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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CSULB applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Type: CSULB Exchange
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Requirements: Spanish - Upper Division
Class Standing: Junior, Senior Financial Aid: ASI-CSULB Scholarship, Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, EOP Grant, Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Private Loans, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, SUG Grant, Veteran's Benefits
Areas of Study: International Studies, Spanish Language and Culture
Program Description:
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2 Button - Fast Facts
3 Button - Academics
4 Button - Housing
5 Button - Financing
Button - Overview      
Universidad del Desarrollo is known not only for its academic excellence, but also for its entrepreneurial hallmark. This feature has earned it a place of privilege in higher education in Chile and Latin America a mere 20 years since it was founded. Entrepreneurship is a characteristic that distinguishes its students and professors.  It creates an interactive and dynamic environment on campus where innovation and new ideas are constant. Ethics and public responsibility, the hallmark values of UDD, are encouraged not only in the classroom, but are also put into practice in each of the activities conducted at UDD.

You will find the following links useful in gathering more information about the university:

Student's Brochure UDD.pdf
UDD Fact Sheet- TD.pdf

WHY Santiago?
  • Santiago is the capital city and main urban center of Chile, in addition to being the seventh largest city in Latin America in terms of population and one of the 45 largest metropolitan areas in the world.
  • Santiago is seat to the main agencies of government, finance, administration, commerce and culture in the country. If you enjoy the big city life, full of things to do, yet with the tranquility and safety that make the capital city the third-ranked city in Latin America with the best quality of life, Santiago is undoubtedly the city for you.
  • Santiago is a city of great contrasts. There are many cultural, athletic and recreational activities at hand. It is in a convenient geographic location because just a bit more than an hour away you can be skiing at one of the famous winter resorts or surfing on one of Chile’s renowned beaches.
  • This city has an interesting range of activities for all tastes. The historic framework, found in downtown Santiago, provides a clear idea of how this city started. Many of the buildings have been maintained as historic heritage. The Providencia sector is thriving with commerce and entertainment, a mix of stores, malls and restaurants for all types of visitors of all ages.
  • The UDD campus is located in the borough of Las Condes, particularly in the sector of San Carlos de Apoquindo. This place is known mainly for being residential, with good access, green areas and quiet streets. There are also focal points of commerce and entertainment. This sector is connected to a large part of the city by the new Los Dominicos subway station.

  • Study in one of the most prestigious universities of Chile, with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Be part of an exchange program with a wide diversity of students coming from more than 30 different countries.
  • UDD counts with a flexible academic system, in which students can combine different courses form different programs and levels.
  • Enjoy of a personalized academic and administrative experience. UDD prides itself in taking care personally of your academic troubles and doubts.
  • A broad range of courses taught in English. Students that do not feel confident enough with their Spanish level can choose courses in both languages or exclusively in English.
  • Vibrant university life, ranging from sport activities to social work,  both for UDD and international students, which becomes a big opportunity to meet new people and integrate to the city.
  • An International Relations Office focused in guaranteeing the best experience to all students who chose UDD as their Exchange University.

Spanish Language and Chilean Culture Course
  • An interesting alternative for foreign exchange students coming to Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile is the Spanish Language and Chilean Culture course.  The goal of this course is to develop intermediate communication skills in Spanish as a foreign language and to give international students an understanding of Chilean culture that they need to engage satisfactorily in the socio cultural context of the country.
  • The coursework on the Spanish language is complemented by extracurricular cultural and touristic activities.  Foreign students not only improve their verbal and written skills in the Spanish language, but also understand and gain firsthand experience in the culture of Chile and the particularities of our society and its customs.

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  • Undergraduate Students: 11,000
  • Undergraduate Programs: 22
  • Graduate Students: 2,700
  • Graduate Programs: 70
  • Campus: 5
  • Cities: Santiago and Concepción
  • Schools: 11
  • Research Centers: 15
  • International Students: 1,683
  • UDD Students Abroad: 2,195
  • Partner Universities: 133
  • Countries: 34
  • Accreditations: AMBA/CNAP

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The University of Desarrollo offers an array of courses taught in Spanish, as well as select courses offered in English.

For the complete list of courses available in Spanish, please follow this link. Courses offered in the '1er semestre' are offered in the fall, while the '2do semestre' classes are the spring offerings.

For a list of courses instructed in English, please click here:  Courses in English 1-2017.pdf. The classes instructed in English can be taken both by international students as well as UDD students.
4 Button - Housing   
Chilean universities do not provide any on-campus residence so students must look for lodging off campus. You may find information, contacts, and assistance in finding the best place to live in Chile during your exchange by visiting their housing website here.

In Santiago, recommended neighborhoods to stay are Las Condes, Providencia, Vitacura, or Lo Barnechea.
In Concepcion, it is recommended to stay in the sectors near UDD (downtown.)
5 Button - Financing   
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply their award package to most semester or year long study abroad programs. Students are also eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).

Additional financing information can be found at this webpage.

ASI Scholarship

•   The accent here is super hard to understand at first. They talk super fast and have tons of slang, and don’t finish their words. I do not feel like I had enough preparation. I think students should have to take Span 300 before studying here.
•   I had taken several Spanish classes before going and still wished I had had more practice. They speak a little differently than the Spanish I was used to hearing
•   Chileans speak an entirely different form of Spanish. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, it’s going to be difficult at first because they use such different words that cannot even be found in the dictionary. Lots of slang.
•   Their Spanish is not really Spanish. It’s Chilean. They speak fast. I’m a native Spanish speaker and I struggled for the first month.
     — Spring, 2013 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021 04/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 04/01/2021 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.