Orientation Session for Chilean Students Going To Columbia University

July 30, 2018

For the sixth year in a row, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago teamed up with EducationUSA, a US Department of State-supported global network of advisory centers, to offer a Pre-Departure Orientation Session for students who will begin undergraduate and graduate studies at Columbia University this year. The workshop was open to students going to other colleges and universities in the United States, including Harvard and MIT.

A representative of the US Consulate in Santiago answered questions about student visas, while an official of Chile´s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) talked about the State-funded scholarship program Becas Chile.

Several important matters were discussed, including how to obtain medical insurance, translate academic records, open a bank account, and get a valid driver license. Graciela Ibañez, a Chilean alumna from the Journalism School who heads the Columbia Alumni Club of Chile, spoke about her experience as a student and answered several questions on how to adjust to life on Campus.

This year, thirteen students were awarded the Becas Chile scholarships for master´s studies and two for PhDs at Columbia University.

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