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Aalto university offers the following exchange destinations in Chile for the students of SCI, ENG, ELEC and CHEM:
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chilen (PUC)
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM)

The academic year runs in Chile from  March to July (1st semester) and August to December (2nd semester).


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

PUC Chile and Aalto University have had an agreement on student exchange since 2009. PUC Chile is the leading university in Chile and 3rd best ranked in Latin America (31st in the world, THS-QS World Univ. Rankings, 2010). The university has been founded in 1888 in the capital Santiago.

The courses are in Spanish and you will have to have studied Spanish at least 2 years before your exchange.

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Fact Sheet PUC Chile 2015
  • Information for exchange students
  • Courses for international students
  • All courses
  • You can select courses from different fields of study.
  • The list of courses that the International Office at PUC gives the students to choose is mostly from undergraduate programs, but if you are interested in taking courses from graduate programs, contact the coordinator EARLY in order to them find out if there is room in graduate programme courses
  •  Foreign students who are accepted to the Exchange at UC can register undergraduate courses. However, it is important to point out that final course registration at UC takes place once the student is in Chile and it depends on courses slots availability. In addition, bear in mind that some faculties have their courses restricted. Please check at for more information.


  • Note! ELEC, ENG, CHEM and SCI students cannot select courses of Architecture at PUC. 
  • Full time studies = 50 PUC cr/semester

How to apply:

Application period for this destination ends 1st of March yearly. Please read more under Magalhães network.


Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM)

The agreement offers yearly max 2 full year seats for Aalto students at USM unless othervise agreed.

How to apply:

Application period for this destination ends 1st of March yearly. Please read more under Magalhães network.


Photos: Margita Slätis


Tips on Chile by Aalto exchange students:

  • All courses are in Spanish. Attendance of 70-80% required.
  • Chilean accent in Spanish can be challenging.
  • Living in shared apartments is common. Look for apartment once there. There is no central heating, therefore houses can feel cold during winter (July-August). Prices vary depending on the state of the flat and location.
  • Chile is rather safe but avoid moving around alone and in places you don’t know during the night. Local police is reliable and friendly.
  • Electronic appliances can be more expensive than in Finland. Rather expensive prices compared to other Latin American countries.
  • People are more “Finnish like” than other Latinos: not so easy to get to know but real friends are real friends. In some ways it resebles the Mediterranean culture. Chile is the "most Western" of the Latin countries. However, you can feel the presence of the native American cultures stronger than in neighboring Argentina.