Chilean Education System: An Overview

Procedures, requirements and all information related to the Education System in Chile

The Education System

The education system in Chile is divided by the following levels:

  • Preschool (educación parvularia):
    • Sala cuna – From 85 days days old – 2 years old
    • Nivel medio – Ages 2 – 4
    • Transición – Ages 4 to 6
  • Primary/Elementary school (educación básica): Compulsory; Grades 1 – 8, Ages 6 – 13
  • Secondary/High school (educación media): Compulsory; Grades 9 – 1, Ages 13 – 17, offering a choice of two types of diplomas:
    • Scientific-humanities
    • Technical-professional
  • Tertiary Education (educación superior):
    • University (Universidad)
    • Professional Institute (Instituto Profesional)
    • Technical School (Centro de Formación Técnica)

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**These are from a series we contributed to the Chile Pages

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