International Visits Program: Supreme Court of Justice


The international visits Program is coordinated by the University of Chile Law School and the Court of Justice. It allows the visitor to research about a specific topic, defined by agreement between the Law School, the Supreme Court and the interested person. The visit is aimed to acquire a vision over a juridical matter in Chile, throughout a comparison with the visitor’s origin country.

During the program, the visitor will have access to the Supreme Court’s facilities and bibliographic resources. In addition, other activities such as meetings with judges and public servants, guide visits to judiciary institutions and attendance to court’s hearings, could be scheduled.

The program is aimed at professors and students from foreign institutions, linked to University of Chile Law School through exchange programs, international cooperation or others alike.

Research topics

The Supreme Court is currently researching topics such as Human Rights and justice access, especially concerning vulnerable groups related to subjects as gender, childhood, handicaps, immigrants and elderly. Other topics of interest are clear language in justice and domestic violence. The research on Human Rights is focused on current events.

Notwithstanding, the person interested on the international visit could propose other different subjects.

International visits for students

a- Duration

The visit will have a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum duration of 6 months. The length of the visit will be determined by common agreement between the Supreme Court, The University of Chile Law School and the student.

Once the visit is over, a document of recognition of the activity will be given to the student.

b- Guide Professor

A professor from the University of Chile Law School will guide the student’s work. Once the visit is over, the student must send to the International Affairs Office, a final report validated by the professor.

c- Requirements and students selection

The students who apply, shall fulfill the following requirements:

  1. - Be an exchange student at University of Chile, during the visit’s predicted period, and have registered at least two courses at University of Chile Law School.
  2. - Have a grade average equal or higher than 5,0, according the grade equivalence with the applicant’s home university. This is equivalent to 75% of the maximum grade. This will be proven through the student’s transcript of records, provided by his or her home institution.
  3. - Submit a letter of intention written in Spanish. The letter must expose the specific subject of research, including a hypothesis of work, the reasons for participating on the international visit, and the way that his or her participation will be useful for the Judicature and the Law School. The maximum extension will be 1000 words, without footnotes and bibliography.
  4. - Submit Curriculum Vitae written in Spanish or English.
  5. - Submit documentation to prove Spanish proficiency at a level B2 or higher. This applies if Spanish is not the applicant native language.

The date and extension of the callings will be announced once the exchange student have been accepted at the University of Chile Law School. For applying, the students must send via email, to the address, the documents mention on the points 2, 3,4 and 5. The submission must be before the deadlines informed by the Law School’s International Affairs Office.

The International Affairs Office will verify the fulfillment of the objective requirements and will interview the three most qualified candidates.

The selection will consider i) the fulfillment of the requirements; ii) the suitability and relevance of the subject and hypothesis proposed by the student; iii) the students’ capacity for developing a research project; iv) his or her experience on research.

Availability of professors who wishes to guide the research about the topic proposed by the student, will be considered.

Associated expenses

The funding of transportation, housing, health insurance and any other expenses arising from the visit are the visitor’s exclusive responsibility.

Visits’ termination

The international visit could end for:

  • Conclusion of the planned activities.
  • The visitor’s unjustified absence.
  • Behavior incompatible with the scheduled activities.
  • Act of good or force majeure
  • Agreement between the parties

The persons participating on international visits shall observe the Supreme Court’s behavior protocols.