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20/03/2024

A bachelor’s degree from IE University isn’t just another academic qualification. It’s an investment in the future—a key to life-changing knowledge, networks and professional opportunities. We invited Gabriel Vergara, the country manager for IE University’s Chile office, to offer some useful advice to help potential students navigate our rigorous application process.

Tell us more about the Chile international office and the work you do there.

As part of a larger network of around 30 international offices, we bring together students with unique stories and experiences to our university. Our office provides you with local support to make sure that your experience is nothing short of excellent. We are here for your professional growth, connecting you with local and global networking and job opportunities. We hold access to local partnerships, working with companies, universities and organizations that boost IE University’s impact and strengthen our global reputation. 

We’re also the glue that keeps together the local IE Alumni community of more than 1,000 members here in Chile. Our connection goes beyond graduation and we actively support your career after you finish studying, making sure that your IE Experience continues after you’ve graduated.

What does IE University’s admissions process look like for candidates in Chile?

Our admissions process is designed to identify unique aspects of your academic and personal profile, ensuring an alignment between you and our educational model. The key stages include:

What is a Kira assessment?

We often get asked about the Kira assessment, which is a virtual platform where you answer three questions in real time. It evaluates critical-thinking skills and real-time responses and takes about 20 minutes to complete. 

How can candidates excel in the personal interview?

To prepare for your interview, we suggest that you focus on what motivates you, what drives your passion and how this fits in with IE University’s values of diversity, entrepreneurship, innovation and the humanities. 

When is the best time for a candidate to send in their application?

It’s important to note that IE University has a rolling admissions process with no specific deadlines. This means limited spots are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An early application is recommended due to high demand and the potential time requirements for study recognition and visa applications. 

How can applicants from Chile apply for financial aid?

Navigating the financial aspects of your admission to IE University involves considering different factors. Currently, around 25% of our students benefit from a scholarship. However, it’s important to understand that this can change based on the applicant pool and the program you’re applying to. You can visit our Financial Aid web page for more information.

We also have some local agreements to provide funding opportunities for candidates admitted to our undergraduate programs, so feel free to ask us directly about these options.

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Do you have any other local partnerships that Chilean candidates can benefit from?

We are proud of our agreements and partnerships with notable institutions in Chile and beyond. These include our collaboration with Imagine Lab, Microsoft’s local accelerator, and with Proqualitas, one of the biggest customer experience consulting firms in the region. Through these partnerships, our students gain access to competitive job opportunities at local, regional and global levels.

What should potential candidates know about the student visa process?

Navigating the process of obtaining a student visa can be overwhelming, but we are committed to assisting you every step of the way. Ensure you are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program. Our Student Services department will support you with the process and through our office, we will help you contact your local Spanish consulate. 

You must get a criminal record check and a medical certificate as part of the process. The criminal record check must cover all countries of residence in the past five years, and be translated and notarized. The medical certificate, which should state good health, also requires translation and notarization. If you possess dual nationality—particularly if one is European—you may be exempt from the student visa requirements.

Can you share some tips for living in Spain for the first time?

Finding a place to live can seem daunting, but we are here to connect you to the best options. We strongly suggest using our recommended provider, Beyond Campus. They will help you find residences and flats approved by IE University in Madrid and Segovia. 

Here at the Chile office, we can also connect you with fellow students from the same country or region. Once admitted, you can take advantage of our Slack channel for newly enrolled students to find suitable housing. 

On track to IE University

We hope that this will fill in the missing details of IE University’s admissions process. If you want to explore our bachelor’s degree programs and methodologies, register to attend some of our upcoming, info-packed events

For more detailed information, visit the Admissions website or email us at chile@ie.edu.