Is this program right for you?
This program is right for AU students with advanced Spanish language skills who wish to experience the Chilean education system first hand by taking demanding classes taught in Spanish alongside local Chilean and other international students. This is a great option for KOGOD's BLC majors. UAI is well known for it's business school and their Bachelor degree in Business Administration. AU students can take needed business courses in Spanish. The university also offers degrees in History, Law, Psychology, and Journalism and AU student can take classes in these programs also. Recently they have started offering some courses in English at their Viña del Mar campus.
Given the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez's (UAI) accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the University's main focus is business. American University students will be able to take classes offered as part of UAI's Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) program among other degrees the university offers. Business students may choose from any of the courses within the undergraduate UAI curriculum, provided they meet the prerequisites (where applicable). In addition to courses offered in Business, History, Law, Psychology, and Journalism, there are also special courses in the field of Latin American Studies. There some Latin American Studies and Business courses taught in English at the Viña del Mar campus.
Since UAI operates on a Southern Hemisphere calendar, courses listed in the curriculum outline offered during First Semester are taught during AU's Spring term and courses offered in Second Semester are taught in AU's Fall term. Teaching methods include lectures, case studies and group work. It is imperative that students actively participate in their classes and meet the minimum attendance requirements for each course.
UAI Campuses: Viña del Mar or Peñalolén
Students may choose from two of UAI's campuses: the Peñalolén campus in the suburbs of Chile's capital, Santiago, or the campus in Viña del Mar, a city approximately one and half hours east of Santiago on the Pacific coast. Students are encouraged to consider the Viña campus. The Viña campus offers more options for international students, including a homestay program, and the addition of course courses in English for international students. The Viña campus is located up on a hill and overlooks the lovely beach town of Viña del Mar. Viña's population is approximately 300,000. The Viña campus has brand new constuction and state of the art facilities. It has a smaller student population than the Peñalolén campus, with approximately 3,000 students in attendance. The other campus, Peñalolén, is located in Santiago, a city of approximately six million. Santiago is bordered by the spectacular snow-capped Andes Mountains to the east and the nearby Pacific Ocean to the west. The UAI campus in Peñalolén is located on the outskirts of Santiago in the foothills of the Andes mountains. The Peñalolén campus has approximately 8,000 students, therefore it is bigger than Viña, but there are fewer international students in Peñalolén, and students tend to be more independent there.
The majority of courses are taught in Spanish, though there may be complementary readings in English. At the Viña del Mar campus only, there are a few courses taught in English. These have also offered some courses on Chilean and Latin American Studies and Business in Latin America. The rest of the courses at Viña - and ALL of the courses in Peñalolén - are conducted in Spanish.
For sample course offerings from a previous semester, see the UAI courses dropbox.
For further information see their international programs website and read their PDF international students' handbook.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Chile is one Latin America's most interesting countries in terms of both professional activities and tourism. Chile has signed free trade agreements with countries like China, Japan, USA, and others countries from all continents, showing that Chile is staking its claim as a key strategic business center in South America.
Chile boasts some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, many of which remain untouched by man. It is a country of stark contrasts, with deserts, icebergs and the Andes Mountains, as well as excellent ski resorts and stunning views of the Pacific. Its culinary credits include sumptuous wines and excellent food, including fresh fruit and vegetables and seafood, which make up a large percentage of the country's exports. Additionally, Chile enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with stable year-round temperatures and an excellent summer, which including the rest of its characteristics, make it a truly unforgettable destination.
Housing & Meals
In the tradition of most Latin American universities, UAI does not have students dormitories. Though UAI does not have residential housing, on-site staff will do their best to help incoming students find apartments near the university. Students can also take advantage of the opportunity to stay with a Chilean family, which will allow them to practice their Spanish and learn Chilean customs. UAI recommends an organization which can set up a homestay assignment for you to be set up in advance of arrival. Alternatively students can live in apartments with other Chilean or international students. There is a welcoming committee comprised by UAI undergraduate students, who will help and orient incoming students in the search for housing. Students are responsible for providing their own meals, though some homestay assignments can have a meal option, and can choose from an array of delicious Chilean restaurants, cafes and markets.
Please note that the pre-arranged homestay option is only for students at the Viña del Mar campus. This is one of the many advantages to selecting the Viña campus over the Santiago campus. There are also a select number of courses in English on offer at the Viña campus.
Upon acceptance, on-site staff in Chile will provide students with an acceptance letter for visa purposes. Either UAI or AU Abroad will distribute the letters to students. Students are responsible for contacting the Chilean Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.
Students should be aware that one requirement of the Chilean Student Visa application is a federal level background check. This background check can take at least 8-10 weeks to obtain after submitting the request to the proper office.
The FBI Identification Record website provides detailed instructions on how to apply. Students are responsible for obtaining this background check far enough in advance to avoid delays in submitting the student visa application to the Chilean Embassy.