Study Abroad in Viņa del Mar, Chile

Study Abroad in Viņa del Mar: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom

Shared Student Apartment

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom and kitchen


  • You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in the homestay
  • Meals are not provided in the apartment option

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Viņa del Mar


For many students living in a Chilean homestay is the most rewarding part of the study abroad experience. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the Chilean culture, gain a unique insight into Chilean life and the local community and the best way to improve your Spanish. You must be open minded and flexible in order to get the most out of your experience.

Homestay hosts do not always consist of a traditional family unit with mother, father and children - you may be placed with an elderly woman whose children have left home for example or a retired couple. All families are carefully chosen and have to meet high standards in order to be a part of the homestay program. Many have worked with UAI and hosted international students for a number of years and are very experienced at providing students with what they need.

Shared Student Apartment

For those students who prefer a more independent living situation the shared apartment option is ideal. The apartments are located in residential areas of the city, with Chileans as your neighbors. Students use public transportation to travel to school. Students share a double room and have access to a kitchen to prepare meals. Meals are not provided.

Cultural Activities

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of local staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Chilean life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Tour of Viņa del Mar
  • Welcome breakfast
  • Visits to local museums
  • UAI language exchange and buddy system with Chilean students
  • Sports at the University Sports Center including basketball, soccer, volleyball, aerobics and yoga
  • Farewell dinner

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Volunteer Opportunities

One of the best ways for you to immerse yourself in another culture is by working in the local community. Students who meet the relevant criteria may be able to do service learning at education, community service or health institutions in the area around Viņa del Mar. Placements are made after your arrival in Chile. For further information contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.

AIFS in Viña del Mar Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Marianela Peña

International Director
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Phone: (56-32) 250 3713

Hello! My name is Marianela Peña Correa, I am a Spanish English Interpreter Translator and have a Law Degree. I have always been passionate about working with people, especially when it is possible to show them our beautiful country. I am responsible, active and very committed to my work. I enjoy organizing cultural events, in order to learn, teach, enjoy and share. I am very happy to be part of this wonderful team and I am sure that we will achieve great goals working together.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.