Santiago, the capital of Chile, is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. With a population of six million, it is home to nearly one-third of Chile's total population and serves as one of South America’s key financial hubs. The avant-garde architectural lines of the modern constructions that make up the business district blend in harmony with turn-of-the-century buildings, such as La Moneda (Government House) and the Civic Center. This blend of modernity and tradition has given Santiago, Chile’s gateway city, its distinctive seal as a cosmopolitan city that is open to its visitors.
The imposing Andes Mountains rise majestically around Santiago. Their snow-capped summits and hills slope down to the very heart of the city. The Santa Lucía and San Cristóbal Hills, the city’s green lungs, have become favorite excursion sites for Santiago residents. Due to its geographic location, Santiago is one of the few capital cities in the world which has easy access both to ski slopes, just 25 miles away, and beaches, located 60 miles away. The city has a relatively warm climate and reverse seasons from the United States with winter beginning in June and summer in December.
The University of Diego Portales, founded in 1982, is one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Chile. UDP has a staff of over 1,400 professors that serve 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is located in two different areas within the city of Santiago.
The UDP academic community meets the highest standards and maintains close links with the Chilean society, which has led UDP to be positioned as one of the best universities in the country. Its school of Law, Architecture, Education, Psychology, and Journalism are all ranked in Chile’s top five. The university ensures pluralism and independent thought for its members and promotes top quality teaching and research. UDP is a top university for research, and has one of the largest presence in disciplinary research within the private system.
Students attending UDP will have the opportunity to engage in a new and unique cultural experience exclusive to UDP. The Nicanor Parra Library now offers its students an array of culturally enriching exhibits and conferences, including heritage photography exhibits, movie and documentary showings, diverse conferences, and Chilean writer exhibits. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in cultural exchanges between Chilean students.
From communication to engineering, Diego Portales offers an array of undergraduate programs to students from all disciplines. These programs include:
- Architecture, Art, and Design School
- Communication and Literature School
- Economics and Business School
- Education School
- Engineering School
- Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Industry and Logistics, Computer Science and Management
- Health and Dentistry School
- Law School
- Medicine School
- Psychology School
- Social Sciences and History School
A course list can be found here
Students in this program will live with Chilean host families. This arrangement allows students to better integrate into Chilean culture and practice their language skills. Accommodations will be arranged by the Office of International Education.
A student visa is required for this program. Students should start gathering visa application materials as soon as they are preliminarily accepted to the program. An FBI background check is required, which takes several weeks to obtain. Generally, students are required to mail in their visa application to the appropriate Chilean consulate and pick it up in person. Ultimately, procuring the visa is the sole responsibility of the student.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted by the host university before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe and STA Travel are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.