Faculties


The Faculty of Architecture and Arts, created in 2014, aims to resume an academic tradition that has been with the university from the beginning, with the original Faculty of Fine Arts. It is currently formed by the Musical Conservatory, the School of Visual Arts, and the School of Architecture.

Its mission is to provide a high-level education to professionals who are committed to the creation of authentic and original work. Likewise, graduates develop sensitivity to the contexts and styles that emerge from both local tradition and international experience. The backbone of this faculty is formed by the values of creativity, sustainability, transdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and the social space, which strongly influence the work of our professors as well as our research and outreach.

The Faculty of Sciences was founded with the objective of creating, transferring, and applying knowledge, promoting the development of scientific thought and action in our students, and maintaining a strong connection to the local, national, and international communities. This faculty offers 6 undergraduate degrees, 6 master’s degrees, and 4 doctoral programs, which together constitute a wide range of options for education in basic and applied sciences.

The faculty focuses on educating scientists skilled in both critical thinking and creativity, preparing students to respond to real-world challenges in their future careers.

The laboratories and institutes of the Faculty of Science have been strengthened over time to form a thriving center of knowledge generation. The faculty also offers teaching services to other academic departments, as well as providing information and analysis for important decision-making processes in the public and private sectors.

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the Universidad Austral de Chile was created in 1954, sharing its origins with the university itself. Since that time, robust efforts in research and the education of highly skilled professionals in the areas of agronomy and food engineering have promoted and reinforced the development of agricultural production in southern Chile.

From the outset, this faculty was powerful and determined in pursuing its goal of rural development, both agricultural and agro-industrial, with a proactive and integrated vision of contributing to society, to people, and to the preservation of the natural environment and its resources.

In addition to a wide range of undergraduate programs, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences offers graduate programs in the areas of animal production, plant science, soil science, and food science. It also participates in the multidisciplinary Master of Rural Development program. These programs have had notable success and have long attracted large numbers of Chilean and foreign students alike, especially from other countries in South and Central America.

The Universidad Austral de Chile Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences was created in 1981, and it was one of the first Chilean faculties to be incorporated as a member of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA) in 1989.

This faculty offers three undergraduate degree programs: Tourism Business Administration, Commercial Engineering, and Auditing. In addition, it offers three master’s programs and various certificates in the areas of economics, administration, tourism, and statistics, among others.

Along with teaching and research, the professionals and researchers of the faculty actively participate in projects that seek to contribute to the development of the region and of the nation.

The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources is one of the university’s founding faculties and one of the pioneering institutions of forestry education in Chile and Latin America.

This faculty has excelled in research on native forests, forestry plantations, and the processing of forest products, as well as in topics related to forest ecosystems and their restoration, hydrology, and biodiversity.

The faculty holds 4.100 hectares of land distributed among 10 tracts of forest located throughout the Region of Los Ríos. These natural areas support both teaching and research.

Currently, the faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources offers undergraduate programs in Natural Resource Conservation and Forestry Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Forest Resources and a Doctorate in Forest Ecosystems and Natural Resources. In addition to educating professionals, this faculty has contributed to forestry development throughout the south of Chile.

The professionalism and prestige of this faculty is made clear by its accomplishments and its continual adaptation to the demands of the professional world that graduates will face.

A new plan of studies, in place since 2014, strengthens the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and points it toward the future as a highly demanding academic space, one focused on the education of lawyers committed to professional excellence and the advancement of the field of law.

The backbone of the faculty’s new curriculum is formed by the strengthening of law students’ communication skills (oral and written); early connections with the professional world; graduate-level education and specialization; development of competencies in specific fields; and strict adherence to ethical norms in professional practice.

The Faculty of Veterinary Sciences originated with the founding of the Universidad Austral de Chile in September 1954. It is a multi-faceted faculty that carries out a variety of teaching and research activities and offers wide-ranging outreach and extension services.

This faculty is home to the Clinical Veterinary Hospital, the best and largest of its kind in Chile at 4,000 m2 (43,000 ft2). The facility includes small animal, equine, and ruminant clinics and is equipped with modern medical imaging and laboratory equipment. The Faculty of Veterinary Sciences also owns two agricultural properties and houses the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation (CEREFAS).

The Faculty of Engineering Sciences has been intimately linked to the city of Valdivia since 1934, when the city’s Industrial School was created to train specialized workers. After decades of evolution, this institute was eventually integrated into the Universidad Austral de Chile in 1989 as the present-day Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

Currently, the faculty offers 8 undergraduate degree programs as well as a two-year degree in Engineering Sciences, which is intended for students who remain unsure about which field of engineering they want to pursue.

In addition, the faculty offers graduate programs including the Master of Acoustics and Vibrations and the Master of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Quality in Construction.

The history of this faculty is deeply linked to figures such as the philosopher Jorge Millas and the intellectual Eleazar Huerta, among others, who pushed for the multidisciplinary cultivation and development of future professionals entering the university.

During its 60 years of existence, and with full accreditation of its academic offerings, the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities has contributed to the comprehensive and humanistic education of its students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, it is composed of 6 undergraduate schools and 1 graduate school, the latter of which offers 6 graduate programs and 1 doctoral program. Six institutes group academics based on their areas of expertise, and 2 centers are specifically devoted to teaching, extension, and services: the Language Center and the Center for Continuing Education.

In addition to several undergraduate degree programs, the faculty has graduate-level offerings including the Doctorate in Human Sciences and master’s programs including Communication, Contemporary Hispano-American Literature, Rural Development, Education, History of the Present, and Contemporary Thought.

Since 1959, the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Austral de Chile has been fundamental in the development of the health fields at local and national levels. The faculty offers eight undergraduate degree programs and is continually making advancements in terms of teaching, research, outreach, and management.

With an infrastructure that includes health care units throughout the Region of Los Ríos and in the city of Osorno (the Clinical Campus), as well as ample connections with health services, municipalities, and other institutions, this faculty has prepared over 6,500 professionals for graduation. The majority of graduates have chosen to find employment in southern Chile.

The faculty currently offers degree programs in Medical Technology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Childcare, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Kinesiology, and Psychology. In addition, the Graduate School offers programs that include graduate certificates, master’s degrees, and medical specializations, as well as the Doctorate in Medical Sciences.