USM: Exchange

Founded more than 85 years ago in the city of Valparaíso, Chile, the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM) has established itself as a leading institution in engineering, science and technology, with recognized international prestige, contributing to human development through the training of comprehensive professionals and cutting-edge scientific and technological innovation projects in diverse fields of the universal knowledge.

The university has undergraduate and graduate programs in its different campuses, which are as follows:

Main Campus Valparaíso (Región de Valparaíso)

San Joaquín Campus (Santiago, Región Metropolitana)

Vitacura Campus (Santiago, Región Metropolitana)

Viña del Mar Technical Branch (Región de Valparaíso)

Concepción Technical Branch (Región del Bío-Bío)

At USM students receive a comprehensive training, with a strong scientific-technological focus and a solid humanistic component. First-rate faculty members and professors, with the best infrastructure and study and work material, constitute a cornerstone in the students’ professional training.

Exchange at USM

During the exchange period at USM, the international student attends the same classes as full-time students (who we call “sansanos”) for 1 or 2 semesters.

All undergraduate courses and programs, as well as the courses of the Masters of Science, are available to foreign students as long as they meet each course pre-requisites.

We recommend to our future applicants to choose their courses considering not only their academic interests, but their level of Spanish and academic background.

Spanish courses

Currently, USM is offering Spanish courses in two modalities:

Intensive: 50 hours course of 2 weeks during February and July. Cost: USD330. More information.

Semester: Exchange students can take the course “Español como Lengua Extranjera”, that is offered every semester with 2 classes of 1.5 hrs per week. More information.

Courses taught in English 

In order to facilitate the adaptation of the English speaking student’, USM offers some courses in English to help the student with the study plan. This courses are offered at the Main Campus (Casa Central) in the city of Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso. More information.


The application dates for each semester are:

  • 1er semester (March to July): September 1st – October 15th of the previous year.
  • 2do semester (August to December): March 1st – April 15th of the same year.

More information

If you want to know more about the application process, academic offer, possibilities of doing a research internship, accommodation and others, click here.