Academic Writing Center

What is the English UC Academic Writing Center?

It is a center specialized in supporting the writing process of the Chilean academic community. The English UC AWC is an initiative of the US Embassy in Santiago and EducationUSA Chile, which implements the service offered to the academic community in partnership with the English UC Language Center. Our office is located inside the English UC Language Center in Campus Oriente (Av. Jaime Guzmán Errázuriz #3300, Providencia).

What do we do?

We aim at providing participants with the tools and skills needed to have a voice in the global community. We offer positive feedback that strengthens the paper and one’s own writing skills. At the English UC AWC, we help participants make their own choices as writers, improving their critical thinking and organization strategies.

Who can attend?

Everybody is welcome to participate in this free initiative, regardless the stage of the writing process they are working on. Some participants attend because they

  • are applying to an undergraduate/graduate program overseas, aim to publish research papers, abstracts, studies in journals or magazines,
  • need to e-mail an English-speaking professor in their discipline, and/or
  • need to practice the writing component of an academic English exam (g., TOEFL iBT, IELTS, GRE, SAT, or ACT).


What does a session look like?

Our sessions are one-on-one and last 50 minutes. This dynamic approach allows us to focus on what the participant expects to develop (e.g., you may be brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, or editing your project). We work together and go through all sections that need development. We encourage participants to attend as many sessions as necessary to develop the entire assignment. However, due to demand, we will likely need to limit the number of weekly sessions one can attend.

Friendly reminder:

  • The AWC is NOT a course/class. We do not review standard contents for a group of people.
  • The AWC is NOT a translation center. Our focus is to deliver strategies to the participants, so they

learn how to improve their own writing skills. For this reason, all texts must be written in English. Also, texts are reviewed only with the writer, when he/she is present. It is not only about producing good writing, but also about becoming a better writer.

What are the benefits of attending sessions at the English UC AWC?

If you attend, you will be able to:

  • practice academic writing in a second language,
  • develop cognitive skills,
  • connect with the academic community all over the globe, and
  • communicate a message (not only read what others publish).

Also, you will become familiar with our complementary services, such as advising for US higher education application, book loans, informational sessions, test prep courses*, academic workshops, scholarship information, cultural and university-life induction, etc. For further information, contact Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

How do I make an appointment?

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* International exams (e.g., TOEFL iBT, IELTS, and SAT).