Universidad de Chile

Universidad de Chile


Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the Universidad de Chile, founded in 1842, is the oldest university in Chile and, according to the World University Ranking of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is one of the top 500 worldwide.

With its democratic system and productivity, it replaced the Real Universidad de San Felipe. Its alumni and faculty have received 155 national awards, representing 84% of all awards. Famous alumni include the Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, and most Chilean presidents also studied here.

Because the university is very large, it is divided into several campuses in Santiago and other regions of the country. In addition to the many faculties in all conceivable disciplines, there are also interdisciplinary institutes.

We work with the Facultad de Economia y Negocios or Faculty of Economics and Business, where international students can spend a semester or two abroad. The Universidad de Chile was the first Chilean higher education institution to establish a School of Economics and Business. It has existed as part of the university since 1934 and is divided into several schools.

Above all, the managers of tomorrow are to be trained here in these areas, as they have already emerged in their thousands from the faculty and today work in the most respected professions. Close connections are established with them and the respective companies maintained from which today’s students benefit.

In order to be able to survive on the global market, a lot of value is placed on internationality. The teachers are considered luminaries in their field and most of them have high-ranking academic awards.

  • Website of the University of Chile
  • Englischsprachige Website of the University of Chile – Faculty of Economics and Business

University facts

Year of foundation: 1842

Type of university: State university

Anzahl Studenten: Gesamt 41000, Faculty of Economics and Business: 4300 (3134 Undergraduate, 1166 Postgraduate)


  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • National Commission for Accreditation
  • AMBA (Assocication of MBAs)

Academic year:

The academic year at the Universidad de Chile – Facultad de Economia y Negocios is divided into two semesters.

Study programs

  • semester abroad

The Office of International Affairs of the university offers international students the opportunity to study for a semester or a whole academic year at the Universidad de Chile – Facultad de Economia y Negocios as part of the so-called Semester Program. They are free to choose from all the bachelor courses offered by the faculty.

These come from the areas of business administration, information systems, control management and accounting. You will be taught partly in Spanish and partly in English. After your return, you may be able to get credit for the work you have done at your home university by prior arrangement.

  • Semesterprogramm of the University of Chile – Faculty of Economics and Business


  • Semester 2 2022

Tuition per course (minimum amount)

600,00 USD

Registration Fee

500,00 USD

Fees at Universidad de Chile may vary depending on the courses taken. They are between 600 and 1000 US dollars per course.

International students usually take three to four courses per semester.

  • Tuition fees of the Universidad de Chile

Financing options

Students can apply for foreign BAföG for their semester abroad at the Universidad de Chile. 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, you must have studied economics or business for a year at the beginning of your semester abroad.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate sufficient Spanish language proficiency if they wish to take Spanish-language specialist courses. No language certificate is required for courses taught in English.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

CEFR B2-Level
  • Bewerbungsvoraussetzungen der Universidad de Chile – Faculty of Economics and Business


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Information Systems & Management Control


Due to its size, the Universidad de Chile consists of many different campuses in Santiago and other regions of the country.

The Faculty of Economy and Business is located on the university’s Andrés Bello Campus in downtown Santiago de Chile. The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism and the university administration are also housed here.

Many of the buildings of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago such as the main house, the swimming pool or the theater have historical value and date from the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century.

In contrast, there are also ultra-modern buildings that have only been built in recent years, such as the Los Presidentes Building of the Law Faculty or the building that houses the Faculty of Economy and Business.

The university town of Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile is the capital of the South American state of Chile and has a population of around five and a half million – almost 40% of the country’s total population. Although Parliament normally meets in Valparaíso, Santiago is considered the political, cultural and economic center. The weather is similar to that of the Mediterranean, being quite dry and sometimes with large temperature changes. The average annual temperature is 14 °C and, as is usual in the southern hemisphere, the months of December to February are the warmest.

The city’s large cultural scene attracts many regionally and internationally renowned artists. There are also many clubs, bars and discotheques in Santiago, so you can listen to everything from classical to modern music – even the Caribbean rhythms are not missing. In addition to local productions, the cinemas also show new films from Europe and the USA. Ballet and theater performances can also be attended, and culture in one of its many forms can be found on almost every corner in the city. Well-known museums are, for example, the Museo Histórico Nacional, the Museo de Artes Visuales or the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Even the subway “Metro de Santiago” is considered one of the sights of Santiago, as many of its stations have been decorated with works of art.

Other buildings worth seeing include the cathedral in the central Plaza de Armas, the Teatro Municipal and the Congreso Nacional. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many historic buildings from the colonial era in Santiago, which can be attributed to several earthquakes and the nouveau riche of the population. If you prefer to be in the countryside, you can visit the park on the Cerro Santa Lucia on the edge of the old town. There are also bathing resorts such as Valparaíso and ski areas in the Andes within a radius of approx. 100 kilometers around the city.

Universidad de Chile

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