UDD-Spanish Immersion Program 2016

Spanish Immersion Program (SIP)

Spend a year at UDD, you’ll see why Chile is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Latin America”.

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– Location: Las Condes, Santiago
– Duration: 3 trimesters
– Learning hours: 25 h/week (750h total for 3 trimester program)
– Language of instruction: Spanish and/or English
– Minimum academic degree required: High School Diploma

About the Spanish Inmersion Program


Setting Description—About UDD


The Host Institution Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago provides students a university experience in one of Latin America’s most important and livable cities. UDD 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 prominent.


UDD is currently ranked as the best private university in Chile, standing 5th overall, according to the national CNAP accreditation program. In 2007, the National Accreditation Commission (CNAP), a part of the Ministry of Education, granted Universidad del Desarrollo institutional accreditation for 5 years with a rating of 7, the highest accolade that the CNAP has ever awarded a private university.

UDD`s MBA faculty was ranked first in Latin America by América Economía, one of Latin America’s most important business magazines. Its MBA program was also ranked 12th among all Latin American business schools. Moreover, América Economía magazine ranked UDD in first place in developing entrepreneurship and leading abilities to its students within Latin American universities. Besides, UDD School of Medicine earned second place in the National Medical Examination (EMN), surpassing most traditional universities in Chile and making it one of the most prestigious Schools of Medicine in the country.

Fast Facts

Undergraduate Students: 11,000
Undergraduate Programs: 22
Graduate Students: 2,700
Graduate Programs: 70
Campus: 5
Cities: Santiago and Concepción
Schools: 11
Research Centers: 15
International Students: 1,683
UDD Students Abroad: 2,195
Partner Universities: 133
Countries: 34
Accreditations: AMBA/CNAP   .


School of Government
School of Architecture and Art
School of Design
School of Communications
School of Economics and Business
School of Law
School of Education and Humanities
School of Engineering
School of Psychology
Clínica Alemana – UDD School of Medicine
School of Odontology

Think thanks

Center of Study of International Relations (CERI)
Center of Enterprise Economics and Finance (CEFE)
Center of Investigation of Economics and Business (CIEN)
Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI)
Center of Entrepreneurial Studies of Women (CEEM)
Center of Public Policy (CPP)
The Mass Media
Center of Bioethics
Institute of Science
Hanta Virus Program
Center of Epidemiology and Health Care Policies
Center of Human Genetics
Institute of Neurology and Physiology
Center of Evolutionary Studies and Child Intervention


Prices (USD) & Dates (2016)

Application Deadline Program
tuition& fee
trimester Program
April 20th Dec 13th Jan 26th $ 14300


What’s included?

  • Course tuition, transcripts and learning certificate Textbook, Spanish lab, dictionary and supplementary materials
  • Visa Assistance
  • Assistance for acquiring Chilean national ID and Chilean student ID (different from UDD student ID)
  • UDD welcome package
  • Housing arrangement service (optional)
  • Campus lunch 
  • Airport Pick-up (optional)  
  • On-site orientation
  • Cultural activities & selected excursions
  • Language workshops
  • Access to campus facilities (library, gym, study rooms, tennis court etc.)
  • Services for international students: academic counseling, emergency support, UDD email account, and other student welfare services

Not included:

Application Process

Those students who are interested in participating in UDD-Spanish immersion program should apply through our program official website . If you have any difficulty with submitting application online, please call or email the program coordinator. We will make a separate arrangement for you to submit your application.

Required Documents

—- International Students Application form 
– One copy of the identification page of the passport
– One copy of High school or higher academic degree diploma and official transcript
– One recent (within 6 months) passport photo
– Copy of International Medical Insurance

The Process

1. Complete the application form online and submit all required documents. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the program office directly.

2. You will receive a confirmation letter through email stating whether all required documents are received and whether the student needs to take a diagnostic test to determine his/her Spanish level once you complete the online application.

3. UDD—SIP evaluates your information upon receiving the application. If the application is accepted, the program will inform the student through email and send student a letter of acceptance, a program invoice and payment information through express mail, while notifying Chilean consulate in your country about your admission

4. Once the student receives acceptance letter, he/she needs to submit all required visa application documents at the nearest Chilean consulate.

5. Upon notification of visa approval from the consulate, please make payment of the program tuition & fee indicated in the program invoice, together with $150 (USD) handling fee for document processing and mailing, Then email us a scanned copy of your bank receipt so we can inform consulate to grant you the visa, and keep that receipt which you will need to pick up your visa.

6. Prepare for departure, book your travel, and obtain medical insurance with international coverage for your study period in Chile. Please inform the program through email of your arrival date and flight information if you need airport pick-up

7. Participate the orientation day to receive your class schedule, study materials and a welcome package from UDD. Please also deliver one copy of your student visa and one copy of the medical insurance to the program coordinator.

Note: International students are obligated to deliver the copy of student visa and medical insurance upon arrival. Otherwise they will not be able to participate in the program.


– Early registration is advised, get your documents asap and start preparing other visa application documents while you are waiting for the arrival of your acceptance letter

– Purchase airplane tickets only after acquiring visa

– Apply for the visa at the city where your passport is issued

– When purchase airline tickets, be sure to check if the flight has layovers in a country that requires visa for the stopover at its airport. United States and Canada have such requirement

Visa Information

Make sure you have a valid passport before applying for a visa. Passports are required for all entries. Check the entry requirements for Chile and see if you need a visa to study in Chile. For example, US citizen do not need a visa if the study term is no longer than 90 days. Chinese students are required to obtain a student visa in order to participate in Spanish programs in Chile. Please contact the nearest Chilean consulate in your country for more information and obtain the required visa application documents as early as possible.

In case you need a visa, UDD-SIP with send you an acceptance letter after your application is accepted and notify the consulate of your country about your admission. The acceptance letter from the program is required for you to obtain a student visa. After your visa application is approved, the consulate will also want to know if you have paid-in-full for the program before granting you the visa. Therefore, upon the notification of your visa approval, please make payment of the program in full so we can inform the local consulate to make your visa eligible for pick-up.

Do not wait until the last minute to apply for a visa, and start to gather other visa application documents that may take months to obtain. It may take 45 to 60 days for a student to acquire a visa.

Note:  Detailed information about visa application and useful website links, will be provided with your confirmation letter through email after you successfully register online.


Activities & Excursions

Practice makes perfect! The program provides students opportunities to enrich their learning experience with various cultural activities, such as: Santiago City Tour, Chilean wine tasting, salsa night, cooking class, Movie afternoon, visiting farmer’s market and pueblo artisanal etc.

—UDD students affairs office (SAO) also provide various student activities to complement their study life, engage them in community volunteer works and hone their leadership and teamwork skills. Some examples are: winter and summer volunteer work, athletic contest, integration activities for international students, drama and choir, field work and internship opportunities.

—We also partner with local tourist guides to provide our students with excursions to popular sites, such as: Mountain Los Andes, Vina del mar/valparaiso, Pomaire/isla negra, La Serena, Pucon etc. An event notice will be posted in the program office and the classroom every Monday.

Program Information

Start Date
April 19th
End Date
Dec 12th
Application Deadline
Jan 26th (2017)
25 h/week (750h total for 3 trimester program)
Las Condes, Santiago de Chile
$ 14300 (USD)