Welcome incomings to Concepcion! Capital of the Biobio region and one of the best cities in the southern Chile. We are close to the beach and to the mountains, so that you can fully enjoy your exchange.
San Sebastian University is located 15 minutes walking from the city centre.
The hospitals attached to it are hospital Naval Almirante Adriazola and hospital San José de Coronel
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.
To arrive to Concepcion, you must initially take a plane to Santiago de Chile (Arturo Merino Benitez Airport). Once there, you can take another plane to Concepcion (Carriel Sur Airport) or take a bus.
When you arrive to Concepcion you can use public transport ($560 CLP) to get where you need to be, you don’t need a card to travel, you pay in cash. We recommend using the mobile application "Moovit!", because it is very useful to be able to get around. It is also effective to use uber or cabify. In Concepción we do not have a metro service.
Some unmissable places in concecpión and nearby places:
- Nonguén National Reserve (Concepción)
- Biobío theater (Concepción)
- Ecuador Park (Concepción)
- Beaches near Concepción (Bellavista, Ramuntcho, Pudá, Pingueral and Punta de Parra)
- Large lagoon of San Pedro (San Pedro)
- Chillán Hot Springs (Chillán)
- Laja waterfall (Laja)
- Devil's Chiffon (Lota)
- Isidora Cousiño Park (Lota)
- Caleta Lenga (Lenga)
- Jorge Alessandri Park (Coronel)
- Huemul lagoon (Pinto)
In conception you can find thousands of scenarios to do after your clinical activities. Every day you can watch beautiful sunsets in the middle of a city of 856 517 inhabitants.
As in all chile, the currency used is the Chilean peso. You can get it at the exchange offices located in the city center. We recommend bringing dollars to exchange.
The common people do not speak English, but don't worry, there will always be an ifmsa member to help you.