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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)
  • Universidad de Chile

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 agreement offers yearly max 2 full year seats (or 4 one term seats) for Aalto students from ENG, ELEC, CHEM or SCI at PUC unless othervise agreed.

The courses are in Spanish and incoming exchange students are expected to have studied minimum three years in the home university with good study success and to have fluent Spanish language skills (meeting minimum B2 Level).

 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.

  • If you don't find the information on the www pages in English, try to find it in Spanish!
  • 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 in February 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 in February yearly. Please read more under Magalhães network.


Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM)

The agreement offers yearly max 2 full year seats (or 4 one-semester seats) for Aalto students at UChile FCFM unless othervise agreed.

The University of Chile was founded in 1842. It is the oldest higher education institution in Chile. It has almost 40 000 students. The University is located in the capital city Santiago de Chile and it is a public university with international quality. Faculties and Institutes are distributed in five campuses and several experimental stations in Santiago and other regions of Chile.

The Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM, for its acronym in Spanish) has been in existence for over 170 years. It is focused on higher education and on the development of basic sciences, engineering sciences and technological applications. At present, it offers a Civil Engineering program with nine specializations, Geology, three bachelor of sciences and more than 30 postgraduate academic programs.

Educational system:

The educational system in the Faculty: 1.-2. study years are common courses (200 ud = 120 ECTS). Next 3.-4. study years lead to a degree of a “Licenciatura”, which is to most equivalent to the European Bachelor. After 4 years students take 2 more years to do their specialization in the engineering field they decide to obtain a professional Diploma (European Master's degree).

You can study Astronomy, Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Biotechnology Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering.

  • Fall Semester: March-June; Spring Semester: July-December, please visit:
  • FCFM faculty's website:
  • Incoming exchange students
  • The courses are in Spanish and you will have to have studied Spanish at least 2 years before your exchange.
  • Good level in Spanish is required. A letter from the Spanish teacher of the home university will be required.
  • Choose courses from only the Faculty of FCFM:
  • 50 UD credits represent around 30 ECTS credits
  • All departments at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences are open for exchange students at the undergraduate level
  • The application will be online at the website (don't fill in the application before you have been selected for the destination by Aalto!!)
  • Please check that you passport is valid at least 6 months after the end of you planned exchange. You can start preparing the application documents such as CV, Copy of passport, information of the course you are currently taking.                                    
  • The university does not offer campus housing but will give tips in finding accommodation.

  • Students must request a Visa in the embassy or consulate of Chile in their city or country. Once in Chile, they have to apply for a residence number and ID.

How to apply:

Application period for this destination ends in February yearly. Please read more under Magalhães network.


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.
  • For the Chilean visa you will need the original acceptance letter of the host university although you can start the application process with the electronic copies that usually arrive first. For the visa you will also need: Health Certificate (Format T), Criminal record certificate, Kela certificate or University scholarship information to prove economy solvency during your time in Chile, a copy of your passport (data of 2016).