Study Abroad in Santiago, Chile

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Explore Santiago, Chile

Seated at the base of the Andes Mountains and the edge of the Pacific coast, Santiago is perfectly situated not only for sunbathers and mountain climbers, but for those seeking higher education. Latin America’s finest universities reside in this stable and growing capital, as do the country’s biggest businesses.


Study abroad cultural dance in Santiago, Chile
Study abroad students take a field trip to a soccer game in Santiago, Chile
Study abroad students about to take a cooking class in Santiago, Chile

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Santiago, past excursions have included:

  • Weekend trips to  Huilo-Huilo or the San Pedro de Atacama Desert
  • Bike trips that include Elqui Valley, Ovalle, and the Mamalluca Observatory
  • Visits to museums, craft fairs, and historic neighborhoods
  • Hikes in the Andes mountain range with trekking activities in Cajón del Maipo


CIEE Santiago
Built into the core of the city, the center boasts spacious classrooms, comfortable lounge, quiet study areas, and common spaces to do coursework and get to know fellow students. Students will enjoy nearby parks, cafés and restaurants, shops, and much more surrounded by the beauty of Cerro San Cristobal.

Universidad de Chile
Founded in 1842, Universidad de Chile is one of the oldest and best universities in Latin America and is recognized for its innovation in science, technology, social sciences, and arts. Notable alumni include Nobel Laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral.

University Diego Portales – School for Social Sciences and History
Since its foundation in 1982, the university has consistently been contributing to the implementation of social policies toward Chilean development. In turn, the university is recognized
as one of the best in the country. The Social Sciences and History School has four renowned majors: Social Sciences and Humanities, Sociology, Political Science, and History.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Established in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) is one of Chile’s oldest universities and one of the most recognized education institutions in Latin America.


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Santiago, students can volunteer at local NGOs to support social policy, community service, and education. Students can also intern at social service organizations and NGOs that work in social policy, community service, and education.

Study Abroad Programs in Santiago

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What People are Saying

  • "I had an amazing experience here in Rio de Janeiro. I met amazing people and learned a lot about the rich culture within the 6 weeks of being here. There is still a lot more to learn and discover here in Brazil. I am very much excited to begin my second block here!"

    Charys L., Framingham State University
  • "The workload is manageable enough to explore the city and get a taste of the culture. The classes are informative and very interesting. The courses offered are interdisciplinary, so you get a little of everything. The facility is also very nice to work in."

    Aleyda Q., University of California-San Diego