Universidad Diego Portales


Complete Name of University: Universidad Diego Portales


Location of University and Population: Santiago, Chile. 7.003.122 inhabitants.


Language of Instruction: Spanish

University International Office Website:

Website of specific departments and course descriptions:


These are the department websites.

For each of them, you can download a PDF document with the courses, but for most of the course descriptions, you will have to ask for the information:

University Profile


Founded in 1982, Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) is one of the first private and one of the few non-profit universities in Chile. Since its origins, one of UDPís main concerns has been to improve the academic development of the country, with particular interest in working with the implementation of social policies that benefit the countryís development. Thanks to this and to its academic excellence, our university is ranked as the second best private institution in the country, and ninth overall (out of 61).

UDP is secular and pluralistic, open and tolerant to all lifestyles, opinions and ideas. It has made substantial contributions in key areas such as the latest Criminal Procedure Reform, human rights, education, media and public opinion. Our faculty is composed of 1,500 teachers and we currently have about 12,500 students.



Santiago is the capital of Chile and offers a plentitude of culture- there are many museums, cinemas and parks to choose from. Recently, it was rated the #1 spot to visit in the New York Times article titled The 41 top places to go in 2011.

UDP has nine facilities located in "The Universities District" in downtown Santiago, sharing space with nearly 70,000 students from other institutions. Nearby attractions include La Moneda Palace (the Presidentís main workplace), the National Library, and the Parque Forestal. It is also 8-10 subway stations away from the main residential areas, and 15 minutes away from the Lastarria area, known for its coffee shops and independent design stores.



I. School of Architecture, Arts and Design:
-School of Visual Arts.
-School of Architecture.
-School of Design.

II. Schools of Social Sciences and History:
-School of Sociology.
-School of Political Sciences
-School of History.

III. School of Communications and Creative Writing:
-School of Journalism.
-School of Advertising.
-School of Creative Writing.

IV. Law School:
- Law.

V. School of Economy and Business:
-School of Business.
-School of Management Control Engineering.
-School of Certified Public Accountant-Auditor.
-School of Business Management Engineering.

VI. School of Education:
-School of Elementary Education Degree.
-School of Early Childhood Education Degree.
-School of High School Education Degree (Language minor).
-School of High School Degree (History and Social Sciences minor).

VII. School of Engineering:
-School of Industrial Engineering.
-School of Civil Engineering and Telecommunications.
-School of Civil Engineering in Civil Works.
-School of Computer Engineering and Management.

VIII. School of Medicine:
-School of Medicine.
-School of Obstetrics and Neonatology.
-School of Dentistry.
-School of Nursing.
-School of Medical Technology.

IX. Psychology:

Academic Notes


Only some of the medical programs have full-year attendance for some subjects, which are specified on number 13.

Language Notes


Currently, we just offer some courses in English but the majority of the courses are offered in Spanish.

Room and Board


Since it is not common in Chile for universities to have their own housing facilities, students have the following options: rent an apartment with other foreign students, live in an all-student residence or choose a home stay with a Chilean family.

Meals: each of our schools have a cafeteria that serve breakfast, lunch and several snacks throughout the day. We do not offer monthly meal plans

Exchange Dates


First semester: March to July and August to December.

Special Conditions


The only special conditions that foreign students should take into consideration are that some programs have year-long courses. So, if they wanted to take some of these courses, they should plan their stay in Chile for a whole year instead of a semester.

The year-long courses are:
I. Medicine:
-Medical-surgical integrated dialogue on Sense Organs: Annual Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Dermatology (9th and 10th semesters).

II. Dentistry:
-Pharmacology and Toxicology (5th and 6th semesters).
-Child and Adolescent Clinic I (7th and 8th semesters).
-Oral Surgery I (7th and 8th semesters).
-Adult Clinic (7th and 8th semesters).
-Periodontal (7th and 8th semesters).
-Endodontic (7th and 8th semesters).
-Child and Adolescent Clinic II (9th and 10th semesters).
-Adult and Senescent Clinic (9th and 10th semesters).
-Clinical Integration Seminar (9th and 10th semesters).
-Health Management (9th and 10th semesters).

III. Obstetrics and Neonatology:
-OB/GYN Internship (9th and 10th semesters).
-Neonatal Internship (9th and 10th semesters).
- Rural and Urban Primary Care Internship (9th and 10th semesters).
-Elective Internship (9th and 10th semesters).