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City and Academic Overview

City Information

Built on the land of two former estates, the city of Viña del Mar began in the late 1800s and has grown to become a popular destination for Chileans, Argentines and other tourists from around the world. Often called the “Garden City”, it was once known primarily for its beautiful beaches. Viña del Mar is also known as a university town. It is a safe and relaxed city where visiting students can study Chilean language and culture.

Study Abroad in Viña del Mar

The Universidad Viña del Mar is a private university founded in 1988 that enrolls approximately 6,500 students annually. It is known for its business, environmental studies, education, communication and publicity, and architecture programs. The university offers its visiting international students the option to take Spanish language courses in combination with Chilean culture courses, or directly enroll in classes with local students. Housed on a beautiful campus a 15-minute bus ride away from the city center, students will enjoy opportunities to get involved in campus activities and meet their Chilean counterparts.

The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is a private university that was founded in 1988, building upon the academic tradition started by the Escuela de Negocios de Valparaíso in 1953. Enrolling approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it offers degrees in business, the liberal arts and humanities, engineering, law and the social sciences. The university offers courses designed for international students in both Spanish and English, as well as options to directly enroll in courses with local Chilean students. Students will enjoy the UAI campus in Viña del Mar with its extensive amenities and impressive modern architecture.

Why Viña del Mar?

  • Access to the Pacific Ocean and beautiful beaches
  • A relaxed lifestyle
  • Tourist capital of Chile
  • Host family living
  • Only 2 hours away from the Chilean capital, Santiago
  • Short bus ride away from picturesque Valapaírso