Academics


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As part of the Chilean Universities Program, you have the option to study at three different universities in Santiago: Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales. Given the dual objective of academic excellence and cultural immersion, these three universities are considered among the best in Chile, and each one offers a distinct perspective of Chilean university culture. In addition to being considered a regular student in each university where you take classes, you will also be able to participate in extra-curricular activities, including sports, dance, music, debate, among others, as well as student organizations at these universities. Local universities also offer opportunities to do volunteer activities.

If you are on the Santiago: Business and Culture in the 21st Century summer program, you will study at the School of Business and Economics at the Universidad de Chile.

Universidad de Chile (UCh) is a public university, and the oldest and largest in Chile, home to around 25,000 undergraduate students. With five campuses, 14 schools and 4 interdisciplinary institutes, “la Chile” offers numerous course options in all academic areas, such as Anthropology, Linguistics, Public Policy, Law, Medicine, Music, Dance, Business, and Economics. It has 26 research centers, a teaching Hospital and laboratories throughout the country. La Chile is strongly linked with the political culture of the country; 20 former presidents were alumni of this university.

If you would like to know the majors and classes offered to undergraduate students at La Chile, check out this link, and let us know if you’d like to see any syllabi.

Language Partners

Since 2010, through the School of Economics at the University of Chile, IFSA Santiago students have been participating in a language tandem with a Chilean student. Students meet at their convenience (usually once a week) with their partner and speak half the time in Spanish and half the time in English. Besides improving your Spanish conversation skills, you’ll be able to meet Chilean students in a more informal setting. During Fall 2010, students have participated in various Language Partners activities, such as visiting the Santiago Stock Exchange, an Astronomical Observatory, a Vineyard and attending a barbeque for the Chilean Bicentennial.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) is one of the best universities in Chile and Latin America. Home to almost 20,000 undergraduate students, it has four campuses in Santiago containing 18 different schools, with specialized libraries and computer labs at all campuses. 64 of the 100 best students in Chile chose to attend “La Católica.” Engineering, Political Sciences, Agricultural Science, Theology, Arts, Literature, History and Aesthetics are the most popular subject areas studied by former IFSA-Butler students here. Although it is a Catholic university, its students and professors come from diverse backgrounds, and there is no religious requirement to attend.

Welcoming Commission

Undergraduate students at PUC formed this club (Comisión de Acogida) to organize social and cultural activities for international students, in addition to introducing them to the campus life of this university. At present, IFSA students have participated in barbeques (choripanadas), theater outings, a visit to a vineyard and a rafting trip. This club also sponsors Party of Nations (Fiesta de Naciones) every semester, where international students represent their home country with by preparing typical food.

Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) is one of the top private universities in Chile. Founded in 1982 as a result of Educational Reforms, it is a pluralistic university that values diverse opinions among its professors and students. Located in the “University Neighborhood” (Barrio Universitario) in downtown Santiago, it is home to around 12,000 undergraduate students. Sociology, Psychology, Literature, Design, Education, Political Science and Law are some of the outstanding areas of study at UDP. The UDP has many interesting centers and organizations, including an UNESCO Chair on Comparative Policies in Higher Education and a Center for Human Rights.

American Corner

Sponsored by the US Embassy, this is a resource center where students can meet to read US publications, such as books, newspapers and magazines. The center also sponsors events for the university community, such as speakers, workshops and academic activities. It is a meeting place for friendly cultural exchange, and offers an excellent place for international exchange students to become involved in UDP.

