Chile-University of California Partnership

UC Davis

UC Davis and Chile

The University of California, Davis has a long and exciting history of involvement with Chile and its many universities. UC Davis was deeply engaged in the University of Chile-University of California Convenio that began in 1965, sending faculty and students to Chile and training a large number of Chilean students at UC Davis, many of which later contributed to Chile’s dramatic development in agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and wine during the last 40 years. We are delighted to welcome a rapidly growing number of Chilean students again.

UC Davis Graduate Programs

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – with more than dynamic degree programs.

UC Davis master’s and doctoral graduates become leaders in their fields – researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors, and entrepreneurs. Graduates go on to guide, define and enhance the creation of our social, cultural and scientific fabric and well-being.

UC Davis is a major research university, ranked 10th in research funding among all U.S. public universities and receiving nearly $600 million in external funding (2007-08). The campus community is friendly and diverse and offers many exciting cultural activities and opportunities for outdoor enjoyment and adventure.

Additional information about UC Davis graduate education and our M.S. and Ph.D. programs can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies Web site.

Applying to UC Davis

Further information regarding our M.S. and Ph.D. programs can be explored via the Office of Graduate Studies Web site.The Web site provides detailed information on the campus, how to apply, graduate programs, contacts, and much more. To inquire about specific admissions requirements or to follow-up on an application for graduate study, contact the graduate programs of study coordinator in which you are interested.

Established Research Programs Linking UC Davis and Chile

UC Davis also has numerous already established research and scholarly exchange programs with Chilean universities and research institutes. Some of these research programs are listed below to provide a sense of the exciting opportunities available for Chilean students at UC Davis.

  • The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) serves as the focal point for scholarly events and activities involving interactions among North, Central and South America. HIA sponsors frequent events about Chile, taking advantage of the extensive local community of Chilenos. It has convenios/agreements for short-term faculty exchanges with la Universidad de Chile (Humanidades) and la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In April 2010, HIA will host Professor Olaya Sanfuentes from PUC-Santiago for a one-week visit. UC Davis faculty will visit Chile in the fall of 2010.
  • PIPRA, a non-profit organization enabling access to public innovation founded in 2004 on UC Davis campus has just opened its first international office in collaboration with FIA (Fundacion para la Innovacion Agraria = Foundation for Agricultural Innovation) in Chile. The FIA-PIPRA office's mission is to support Chilean agricultural researchers in intellectual property management and commercialization of their innovative technologies As a priority, PIPRA and FIA-PIPRA are working together to develop IP management expertise in the agricultural sector and standardize IP policies for public research institutions. It will also provide business development expertise by promoting new Chilean technologies (i.e. biopesticides) into the North American market through US commercial partners. For more information, you can contact Gabriel Paulino (PIPRA-Davis office) at or Patricia Anguita (FIA-PIPRA office) at
  • The International Programs Office (IPO), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, facilitates research and scholarly exchanges with universities and research institutes throughout Central and South America. UC Davis is currently working with Chile to build a better agricultural extension system that will help small farmers have better access to information. In August 2009, IPO helped INDAP deliver a national workshop on how to develop an extension system to better serve Chile's farmers – especially the small-scale farmers. A series of extension development projects are presently being developed. Contacts: Dr. Jim Hill and Dr Mark Bell. Web site:
  • Improving Rice Production for small-scale farmers. Dr. Cass Mutters, a UC farm advisor, has been working with small-scale farmers in Chile to help them improve their rice production. Improvements in efficiency will reduce their costs and improve incomes.
  • Chilean English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Student Teacher Program is a five-month training program held in Fall 2008-Winter 2009 for student teachers. The program includes coursework in TEFL Methodology, Leadership and Educational Reform, month-long student practicum in California high schools, and portfolio creation. The program is co-funded by the Department of State, U.S.A. and the Ministry of Education, Chile.
  • BECAS CHILE Mathematics and Science Internship Scholarships Program between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Chile and the University of California, Davis. A three-month training program held in Fall 2009 for in-service high school biology teachers, including coursework in Biology (cellular and molecular biology, cell and organism reproduction and natural organization and human intervention), Methods in the teaching of Biology, Educational Approaches, and Professional Seminar for Innovation, as well as lectures, presentations and site visits to laboratories, schools and museums.

The UC Davis Campus

The UC Davis campus is near the San Francisco, Sacramento and Tahoe metropolitan areas with many of California’s main attractions close by. By taking a short drive in any direction, you could be attending a jazz session, visiting the zoo, dining at a special restaurant, walking through a museum, skiing or climbing a mountain. Yet, the city of Davis is quaint, geared toward students, and incredibly bike and pedestrian-friendly. Plus, the campus and Davis community also host frequent concerts, art exhibits, lectures, films, and theatrical performances.