students’ access to advanced degree studies in California. Through this program, UC will provide masters and doctoral degree studies to Chile’s best and brightest students who have been awarded scholarships by the Chilean Bicentennial Fund for Human Capital Development (Becas Chile).

Priority fields of study for Chilean scholarship recipients at UC Berkeley can include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Energy
  • Environmental Issues
  • Health
  • Education

For information about the scholarship, please refer to the CONICYT website for details (Spanish only), and the Chile-UC Partnership website.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011 11:47 AM