Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez


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Viña del Mar & Santiago, Chile
Must be fluent in Spanish.

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is a private, non-traditional university in Chile with over half a century of tradition in business education. The university was first created to address the absence of business education in Chile in the early 1950's. Upon the success of the business program and other accomplishments since that time, the university has now expanded to include a host of academic disciplines, including Psychology, Law, and Government.

The School

UAI originated from the Valparaiso Business School established in 1953. At that time, it was recognized as the first educational institution in Chile to offer a program in business administration. Valparaiso Business School was also considered to be a pioneer in business education among other Latin American countries; a legacy that UAI carries on today. UAI was the first in Chile to offer an MBA program and the first to offer continuing education in the field of business and management. More recently, the UAI is known for its focus on entrepreneurship, emphasis on practical business, and close-knit student body which allows students to develop relationships throughout their study.

The City

Viña del Mar, “Vineyard of the Sea” is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. With long stretches of white sandy beaches, delicious seafood, and wide range of hotels and modern facilities, Viña del Mar is a major travel destination for national and international tourists alike. The city of 300,000 inhabitants is a safe and quaint, with many universities and educational institutions in the area. The warm Mediterranean climate allows residents to enjoy many outdoor recreational opportunities in the plentiful green areas, beaches, and parks within the city. Manicured boulevards lined with palm trees and beautiful expansive parks have earned it the nickname of Ciudad Jardín (Garden City).

Santiago is the capital of Chile and home to almost 1/3 of the country's population. It is a sprawling modern city (reminiscent of Phoenix, Arizona) near the Andes Mountains and less than one hour from the South Pacific coast. Although the weather is dry and moderate, there are snow skiing and surfing opportunities nearby. Chile is a stable and safe country with one of the strongest economies in Latin America. The people are very friendly and the city has many upscale restaurants, shopping malls, and modern housing developments. It also has the added benefit of being a very affordable city in terms of food, housing, and transportation. Students also find that internships are relatively easy to secure in Chile.

Term Dates

Early March - late May
Late May - July

Language of Instruction

This program is recommended for students at intermediate or advanced levels of Spanish.

Language of operation and instruction for the university is Spanish. People in Chile generally speak a small amount of English; the educated middle and upper classes and people who work within tourism may speak much English. All of the UAI students and administrators speak basic English and most are actually quite advanced.

Courses Available

UAI offers courses in English on topics such as, Latin American Studies; Business in Latin America, and courses in Spanish Language instruction. More information appears on the Syllabi Specially Designed Courses document. Most business courses, however, are taught in Spanish. Much of the reading material is in English, but students must be fluent in Spanish so they can understand the lectures and participate in group work. Use our course equivalency database to see which courses available at UAI would apply to your UF degree! Other business courses may be submitted for UF equivalency. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Visa

The information you will need to obtain your visa has been compiled for your convenience. Please review carefully.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at UAI
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,700
Housing $2,620 $2,500
Internet/cable $455 $200
Food $2,065 $1,044
Books $540 $420
Transportation $270 $210
Visa --- $140
Total $9,765 $10,439

Accommodation

There is an assortment of housing options available in Viña del Mar and Santiago; the exchange coordinator can help you to arrange housing, either alone or with other students. You can expect to live in a very nice apartment in a good neighborhood for less than $450 per month (single unit).

Currency

Chilean Peso.

Travel Opportunities

Flanked by the main chain of the Andes on the east and the Chilean Coastal Range on the west, there are an array of outdoor activities within a day's travel from Santiago. The Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, positioned just outside the city, is Santiago's national and international airport. Bus companies provide transportation from Santiago to most areas of the country and to neighboring Argentina.

Interested?

For more information please call or email us.

Heavener School of Business
133 Bryan Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

  • Email Joe Rojo (joe.rojo at warrington.ufl.edu)
  • Email Lucy DiLeo (lucy.dileo at warrington.ufl.edu)
  • Email Jason Ward (jason.ward at warrington.ufl.edu)

Contacts Abroad

Gerardo Vidal Guzmán PhD
Director, Dpto. Relaciones Internacionales
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Av. Diagonal Las Torres 2640, Peñalolén, Santiago Chile
Phone: +56 22 3311488
Skype: Gerardo-vidal
Email (gvidal at uai.cl)

Alvaro Gómez
Incoming Students Coordinator - Undergrad students
Phone: 56 23 2503778
Email (rrii at uai.cl)