The Universidad de Santiago de Chile is considered one of the country’s leading universities, and was originally founded in 1849 as the Escuela de Artes y Oficios. Art and culture still play an important role in university life today, and the university’s orchestra and choirs are highly regarded. A broad range of subjects is offered to the approximately 25,000 students in seven faculties. The 32ha campus, which also houses its own planetarium, is located directly in the heart of Santiago and is easily accessible with public transportation. The partnership with the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA) concentrates on Latin American literature and cultural theory and offers students close contact with the lecturers, and an inspiring climate of interdisciplinary discussion.