Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI)

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI)


Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) in Chile was founded in 1953 as Escuela de Negocios de Valparaíso and has been an independent university since 1988, with a campus in Peñalolén (Santiago) and another in Viña del Mar. The UAI is the first business school in Chile and indeed in Latin America. It is also the first Chilean university to receive the coveted Triple Crown, as its business school is accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.

In addition to the Business School, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez consists of four other faculties /schools: Faculty of Engineering, Law School, School of Journalism and School of Psychology. All faculties also offer courses in the fields of liberal arts and government. At the Peñalolén campus, the Designlab also offers art and design programs.

While both undergraduate and graduate students study in Santiago, the Viña del Mar location offers exclusively undergraduate courses. We can place international students on a one or two semester study abroad program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in both Santiago and Viña del Mar.

The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez attaches great importance to international exchange and to an appropriate and comprehensive study abroad program in which quality, safety, diversity and accessibility play an important role. The semester program offers both programs specially designed to meet the needs of international students ( “Specially Designed Courses” ) and the opportunity to choose courses freely from the regular undergraduate courses.

  • Website of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez for international students

University facts

Year of foundation: 1953

University Type: Private University

Number of students: Total 8300, Undergraduate: 6300, Graduate: 2000, International 250


  • AMBA (Association of MBAs)
  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Academic year:

The academic year at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is divided into two semesters (spring and fall).

Study programs

  • semester abroad

International students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. On the one hand, there is the option of choosing from a range of courses that are specifically tailored to the needs of international students ( Specially Designed Courses ). These are English-language courses in the areas of Latin American History and Culture and Business in Latin America, as well as Spanish language courses with different focuses. The Specially Designed Courses take place in both Viña del Mar and Santiago. They end two weeks earlier than the regular semester.

On the other hand, international students also have the opportunity to choose from the regular pregrado courses (undergraduate) and to study with the other Chilean students as normal. These courses in Business, Civil Engineering, Psychology, Law, Journalism and Design are taught exclusively in Spanish and are offered both in Santiago and, with the exception of Design, in Viña del Mar.

  • Semester program of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez


  • Semester 2 2022



A total of 18 credits are included in the semester fees. This corresponds to 30 ECTS points. A Specially Designed Course is usually equivalent to 3 Chilean credits.

Financing options

Students can apply for foreign BAföG for their semester abroad at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez. As a rule, they have to study there for a total of at least one semester. The Auslands-BAföG includes a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600 as well as financial support for travel expenses, living expenses and health insurance costs, provided that individual entitlement to funding is determined.


In order to be able to take part in the semester program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, you need the Abitur.

A formal language certificate is not required. However, the UAI recommends at least language level B2 in English in order to be able to follow the lessons in English-language courses well. Admission to Spanish-language courses is decided with an on- site placement test. A language level of at least C1 is expected here.


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Business in Latin America
  • Latin American History and Culture
  • Spanish language

Degrees/Courses in Spanish – Undergraduate

  • License in Liberal Arts
  • Licenciatura en Diseno
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil en Bioingeniería
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil en Energía y Medioambiente
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil en Minería
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil Industrial
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil Informatica
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil Mechanica
  • Licenciatura en Ingeniería Comercial
  • Licenciatura en Periodismo
  • Licenciatura en Psicología
  • Minor en Ciencia politica
  • Minor en Cine
  • Minor in social communication
  • Minor en Derecho private
  • Minor en Derecho publico
  • Minor en Diseno
  • Minor en Economia politica
  • Minor en El amor desde la historia, la literatura, la neurociencia y el arte
  • Minor en Escritura crativa
  • Minor in philosophy and literature “el sentido de lo humano”
  • Minor en Historia del Arte
  • Minor en Historia y economías de oriente
  • Minor en Lectura crítica: La literatura fantástica
  • Minor en Matemáticas y estadística
  • Minor en Modernidad, religion and poder
  • Minor en Música (coro)
  • Minor en Música (instrumento)
  • Minor en Psicología
  • Minor in Psicología y Organizaciones
  • Minor en Teatro


Universidad Adolfor Ibáñez has two campuses: one campus is inland in the Chilean capital of Santiago, and another is in Viña del Mar, right on the Pacific Ocean.

The ultra-modern UAI Campus Peñaloén-Santiago is located in the southeast of Santiago, directly at the foot of the Andes. The city center can be reached quickly by public transport. The metropolis of millions offers everything your heart desires: beautiful parks, many exciting museums and countless bars. And winter sports enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth here.

Located 100 kilometers from Santiago, the UAI Campus Viña del Mar is located on the Altos del Sporting hill and offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the city. In the “Garden City” of Chile, international students can enjoy the holiday feeling during their semester abroad, relax on the beach, surf or sandboard. And the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaíso is only a stone’s throw away.

Both locations have state-of -the -art technical equipment and a large library that meets the highest international standards. In addition, students will find top-equipped sports and fitness facilities where they can work out. Both the Santiago and Viña del Mal campuses were designed by José Cruz, winner of the 2012 National Architecture Prize.

  • Campus map Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez – Santiago
  • Campus map Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez – Viña del Mar


While the UAI does not have its own on-campus accommodation, it does offer assistance in finding suitable accommodation.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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