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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for regular university courses, Completion of 1050 or 1060 or equivalent
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Agroecology and Sustainable Agri, Anthropology, Architectural Design, Economics, Exercise Science, Geography, Global Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Music, Spanish, Sustainable Development, TESL
Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Full College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business
Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study for a Semester or Year in Chile!


The Universidad Austral de Chile (or UACh) is a research university in Chile based in Valdivia. Founded by decree on 7 September 1954 it is one of the eight original Chilean Traditional Universities.  UACh main campus, Isla Teja Campus, occupies the whole northwest of Isla Teja in Valdivia. Campus Isla Teja is the home of UACh's administration, Cine Club, botanical garden and most faculties. The botanical garden is a recreational area as well as a place of study with a total of around 950 plant species growing in its 12 ha. 


Valdivia is a city and commune in southern Chile. The city is named after its founder Pedro de Valdivia and is located at the confluence of the Calle-Calle, Valdivia, and Cau-Cau Rivers. The geography of the Valdivia area consists of wetlands and alluvial terraces. 

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early August to Early December (Semester 2 in Chile)
  • Spring Semester: Late February to Mid July (Semester 1 in Chile)


UACH will arrange student housing upon acceptance. Students will stay in local homestays or student housing.

As UACH is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. UACH will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000 
Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Visa (for US Citizens) $270 $270
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300
Passport $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
2Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


The majority of UACH courses are taught in Spanish.  To find course offerings please visit the UACH website.  From the International website please click on the Faculties link and then navigate to the Faculty that you are interested in.  From these pages you will be able to find the course plans.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UACH program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.