Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay can enter to Chile with a national ID document. For the rest of the countries, a valid passport is required to enter to Chile.
To get a student visa, you must personally go to the nearest Chilean Consulate. The following original documents will be required (the requirements vary depending on the country of residence):
The visa is valid for one year and once you awarded, you have 90 days to enter Chile.
The student visa can be renewed in Chile. It's not permitted to work in Chili with this kind of visa
Important: bring with you the original diploma or certificate of the university title, duly legalized by the Chilean Consulate of the country of residence.
Santiago has over 5 million inhabitants. It's in the center of the country (33ºS) in a valley by the Andes mountain chain, 100 km of the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Santiago has a Mediterranean climate with a wet season between May and August (300 mm of rain in the year) and dry weather the rest of the year. During winter (June-August), the average maximal and minimal temperatures are between 4º and 15º, respectively. The minimal temperature occasionally goes below 0º. The summer is relatively hot and dry (maximal temperature around 30!). The combination of an unfavorable topography (the city is surrounded by mountains) with a low power of air circulation together with the weather conditions of the region, determines the appearance of periods of high level of atmospheric pollution during autumn and winter.
Santiago is not a particularly dangerous city. It has similar problems to any other city of the same size. Therefore, we recommend you to follow some of the basic rules against thefts and assaults in the street: don't carry valuable jewelry, always keep your valuables safe, don't walk in unknown areas without security, especially at night; only change money in official places (banks, money exchange offices, hotels), etc.
It is recommended to arrive in Santiago at least one week before the start of the classes. At Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (or simply Pudahuel), you have a free use of the baggage trolleys. It's advisable to change money at the airport because the dollar is not a common way of paying. The exchange offices are closed at weekends.
There is an urban train transport called Metro. (http://www.metrosantiago.cl/). It's fast, clean and safe. The taxis are quite cheap. There is no night rate and you pay what the taximeter says. The user can demand an invoice where the paid fee appears. You don't have to tip the drivers. "Colectivos", shared taxis with fixed routes, exist as well. There is also the alternative of the city bus system called "Transantiago" which works from Monday to Sunday.
The foreign student must present a medical certificate. No vaccines are required for entering to Chile. However, for clinical practice, and if the agreement stipulates it, he will obligatory have to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. It is important to remember that the payment of the tuition and the fees doesn't include any health insurance. Therefore, the foreign students will need to take out an international travel insurance, covering him in case of health problems, repatriation, etc. Besides, if the agreement involves a clinical practice, the students will need a casualty insurance and a professional legal protection insurance.
Fire Brigade: 132
The following websites give you some useful information to live and move in the city:
Telephone and commercial addresses guidebook and Santiago city map
Metro plan (stations and services)
National Service of Tourism