Hello future incoming student!
We are pleased to welcome you to visit one of the biggest conurbations in Chile, Coquimbo-La Serena, the biggest city in our region. This place might be your option if you are looking for a city that’s big enough to visit entirely during your stay, plus we have one of the nicest weathers you can find in our country.
Our university is located in Coquimbo, a place that was founded in 1850 and it’s the biggest port in the area. It has a historic background surrounded by war and piracy, even with a local legend who claims that the english corsair Francis Drake would have left buried an important “treasure” somewhere in the coast.
Both of the cities have an incredible nightlife and if you come during September you can’t miss the Indepence Day Celebration, one of the most important chilean festivities, were we have one of the biggest places to celebrate, La Pampilla de Coquimbo. Either way, if you can’t come during these month the spirit of celebration is always there so you will enjoy it anyways.
We leave you invited to come here to track the pirate treasure and to find the beauty hidden in this very friendly, funny and sometimes mysterious city.
The University Católica del Norte (Catholic of the North) commonly referred to as UCN, is a private university that belongs to the Catholich church, but don’t worry about it because accepts students of all religions. It has 2 campus that are located in Antofagasta and Coquimbo, but medicine is only imparted in Coquimbo. The university was founded in 1956 but the medicine branch was founded in 2006.
- Hospital San Pablo de Coquimbo
- Hospital de la Serena
Provided by a host family, 2 times per day.
Provided by a Host family. It might happen that during peak months (January, July or August) we aren't able to provide host families to all the students, and in that case a dorm with pocket money ($2000 per worked day) will be provided.
HOW TO GET THERE
by plane or bus
You'll probably arrive by plane to Santiago de Chile and if you do so, you will arrive at the Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benítez, from there you can take another plane that arrives directly to La Serena in 30 minutes or a bus from Santiago to La Serena or Coquimbo that takes around 5-6 hours.
The lodging might be in Coquimbo or La Serena. To get to any of the hospitals you can take a minibus (locally called “Micros”) that charges $600 CLP, this one is the prefered way of doing it because is the cheapest but not the fastest, other options are taking a taxi ($1.100 CLP) or Uber ($6.000 CLP). Cities are not very big so you can tour around by foot. If you want to go from Coquimbo to La Serena you can walk through the “Avenida del Mar” or take any of the transportation mentioned above.
-Third Millennium Cross
-The Japanese Garden
-A sunset after hiking the “Cerro Grande”
-”El Oriente” of La Serena anda “La Barra” of Coquimbo (for some of the greatest Chilean Hot Dogs of the city)
This region is known for the production of many kinds of alcoholic beverages and as one of the main ports there are plenty of seafood options, so don’t miss the chance of trying some!