Santiago, Chile

January in Santiago

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Information for term January in Santiago

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2023
  • Dates: Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 17, 2024
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.

  • Live

    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.

  • Explore

    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


Location & Culture

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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.


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”. 

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  • Housing

    Homestays: Living with a Chilean family is your ticket to integration into life in Santiago de Chile as it provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture. Although families may be able to communicate in English, they foster communication in Spanish to motivate language and cultural learning.   
    You may be placed in a host family with or without another CIEE student. Your host family provides a single room with a desk, laundry once a week, Wi-Fi, and a copy of the house keys. Students benefit from the proximity to subway stations, coffee shops, convenience stores, ATMs –also available in metro stations-, and restaurants.  

  • Meals

    Homestays include two meals per day. Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules.  Students are responsible for the remaining meal, either preparing them at home or eating in one of many restaurants and cafés throughout the city. 

Santiago, Chile

Where You'll Study

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    Palacio de La Moneda

    Presidential Palace

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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 Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

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.

Program Requirements

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.

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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.


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Course Information


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

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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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2024 Nov 1, 2023 Dec 27, 2023 Jan 17, 2024
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,710 **

Housing = $860 ***

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 = $150

Total Estimated Costs = $1,383

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.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

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

††† For notebooks, pencils, etc.

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.

What's Included

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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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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