LIFE IN CHILE

Campus UAI Santiago

Built at the foot of the Andes mountain range, in the Peñalolén district, the campus is considered one of the green lungs of the area. It consists of a total of six buildings (A, B, C, D, E and F) where undergraduate and postgraduate programs of specialization are taught. It also has a roofed gym and seven multi-sports courts.

 

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Visit Viña del Mar

The Viña del Mar campus is located a few steps away from Laguna Sausalito and Sausalito Stadium. Characterized by its impressive view of the sea, it is composed of four buildings, where they carry out undergraduate and postgraduate activities. It has also a gym equipped with modern machines that allow the user to feel at ease, at all times, where students and teams work out (football, basketball, volleyball, rugby)

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LANDED CHILE
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTIAGO/VIÑA DEL MAR FROM THE AIRPORT

Once you clear customs at the Santiago Airport, go to the first floor and find the ground transportation area. Take the Centropuerto bus (blue colored) to the “Pajaritos” metro station.  Buses from the airport run every 15 minutes and tickets are purchased on board for 1.600 CLP (cash). At Pajaritos metro station you might take direction to Santiago or Viña del Mar:

Santiago: Take the metro entrance “Los Dominicos” if you wish going to Santiago. The ticket costs around 800 CLP. The metro goes through the entire city, be attentive to your exit station.

Viña del Mar: Find the ticket window for either Tur-Bus or Pullman Bus to purchase the ticket to Viña del Mar (approximately 5.000 CLP). Buses depart to Viña del Mar every 30-45 minutes and the ride is about 1½ hours.

*CLP: Chilean Pesos (1 US$ = 600 CLP)

HEALTH INSURANCE

Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate Health Insurance that covers their time in Chile. It is mandatory to obtain it. This health insurance must cover all the semester or year of study while in Chile. We will request a copy of it during Orientation Day.

 

 

STUDENT VISA

Student Visa is mandatory for all international students in Chile. The original UAI acceptance letter will be required in order to obtain the visa at the Chilean consulate. Once in Chile, students must complete the procedure following the indications given during the orientation session.

Procedure: CHILEAN STUDENT VISA PROCEDURE

Requirements: Requisitos-Solicitud-Visa-Estudiante-por-primera-vez

Application Document: Solicitud-Visa-Estudiante-por-Correo

 

UAI ORIENTATION

At the beginning of the semester international students will be welcomed to UAI with an orientation session. During this activity, students will receive fundamental information about the campus, academics, what to do in cases of emergency, closing student visa procedures and the life in Chile.

HOMESTAY

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez does not provide accommodation, but it has a network of contacts that look for a good place for students to rent, alone or in groups. If the student wants to live with a Chilean family, there is an agency that the university recommends, which works hard in order to find the best host families. For this purpose the student and the Chilean family, must fill out forms in which the preferences and needs of each one are established, in order to accommodate the student in a place where he or she feels comfortable. In either of the two modalities, neighborhoods near downtown are chosen, with good location and proximity to useful services, shops, clinics, and most importantly, to the route of the approach buses to and from the university campus.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

In Chile, most people use the “micro” to make short trips within the city. The micro is very popular and is the most common transport service. There are also “colectivos”, black cars with a sign on the roof, which make a fixed route and also have an economic rate. In addition, there is the metro, which works safely, quickly and cleanly. Recently Chilean people have begun to use Uber and Cabify, companies that have become very popular among its users for delivering good service. Taxis are often used in Santiago, but not in Viña del Mar or Valparaíso, because they are expensive. To travel to more distant cities, you may use a bus or even local flights, which bought in advance, are usually very cheap.

ESTIMATED EXPENSES (USD PER MONTH)

Rent apartment: u$800
Room at Student Residence: u$500
Laundry: u$50
Food/meals: u$250
Books and Academic materials: u$100
Transportation: u$50 (transportation to and from the university is free)
Mobile/wi fi: u$50
Entertainment and others: u$450
Estimated total: u$ 1500

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