Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Adolfo Ibáñez Univesity (UAI) is a highly prestigious Chilean institution founded in 1953 by Adolfo Ibáñez Foundation. Today the University is at the top of the Chilean university system with over 8,000 students across 4 campuses. It's core areas are Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Law and Social Sciences.

Adolfo Ibáñez University is accredited by the Chilean Comition of Accreditation (CNA) for a period of six years (2009-2015), the highest accreditation given to a private university in Chile.

You will be studying at Viña del Mar campus.  Campus in Viña del Mar is a new building with a great view of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful city called “garden city”.

Nº1 Ranked Latina American Business School, by America Economía.

Accreditations: AACSB  AMBA

Campus facilities

The Vina del Mar campus is located up the hill at Atlos del Sporting, with a great view to the Pacific Ocean and the city. It receives around 2,100 undergraduate students and has recently been refurbished with new IT facilities, cafeterias, a gym and computer labs.


All classrooms are equipped with audiovisual resources and there are networks connections all throughout the campus. 


The library includes study rooms and first-class infrastructure that meets the highest international standards.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

UAI has a modern, fully equipped gym where you can practice the following:

  • Yoga

  • Body pump

  • Body Balance

  • Dance

  • Taekwondo

  • RPM spinning

And popular outdour sports for students such as:

  • Football

  • Basketball

  • Paddle

  • Trekking

The Student Centre organises a schedule of seminars, charity work and leisure activities.

Buddy Programme: UAI designates a group of Chilean students as buddies, in order to help incoming students settle in to university life and Chilean customs.

Viña del Mar Campus video.

Academic calendar

Spring Semester: Beginning of March -  July

Autumn Semester: Beginning of August - December

(Note that Semester 1 in Chile is what we would consider to be our Spring semester and Semester 2 is our Autumn semester)

Orientation Programme

At the beginning of the semester international students will be welcomed to UAI with an orientation session. During this activity, students will receive all the necessary information about the campus, registration for courses, student visa procedures, life in Chile and what to do in cases of emergency. It is a compulsory session for all incoming students.

Academic life

Grading System in Chile:

7.0 (excellent) is the best possible grade
6.0-6.9 (very good)
5.0-5.9 (good)
4.0-4.9 (sufficient); 4.0 is the lowest passing grade
1.0-3.9 (insufficient) are failing grades; 1.0 is the worst possible grade.

Generally, it's a linear scale, with 1.0 meaning 0% achievement, 4.0 meaning 50% or 60% achievement (depending on the scale used), and 7.0 meaning 100% achievement. Rounding of averages is generally done to the second decimal; hence, a 3.95 is rounded up to a 4.0, whereas a 3.94 is rounded down to a 3.9.

It appears:

7 = 90-100% = A
6 = 80-89% = B
5 = 70-79% = C
4 = 60-69% = D
3-0 = 59%-0 = F


Please contact your head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Passing requirements


Please contact your head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details. 

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.




Chile is one of Latin America’s most interesting countries in terms of professional activities and tourism. The fact that Chile has recently signed free trade agreements with China and Japan makes it a strategic destination, and it is expected to have considerable impact on business affairs throughout South America. Chile also enjoys some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, many still untouched by man. It is a country of marked contrasts, with deserts, icebergs and the Andes Mountain range, excellent ski resorts and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Furthermore, it has splendid wines and an exceptional cuisine enriched by both the quality and variety of its abundant fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. The export of these primary products worldwide is an important part of the Chilean economy. Chile enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with four well-defined seasons in the year.

The following web sites provide more information about tourism in Chile.


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UAI has no dorms on campus but offers assistance to exchange student to find accommodation, for housing information please contact

Álvaro Gómez

International Exchange Program Assistant, rrii@uai.cl or visit UAI homepage http://www.uai.org.uk/

Cost of living

UAI suggests the following estimated cost of living (USD per month):

Rental of Apartment


Food / Meals

Books and Academic Materials



Entertainment and others

Estimated total


500 (UAI gives support in finding housing options)



100 (student don’t need to buy books)









Students who have been nominated to study at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA

Health Insurance  
You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance covering you for the entire stay at UAI and Chile. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Visa requirements

With the acceptance letter sent by UAI, students must apply for a student's Visa, which is mandatory for all exchange students coming to study to Chile. You will have to bring your Passport and Visa to the Orientation Day. Those students without a Student Visa, will have to apply for one in Chile and won't be able to register courses utill the visa is obtained.

Please contact the Chilean Embassy for more details:

Embajada de Chile, 12 Devonshire Street, London W1N 3AG, Tel: 020 7580 1023

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Chile
Language of tuition: Spanish
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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