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Santiago, Chile

January in Santiago

Study Program



3 weeks



3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


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Spend January studying abroad during Chile's summer! Designed for students who want to travel with students from all over the U.S. to Chile's capital, this three-week program invites you to earn academic credits while living in one of Latin America's most modern cities.

Each course is complemented with co-curricular activities and guest lectures to make learning more interactive, engaging, and contextualized. CIEE staff will infuse your academics with local culture to ensure a meaningful learning experience abroad! 

Unique Experiences

Discover Chile

through engaging cultural activities, urban tours with Santiago student ambassadors, and hikes in the Andes foothills.


with a Chilean family, the place where students learn the real language and deep values and enjoy delicious cuisine given by a “cariñosa” host family.


Santiago’s many world-class museums such as the Pre-Christopher Columbus Art Museum, the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, or the Human Rights Museum, among others.


vineyards in Santiago region


first-division soccer fields in the city


Subway lines connect the most modern city in Latin America

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  • santiago ch three girls at a waterfall

Your Destination

Santiago de Chile has been a major contributor to Latin America’s economic and social rights movement advancement, and a regional center for political and economic stability by being a hub for many multinationals and large corporations. Santiago de Chile is ringed by the lofty Cordillera de Los Andes and is marked by emblematic national institutions such as the Palacio de La Moneda, where the Executive President’s offices are, the Costanera Center, which is the largest in-house mall in the southern hemisphere in Latin America, World Heritage buildings, internationally acclaimed novelist Pablo Neruda`s house, “La Chascona”, and the business district locally known as “Sanhattan” as it is a small version of Manhattan, among others.  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Santiago.

The Culture

santiago ch street mural

Excursions & Activities

  • Participate on day trips that will guide you to discover Chile's diverse geography and natural richness. Enjoy the possibility to be within an hour and a half ride to the stunning Pacific coast of Viña del Mar or indulge your artistic interests by visiting the picturesque hills of Valparaiso and taking a boat ride by the port to witness the beauty of the twin cities: Valparaiso with its architectural wonder and Vinas del Mar with its high residential towers. 
  • Wander through Santiago’s neighborhoods and get insider tips with CIEE-organized activities with cultural ambassadors. 
  • Explore Chile's rich history and impressive art with cultural activities including visits to museums, craft fairs, historic neighborhoods, theater districts, and walking tours in the varied neighborhoods recognized as landmarks of the city of Santiago. 
  • Chile is world-famous for its wine. Visit a vineyard and learn about the wine industry and exporting business 
  • Eat authentic Chilean dishes like pebre, Chilean hot dog, pastel de choclo (corn), sopaipillas, torta de mil hojas (“a thousand leaves cake”), among others, in picturesque restaurants, bistros, and cafés around Santiago or during Chilean afternoon teatime “la once”. 

Program Blogs


Embarking on a Cultural Odyssey: The CIEE Santiago January Exchange Unveiled

By CIEE Santiago at CIEE

Santiago's vibrant tapestry provids the backdrop for weeks filled with enriching encounters and memorable moments. Although, not primarily a language-oriented program, the immersion component stands out as daily interactions with... keep reading


Valparaiso Reflection

By CIEE Santiago at CIEE

Author: Emma Denny University of South Carolina During their trip to Valparaíso, another Capstone scholar student from the University of South Carolina wrote the following reflection on the architecture of... keep reading


Expectations vs reality of a CIEE student in Santiago

By CIEE Santiago at CIEE

Author: Parker Reyes. During May, we had the pleasure of welcoming Capstone scholar students from the University of South Carolina, who came to Chile as part of their Information Literacy... keep reading



During the January in Santiago program, all students take one course (3 credits). 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. 



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one 3-credit CIEE course. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

All courses are taught in English at CIEE Santiago by local faculty. The program is made up of three weeks of class including an intensive orientation. 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. 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. 

Class Format

Courses are taught to CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. 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. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $3,950

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.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,720**

Housing = $850***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $168

International Airfare = $1,000††

Local Transportation = $45†††

Books & Supplies = $20††††

Personal expenses = $130†††††

Total Costs = $1,363

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***includes all meals. Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $272 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††One round trip a day in public transportation, for three weeks

††††For notebooks, pencils, etc.

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Alejandra Herrera

Regional Director of Operations for Latin America, Interim Center Director, Santiago Chile

Alejandra is a passionate and experienced educator in higher education in Chile with more than 10 years in the field of International Education.

Maria Paz Montes Monsalve

Program Coordinator

Maria Paz holds a degree in English from Universidad de Chile where she had the opportunity to spend a year abroad in the United States, which was a life-changing decision...

Victor Muñoz

Programs and Finance Manager

Víctor is passionate about studies. He graduated in Business and Economy, has a master's degree on Strategic Management and Project Evaluation, and certifications on Data Science in Python. He also...

Camila Soto

Program Coordinator

Camila Soto has a BA in Literature with experience in independent publishing, language teaching and international education. At CIEE she has worked at the Teach in Chile program and as...

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