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  • Universidad de Chile

  • (Casa Central UChile Picture) Photo by Universidad de Chile. Description: The Central Campus of the University of Chile, home to many administrative offices, including the Rector’s Office
  • (FEN Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Descrption: The School of Economics of the Universidad de Chile
  • Language Partners:

  • (Cueca Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: CUP student Alex Avalone learns to dance the traditional Chilean dance, la cueca at the Language Partners Bicentennial barbeque.
  • (Fen Asado Picture 1) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Cooking anticuchos (kebabs) at the Language Partners Bicentennial barbeque
  • (Stock Exchange Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Language Partners participants at the Santiago Stock Exchange
  • (Moneda Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Language Partners participants at La Moneda Palace, Chile’s main government building
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

  • (Casa Central Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The Main Campus (Campus Central) of PUC is home to the Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Communication and Journalism, among others, and is located right next to the IFSA-Santiago office
  • (Facultad de Letras Picture) Taken by Anthony Navarrete, IFSA-Santiago Fall 2010. Description: The School of Literature at Campus San Joaquin of PUC
  • (San Joaquin Picture) Taken by Isabel Yévenes. Description: Students on the CUP program, Fall 2010, at Campus San Joaquin of the PUC
  • (Campus Oriente Picture) Taken by IFSA Staff. Description: Campus Oriente of PUC is a former monastery and home to the Schools of Art, Dance, Theater and Aesthetics
  • Welcoming Commission

  • (Fiesta de Naciones Flyer Picture) Taken by Comisión de Acogida. Description: A flyer advertising the Party of Nations event.
  • (Rafting Picture) Taken by IFSA Santiago Staff. Description: Spring 2001 IFSA students participate in a Welcoming Commission Rafting Trip to Cajon de Maipo.
  • Universidad Diego Portales

  • (UDP and Barrio Universitario Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: UDP is an urban university, located in the Barrio Universitario of downtown Santiago.
  • (UDP School of Medicine Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The School of Medicine at UDP.
  • (UDP School of Communications and Literature) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The School of Communications and Literature at UDP.
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(Casa Central UChile Picture) Taken by Universidad de Chile. Description: The Central Campus of the University of Chile, home to many administrative offices, including the Rector’s Office.

(FEN Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Descrption: The School of Economics of the Universidad de Chile

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(Cueca Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: CUP student Alex Avalone learns to dance the traditional Chilean dance, la cueca at the Language Partners Bicentennial barbeque.

(Fen Asado Picture 1) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Cooking anticuchos (kebabs) at the Language Partners Bicentennial barbeque.

(Stock Exchange Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Language Partners participants at the Santiago Stock Exchange.

(Moneda Picture) Taken by FEN-UChile. Description: Language Partners participants at La Moneda Palace, Chile’s main government building.

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(Casa Central Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The Main Campus (Campus Central) of PUC is home to the Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Communication and Journalism, among others, and is located right next to the IFSA-Santiago office.

(Facultad de Letras Picture) Taken by Anthony Navarrete, IFSA-Santiago Fall 2010. Description: The School of Literature at Campus San Joaquin of PUC.
(San Joaquin Picture) Taken by Isabel Yévenes. Description: Students on the CUP program, Fall 2010, at Campus San Joaquin of the PUC.

(Campus Oriente Picture) Taken by IFSA Staff. Description: Campus Oriente of PUC is a former monastery and home to the Schools of Art, Dance, Theater and Aesthetics.

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(Fiesta de Naciones Flyer Picture) Taken by Comisión de Acogida. Description: A flyer advertising the Party of Nations event.

(Rafting Picture) Taken by IFSA Santiago Staff. Description: Spring 2001 IFSA students participate in a Welcoming Commission Rafting Trip to Cajon de Maipo.

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Photos from left to right:
(Asado UDP Picture) Taken by Andrea Rocha, IFSA-Santiago Fall 2005-Spring 2006. Descritpion: Student Andrea Rocha shares with her Chilean Friends in a barbeque at the UDP American Corner.

(UDP and Barrio Universitario Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: UDP is an urban university, located in the Barrio Universitario of downtown Santiago.

(UDP School of Communications and Literature) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The School of Communications and Literature at UDP.

(UDP School of Medicine Picture) Taken by Abby Hall. Description: The School of Medicine at UDP.

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