Course: Astronomy, Geology, Mining Economy and environment in Antofagasta


Program Description


Spanish, Astronomy, Geology and Mining Economy in the North of Chile

Atacama Immersion Chile By Universidad Católica del Norte

Immerse yourself in the driest desert on the planet to experience an amazing learning and travel adventure, through our programs aimed at students or amateurs who want to learn more about Astronomy, Archaeology, Geology among other sciences.

  • Place: Antofagasta Region, north of Chile
  • Beginning date: Every month
  • Duration: 15 days or 30 days
  • Credits: if required


A significant learning experience in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. The programs are designed to provide a comprehensive experience, including quality academic learning, activities in the field inserted in the midst of desert landscapes, where visitors can enjoy, share and exchange experiences.

AIChile Team will introduce historical and archaeological sites, natural attractions such as Paranal Observatory, Geological Museums, Huanchaca Ruins, the sculpture ‘Mano del Desierto’ among other places, in San Pedro de Atacama you can visit The famous and mystic Moon Valley, Lascar Volcano, Geysers.

Our programs are open to any who is interested, students, companies or simply groups of friends who want to acquire this type of experience as a personal goal.

Guided tours, accommodation, meals, support material and more are included in these two wonderful weeks.

Quick Facts

  • Place: Campus UCN Antofagasta
  • City: Antofagasta y San Pedro de Atacama
  • Country: Chile
  • Program credits: If required
  • Teaching language: English or Spanish


Atacama Immersion Chile presents in two weeks or one-month interactive and intensive courses offered by Universidad Católica del Norte professors.

The Program offers courses of Astronomy, Geology, Mining Economics, among others. Having the driest desert in the world and being the capital of copper mining of the world gives us an incomparable advantage.


this program attempts to introduce the students to the astronomy world from a modern perspective. Through the description of basic concepts that are the basis for the current understanding of the Cosmos. Likewise, key tools of observational astronomy will be taught and practical experiences will be carried out in the field.


This program makes possible to study the composition and important aspects of the aridest soil in the world and the morphology of its volcanoes

Mining Economy:

Our participants will study different mining and metallurgical processes used in the copper mining industry from a theoretical and practical perspective through the application of active methodologies, laboratory experiences and field visits to mining sites in the area.


Intensive learning of the second most spoken language in the world where the active participation of the students will be encouraged through oral presentations, debates and teamwork. Textbooks will be used in Spanish that will be complemented with readings, auditions and other activities to increase the lexicon and the observations on grammar.


It is included during the whole program.

Field Visits according to the program:

  • Museums
  • Ruinas de Huanchaca
  • Lascar Volcano Trekking
  • Tatio Geysers
  • Visit a Mine
Last updated Jun 2019

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About the School

The Universidad Católica del Norte, with 60 years of history, is a public institution and forms part of the original group of universities in the National Higher Education System. Its highest principl ... Read More

The Universidad Católica del Norte, with 60 years of history, is a public institution and forms part of the original group of universities in the National Higher Education System. Its highest principles are those of the Catholic Church. Guided by the values of Christian Humanism, its mission is to contribute to the constant search for truth, the development of individuals, society and community cultural heritage through teaching, research and outreach. This institution was formed by a group of priests belonging to the Company of Jesus, together with Mrs. Berta González de Astorga, benefactor of the university, and began its functions on May 31 1956, as the eighth university in Chile and the third with a Catholic vocation. Read less
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