There are two visa options for exchange students in Chile:
1. Tourist Visa
If you enter Chile on a tourist visa, you are allowed to study at the FEN. This visa is valid for up to 90 days, so make sure you leave Chile before the 90 days are up. Mendoza in Argentina´s wine region is a good weekend trip! You can then re-enter Chile and get another stamp in your passport that allows you to stay for another 90 days.
Please note: Citizens from the US, Canada and Australia will need to pay a reciprocity fee online BEFORE entering Argentina and bring the printed proof of payment with them to the border crossing.
If you miss the 90-day deadline you will incur a penalty per day and will not be allowed to leave Chile without paying this fine, so it is very important that you plan a trip out of the country before your tourist visa expires.
For more information, please contact your nearest Chilean Consulate or Embassy.
If you come on a tourist visa, you will NOT be eligible for the Student Metro Card which provides discounts on public transportation in Santiago.
2. Student Visa
If you enter Chile on a Student Visa, you must register your visa at the International Police Bureau (Policía Internacional) AND apply for a carnet de identidad, or national ID card, within 30 days of your arrival in Chile. Incompletion of one or both of these processes will put you at risk of incurring a fine and of possibly being prevented from leaving the country (you will be considered as being in Chile illegally). We will take you to the International Police Bureau as a group in the first few weeks of class, but you are also welcome to complete the steps on your own.
If you come on a Student Visa, you WILL be eligible for the Student Metro Card which provides discounts on public transportation in Santiago. This process, however, is external to FEN and the duration of the application can therefore vary depending on the semester.
– Policía Internacional:
Address: Eleuterio Ramirez 852, Santiago (Monday – Friday from 08:30 to 14:00 hrs) Cost of visa registration: $800 Chilean Pesos
Requirements: You must personally provide the following documents/information:
Entry document stamped by Immigration Services at the airport (the WHITE or YELLOW piece of paper that they stamped and returned to you)
- Address in Chile
- Telephone number in Chile
- Email address
- The calculated EXACT expiration date of your visa (do this by counting from your date of entry to Chile the number of days you were given on the visa)
You will receive a paper document that confirms that your student visa has been registered and is valid.
Next step: We will take you to the “Center Dedicated to Attending Foreigners” of the Registro Civil (Town Hall or Municipality) so that you may get a national identity card (Cédula de Identidad para Extranjeros).
- Centro Especializado para la Atención a Extranjeros: Address: Huérfanos 1570, Santiago (Monday – Friday from 08:30 to 14:00 hrs) Cost of ID card: $4,050 Chilean Pesos.
You MUST bring the following documents to the Registro Civil:
- Your passport with the student visa
- The paper document given to you by the International Police Bureau
- $4,050 Chilean Pesos to pay for the identity card
- A photocopy of the following:
- Your passport identity page (be sure that the copy is clear and legible)
- Your Student Visa page
- The stamped page that shows when you entered Chile
- The document given to you by the International Police Bureau
Once you have submitted the above documents, taken your photo and given your fingerprints, they will give you a receipt. This receipt proves you have applied for your identity card and indicates when you can come back to pick up the finished card. You MUST save this receipt as you will need to submit it to retrieve your identity card later.
Diagonal Paraguay 205 Santiago de Chile - Código Postal 0023456
firstname.lastname@example.org / Teléfono (+56) 2 2978 3911
Escuelas de Pregrado FEN-UChile