Universidad de Concepción
Universidad de Concepción (UdeC) is a private university, founded in 1919 as a result of an initiative from the local community. UdeC’s main campus, Concepcion, is located in the heart of the city; its art museum contains the most valuable and complete collection of Chilean paintings and hosts numerous cultural events. UdeC has 23,130 students and offers 86 undergraduate degrees and over 30 graduate programs.
The language of instruction at UdeC is Spanish. Students may take courses in any of UdeC’s Faculties: Agronomy, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Education, Forestry Sciences, Natural Sciences & Oceanography, Law, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Chemical Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Medicine, and Dentistry. Courses can be found through individual degree programs at: http://www.udec.cl/pexterno/?
Housing & Meals
UdeC has 5 residence halls through its Student Services Department at its main campus. Students may also live with a Chilean family, in an apartment, or in a hotel. Students not living with a family must provide their own meals.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board in Concepción. Home stays, apartments, and hotels cost approximately CLP197,560 per month. Food may cost about CLP146,500 per month. A visa to study in Chile costs US$100. UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.
Students register for their classes upon arrival at Concepción. One UdeC credit is equivalent to one UM credit. Minimum full-time class load is 12 credits per semester.
Program dates reflect UdeC’s southern hemisphere schedule.
Semester 1: late February to July
Semester 2: late July to early December
Concepción , Chile
Concepción is the capital city of the Bio-Bio Region and is located in the central part of Chile, near the Pacific Ocean, some 500 kilometers to the south of Santiago. The city has a lively atmosphere owing to its large student population. The layout of the city is geared for pedestrians in large plazas and walking shopping areas. This port city holds a huge place in Chile’s industry. The fertile farm lands of the area supply fruits, wines, and grains that get sent through Concepción to be shipped all over the world.
Chile is an intriguing country, with such a long and narrow land area, beaches, coastline, the Andes mountains, farmland and wineries are almost literally smashed into the same vicinity. Students can try any number of outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking, trekking, biking, kayaking, climbing, horseback riding (Chile has its own unique and traditional cowboy culture), skiing in the Andes mountains, and tango dancing in the cities. Concepción, with its university stronghold, is a great place to explore the mouth-watering cuisine and food culture of Chile.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Spanish
Language Requirement: Two years college-level Spanish prior to exchange
University website: http://www.udec.cl/pexterno/
Length of exchange: semester or academic year
Concepcion at a Glance
Warm summers and cool winters. Temperatures range between 0°C and 28°C.
Valparaiso: 274 miles
Buenos Aires:832 miles