Santiago, Chile

About the Santiago, Chile Program

  • Supplement courses with remarkable tour/field study trips to the north and south of Chile
  • Join cultural excursions to the houses of Pablo Neruda in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Isla Negra
  • Visit the attractive Pre-Columbian Arts Museum, Museum of the Memory, and Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center
  • Experience Santiago’s diverse cultural blend of Native, Spanish, and international residents
  • Explore the outstanding natural beauty of a country flanked by the Andes and the Pacific
  • Take advantage of great opportunities for skiing, surfing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding
  • Enjoy the benefits of a large urban city that has preserved the hospitality and accessibility of a small community

Why Study In Santiago?

Santiago’s urban and natural framework, its mountainous terrain, and its proximity to Chile’s central coastline are ideal for experiencing the nature and culture of the most southern country in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to study Spanish language and contemporary Chilean society through a wide selection of academic courses, as well as personal interaction and immersion in the host culture.

This program offers academic coursework in Spanish Language, Latin American, and Anthropological Studies. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester, or a year of foreign language coursework in the 8-week summer sessions. You may choose to study for one semester or a full year and meet Spanish minor or major requirements; the summer offers two 4-week sessions that can be taken individually or back-to-back for an 8-week session. You may complement your language curriculum by taking courses in literature, art, cinema, photography, architecture and urbanism, history, sociology, political science, economics, women’s studies, community development, anthropology, native cultures, astronomy, and technology.

However, the academic courses are only a part of the value of a semester or year abroad. Participating in a homestay, cultural excursions, field trips, and the optional Latin America and its Cultures Field Study course to Northern and/or Southern Chile, as well as internships and volunteering, offer unparalleled opportunities for experiencing the local culture. Outings in and around Santiago constitute an integral part of this program.

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2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (4 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (8 weeks): Open

Summer II (4 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity



English | Spanish


APICH--Associación de Programas Internacionales en Chile AG