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Undergraduate exchange

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The Universidad Diego Portales welcomes hundreds of international students every year, through more than 150 existing bilateral agreements. Below you will find the steps and documents needed to apply for a student exchange at the UDP.


The application deadline for the 1st semester (March-July) is November 30th.
The application deadline for the 2nd semester (August-December) is May 30th.

  • After being nominated by the home university, the student must fill out the Application Form.
    After the student completes the form, the coordinator must send an email to internacional@mail.udp.cl attaching the application documents:
    Nomination letter signed by the coordinator confirming the students have the required Spanish level (level B2 recommended).
    Academic transcript in Spanish or English.
    Copy of the students’ passport.
  • The acceptance process begins around the application deadline dates, November 30th and May 30th respectively.

    • Students will be notified of their acceptance directly via e-mail with a copy to their coordinator. The acceptance e-mail will include a scanned copy of their official acceptance letter and the international student exchange guide.
      1. From the moment of acceptance the primary communication shifts to the accepted student.
  • After a student is officially accepted through receiving the official acceptance letter, the pre-departure process begins.

    All exchange students must apply for and obtain a student visa before entering Chile for their student exchange period.
    Students must apply through their local Chilean consulate.
    Students must begin this process immediately upon receiving the acceptance letter to avoid any potential issues in receiving your visa for the arrival date.
    It is a requirement to arrive in Chile with health insurance purchased in your home country with coverage for the semester/academic year.
    Students should purchase a flight after receiving the student visa in their passports.
    It is important to read the international student guide before travelling.

  • Santiago is the Capital City of Chile. It has a 1.142 km2 of land and live 7 million of people aprox. (the totally is 17 million).

    The main airport is “Aeropuerto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez“. It’s in the north of Santiago, without connection at the city by train, like other metropolis. To go to the capital center, the cheapest way is to use “Centropuerto”. This are buses that passing each 10 minutes (during the day) and each 1 hour by night, to “Los Héroes” Metro Station. You can see prices and other information on: www.centropuerto.cl. Another way, also more expensive, is to use “transfer” or private taxis that you can take on the airport.

    About how to move in Santiago, since 2007 exist an integrated system of transportation that includes bus (“micros”) and Underground (“Metro”), it’s called “Transantiago”. This system use a prepaid card know as “Tarjeta Bip“.

    To know the lines of Santiago’s Subway, you can visit the webpage: www.metro.cl. And if you need to prepared your traveling, you can use the web page of Transantiago, you will find the best options to use bus and subway to moving on Santiago.

  • If you are student from any Health’s School and you come to clinical internship (not just to take courses) you must have:

    Vaccination card or certificate that certifies the administration of the Vaccine against hepatitis B and influenza.
    Varicella vaccine or medical certificate stating that you had this disease.
    Accident insurance / International Medical Insurance
    Sharpshooter accident insurance.

  • Course registration is done in person during the first two weeks of the semester. The UDP Coordinator of International Students will provide information in order to register for classes during the mandatory orientation. Students should prepare a list of preferred courses along with several alternatives upon arrival to the UDP. The home university is responsible for course credit recognition decisions, not the UDP.

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