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Surrounded by the towering Andes mountains, this program invites students of all majors to immerse themselves in Chilean culture and explore how the global environment is affecting local sustainability efforts. Classes are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Santiago, in English and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.
Chile through engaging activities like film nights, urban bike tours with Santiago student ambassadors, and hikes in the Andes foothills.
with a Chilean family, the place where students learn the real language, deep values and delicious cuisine given by a “cariñosa” host family.
Santiago’s many world-class museums such as, the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, or the Memory Museum.
vineyards in Santiago region20
first-division soccer fields in the city5
Subway lines connect the most modern city in Latin America6
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Santiago de Chile has been a major contributor to Latin America’s economic and social progress, and a regional foundation for political and economic stability. Santiago de Chile is ringed by the lofty Cordillera de Los Andes, and is marked by traditional institutions such as the Palacio de La Moneda, Costanera Center, among others.
Excursions & Activities
- Participate on day trips that will guide you to discover Chile's geography and natural richness.
- Explore Chile's rich history and impressive art with weekly cultural activities including visits to museums, craft fairs, and historic neighborhoods recognized as landmarks of the city of Santiago.
- Attend a Chilean folklore workshop.
- Visit a vineyard and learn about the wine exporting business.
- Eat authentic Chilean dishes in picturesque restaurants, bistros, and cafés around Santiago.
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Homestay: Students enjoy a single room, two meals a day, laundry once a week, and WiFi – all provided by a host family who are happy to help you practice your Spanish.
Two meals a day provided.
Where You'll Study
Palacio de La Moneda
Cerro San Cristobal and Plaza de Armas
AcademicsClick to Open
During the January in Santiago program, all students take the required course: Sustainability and the Anthropocene. This course explores how environmental problems intersect with human activities, and the local, regional, and global sustainability efforts. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.
CIEE Global Institute – Santiago boasts spacious classrooms, comfortable lounge, quiet study areas, and common spaces to do coursework and get to know fellow students. Students enjoy Parque Bustamante, cafés and restaurants, shops, and much more surrounded by the beauty of Cerro San Cristobal.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
All students take the required CIEE course.
Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits
CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Santiago when classes are in session.
Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday-Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.
Language of Instruction
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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Dates & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
Fees & Housing
|January 2022||Nov 1, 2021||Dec 27, 2021*||Jan 17, 2022*|
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.
To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500. January 2020 programs in Latin America are not eligible for CIEE Scholarships and Grants.
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