Chile (IFMSA-Chile) - Temuco – Universidad de la Frontera
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Welcome to Temuco!

The capital of The Araucanía Region and the entrance to the beautiful Chilean South. Here you can explore the Mapuche Culture, with all their food, crafts and lifestyle. Also there are a lot of landscapes! Villarrica and Pucón are famous places to visit, they are 2 hours from the city and you can swim at the lake on summer and have some adventure activities like kayaking, rafting, canopy, trekking and so many others. On winter you can go skiing or snowboarding at the Villarrica Volcano or the Lonquimay Volcano at the Corralco Center, or maybe you can only enjoy the snow! There’re also so many National Parks you can explore all over the year and go through the wonderful thermal baths in the surroundings. 

Temuco has a lot of Clubs, Bars and restaurants that you can visit with friends, also there are many Art and History Museums, Theaters and Activities you can join. People is nice, you’ll never be alone and always you can find some help and friends, don’t hesitate to come with us!


The University of La Frontera is the main University of the Araucanía Region. It’s a State University of prestige that have all the functions of one: education, investigation and extension. It has the clinical field: Hospital Hernan Henriquez Aravena of high complexity and it’s the reference center for the health service of southern Chile.


Here you’ll work at: 

  • The Basic Sciences Department on the Main Campus or
  • The Pre Clinical Department on The Medicine Faculty, which has Physiology Laboratories. 

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.


Like maybe all the other cities in Chile, we have buses and taxis. The Hospital is in the middle of Temuco and in front of the Faculty of Medicine, so you only have to cross the street. Almost all of the transportation ways pass by the hospital and here you can take another bus or taxi to the Main Campus of the University. You aren’t going to get lost!

  • Temuco city tour and ciclotour.
  • Heritage outing (regional museum, railway museum, architectural heritage). 
  • International Dinner.
  • Visit to Cerro Ñielol, trekking and environmental interpretation.
  • Birdwatching and wildlife in the Parque Isla Cautín.
  • Tour to Parque Nacional Conguillio all inclusive. (Birdwatching, trekking, outdoor activities) 
  • Trekking and thermal baths in Parque Nacional Tolhuaca. 
  • Mapuche culture and ruka visit.

Temuco main square

Monumento Natural Cerro Ñielol: It is a hill belonging to the Ñielol-Huimpil chain of hills. With a height between 115 and 335 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in the city, and on its 89 hectares you can see the flora and fauna of the Valdivian jungle, as well as important historical and cultural landmarks of Temuco.

Parque Isla Cautín: Green area surrounded by the Cautela river that is born in the southern skirt of the Lonquimay volcano, reaching a length of 174 km.

Museo Regional de la Araucanía: In charge of conserving, investigating, disseminating and valuing the different cultural heritages that coexist in the region in different times and spaces.

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Pablo Neruda: Contains inside the Temuco powerhouse, which along with its access rails is a national monument,  an exhibition of different models of locomotives and machines dating from 1900. It is also possible to see the Carbonera, and the art gallery that houses pieces internationally renowned.

Barrio estación: It is the historic neighborhood of Temuco, where it is possible to see the first stories of the city. In this place it is possible to see the Pinto Fair, the Marsano building, Temuco central station and more

Pabellón Araucanía: It is an open cultural center where you can see different artisan products, cultural elements and local producers.

Parque estadio Germán Becker: It hosted the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the 2013 World Youth Rugby Trophy and the 2015 Copa América. Club Deportes Temuco, from the Primera B team in Chile, is based here.

National Parks: Parque Nacional Conguillio, Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Parque Nacional Malalcahuello, Reserva Nacional China Muerta, Parque Nacional Tolhuaca, Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta,, Santuario El Cañi.

Coastal Araucanía: Puerto Saavedra, Puerto Dominguez, lago Budi, Nehuentue.


Bus Terminal - Rodoviario Temuco: buses to many cities in Chile, Vicente Pérez Rosales 01609, Temuco, Araucanía

Airport - Aeropuerto Araucanía: Longitudinal Sur km 692, Freire

Student bus fare (within the city): $180 CLP

Taxi fare: $600 CLP