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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Field of Study: Business Administration, Civil Engineering, International Business, Journalism, Nursing, Political Science, Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat, Homestay Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: IB Exchange SDSU Office: 3-IB Department
Program Description:
International Business Exchange Program
Universidad Del Desarrollo (UDD)- Santiago Campus

Program Description
University Profile:
Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) is known not only for its academic excellence, but also for its entrepreneurial hallmark.  It creates an interactive and dynamic environment on campus where innovation and new ideas are constant.  Ethics and public responsibility are the hallmark values of UDD.  These values are encouraged not only in the classroom, but are also put into practice in each of the activities conducted at UDD.  Over 13,000 students study in one of the most prestigious universities of Chile, with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Its professors are well known not only for their academic excellence, but also for being leaders and for contributing significantly and actively to the country’s development.

UDD advocates teaching, research and exchange through a powerful international network of prestigious universities in America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In the company of its partner universities, UDD has developed an attractive array of undergraduate and post-graduate programs in the aim of integrating the concept of globalization to its educational system.

Link to International Student Introduction Video:

Location Summary:
Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into Latin America's most modern metropolitan area, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. Santiago is the financial, cultural and political center of Chile and home of several regional headquarters to many multinational corporations.

Chile is a beautiful and diverse country located in South America. Spending a semester abroad in Chile will not only allow you to learn about the country’s culture and improve your proficiency in Spanish language, but also travel through its extensive and unique geography, from the northern deserts up to the ski centers in the mountain range, and the beautiful ecological reserves in Patagonia. Furthermore, Chile is a country that stands out for its security, quality of life, educational level, and for having one of the most prosper economies in Latin America.

Location Map: UDDMap
Academic Details
Academic Notes:

All schools at UDD are open to exchange students who possess the adequate Spanish language skills:
  • School of Architecture and Art
  • School of Design
  • School of Communications
  • School of Economics and Business
  • School of Law
  • School of Government
  • School of Education and Humanities
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Psychology
  • Clínica Alemana - UDD School of Medicine
  • School of Odontology

International Business majors, please consult your major department for a list of pre-approved courses.
College of Business Majors, please consult the list of pre-approved courses offered in English.

Internship Option: 6 months part-time internship (may be combined with courses at UDD). Internships are 20hrs a week (Part Time) and 20 UDD credits.

Academic Calendar:

Spring Semester: late-February to mid-July
Fall Semester: early-August to mid-December

Course Schedule:
Course Catalogue link (be sure to click the Santiago link):

Registration: (Information Coming Soon!)

Grading Scale: (Information Coming Soon!)

Language of Instruction
  • Courses are taught in English and Spanish.
  • Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Spanish must have completed two upper-division Spanish language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program.  All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
  • A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
  • Courses taught in English are primarily taught in the Santiago Campus. 
Program cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program.  Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.
Housing and Meals
Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program.  Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently. 

The UDD International Relations Office provides advice and information on finding accommodation off-campus either in student dormitories or shared apartments.  An accommodation database is also available to guide exchange students in their search for housing. Housing expenses range between $180,000 and $350,000 Chilean Pesos (Monthly). 

Please note that UDD has two campuses. Reference the campus-specific housing recommendations and contact people below:

Previous students that have attended the UDD Campus Santiago have also recommended the following housing agency:

Travel Insurance
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance.  Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester. 

Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare.  Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad).   The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.  
Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Chile for one semester or longer. The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction. 

Southern California residents: Application
SDSU (1 year prior)
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.
Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university.  Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).

International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria

International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester

All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester

Helpful links
International Relations Office:

Come and Visit Chile! (UDD travel website links):

Why Choose Santiago:

Activities and Events at UDD:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/20/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 10/15/2019 TBA TBA