Chile, Santiago

Universidad del Desarrollo

Bachelor, MBA

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Universidad del Desarrollo (Spanish for “University for development”) is a Chileanprivate university. Its main campus is in Concepción, with a secondary campus in the same city, and two more in Santiago.

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.

The Country

Chile is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty, with attractions ranging from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District. There are a multitude of very good parks here, and plenty of opportunities for fine adventure travel. Chile is justly famous as the location of Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destinations in all of South America. Chile has the highest degree of economic freedom in South America (ranking 7th worldwide), owing to its independent and efficient judicial system and prudent public finance management. In May 2010 Chile became the first South American country to join the OECD. In 2006, Chile became the country with the highest nominal GDP per capita in Latin America.

The City

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 our capital city the third-ranked city in Latin America with the best quality of life, Santiago is undoubtedly the city for you.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at Univesidad del Desarrollo

Health Insurance

274 EUR

Airfare

1,644 EUR

Housing/Utilities*

287 EUR

387 EUR

Internet/cable*

28 EUR

27 EUR

Food*

177 EUR

147 EUR

Books

Included

Included

Transportation*

16 EUR

34 EUR

Visa

*per month

Accommodation

The International Relations Office provides advice and information so students can find the best place to live during your exchange period, either in dormitories or shared apartments.

Travel opportunities

Santiago is close to some of the best skiing in South America. Sunshine is abundant and queues for lifts are practically nonexistent during weekdays. The season normally lasts from mid-June to early October, with snow virtually guaranteed from mid-July to the first week in September.Sitting high in the Andes at the foot of Cerro Colorado, a 90min drive from Santiago, Farellones is a straggling collection of hotels and apartments, connected by roads to the resorts of El Colorado (4km north), La Parva (2km further on), and Valle Nevado (a winding 14km east). Alternatively, a 2hr drive from Santiago takes you to posh Portillo.