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Built on the land of two former estates, the city of Viña del Mar, Chile began in the late 1800s and has grown to become a popular destination for Chileans, Argentines and other tourists from around the world. Often called the “Garden City”, it was once known primarily for its beautiful beaches. Viña del Mar is also known as a university town. It is a safe and relaxed city where visiting students can study Spanish language and Chilean culture.

API offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Viña del Mar at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). UAI is a private university that was founded in 1988, building upon the academic tradition started by the Escuela de Negocios de Valparaíso in 1953. Enrolling approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it offers degrees in business, the liberal arts and humanities, engineering, law and the social sciences. The university offers courses designed for international students in both Spanish and English, as well as options to directly enroll in courses with local Chilean students. Students will enjoy the UAI campus in Viña del Mar with its extensive amenities and impressive modern architecture.

“I never felt alone in Chile and that was a result of API giving us the right tool sand leading us in the right direction."

Noah H. Bryant University
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    Cultural Activities

    • Empanada cooking class
    • Salsa classes
    • Bike tours
    • Surfing instruction
    • Street art tours
    • Kayaking session
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Viña del Mar have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including volunteering at youth non-profit organizations, working with young children, helping out at homeless shelters, contribute to environmental projects, and participating in mural painting and city beautification projects.

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    Things to Do

    Surfing Viña's great beaches

    Riding horse-drawn carriages

    Visiting botanical gardens

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    Locos (Abalone fish)

    Completo (Chilean hot dog)

    Machas a la Parmesana (seafood dish)

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    Festivals & Holidays

    Festival Internacional de Cancion (February-March)

    Fiestas Patrias (Chilean Independence Day - September 18)

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    University Highlights

    The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is ranked #2 business school in Latin America (América Economía), #37 in the QS University Rankings for Latin America (2016), and in the top #200 in the QS World University Rankings for Business & Management Studies (2016).

    UAI also holds the triple crown of business accreditation (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS)

U.S. Staff

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Laura Bahamonde

Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

On-Site Staff


Alejandra Rojas

Alejandra Rojas will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.